This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

February 20, 2024


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

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm Board of Trustees Meeting-In-At MRT and On Zoom.

Contact Dean Ross if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, February 21 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm Social Action Steering Group Meeting

Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm Judaism 101 Class-Led By Rabbi Edelman

Friday, February 23 at 8:00 am Morning Meditation Session with Elliott Familant


Friday, February 23 at 7:00 pm Shabbat Service

Livestream HERE

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

Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 pm School Equity Conversation

Register HERE

Monday, February 26 at 7:00 pm Membership Meeting

Monday, February 26 at 9:00 pm Evening Meditation Session with Elliott




Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 pm Adult Education: Shabbat Kallah


Monday, March 4 at 7:00 pm Mitzvah Day Organizational Meeting-Hybrid

Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 pm Murder Mystery Dinner/Fundraiser





Shabbat Service this Friday night will be led by

Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

Watch livestream here

Equity in NJ Public Schools-Join the Conversation

MRT is joining with RAC-NJ and other congregations to hold conversations about educational equity in NJ schools and implications for the future.

More information is in the flyer below.

Sign up for one of the conversations here, by 2/23

Tzedakah Box


The Tzedakah Box collection for February and March is Shine-A-Light, which does just that. The Shine-A-Light initiative provides and installs lights on bicycles for workers and others in the Red Bank community whose primary means of transportation is a bicycle. This initiative was founded by our President Dean Ross about 10 years ago. Volunteers from MRT work with the Red Bank Police Benevolent Association in this project.

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 Shine-A-Light.

Murder Mystery “Fun”draiser


RSVP here

50/50 raffle tickets are available to pre-order. Contact Margo Hassan at or Lynn Shapiro at if you wish to purchase tickets in advance. Cost is $10/ticket. No need to be in attendance to win.

Adult Purim Spiel and Dinner

Adult Purim Spiel and Dinner

Featuring the Music of Elton John

Saturday, March 23rd at 6 pm

RSVP by March 19th.

Join your temple family on March 23rd at 6 pm for a hilarious and musical Purim, based on the music of Elton John. 

Stay for dinner afterwards, catered by Harold’s Deli. Cost for dinner is $18.00 per person. Bring your favorite adult beverage!

PLEASE RSVP for the dinner in advance to our Temple office at by March 19th, so we order enough food. You can pay online HERE, drop off a check at MRT in advance, or pay at the door. 

Feel free to come in costume! Or come in regular clothes! 

URJ Summer Camps-Rivkin Endowment

Click HERE to find out more information about the summer programs offered by URJ, and to learn how to apply for a scholarship.

Application period for the grant through MRT is March 1st!

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Trustees Meeting- At MRT and On Zoom

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Contact Dean Ross if you would like to attend.

Social Action Steering Group Meeting- On Zoom

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Membership Meeting- On Zoom

Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Mitzvah Day Organizational Meeting- At MRT and On Zoom

Monday, March 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm


Sunday May 5 is Mitzvah Day! A day of Tikkun Olam- a day for working to repair there world .

There are so many who need our help more than ever. This is an opportunity to give to our neighbors and truly be a part of the community we live in.

The Mitzvah of “service to others” has long been a tradition at MRT. Historically, we have all gotten together to work on various community projects. This year, as in the past few years, we are planning a hybrid Mitzvah Day with a mix of in person events, both outside and indoors, as well as virtual projects that can be done at home.

Our hope is to have everyone in our Temple community involved in some way, as a leader or as a participant in a project. We are having our first organizational meeting on March 4 @ 7:00 PM. This will also be both at

the Temple and on Zoom.

Please RSVP to Marci Rachlin or Dean Ross if you plan to attend in person. Dean will be providing food and we need to know how many people to expect.

Please join us to learn more about the program and the many ways you can participate.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us:

Marci Rachlin 732-859-4776.

Dean Ross 732-610-5795

Upcoming Events

MRT Meditation Sessions

MRT offers two opportunities to meditate together each week.   

  • Boker Tov-Friday, February 23rd 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, February 26th 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

Judaism 101-On Zoom

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm 

Want to learn more about Judaism? This class is for those who want a refresher on Judaism, want to learn more about Judaism, or are looking to convert to Judaism. Email Jordana at or call the Temple office for more information and to register.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

Upcoming First Friday

MRT Committee News

Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee has developed a flyer that showcases study and educational programs being offered at Monmouth Reform Temple for the 2023-24 year. the flyer may be accessed through the temple website:, by clicking on adult Jewish learning, programs and schedules.

We hope you will take advantage of many of these exciting, eclectic offerings in music, film, tourism, Israel,Bible study, spirituality and mysticism, history, and current events. We welcome you to take the plunge into our pool of learning.

Click here for the flyer

Shabbat Kallah

RSVP here


Visit Sisterhood Website   /    Join Sisterhood on Facebook

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.

Click here for the order form

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 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, February 23, 2024

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

Rae Barshack, *Lillian Bernstein, *Abraham Bialy, Alex Brandl, *Jose Colmenares, Fred Fehrenbach, Marjorie Fishman, Andrea Freidman, Henry Ganz, Rae Geiger, Eugene German, *Maurice Meyer Jr., Anne Marriner, Jean Morse, Barry Moskowitz, *Samuel Prussoff, *Beatrice Silverman, *Max Walsky, Louise Zarin

Names to be read on Friday, March 1, 2024

Shabbat Service at 6:00 PM

*Dave Andersen, William B. Arend, Rita Bleetstein, *Neil Brandwene, Fred Chalnick, John Richardson Clissold, Joe Friend Jr., Dorothy Gary, *Donald S. Golden, Seymour Grauer, Sophie Gruber, Donald J. Hallard, Elliot Hassan, *Ida Huber, Jean Jochnowitz, Phillip Kalb, David Kaplan, Reba Levin, Rose Levinsky, Raymond Misch, Lawrence Parkinson, Ruth Rekedal, John Rose, Dorothy Silfen, Frances F. Singman, *Dorothy Teitelbaum, *Harriet Weiss, Hyman Weshnak

*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!