November 26, 2015   14 Kislev 5776
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On behalf of our entire congregation, Rabbi Panken, Cantor Siet, and President Bonnie Kass-Viola welcome you to Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, New Jersey, our kehillah kedoshah, our sacred community. Please read Rabbi Panken's message to our visitors.

Upcoming Events  
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 11/22 7PMInterfaith Thanksgiving Service Sun. 11/22 7:00 p.m.
The Freehold Clergy Association and Temple Shaari Emeth invite you to the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, on Sunday, 11/22 at 7:00 p.m. at Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, 448 Tennent Road in Manalapan. Please join us for this inspiring, musical service that brings us together with our neighbors of different faiths to express our thanks, as a community, for the bountiful abundance with which we have been blessed.
Miracle Menorah 2015Miracle Menorah-Bring in Gifts by 12/2/2015
If 11-year-old Victoria, from a family in crisis, told you that she loves monkeys, unicorns and dresses, would you get her something special and grant her wish? If all that an 17-year-old boy wanted for the holidays was a bike, would you help? Would you brighten a creative 17-year old's day with some new art supplies? And all it would take to make 5-year-old Jayana smile is Hello Kitty. Our Miracle Menorah is Temple Shaari Emeth's way of making these actual wishes - and many others like them - come true, for children and their families in need nearby at the Jersey shore. Please stop in to Shaari Emeth and take a name and gift request from our Miracle Menorah, located outside the sanctuary. Bring back the gift, and our Social Action Committee and charitable partner the RAINE Foundation will ensure that these individuals receive their gifts, and holiday joy. Please bring the gifts to the Temple by 12/2/2015 to ensure that they are delivered in time for the holidays. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and support.
YOSHE Minis Glass FusionYOSHE Minis Glass Fusion, Thursday 12/2 6:45-8:00 p.m.
One small piece of glass, then another and another, heated and fused together to form a work of art. Wednesday, 12/2/2015 from 6:45-8:00 p.m. join YOSHE Minis (our 3rd-5th grade youth group) for this great event. $14 per child includes a delicious pizza dinner. RSVP deadline is 11/24 at 5:00 p.m. For questions please contact Youth Advisor Robin Gitlitz at
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat - 12/4/2015 6:30 p.m.
If you have ever become hungry for a delicious Shabbat dinner somewhere around the Aleinu prayer, then the Kabbalat Shabbat service is for you. Experience a new way to celebrate Shabbat at Shaari Emeth. A one-hour service at 6:30 p.m. geared toward involvement of youth and adults, with a fun, interactive study of the week's Torah portion, a story or participation by Religious School students, inspiring singing and guitar music, and an Oneg Shabbat following services with light dinner fare, including delicious wraps and, yes, Black and Whites while they last. First Friday of each month, next Kabbalat Shabbat will be on 12/4/2015. Please join us.
Chanukah Concert, Latkes and Light LunchEric Komar Concert, Latkes and Light Lunch, Sunday 12/6/2015 11:15 a.m.
The Early Learning Center and Religious School of Temple Shaari Emeth invite your family to join us for a special Eric Komar Chanukah concert followed by a light lunch on Sunday, 12/6/2015 at 11:15 a.m. Temple Members: $3/person; Non-Members: $5/person. Firm RSVP deadline is Tuesday, 12/1/2015. Please join us.

