This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

May 30, 2023


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

Wednesday, May 31 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm Adult Ed Welcomes Photographer Joan Roth. On Zoom

Flyer HERE Zoom link HERE

Friday, June 2 at 8:00 am Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Join Zoom HERE

Friday, June 2 at 6:00 pm First Friday Family Shabbat Service

Livestream HERE

Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Virtual Torah Study

Tuesday, June 6 at 8:00 am Coffee and Conversation at Coffee Corral

Wednesday, June 7 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Monday, June 19 at 7:00 pm Sisterhood Book Club Meeting


Friday, June 23 at 6:00 pm BYO Dinner (no alcohol) Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Friday, June 23 at 7:00 pm Beach Shabbat Service at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Friday, July 7 at 6:00 pm Rabbi Renee Edelman Leads Her First Shabbat Service at MRT

Mazel Tov to:

Brook and Vince Coppola, on the engagement of their son Gunnar Wainwright to Andrea Gamboa.

Isaac Schmetterer, celebrating his bar mitzvah on June 17th.

Marcy & Brian McMullen, celebrating their 45th anniversary on July 2nd.

Are you Kvelling? Share your good news with us so we can share it with our MRT Family!

Celebrating a birth, anniversary, engagement, graduation, wedding or any other special simcha? If so, please let us know so we can share it with the congregation at the beginning of the month in our Eblast.

Email your special news to

As always, donations in honor of your simcha or someone else’s can be made on our website by clicking HERE or by mailing a check to the MRT office.





Shabbat service this Friday night will be led by Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

Join us for our last First Friday service/dinner before the summer. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Watch service livestream here

Upcoming Event

Join Zoom Here

Men’s Club Needs Your Input

The Men’s Club is Looking to Put a (New) Roof Over Our Heads…

That would be a sukkah roof. We are exploring the replacement of the current chicken wire roof which has proven to be very time consuming to install with an easier to install roof. The current roof is installed in 10 to 12 sections of rolled out chicken wire and then affixed to the metal frame via zip ties. It is desired to find a single piece design to replace the current roof. A quick review on the internet shows several sources who could provide a netting that could be cut to size. The dimensions of the sukkah are 38’ x 21’. The issue of loading due to the corn stalks needs to be considered. The netting would most likely sag more than the chicken wire. However, with enough zip ties the netting should hold up. The netting could easily be folded up and stored in the shed thereby saving on takedown time as well. Camouflage netting could be another possible solution.


I am soliciting ideas from our congregants especially those who have participated in the building and taking down of our sukkah in the past. I am planning to build up the sukkah a week earlier than usual. That would be Sunday Sep 17, 2023. This will allow us time to ensure that the new roof works. I will also be getting the cornstalks delivered a week earlier so we can test the new roof under load. If there are any issues, we will have time to go back to the old roof. However, I’m confident that with your insight we can make this work the first time.


Please forward any recommendations to me at or call me at 732-567-4139. I appreciate your support in this endeavor. 


Thank You,


David Makow

President, MRT Men’s Club

May Tzedakah Collection


Contributions to Tzedakah for the month of May will benefit Interfaith-RISE, an organization that welcomes, settles and assists refugees to adjust to living in the United States.Through our MRT Social Action Committee we have raised funds for them in the past, as well as collected and transported carloads of needed goods to Interfaith-RISE headquarters in Highland Park. MRT efforts began with the influx of Afghans, and has grown to include Ukranians and many others. Refugees now are entering from from Syria, Pakistan, Africa, Caribbean nations and elsewhere. As many of these new families and individuals are being settled in eastern Monmouth County near us, we hope to be able to assist them in more personal ways through Interfaith-RISE.

Gail and Gerald Kass are our matching donors 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 Interfaith-RISE.

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.

Interfaith Neighbors 35th Anniversary Gala

A few pictures from this successful event.

Upcoming Meetings

Ritual Meeting-On Zoom

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Social Action Committee Meeting-On Zoom

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting-In Person

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm

More Upcoming Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, June 2, 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, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

Coffee and Conversation

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 8:00 am

Join Dean Ross and other board members at Coffee Corral

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.

Upcoming Book Club Meeting

Book: Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Author: Condoleezza Rice

Date: Monday, June 19, 2023 at 7 pm

“An origins story…teeming with fascinating detail”-New York Times

“Engaging…A coming-of-age story during the final years

of segregation and its aftermath”-Washington Post

Leaders: Judy Rivkin & Linda Burns

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, June 2, 2023

Shabbat Service at 6:00 PM

*Bessie L. Bodner, Frances Rose Cohn, Mary Cole, *Minnie Lewis Feinman, Joshua Glassberg, Samuel Glazer, *Bessie Goldberg, Sylvia Goldsmith, Malcolm Goldsmith, Henry Greenberg, *Bertha Grossman, Esther Haratz, Joseph Ibsen, Ruth Mandelbaum, Anna Rogak, Sarah Beth Rosenblatt, Roslyn Rosenblatt, Louis Rosenman, Dorothy Herman Ruby, Vivian J. Russo, *Mildred Scheuer, Mildred Shapiro, Gabriel Spector, Robert Tanner, Martha Vicenzi, Stephen Woodard

Names to be read on Friday, June 9, 2023

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Herman Albert, Evelyn Bergson, Mabel Brenner, Maurice S. Byck, Mina Clyman, Sarah Flaum, *Ida Potozky Friedman, Sarah Gold, Shirley Hyman, Ruth Karpen, Emanuel Kaye, *Charles Klein, Dr. Leonard Krachman, Daisy Lowenstein, *Rose Silver, *Dr. Leonard Weiss, *Andrei B. Yagoda

*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. 

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!