This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

January 31, 2023


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

Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm Board of Trustees Meeting-On Zoom

Wednesday, February 1 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm HR Subcommittee Meeting

Friday, February 3 at 8:00 am Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Join Zoom HERE

Friday, February 3 at 6:00 pm First Friday Family Shabbat Service

Watch Livestream HERE Sign up to Volunteer HERE

Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Virtual Torah Study

Sunday, February 5 at 11:00 am Adult Ed. Virtual Kibbutz Tour


Monday, February 6 at 7:00 pm The Future of Israel-NJ Economic and Business Relations

Flyer HERE

Tuesday, February 7 at 8:00 am Coffee and Conversation at Panera in Shrewsbury

Tuesday, February 7 at 10:00 am Gathering of Wisdom

Join Zoom HERE


MRT needs people who want to help decorate and spruce up our MRT Home! If design or carpentry interests you, our Arts & Deco Committee could use your help! Contact: Jordana Steinberg, if you are interested.





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

Rabbi Priesand will tell a story entitled “Opening Our Eyes.”

Watch service livestream here


Many hands make light work – please sign up to help set up the food and clean up after dinner.

Happening this Sunday!

RSVP to by February 2, 2023

Volunteer Opportunity


 Single Day Volunteer Opportunity at Interfaith Rise in Highland Park 

Thurs, Feb 2nd, 9:30 am -2 pm

I-RISE (Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment) is a multi-faith, multi-congregational, multi-racial organization committed to welcoming refugee families to New Jersey, assisting them in rebuilding their lives, and helping them thrive. 

At MRT, we have been assisting Interfaith Rise with much appreciated goods and funds for more than a year, ever since the Afghans poured into the US in 2021. Since then there have been refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and of course, Ukraine. We would like to help now in another way. At the last monthly I Rise meeting on Jan. 19, this need was emphasized:


We have been setting up multiple houses the past couple of weeks and need help with sorting, organizing and packing up boxes for the families.

If you are available Monday- Thursday, anytime between 10-3pm, Please Sign Up.

Also, at this hybrid meeting, attention again was brought to the urgent winter need for WARM BLANKETS (new or gently used) and NEW PILLOWS. Other household items are welcome as well.

We are signed up to help with this ongoing work on Thursday, February 2, 2022 for a few hours. We will meet at MRT at 9:30 am for the 40-45 minute drive to Highland Park. After a couple of hours in the Donation Center, we’ll pause our work for a delicious free lunch in their Cafe, operated by immigrants. Then we’ll return to the warehouse and depart at about 2 pm to return to the Temple.

We hope you will join us! Please contact me and say yes! If you have goods to donate or bring with you, please let me know what they are, so we can plan for space to transport them.

Hope to hear from you!

Gail Kass


January Tzedakah Collection

The Sharing Network Foundation supports the work of NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for the nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. The Foundation is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through clinical advancement, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Wayne Hallard is our matching donor this month.

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 Sharing Network Foundation.

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-On Zoom

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm

HR Subcommittee Meeting-On Zoom

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, February 3, 2023 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 Virtual Torah Study

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

Coffee and Conversation

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 8:00 am

Join Dean Ross and other board members at Panera in Shrewsbury

Gathering of Wisdom

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 10:00 am

Join us in person or on Zoom for our weekly discussion group. Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman will be leading.

Zoom Link:


The Future of Israel-NJ

Economic Development and Business Relations

Monday, February 6 | 7:00 PM 

Bell Works, Holmdel

Israel and New Jersey are important trading partners fostering economic, scientific, and other ties. Join us February 6th to explore, with our distinguished panel, future

opportunities in Israel-NJ business relations.

Register HERE



Religious School Fundraiser

Deadline has been extended! Get your shirt today!

MRT Committee News


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. 

Contact Nancy Zaslowe to RSVP and for more details.

The Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)

Our engaging MRT Sisterhood offers many activities and programs throughout the year to its members. We are also members of the group called Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the umbrella organization of Sisterhoods nationwide. WRJ offers a multitude of interesting programs, both educational and social, through its website to explore and participate in. Feel free to visit

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

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

Names to be read on Friday, February 3, 2023

Shabbat Service at 6:00 PM.

*James Abis, Irving Burdas, William Calderwood, *Julius Fox, *Al Goldstein, Bernice Horowitz, Morris Kosberg, Sarah Laperdon, Dr. Paul B. Lerner, Marvin Levine, Mike Lewkowicz, Clara Lipsky, Jack Lipsky, *Carole Littenberg, Susan Marx, Beverly Maurer, *Max Mausner, Sylvia Moss, Leroy Nisenson, *Simie Nusbaum, *Harry Obstgarten, *Clara Offenhenden, Sanford Rems, Leonore Rosen, Max Rosen, *Charles B. Rubinstein, Norma Shechet

Names to be read on Friday, February 10, 2023

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

*Isadore Abramowitz , *Sara Brightman, Marcia Burstein, *Jill L. Butler, *Lynn Sternberg Donlan, *Henrietta A. Feigus, Joyce Hankin, Beatrice Herz, *Eva Rotman Lite, *Rose Littman, Elsie Mazzarella, *Philip Miller, Robert Misch, *Milton Morris, Solomon Rems, Benjamin Roffman, *Bob Rosin, *Robert Salomon, *Rose Samo, Samuel D. Shagan, Ruth Stone, *Samuel Taksel, Matilda Tell, Iain Thomlinson, Rose Tiplitz, *Charles Wallerstein

*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.

MRT Mask Policy

Masks are optional for worship services in our sanctuary.

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.


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!