This Week’s Event Email


MRT Weekly Eblast
February 12, 2019
Shabbat Hallelu
Except for the following dates (2/16, 4/6, 5/18 and 6/1), we will meet in the library from 9:15am – 10:30am for our Torah Talks Study Session
Friday, Feb. 15 – 7:00 pm
Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Priesand & Cantor Clissold. Rabbi Priesand’s sermon will be on “God’s Light in the World.”
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10:00 to 10:45 am
Interactive Shabbat Experience with Cantor Clissold
Friday, Feb. 22 – 7:00 pm
Shabbat Service
and we don’t mean the team . . .
It’s time to start preparing for our March 23rd Purim spiel with music from the Eagles:
  • One of these Nights
  • Hotel California
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • Desperado
  • Take it to the Limit
  • Take It Easy
  • Witchy Woman
  • Lyin’ Eyes
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • New Kid in Town
  • The Long Run
Rehearsals will begin on February 13th at 7 pm and continue on the following dates:
3/20 (dress rehearsal)
Please let Cantor Clissold know if you want to be in the show.
February Tzedakah Box
The February Lobby Tzedakah box is being sponsored by Rabbi Kline and his wife, Lori Bernard, on behalf of Lunch Break, an organization that provides, at no cost, food, clothing, and social support to Monmouth County residents. Thanks in advance for your generosity this month.
Wear Your MRT Pride and 
Help Repair the World!
Monmouth Reform Temple has a long tradition of social action that makes a difference in our world. Click on this link to buy a T-shirt: (Peace, Love & MRT) for $20. Proceeds go to the MRT Social Action Committee for donation to a local charity.
Please Join us for
Tefilah Lab
Sunday, March 3rd at 10:00 am
Tefilah Lab is a new program whose purpose is to create an experiential Jewish worship group at Monmouth Reform Temple. The group will focus on experimenting with Jewish meditation with the goals of increasing mindfulness, promoting a sense of peace, and facilitating an experience of the divine for its participants. Drawing from psychological research, biblical commentary, and Jewish meditation literature, we will discuss and try a variety of spiritual practices in lively and interactive sessions.
In the first session, we will start by discussing our past experiences with prayer. When has it been helpful? When has it not? Are there certain settings or circumstances where prayer has been effective?  What feelings do you experience when you pray? We will do a self-assessment of our prayer experiences through the use of a standard questionnaire that has been designed to measure spiritual experiences.  
In the second part of the session, we will try a breathing exercise that can help prepare the mind for prayer. Finally, we will discuss praying intentionally, praying with Kavanah, and will practice a prayer technique called mantra meditation that is designed to foster this type of prayer.  
For more information contact Elliott Familant at  
Please Join us for a New Shabbat Experience
On the following Saturday mornings: (2/16, 4/6, 5/18 and 6/1), Rabbi Kline or Cantor Clissold will conduct a morning service in the sanctuary from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Worship will be somewhat informal, fully participatory, and include a dedicated time for study. We want to encourage our membership of all ages to participate, innovate and lead any piece of the service experience. For every service, we would like our entire community to share in the appreciation of our past, our present and our future.
Who knows, maybe some or all of us will go have lunch together as well!
Lunch Break (121 Dr. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank) needs our help. Lunch Break provides, at no cost, food, clothing, and social support to Monmouth County residents. Founded in 1983, Lunch Break now serves over five thousand meals a month and needs donations of non-perishable food. Right now Lunch Break is desperate for winter clothing and blankets. The organization will also accept grocery store gift cards as well as gift cards to pharmacies and shoe stores. Cleaning supplies are also welcome. Feel free to drop your donations at the temple or directly at Lunch Break. Their donation hours are Mondays through Fridays 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM to noon. If you have questions about clothing or general item donations, contact Program Coordinator, Melia Owens, at 732-747-8577 x 3022. If you have questions about making food donations, contact the Executive Chef and Pantry Manager, Tyrone Burr at 732-747-8577 or email If you want to make a donation after-hours at Lunch Break, just go around to the blue door at the back. Let’s do this. It’s too cold to be hungry or homeless.
MRT is celebrating 60 years!
Come visit the back room off of the Social Hall and look at the hanging canvas photograph panels going back to the very first year of our synagogue through the most recent programs and events. Please respect the work and refrain from touching the posters. Pass the word to your MRT friends!
Check your mailbox
for the Shalach Manot order form
Weekly Meetings & Events
February 17th, Men’s Club presents:
Jewish Heritage Discussions with Rabbi Kline
Topic: Maimonides and mixed drinks
MRT Library 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Please bring a snack to share
Sisterhood Book Club, March 11 at 7:15
See below to purchase online!
Family Promise of Monmouth County presents the Promise of Spring signature fundraising dinner to benefit the homeless children and families they serve.
Help them celebrate their 18th year of service and our move into their new Day Center located on the former Fort Monmouth! For more information about Family Promise of Monmouth County and The Promise of Spring, please visit ThePromise2019
Family Promise of Monmouth County
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday 10:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday 10:30am – 3:00pm
Friday Closed