This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

September 20, 2022


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

Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 pm Social Action Postcarding Party

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 pm MRT Listening Group on Zoom

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 pm Choir Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 21 at 8:00 am Gan Mazon: Harvest

Wednesday, September 21 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm Board of Trustees Meeting

If you would like to attend the Board Meeting, email: or for the Zoom link.

Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Sisterhood Apple Pie/Babka & Honey Wrapping

Thursday, September 22 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Sisterhood Apple Pie/Babka & Honey Pickup

Thursday, September 22 at 5:00 pm Gan Mazon: Tend Plants

Friday, September 23 at 8:00 am Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Join Zoom HERE

Friday, September 23 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Sisterhood Apple Pie/Babka & Honey Pickup

Friday, September 23 at 7:00 pm Shabbat Service

Watch Livestream HERE

Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Sunday, September 25 at 7:45 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Watch Livestream HERE

Monday, September 26 at 10:00 am Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Watch Livestream HERE

Monday, September 26 at 2:00 pm Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Watch Livestream HERE

Monday, September 26 at 3:00 pm Walk to Tashlich

Watch Livestream HERE

Scroll down for the full High Holy Day Service Schedule.

Help Build Our Sukkah!

The Men’s Club needs your help to build the Sukkah on October 9th. Contact Dave Makow, or 732-567-4139 if you are available to help.

Upcoming Worship Services



Shabbat service this Friday night will be led by Rabbi Sally J. Priesand and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

Sermon Title: “Reaffirming the Covenant”

Watch service livestream here

High Holy Days 2022


Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 25th

Service: 7:45 pm

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 26th

Morning Service: 10:00 am

Family (Children’s) Service: 2:00 pm

Tashlich: 3:00 pm

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 4th

Service: 7:45 pm

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 5th

Morning Service: 10:00 am

Family (Children’s) Service: 2:00 pm

Afternoon Programs: 3:00 pm

Yizkor Service: 4:45 pm

Closing Service/Neilah: 5:30 pm

Services will be held in person in our sanctuary, and also on livestream. We want everyone in the sanctuary to feel comfortable during worship. Since spacing will be difficult, FOR HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES ONLY, MASKS WILL BE MANDATORY IN THE SANCTUARY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PEOPLE ON THE BEMA. Masks will continue to be optional at all other services and programs throughout the year.

High Holy Day Prayer Books Available to Borrow

For those people that will be joining us virtually for the High Holy Days, prayer book pickup will continue from

10 am – 4 pm on the following days:

Wednesday, September 21st 

Friday, September 23rd

If those dates/times are not convenient for you, please contact the office to arrange a pickup time.

High Holy Day Collection 2022

High Holy Day Food and Supply Drive for

The Center in Asbury Park


During the High Holy Days, we at MRT do a Food and Supply Drive for The Center.  MRT has supported The Center since its inception in 1992. The Center provides support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers. The dedicated staff of mostly volunteers offers its clients a safe haven in order to instill a sense of community and stability in their lives, as well as permanent, supportive housing for 25 adults.

The list of requested items this year is extensive and so is our members’ generosity. Our High Holy Day Collection will run from Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 9thFeel free to pick up a bag and list on Rosh Hashanah and bring it back on Yom Kippur. If the Temple is open, please drop off items in the lobby or feel free to leave items outside in the bins next to the front doors.  


Men’s razors

Laundry detergent

Women’s razors

Men’s underwear-sizes 32,34,36,38

Shaving cream

Woman’s underwear-sizes sm. med. lg. xl.

Women’s deodorant

Men’s and Women’s t shirts

Toilet paper

Paper Towels

Shampoo and conditioner

Reusable shopping bags

Body wash

Body lotion


Canned fruit

Canned vegetables

Tomato sauce


Granola bars




Black bean cans


Mashed potatoes

Cake mix

MRT New Rabbi Search: You Talk, We Listen 

Your input is needed as we search for a new rabbi. What are you looking for in a synagogue community? What do you see as MRT’s top priorities? What do you believe are the most important qualities for a rabbi to possess? We want your thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of our synagogue and where we would like to focus our efforts in the coming years. Please click the button below to sign up for either an in-person session at MRT or online session on Zoom. Participation in each one-hour session is limited to 10 people. Facilitators are listed with the session. A congregational survey is planned for later in September around the High Holy Days

A Listening Group is currently scheduled for:

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm, Amy Sukinik, ZOOM

Click here to sign up

MRT Mask Policy

Masks are optional for worship services in our sanctuary, with the exception of High Holy Day services*.

