This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

October 20, 2020


Our office remains closed, but our clergy and staff are working remotely and are available to you. Please contact anyone with their information below. 

Marc Kline, Rabbi:

(732) 575-2088

Gabrielle Clissold, Cantor:

(732) 688-0661

Magda Reyes, Director of Education:

Marjorie Wold, President:

Jordana Steinberg, Office Administrator:

Upcoming Virtual Worship

Shabbat Live Stream Service, Friday at 7:00 PM

Live stream service this Friday night with Rabbi Leslie Bergson and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

Click Here to Watch

Social Action Committee Events

Please take our pledge to become a 100% Voting Temple.


Social Action Meeting – Virtual

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Every Voice, Every Vote 2020 at MRT – A Project of Seeing Human Through a Jewish Lens

Help us become a 100 Percent Voting Temple!

Our Temple has undertaken a new initiative with Reform Congregations throughout the United States. We are collaborating with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) in their Every Voice/Every Vote campaign to become a 100 Percent Voting Temple. This is a non-partisan effort, as our democracy depends on everyone participating, regardless of what party they belong to or for whom they choose to vote. In the time of COVID, we need to do everything we can to make sure that we all can vote; and vote safely.  

What we are asking you to do:  Please fill out our virtual pledge to vote card to commit to (1) Register to Vote and (2) Vote in the November 3 election. Keep an eye out for our progress – we will post progress regularly as our graphic Kiddush cup fills to the brim!

To get involved with Every Voice, Every Vote 2020 at MRT, contact Marianne Kligman, or Rickie Kashdan,  732-927-0795 (cell). 


It is the spirit of Jewish culture to care for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. In that spirit MRT has been blessed to receive the Shamayim Vegan Challenge grant.  

We are so thankful to have this opportunity which will enable us to explore exciting foods and flavors that do not involve harming other living beings. We will learn together about how a plant-based diet is better for our own health as well as a necessary shift for the survival of our planet. 

You can look forward to remote cooking classes, lectures from health professionals, delicious plant-based pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and of course we will learn to celebrate our Jewish holidays together with delectable vegan recipes throughout the year! 

Please take a moment to participate in this brief survey so that we can get a feel for your sentiments on this type of programming.

To learn more about this grant, animal advocacy and veganism please visit the grant sponsors and



If you have not yet returned the High Holy Day prayer books, please call the office or email ASAP to arrange a time to drop off the books.

Please remember to bring a bag of non-perishable food or hygiene supplies to be donated as part of our High Holy Days Collection (see below).




Collecting Food and Hygiene Supplies for The Center in Asbury Park

Financial donations can also be made to Interfaith Neighbors.

Please share some of the light from our High Holy Days with families in our community. We are continuing to collect non-perishable food and hygiene supplies for The Center in Asbury Park*. Drop off items when you return your HHD prayer books or leave items in the Temple lobby while Hebrew School is in session. Also feel free to call the Temple office to arrange to drop off items. If your prayer book was delivered, volunteers can pick up your HHD donation (items or check) when the prayer book is picked up.


For Monetary Donations to Interfaith Neighbors

For those unable to shop for items, we are suggesting that you use the HHD collection to drop off or send in a check, made payable to MRT, or feel free to donate through the MRT website. Please note on your check or when making an online donation, “Fund for the Homeless/Interfaith Neighbors.” Click the link below to make an online donation:


See below for a list of items needed and a few details about these organizations:



  • ALL NON-PERISHABLE FOODS – CANNED (including items with protein: (eg. TUNA,



*The Center continues to provide food to the community with a focus on those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Breakfast and Lunch are given out daily, including frozen meals for those who need. Non-perishable food items are handed out in bags along with bags of hygiene/cleaning supplies.


*Fund for the Homeless supports the work of Interfaith Neighbors which provides rent subsidies and support services for those in the community who are in need.

MRT Annual Holiday Giving Program

Each year MRT volunteers have been so generous in buying holiday gifts for two groups.

The first are for very needy adults with HIV/AIDS in Monmouth county through The Center in Asbury Park – many who may be living in shelters, group homes or other dire situations.

The second are for struggling families who have a child with special needs through FRA (Family Resource Assoc.) in Red Bank.

We know this is a different and challenging time but we want to do the most we can for people in great need during the holiday season. With the challenges of Covid in mind, we want every MRT volunteer to feel comfortable with whatever they feel they can do, so we will be very adaptable this year!! 

For further information or questions or concerns or to sign up if you have done this before, please email me, Cheryl Gaudette at or don’t hesitate to call me at 908-489-0055.


I will of course be giving much more detailed information to those who will be volunteering.

Thank you for helping – it’s a needy time for many!

Cheryl Gaudette

URJ Summer Camp and Scholarship Information

Click HERE to find out more information about the Summer programs offered by URJ, and to learn how to apply for a scholarship.