Celebrate Chanukah with YOSHE Seniors
Celebrate Chanukah with YOSHE Seniors Mon. 12/7/2015 7:15-8:30 p.m.
YOSHE Seniors 9th-12th grade youth program invites you to join us for Lounge Night with a Chanukah program. Meet new friends, eat, and enjoy fun mixers and themed games. Monday, 12/7/2015 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Moadon youth lounge. For information, contact YOSHE Seniors advisor Sheryn Cohen at
Knit N' NoshKnit, Knot & Nosh - Wednesday, 12/9/2015 7-8:30 p.m.
Join the Temple Shaari Emeth community in making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, or anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug. Over 5 million blankets delivered since 1998. Knit a blanket, knot a blanket, make new friends, and have a little nosh. Coffee and nosh provided by the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood. Knit, Knot & Nosh is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month through June 8, 2016. The next Knit, Knot & Nosh will be on Wednesday, 12/9/2015. Contact Suzanne Wycoff at or Deborah Bonomo at for more information.
Chanukah Family Service 12/11/2015Chanukah Family Service, Friday, 12/11/2015, 6:30 p.m.
Our Chanukah family service is Friday, 12/11/2015 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for this dramatic, meaningful and memorable service. Families are encouraged to bring seven candles and a Chanukiah (Chanukah menorah) to services, and the candles are all lit simultaneously, on tables throughout the sanctuary. Our clergy will tell a fun and engaging Chanukah story, our Junior Choir will enhance our worship, and there will be complimentary dreidels and Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins). All are welcome.
Mitzvah Committee Shabbat Services at Pine BrookShabbat Services 12/12/2015 at Pine Brook Care Center
On Saturday, 12/12/2015 at 10:30 a.m., our Mitzvah Committee will conduct our monthly Shabbat services for residents of the Pine Brook Care Center, a nursing home at 104 Pension Road in Englishtown. For many years, Shaari Emeth has held monthly services and a Passover seder at Pine Brook. Please consider volunteering to serve as a prayer or song leader. There is a Torah service and Religious School students will receive "service credit" for their participation. Please contact Allen Rothman at or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page for more information.
YoCo Juniors Chanukah Mitzvah 12/13/2015YoCo Juniors Chanukah Mitzvah 12/13/2015 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
YOCo Juniors is for 6th-8th graders and is a very elite group focused on Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Help Temple Shaari Emeth prepare for our winter homeless shelter and celebrate Chanukah together with us. Pack toiletries, make bagged lunches and enjoy Chanukah games and treats. Cost is $5 plus (choose one or more): New pair of men's socks/five toiletries items/new scarf/new gloves or new hat. For more information please contact Youth Advisor Sheryn Cohen at
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 12/18/2015, 6 p.m.
Join us for a short service, silly story and soulful singing on the third Friday of most months, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a delicious Oneg. Great fun will be had by all! Tot Shabbat is a Shabbat service for families with children in second grade and younger. Please join us for the next Tot Shabbat on 12/18/2015.
Kollel Family ServiceKollel Family Service-Special Needs Sat. 12/19 1:00 p.m.
"My house shall be a house of prayer for all people" - Isaiah 56:7. The Kollel Family Service is a Shabbat service designed to provide families and children with special needs the opportunity to worship together in an inclusive and sensitive environment. No "shushing" allowed! As with all of our Shabbat services, members and non-members of Shaari Emeth are invited to attend. Oneg with bagels and cream cheese follows services. 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10/17/2015, 12/19/2015, 2/20/2016 and 4/16/2016.

Parents' Night Out Babysitting Fundraiser 12/19 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Parents' Night Out Babysitting Fundraiser Sat. 12/19 5:30-10:30 p.m.
YOSHE Seniors presents Parents' Night Out - a babysitting fundraiser event! Bring your children ages three and up for a night of fun - while parents have an evening to themselves! Saturday, 12/19 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Dinner, games, movies, crafts, snacks and fun with our YOSHE teen babysitters. Cost for the night is only $25 for one child, $35 for two and $45 for three children. Parents bring any special supplies needed. Click through for flyer and RSVP by 12/12 to YOSHE Seniors advisor Sheryn Cohen at
Club YOSHE Chanukah BingoClub YOSHE Chanukah Bingo Sunday 12/20/2015 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, 12/20/2015 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is a great event for Club YOSHE, our first and second grade youth program. It's Chanukah Bingo, YOSHE Style! There will be pizza for lunch, and children will learn a super-cool version of the game that is not their grandmother's Bingo! Cost for this event is $7 per child and a pizza lunch will be served. RSVP must be received by 12/13/2015 at noon! For more information please contact our Club YOSHE Youth Advisor, Robin Gitlitz, at or click through for the Chanukah Bingo flyer.
Mah Jonggukah, Sunday, 12/20, 12-4 p.m.Mah Jonggukah, Sunday, 12/20, 12-4 p.m.
Sisterhood of Temple Shaari Emeth invites you to play Mah Jongg on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your friends out to play, win prizes, and support breast cancer research. $16 for Shaari Emeth members, $18 for non-members. Please RSVP by 12/14/2015. Any questions please contact Sheryn Cohen at

Blood Drive, Sunday, 1/3/2016 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive, Sunday, 1/3/2016 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Help to save a life. Our next Blood Drive will be on Sunday, 1/3/2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It only takes a little time, but the impact of your gift is immeasurable. Event conducted by the Central Jersey Blood Center. Donors help to save lives with a great mitzvah, and receive grateful thanks from those in need. Please RSVP to Bob Kanner:
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Melinda Panken Wednesday 1/27/2016 7:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 1/21/2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be In the Courtyard of the Kabbalists, by Ruchama King Feuerman. All book club meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Shaari Emeth and all books are available on Kindle. Please join us for a great discussion. All are welcome.

