This Week’s Event Email




MRT Weekly Eblast

October 3, 2023


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

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm Meet & Greet Wine & Cheese Gathering in the Sukkah for 2023 New Members

Wednesday, October 4 at 1:45 pm Sisterhood Mahjong

Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 pm Religious School Pizza in the Hut

Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 pm Sisterhood Catered Dinner in the Sukkah

Friday, October 6 at 8:00 am Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant


Friday, October 6 at 6:00 pm First Friday Shabbat Service with Yizkor, Hosted by the 5th/6th Grades

Livestream HERE

Saturday, October 7 at 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Virtual Torah Study

Sunday, October 8 at 10:45 am Consecration

Sunday, October 8 at 11:30 am Congregational Simchat Torah Celebration

Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 am Coffee and Conversation at Coffee Corral

Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00 am Limmud: Study Group Led By Rabbi Renee Edelman

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm Ritual Meeting-Virtual

Sunday, October 15 at 12:30 pm Adult Ed- “Lunch & Learn” with Cantor Jessica Lynn Fox-In Person

RSVP HERE by October 12th

Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm Adult Ed- Filmshul: A Zoom Presentation on Hollywood Movies & The Jewish Experience

RSVP HERE by October 16th


Friday, October 20 at 7:00 pm Installation of Rabbi Renee Edelman, Followed by a Special Oneg. More Information to Follow Soon.


Click HERE for the summary of the September Board Meeting.






Shabbat Service Led by Rabbi Renee Edelman and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold, and hosted by the 5th and 6th Grade Religious School Classes.

Fall First Friday

Watch livestream here

Upcoming Adult Ed Programs

Click here for the flyer
RSVP here
Click here for the flyer
RSVP here

High Holy Day Appeal

High Holy Day Food and Supply Drive

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.

Our High Holy Day Collection runs through the end of Sukkot. Please return your filled bags during one of our Sukkot events or drop off items in the lobby during office hours. Below is the list of needed items.


Men’s razors              

Laundry detergent

Women’s razors          

Men’s underwear Sizes 32, 34,36,38

Shaving cream                                

Women’s underwear sm, med. g. 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

Shelf-stable milk

Granola bars




Black bean cans


Mashed potato mix

Cake mix

CPR Course coming to MRT

CPR Course coming to MRT, Sunday October 29th 12:30 – 3:30

Learn How to Save a Life! Learn CPR and use of an AED! 

Ages 15 – Adult.

Limit: 20 people/families. Registration required.

Nearly 1,000 people die every day from cardiac arrests and the vast majority of cardiac arrests happen at home, in public places and workplaces. Chances are it will happen to a family member or someone you work with or care about. Our instructor will be Beth Weston-Knotts, Registered Nurse as well as Emergency Medical Technician. The class is free, however there is a cost of $21 if you need to be registered with the American Heart Association and receive a course completion card for workplace, teaching, volunteer, etc. 

Registration is open to all of MRT. Feel free to sign-up with your family members (children 15 and older). You will share one practice manikin as a family. 

To Register contact Rickie Kashdan: 

Please send your name, email, contact phone to:

Email: OR Text: 732-927-0795

You will receive a confirmation email/text.


Note:  for an American Heart Assoc. card please let Rickie know you need the completion card ahead of time and also provide your address. Plan to pay RIckie on the day of the class (cash, check, venmo, paypal or cashapp)



All you need to do is KNIT or CROCHET!


This is the time of year that we encourage our crafty members to donate their handmade knit or crochet items. In the past few years, our MRT “yarnies” have created hats, scarves, and mittens that were distributed to children, women and men. The facilities that have received our beautiful, warm, wearable items include Family Resource Associates, Red Bank; Parker Health Clinic, Red Bank; Monmouth Daycare Center, Red Bank.

For MRT members who are not involved with fiber arts, you can help by donating skeins of yarn that will be distributed to our active “yarnies”.

