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MRT Weekly Eblast

January 12, 2021

Upcoming Virtual Worship

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service

Dedicated to the Voices of Justice

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, please join us for a Shabbat service dedicated to the Voices of Justice – Friday, January 15th at 7:00pm. We will continue our partnership with Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, as Rev. Semaj Vanzant will co-lead our worship with Rabbi Kline and give the sermon. Joining Cantor Clissold to provide music will be Dan Kahn and Second Baptist Music Minister John Payne. In speaking about whether or not Dr. King’s dream has been made real, Dr. Vanzant will provoke thought and ideas to spawn a series of public conversations.

Click HERE to watch live.

Click HERE to follow along with the service.

Tzedakah for Justice

This month’s Tzedakah collection will support the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism – New Jersey (RAC-NJ). Having worked closely with RAC-NJ on the voter registration initiative, we will continue our partnership working for justice as we dedicate our tzedakah collective to this mission and work.

Click HERE for more information about RAC-NJ and its 2021 Civic Engagement Campaign.

Donations to our Virtual Tzedakah Box can be made by check payable to MRT, or through our website by clicking HERE.*

*Please make sure to add a note to your payment specifying that the funds should be directed towards Tzedakah/RAC-NJ.

Upcoming Services and Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, January 15, 2021 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, January 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

Check our Friday pamphlet for the Zoom link to join.

Zoom Havdalah Service

Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm

End Shabbat with MRT!

Hosted by Lori Bernard and Rabbi Marc Kline.

Join Zoom HERE.

Click HERE for Jewish justice texts.

Click HERE for song lyrics.

Tuesday Morning Events

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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.

Bema Reps Needed

Would you like to be called to the bema to give announcements for a future Shabbat service? If so, contact Marjorie Wold, to find an available date that works for you.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Ritual Meeting-Via Zoom

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Religious Ed Committee Meeting-Via Zoom

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting-Via Zoom

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm

MRT Committee News

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:

Upcoming Book Club Meeting

Thursday, January 14th at 7 pm

The Mathematician’s Shiva

by Stuart Rojstaczer

Host: Linda Burstein

Shalach Manot Fundraiser

This year of Covid is different, but your message of love is more important than ever!

Send a Shalach Manot message to the entire MRT Congregation; including your MRT family, friends, staff and teachers!

Cost: $36 for the entire MRT community

Deadline to Order: Friday, February 5th

How: Order online HERE.

or drop/mail check to the MRT office, payable to MRT Sisterhood.

E-mail your message to

One of the sweetest Purim traditions is sending gifts of food and drink.

Since we aren’t gathering and won’t send food, send a message.

Click Here for the Flyer 

Men’s Club Events

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Makow and I have recently assumed the position of President of the MRT Men’s Club. I have been a member of MRT since Sep 2019 and immediately joined the Men’s Club. I was participating in various MRT activities (poker, Sukkoth, Giants, beer making, Hanukah Party, etc.) and was really enjoying it. Then well you know what happened; the COVID virus hit and almost all activity stopped. We were still able to have our virtual study with Rabbi Kline and did have a golf outing in October. But that has been about it. While COVID is still here and will be for a while, I would like to get the ball rolling again. Towards that end, I have scheduled a virtual planning meeting for January 21st at 7pm.

My objective for this meeting is to start planning on what activities we could pursue. Knowing COVID is still around obviously puts forth restrictions, but there are things we can get involved with (either virtually or in person) as winter turns to spring. I am providing a draft list as follows:

·        Continue virtual Torah and Jewish Heritage Study with Rabbi Kline

·        Support the Ritual Committee (Bimah, Usher, Security, etc.)

·        MRT Improvement Projects (inside and out)

·        Participation in Mitzvah Day

·        Family Based BBQ Picnic

·        Golf Outing

·        Paint Ball (I know the owner of the one by Great Adventure)

These are just my ideas; please be ready to share your own. The first three items on my list can be done in the near term; the last four would not be until the springtime; adhering to any COVID restrictions.

