Monmouth Reform Temple is a diverse, open and affirming congregation that embodies the ideals and practices of a Judaism that makes religion relevant in our modern lives. Here, God, tradition, and the soul synergize. Rabbi Marc A. Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold lead the congregation in welcoming and celebrating Shabbat and all holidays, help teach and learn with adults and children, and engage people to help welcome each other.
Our congregation is nationally known for its commitment to social action, justice, and acts of righteousness. We lead the way in helping others at food banks, clothing drives, Save the Shore, Interfaith Neighbors, Family Promise, and other charitable and progressive causes. Our Mitzvah Day engages our membership in projects both at the temple and throughout the Monmouth County community. We have an active Men's Club and Sisterhood, as well as junior and senior youth groups. For families with pre-school age children, our Bagels and Blocks program is open to the public and meets monthly on Sunday mornings. It is a great way for new families to become a part of MRT.
Positive and “real world relevant” religious education is offered through our kindergarten-10th grade school that includes Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation preparation with our Cantor and Rabbi. In addition, our 8th and 9th graders participate in Mitzvah Academy. Enriching adult education classes, visiting scholars, and other programs, as well as Torah study, are offered throughout the year.
We invite you to learn more about our community, and it is easy to do! Just call our office at 732-747-9365. Feel free to speak with Rabbi Marc Kline, Cantor Gabrielle Clissold, or our Office Administrator Mindy Gorowitz. This small step could change the rest of your life!
Monmouth Reform Temple is a warm and welcoming congregation and one of the most important ways we welcome new members is through our Buddy Program. The Buddy Program helps make a new member’s transition a smooth one. When a new member joins our synagogue, they are assigned a Buddy. Buddies welcome our newest members and help them find their way into our temple family, answering questions and guiding them to programs and activities. The Membership Committee pairs up new members with someone in the congregation of similar situations, such as families with small children or singles looking to connect with other Jews. Research has shown that congregants who make a connection within their first two years of membership ultimately become long-term, fully engaged members. The Buddy can be the one to help forge these connections and make a lasting impression.