This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

June 11, 2024


Scroll down the Eblast for more information on these upcoming MRT events.

Wednesday, June 12 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Friday, June 14 at 8:00 am Morning Meditation Session with Elliott Familant


Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm Pride Visual Worship Shabbat Service

Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Virtual Torah Study

Monday, June 17 at 7:00 pm Sisterhood Book Club Meeting

Monday, June 17 at 9:00 pm Evening Meditation Session with Elliott


Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 am Coffee and Conversation at Coffee Corral

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm Board of Trustees Meeting – At MRT & On Zoom

Contact Dean Ross if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 pm Adult Education Committee Meeting on Zoom

Friday, June 21 at 8:00 am Morning Meditation Session with Elliott Familant


Friday, June 21 at 7:00 pm Shabbat Service

Livestream HERE


Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special simcha? Observing a loved one’s yahrzeit? What better way to honor the occasion than by sponsoring an oneg!

An announcement will be made on the bema and, if you want, the rabbi and cantor will invite you up for a special honor.

Contact Jordana Steinberg in the office, 732-747-9365 or, for more information.





This Friday please join us for Pride Shabbat at 7 pm in the Social Hall, led by Cantor Clissold, Rabbi Edelman and Dr. Peter Isherwood. MRT is proud to be an inclusive synagogue. It is easy easy to call yourself an ally, but the label alone isn’t enough. Oppression doesn’t take breaks. To be an effective ally we as a synagogue need to be willing to be consistent in support of LGBTQ+ rights and defend LGBTQ+ people against discrimination. It takes all members of society to make true acceptance and respect happen. We hope the service is an example of MRT’s open and consistent support and will hopefully lead as an example to other houses of worship. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the technology involved, the Visual Worship service cannot/will not be livestreamed. If you are unable to attend in person, since there is no livestream, let the office know if you would like a name read for Kaddish on a different week.

This week’s Oneg will be sponsored by Stu and Cora Tuchband in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary.

Help MRT Stay Cool: A Letter from MRT President Dean Ross

Dear MRT Family,

As we approach the start of the new fiscal year at Monmouth Reform Temple, I am filled with enthusiasm and optimism for the future of our community. I am excited to introduce our new Board Members and welcome back many of our current members. Their dedication and commitment will undoubtedly steer us toward continued growth and success.

However, I must bring to your attention some financial challenges that we are currently facing. Our 2024-2025 budget reveals a deficit, primarily due to the urgent need to replace two HVAC units that service our social hall and sanctuary. These replacements are essential to maintain a comfortable and welcoming environment for all our gatherings and services. Based on current estimates, the cost of these units will exceed $60,000.

Click HERE to read the rest of the letter.

June Tzedakah Box

Pinwheel Place is a local nonprofit that started a crisis nursery here in Monmouth County.

A crisis nursery is a lifeline for families in distress, providing a safe haven for children when parents face emergencies like illness, homelessness, or domestic violence. It offers immediate relief, ensuring children are cared for in a nurturing environment while parents work through their crises.

This vital support system strengthens the community by preventing child abuse and neglect, fostering resilience, and offering hope and stability to families during their most challenging times.  

Click HERE for more information about this organization.

Tzedakah donations (cash or check payable to MRT) can be placed into the lobby Tzedakah box, sent to the MRT office, or made through our website by clicking HERE.*

*If paying by check or online, please make sure to add a note to your payment specifying that the funds should be directed towards Pinwheel Place.

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Trustees Meeting- At MRT & On Zoom

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Contact Dean Ross if you would like to attend.

Adult Ed. Committee Meeting- On Zoom

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events

MRT Meditation Sessions

MRT offers two opportunities to meditate together each week.   

  • Boker Tov-Friday, June 14th at 8:00 AM. This is MRT’s long-standing Friday morning meditation session consisting of a short reading, 18 minutes of silent meditation, a tiny bit of discussion, and then Kaddish.  
  • Lilah Tov-Monday, June 17th at 9:00 PM. Transition peacefully into sleep with this short and meaningful meditation session. We will start with a reading, 18 minutes of meditation, and then a quiet recitation of a portion of the bedtime Shema.

