Our Clergy



Future Rabbi’s Photo

MRT’s Clergy Team normally includes a full-time Rabbi. At this time MRT is working to hire an Interim Rabbi to start around the High Holy Days. In parallel, a Rabbi Search Committee has been formed and tasked with identifying and hiring a permanent Rabbi that best suits MRT’s needs. This Rabbi would start on 7/1/2023 and be selected using the results of listening groups and surveys facilitated by this committee.

Cantor Gabrielle Clissold

Cantor Clissold joined the MRT clergy team in 2002. Her husband John and their sons Asher and Simon are heavily involved in the activities of our temple. Cantor Clissold has transformed our synagogue by introducing new music and programs, leading the congregation to participate with enthusiasm. She is one of our co-clergy who leads worship, performs life cycle events and works with students to help prepare them to become b’nai mitzvah.

You can learn much more about Cantor Clissold by clicking here.

Rabbi Emerita Sally J. Priesand

“Welcome to Monmouth Reform Temple, a place for creating positive Jewish memories and making your own unique contribution to the history and survival of the Jewish people. We invite you to make MRT your home away from home.”

Further detail about Rabbi Priesand and her Rabbinate at MRT can be found by clicking here. In addition, please Click here for a very interesting overview of Rabbi Priesand’s Rabbinic story.