Please keep your eyes open for the meeting invite. I look forward to seeing you soon and hearing what suggestions you may have.

David Makow; MRT Men’s Club President;; 732-567-4139. 


Virtual Jewish Discussions with Rabbi Kline

Thursday, January 14th

Topic: Kosher and Ketel One Vodka

Time: 7:00 PM 

Zoom Link:  

Men’s Club Planning Meeting

Thursday, January 21st at 7 pm

Zoom Link:

Adult Education Events

Please join the Adult Education Committee, on Zoom, as we welcome:

Professor Maya Balakirsky Katz

Thursday, January 21, 2021


Professor Katz’s topic will be: 

Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation

This presentation, including video clips and still images, chronicles the role of Jewish artists in the Soviet animation industry, which was one of the most integrated artistic industries in the Soviet Union. Through their work, these artists portrayed their experiences as Soviet Jews.

Click HERE for the flyer.

Please email your RSVP to: by January 19, 2021. The Zoom link will be sent the day prior to the program. We look forward to seeing you at this interesting presentation.

Save the Dates!

Seeing Human Through a Jewish Lens Series:

The 1619 Project

The next program in our Seeing Human Through a Jewish Lens series will be a three part discussion, facilitated by MRT Sisterhood and based on the New York Times articles from The 1619 Project, along with guest speakers.

The dates are:

February 1, 2021

February 11, 2021

February 22, 2021

More details to follow.

Veganism Committee Events


Synagogue-wide Tu B’Shvat seder

January 28, 2021 at 7pm

Stay tuned for more details.

Climate Advocacy and Environmental Justice

The Social Action Committee has created a sub-group on Climate Advocacy and Environmental Justice.

Global atmospheric warming, caused largely by human activities, is leading to significant changes in climate patterns around the world. These changes will cause increases in temperature, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, increased severity of storms, and will impact natural ecological systems as well as human health. In particular, the greatest impact of the changing climate is already being experienced by disadvantaged communities. And, in addition, New Jersey will be at the forefront of many of these changes. 

What can we do?

The sub-group will educate its members and our community on the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as actions that can mitigate the severity of the change and adapt to changes that will come.     

Beyond education, the sub-group will advocate for policies to minimize, mitigate, and adapt to climate changes. We will advocate for environmental justice for already overburdened communities.

If you are interested, please contact Jay Wiesenfeld (

Jay Wiesenfeld

Rickie Kashdan, Chair, Social Action

Marci Rachlin, Vice-Chair, Social Action

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.

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 Kline 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, January 15, 2021

Live Stream Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Allen Borack, Charles Mindel, Philip Schiller, Lena Mozer, Aaron Harry Bandolik, Rita Goodman, Harriet Phyllis Herman, David Moss, Winifred Whyman Rich, *Irving Priesand, Manuel Unterman, Stella Seligman, *Esther Bregman, *Ruth Stark, Rose Kardane, *Adelaide Meyer, Saul Schatten, *George Silver, Howard Teitelbaum

Names to be read on Friday, January 22, 2021

Live Stream Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Mae Kaplan, Henry Miller, *Samuel Morse, Charles Ostroff, *Michael Sporn, Beatrice Cohen, *Simon Goldsmith, Emanuel Marks, Ziskin Flaum, Ruth Granstrom, Amy Hayet, Ida Levin, Lillian Atlas, *Raymond Klein, *Max Mausner, *Harry Obstgarten, *Nathan Marx, *Eleanor Peskoe, Joseph Moskowitz, Allan Shechet

*Names with an asterisk have memorial plaques

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.


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 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:

(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 virtual event will be on the calendar, and we can all participate in them.

Thank you!

Temple Cancellations

We regret that due to Covid-19, in order to keep everyone safe, we have had to discontinue in-person temple worship and meetings and replace them with live stream or Zoom meetings.

This includes ALL MRT committee meetings, Sisterhood and Men’s Club events and Religious School classes.

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!