Each session is a way to inject a little bit of peace into your week and will help you feel calm and centered and connected with your community. If you are new to meditation, these sessions can be a gentle introduction to the practice with a Jewish twist. I hope you will join us.  

Both sessions can be accessed via Zoom by following the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 355 433 2579

Passcode: chesed

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

MRT Committee News

Social Action

Meet your NJ State Representatives

The New Jersey Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism–RAC-NJ–is encouraging congregations to meet their NJ State Legislative representatives. At these meetings, legislators will share their history and priorities for our state government. We will learn about them as they learn about us.

District 12 (includes Manalapan, Englishtown, Jackson)–Senator Owen Henry, Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm. The meeting will be held in-person at Temple Shaari Emeth (, 400 Craig Rd, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726.

District 11–the home district for Monmouth Reform Temple–Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblywomen Margie Donlon and Luanne Peterpaul, Thursday, July 18, 10 am. This will be a virtual meeting (Zoom) sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Monmouth Reform Temple. Further details will be forthcoming.


Mahjong, Wednesdays, 1:45 pm-3:45 pm

We will be playing Mahjong in the MRT social hall every Wednesday from 1:45 pm-3:45 pm. 

We welcome players at all levels! 

Contact Nancy Zaslowe to RSVP and for more details.

Upcoming Book Club Meeting

Monday, June 17, 2024 at 7 PM

The Oppermanns

by Lion Feuchtwanger

Leader – Cheryl Gaudette

The Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)

Our engaging MRT Sisterhood offers many activities and programs throughout the year to its members. We are also a member of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the umbrella organization of Sisterhoods nationwide. WRJ offers a multitude of educational and social programs to explore and participate in. Feel free to visit to subscribe for updates from WRJ

via weekly e-mail.

Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Your MRT Sisterhood Judaica Shop has a selection of beautiful and meaningful gifts for the home, the holidays, special occasions and for the young people in your life.

Below is a catalog showing many of the items we have available. To order any items or visit the shop, contact Karen Kahn at,  cell# 732-208-3564

Click here for the Judaica catalog

Mi Shebeirach

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

Please note: Names added to the Mi Shebeirach list will be read aloud during Shabbat Services for two weeks. If you would like to continue to have the name read, you must recontact the temple at the end of the two week period. As always, when you attend Shabbat services, you are welcome to announce the name of a loved one in need of healing.


May our loved ones’ memories forever be a blessing

The names of your loved ones will be read during Shabbat services for Yahrzeit, Shiva & Shloshim. 

Names to be read on Friday, June 14, 2024

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the technology involved, the Visual Worship service cannot/will not be livestreamed. Let the office know if you would like a name read for Kaddish on a different week.

Steven Berkowitz, Maurice S. Byck, Emily Conway, Henry Budd Coyne, Rose Deutsch, Carolyn Einhorn, Gerald Friedman, *Myrna Hunger, Ruth Karpen, Stuart Leyden, Martin Makow, Michael* Rossin, Belle Singer Russian, Gloria Sabin, *Rose Silver, Bertram (Buddy) Swersky

Names to be read on Friday, June 21, 2024

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Samuel Danzig, Jack Finkelstein, *Frances Herman, Howard Hochman, Theodore Rosenfeld, Samuel Semer, Lawrence Wigdortz, William Wolf

*Names with an asterisk have memorial plaques. To order a memorial plaque, please email or call Jordana in the MRT office. Purchasing a plaque ensures that Kaddish will be said, in perpetuity, at temple services during the week of the anniversary of that person’s death.


Monday-Wednesday: 10 am – 4 pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10 am – 2 pm

Our clergy and staff are always available to you. Please contact anyone with their information below. 

Renee Edelman, Rabbi:

(516) 662-4479

Gabrielle Clissold, Cantor:

(732) 688-0661

Magda Reyes, Director of Congregational Learning:

Dean Ross, President:

Jordana Steinberg, Office Administrator:

(732) 747-9365 (Office)

Our Calendar

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

Thank you!

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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.

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!