Rabbi Kline Welcomes YOU!
Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline serves Monmouth Reform Temple with a passion for tradition and social justice. His deeply rooted faith and love for Torah fits well in our community bent on service and creating relevant Jewish experiences. Prior to entering Hebrew Union College (seminary), Rabbi practiced law in Little Rock Arkansas. He says that he is still practicing law, only for a higher class client … God. Before coming to MRT in 2014, Rabbi Kline served at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, KY (11 years) and before that at Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, SC (8 years).
Rabbi Kline has taught Ethics, Philosophy, Religion and Government courses at the high school, college, and graduate school level for most of the last thirty years. In Lexington, Rabbi Kline served as an adjunct instructor at the Disciples of Christ Lexington Theological Seminary (Pastoral Care and Diverse World Cultural Worship), Transylvania University (Jewish – Christian Relations), at the University of Kentucky (Jewish Thought and Culture), and Eastern Kentucky University (Religion). At Temple, he teaches in our Religious school, joins Cantor Clissold tutoring and mentoring each Bar/Bat Mitzvah student, and regularly runs diverse adult education programs.
Rabbi Kline currently serves on the Executive Board of the Heart of New Jersey Board of Rabbis, on the Red Bank Human Relations Advisory Committee, is a founding member of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, the area’s full weekend celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (beginning at MRT and ending at Pilgrim Baptist Church), “It’s About Time” (race relations community interest organization), the Core Team of the NJ Prophetic Agenda, and serves on the Board of Monmouth County Family and Children Services. Since moving to New Jersey, Rabbi has served as a Keynote Speaker at Rutgers University’s annual celebration of the Prophet Mohammed, actively taught and spoken in local churches, at community gatherings, and Monmouth University. On behalf of the Jewish Federation of the Heart of New Jersey, Rabbi has led 2 interfaith clergy trips to Israel (Jewish, Christian, and Moslem clergy). He also serves as the Interfaith Coordinator for the Federation.
In previous years, he served as Chair of the Lexington Fayette County Urban Government Human Rights Commission, where he uncovered and remedied racially motivated disparate lending practices at local banks. He co-lead the march on Columbia, South Carolina in 2000 to bring the Confederate Battle Flag from atop the Statehouse dome. His commitment to diversity sees him serving internationally on the Board of Directors of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), where he is involved in the pluralism and peace process politics in Israel. Rabbi Kline has extensive Chaplaincy experience, and has devoted a great deal of time to community service in local and national organizations.
Rabbi Marc publishes a weekly Torah Commentary to an international E-mail list and a weekly digital periodical. He holds a deep commitment to fostering Interfaith relationships, mentors other clergy in pastoral care, and consults with religious, public, and private organizations, and schools on matters of leadership, diversity, social justice, and long range planning.
Previously widowed, he is married to Lori Bernard. They have seven children between them: Diogo, Doug, Corey (married to Adam with one grandchild- Jacob), Joshua (married to Emily), Danielle, Ilana, and Rachel (who still lives here with Rabbi and Lori).