Masks continue to be optional in our hallways, bathrooms, and kitchen, and during Religious School. For group meetings, mask usage is at the discretion of the host.


Please stay home if you have any signs of fever or illness.

Get Involved with Social Action

If you haven’t gotten your postcards yet – now is the time!

Make a Difference in this Very Important Midterm Election

Some of you have done this before in the very important 2020 election. This November is shaping up to be almost as crucial. One thing we do know, our interest can only be represented if we vote and encourage others to vote.

Once again we are partnering with RAC-NJ in a postcard writing campaign with the Center for Common Ground to help encourage greater voter participation this November. The postcards we send will go to low propensity voters in states around the nation for both voter registration and encouraging those registered to vote.

Participation is easy by directly signing up for the campaign through RAC (the Religious Action Center) at Make sure you sign up under the group “Monmouth Reform Temple.” The post card kit(s) will be mailed to your house. A person can order 1-4 kits of 30 postcards each. A donation of $18 is suggested. You will need to provide the postage stamps.

Feel free to fill out postcards on your own or, if you are able, join us on September 20th, at 6 pm, to fill out postcards together at Marianne Kligman’s home. Refreshments and camaraderie provided. If you’d like to join us to postcard together, please RSVP to Marianne at, “Attention Postcarding Party”. (Please allow a couple of weeks to receive your cards. We will have extra available, if needed.)

This is an easy and fun way to participate in our democracy. If you can’t make it to the postcarding party, order extra and invite your friends and family to postcard with you in person or on zoom! (If you can, let Marianne know how many postcards you and your family/friends filled out and sent.)

College Care Packages

September Tzedakah Collection

The No Limits café is a lunch café that employs adults with Intellectual Disabilities. They are a charitable organization that trains and employs adults with intellectual disabilities to give them the ability to be contributing members of society.  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 No Limits Cafe

We are always seeking charitable organizations to support with our matching Tzedakah box. If you have an organization that you feel would connect with MRT’s mission, please contact Jordana in the temple office.

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Trustees Meeting 

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm

If you would like to attend the Board Meeting, email: or for the Zoom link.

Upcoming Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, September 23, 2022 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.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

Coffee and Conversation

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 8:00 am

Join Dean Ross and other board members at Coffee Corral in Red Bank.

MRT Committee News


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

*We will be playing Mahjong in the MRT library every Wednesday from 1-3 pm. 

Contact Nancy Zaslowe to RSVP and for more details.

Anyone interested in playing must be vaccinated and we will be wearing masks.

Fabulous Foodie Fundraiser 2022

Apple Pie/Babka & Honey Wrapping

Thursday, September 22 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Orders will be available for pickup on the following dates:

Thursday, September 22 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Friday, September 23 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

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 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

Cantor Clissold will read the names of your loved ones during Shabbat services for Yahrzeit, Shiva & Shloshim. 

Names to be read on Friday, September 23, 2022

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Joseph Baer, *Stella Bernstein, *Sonya Brecker, *Morris Dworkin, *Warren Feigus, Esther Hauser, *Esther Kornitzky, *Oscar Kurry, *Lillian Lane,  *Gertrude L. Marx, Robert Maurer, Dorothy Merchasin, Elaine Miller, Jessie Miller, *Blume R. Miller, Tom Patten, Walter Peskoe, Robert Rekedal, *Anne Rogovin, Lorraine Roffman, *Ruth Rothman, Susan Sachs, *Daniel B. Salomon, *Gilbert H. Salomon, *George Welner

Names to be read on Friday, September 30, 2022

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Ross Albert, *Arnold Burns, Lynn DiMatteo,*Philip Falk, Babette Kaltenbacher Flaum, *Roslyn Falk Garin, *Herbert Ginzburg, Darrin Glassberg, Abraham Hirsh Goldenberg, *Ludwig L. Jacobi, Solomon Kahn, Linh Katz, Renee Kaye, *David Kornitzky, *Abram Kridel, Linda Lerner, Edwin Levy, Alex Messinger, David Schlisserman, Reva Sklarin, *Herman Solomon, *Martha Weinberg, *Michael Weiss, Susan Roxanne Wolf, Louis Yoblick

*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. 

Gabrielle Clissold, Cantor:

(732) 688-0661

Magda Reyes, Director of Congregational Learning:

Wayne Hallard, 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!