Upcoming Services and Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

Elliott Familant is leading a weekly mini-meditation session each Friday morning. These sessions are brief, no more than 30 minutes and consist of a short reading, 18 minutes of silent meditation, a tiny bit of discussion, and then Kaddish. This is an easy way to inject an island of peace into your week and will help you feel calm and centered for the rest of your day. If you are new to meditation, this can be a gentle introduction to the practice with a Jewish twist. Something special occurs when you meditate or pray as a group. The ancient Rabbis suggest that the spirit of G-d herself appears under these circumstances. Join us and find out.

Click HERE to join Zoom Meeting.

Saturday Morning Torah Study

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

Check our Friday pamphlet for the Zoom link to join.

Tuesday Morning Events

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

8:00 am – Coffee and Conversation

Join us outside the Coffee Corral in Red Bank (corner of Shrewsbury and Dr. James Parker) – bring your chairs!

10:00 am – A Gathering of Wisdom

Join us on Zoom for an always eclectic and fun conversation on the Torah and the real world. This week’s Gathering of Wisdom will be hosted by Rabbi Marc Kline.

Check our Friday pamphlet for the Zoom link to join.

Everyone is Welcome.


Board of Trustees Meeting – Virtual

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Social Action Meeting – Virtual

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

MRT Masks for Sale

Show your pride in MRT!

Order your masks today!

Cost: $10

Mail checks to the temple office made payable to:

Monmouth Reform Temple.

Please include your name,

e-mail address and phone number with your order.

Sisterhood Happenings

Mahjong, Tuesdays, 1-3 pm

Every Tuesday from 1-3 pm we

will be playing Mahjong virtually.

Contact Nancy Zaslowe for

more details:

Movie Night

Tuesday, October 27th at 7 PM

Movie Talk

Keeping the Faith (Amazon)

We will watch the movie on our own. After the movie we will join the virtual group to discuss.

If you plan to join us, 

please email for the meeting invitation.


Upcoming Book Club Meeting

Monday, November 16th at 7 pm

Keeper of Lost Things

by Ruth Hogan

Host: Jill Austin

Giving From the Heart

“The synagogue has been a part of our lives since our children were young. We want MRT to flourish in the many years to come, so we will dedicate monies to ensure its mission and vision.”

Marjorie and Robert Wold

Mi Sheberach

If you are in need of pastoral care or would like to add a name to our Mi Sheberach list to be read at Shabbat services, please contact Rabbi Kline or Cantor Clissold.


May our loved ones’ memories forever be a blessing

Rabbi Leslie Bergson and Cantor Clissold will read the names of your loved ones during Shabbat services during this time for Yahrtzeit, Shiva & Shloshim. 

Names to be read on Friday, October 23, 2020

Live Stream Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Eric David, John Clifford Devine, Sidney Katz, *William I. Klatsky, Ida Hoffman, Samuel Kramer, Stephen Schwirck, Frank Welton, Frank Welton, *Samuel George Coppersmith, Irving Greenberg, Henry Hoffman, Mildred Melnick, Clara Miller, Sheila C. Newell, Ruth Teitelbaum Failer, *Sandy Brandwene, Ethel Ladov Gilstein, *Joan Lansky, *Henry Jacobi, Carolyn Schindler, *Tess Weiss

Names to be read on Friday, October 30, 2020

Live Stream Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

*Harry Fryman, William Joseph, *George Weinberg, *Bertha Bregman, Milton Kosene, Bernard Peskoe, Polina Plaksina, *Jess Cohen, Sally Gale, Ruth Greenwald, *Becky Jaffe, Dr. Bertram Kaswiner, *Fanny Obstgarten, Fanny Silverman, *Lola Baum, Patricia A. Hallard, *Maurice Meyer, Barry Miller, Elaine Sherman, Ida Steinberger, Lenny Horowitz, *Frances Litthauer Goldstein, Shirley Kosene

*Names with an asterisk have memorial plaques


Concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the minds of everyone. Our MRT custodial staff is deep cleaning and sanitizing the building as measures to protect the spreading of the Coronavirus. We continue to follow local authorities measures and CDC guidelines for your safety.

Our Calendar

We strive for a “No Conflict” schedule here at MRT. Please contact the office before scheduling any temple events. This way, each virtual event will be on the calendar, and we can all participate in them.

Thank you!

Temple Cancellations

We regret that with the security needed from the Coronavirus, we have had to cancel temple worship and replace it with live stream or Zoom meetings.

This includes ALL MRT committee meetings (unless Virtual held by the Chair),

Sisterhood and Men’s Club events and Religious School (Virtual classroom only)

Click Here for MRT Web Calendar

MRT Accepts PayPal

When making payments or donations to MRT, please consider using PayPal in lieu of checks. It’s a safe, easy way to send money, especially during this time of social distancing.

Simply go to the donation page of our website ( and follow the instructions. Don’t forget to include the reason for your payment by clicking “Add a Note” once you are logged onto PayPal. Thank you!