For further inquiries, contact Maddy Kalb:

October Tzedakah Collection

Maui Strong Fund

The Tzedkah Box collection for October is supporting the Maui Strong Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. Working in close collaboration with state and county leaders, nonprofit organizations, and community members to understand the quickly evolving priorities, the Maui Strong Fund provides financial resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs for the people and places affected by the devastating Maui wildfires. Financial donations currently support necessities for displaced families, such as food, clothing, and shelter. The Fund supports risk reduction and disaster readiness, rapid relief and response, recovery and stabilization, and rebuilding resilience. 

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 Maui Strong Fund.

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

Ritual Meeting-On Zoom

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm

More Upcoming Events

Mini Meditation Sessions with Elliott Familant

Friday, October 6, 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, October 7, 2023 at 9:00 am

See the Friday Pamphlet for the link to join

Coffee and Conversation

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 8:00 am

Join Dean Ross and other board members at Coffee Corral.

Limmud- At MRT and on Zoom

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 10:00 am

Study group led by Rabbi Renee Edelman. Contact Jordana at for the Zoom link.

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. Printed copies of the flyer will be made available at High Holy Day Services. In addition, 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


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.

Join us for our annual

Sisterhood in the Sukkah

Membership Dinner

Date: Thursday, October 5th

Time: 5:30 PM

Place: Sukkah and Social Hall

Rabbi Edelman will lead us in Sukkot services.

Dinner will be catered and provided by Sisterhood. Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert to share and BYOB!

Please RSVP TODAY 10/3 to so we can provide food for everyone!

Upcoming Event!

Sisterhood Dinner at the No Limits Cafe

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 5 PM

Join us at the No Limits Cafe

418 Rt 35 South, Red Bank, NJ

Cocktail hour with passed appetizers, order a meal off the menu, dessert, and soda, iced tea, coffee and tea included.

This event is exclusive to MRT Sisterhood and guests. No other patrons will be there. Sisterhood members and a guest are invited.

Cost is $35 per person inclusive. You must reserve your spot by sending a check made payable to MRT Sisterhood. 

We must receive your check by October 9 to reserve your spot.  

(Note: If you prefer to pay using Zelle, please make sure to add a note with the payment that you are paying for the No Limits Café event. Zelle instructions on our website.)

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, October 6, 2023

Shabbat Service at 6:00 PM

*Arnold Burns, *Charles Cooper, *Stanley Familant, *Louis Feinman, Frank Froelich, *Frances Gettelson, *Herbert Ginzburg, Ruth Goldenberg, Manley Gutterman, *Ludwig L. Jacobi, Richard Kaye, *Henry Kipnis, Faye Morer, Elaine Roffman, Leroy Sachs, Shelley Stern, *Michael Weiss, *Max David Weissman, Audrey Wertheim, Louis Yoblick

Names to be read on Friday, October 13, 2023

Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM

*Leo Bernstein, *Ruth Brenner, Maxine Byck, Jim Cook, David Doctorow, Frieda Elias, Sadie Finkelstein, Larry Ginsberg, Betty Henken, *Rabbi Regina Jonas, *Martha S. Kaufmann, Leonard Israel Kleinman, *Suzanne Kretzmer, *Miriam Kridel, Nancy Krupit, Lynn Lowenstein, Carmela Pernick, Paul Rapisardi, Renee Schoen, Fred Steinberg, Ezra Ure, *Murray Weiss

*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.

Jewish Federation Upcoming Events


Get set to kick off the new year at fun and feel-good gatherings for a cause you care about! These events are for everyone. Come by yourself or with a partner.

Federation events strengthen friendships old and new while bolstering the community’s ability to care for those in need, address antisemitic bias and threats, and invest in our children’s Jewish future.

Click here for a list of upcoming events


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!

Click Here for MRT Web Calendar




Click here

Facebook: Monmouth Reform Temple

Click here

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!