Three Faiths Dialogue, 3/16/2016 7-9 p.m.
Three Faiths Dialogue, Wednesday, 3/16/2016 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tolerance and acceptance only happens when we know and understand one another. Please join us for these panel discussions in which we will explore facets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism to understand our differences as well as our commonalities. The Three Faiths Dialogue is a series of sessions, sponsored by the Freehold Clergy Association, and each held in a different house of worship in our community. Join us on Wednesday, 3/16/2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at The Islamic Center, Bait Wali-e-Asr, 235 Georgia Road in Freehold. The subject will be "Our Common Values And How We View The Other." When visiting the Islamic Center, shoes are removed and guests are requested to dress modestly, i.e. long pants/shirt and a head cover/hat. Please join us.
Passover UniversityPassover University-A Day of Community Learning 4/10/2016
On Sunday, 4/10/2016 starting at 11:15 a.m. all are welcome to join us for Passover University - a day of community learning at Shaari Emeth. There will be two learning sessions and lunch. Choose from a number of different sessions including Passover Baking; Singing at the Seder; Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting; Passover Crafts and Activities for Kids and other great sessions. Superstar teachers from our clergy, staff, and the community. Click through for a flyer with schedule and registration information. RSVP deadline 4/4/2016.
Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance 5/6/2016 8:00 p.m.Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance 5/6/2016 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/6/2016 at 8:00 p.m. we welcome our special speaker and Temple Shaari Emeth member, Gerard Blumenthal, who will share his story of survival as a child during the Holocaust. Gerard was born in Vienna, Austria in 1931 and was eight years old when the Nazis annexed Austria. This event changed his life and the life of his family forever. He witnessed the devastation of Kristallnacht which led to years of running as he tried to avoid being captured by the Nazis. Gerard's story is simultaneously devastating and miraculous and one to which we should all bear witness.
Community Discount Card2016 Community Discount Card
The 2016 Community Discount Card is now available in the Shaari Emeth office for $20. The card entitles you to a discount at 250+ local merchants. Unlimited and reusable discounts, just show the card and save through 2016.
Parent and Me ClassesParent and Me (Mommy and Me) Classes
Jewish learning starts young. As young as 3-30 months in our Parent and Me (Mommy and Me) classes. Our highly experienced teachers provide an interactive, calm and soothing environment. Your child will be introduced to his or her Jewish heritage through songs and stories. He or she will make new friends and you will meet other parents with young children. And on Fridays - Shabbat, Songs, Snacks & Celebration, a 30-minute Shabbat celebration class. Parents may stay with their children or begin to separate in the process of transition. New classes now forming-register today.
Volunteer for the Caring Community CommitteeVolunteer for Caring Community Committee
Please volunteer to be a part of our Caring Community Committee. You can deliver meals to those who are sick; deliver gifts for parents and grandparents who are welcoming a newborn; and reach out to our senior community by delivering gifts at Chanukah and Pesach to those who are over the age of 80. If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Barbara Esserman at, or Rabbi Panken at It only takes a little time, but is so meaningful.

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Welcome to Temple Shaari Emeth. Founded in 1966, we are a Reform congregation located in Manalapan, New Jersey, in western Monmouth County.  We are a member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest denomination of Judaism in the United States. As a progressive, egalitarian Jewish congregation, women and men have equal responsibilities and privileges, and we are welcoming toward interfaith families, persons of any ethnic background or sexual orientation, and individuals who are Jewish by choice as well as those who are Jewish by birth.

Please browse through our pages to learn more about the Temple Shaari Emeth family. Feel free to contact us at our main telephone number, (732) 462-7744, by email, or visit us in person at any Friday night service. Our synagogue is located at 400 Craig Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726 (click for directions). We look forward to meeting you.

Early Learning Center 2-generation family
A Temple Shaari Emeth Early Learning Center mother and her child pose in front of a giant billboard with their picture on Route 9 in Manalapan. When the mother was very young, her mom enrolled her in Shaari Emeth's preschool and now, years later, she has enrolled her own children at Shaari Emeth - a second-generation Shaari Emeth Early Learning Center family. Temple Shaari Emeth has been a trusted member of the community since 1966.

Cantor Siet's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Click here for Cantor Siet's 40th Anniversary Commemorative Journal

We celebrated Cantor Wayne S. Siet's 40th Anniversary as Cantor of our congregation with two very special events! A very special Cantor's Concert was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. And on Sunday, May 3, 2015 we celebrated with Cantor Siet's 40th Anniversary Luncheon, the social event of the year that was held at Battleground Country Club. Additionally, there is a Commemorative Journal marking this very special occasion. Please enjoy the online Commemorative Journal and please patronize our advertisers. Thank you to everyone who joined us for these events in honor of our wonderful Cantor.

Rabbi Panken's 10th Anniversary Celebration 2013-2014
In 2013-2014, our wonderful Rabbi, Melinda F. Panken, had completed ten years as spiritual leader of our Temple and was beginning her 18th year as a rabbi. Throughout the year we celebrated her progressive, warm and dedicated leadership in many ways. Please click here for our web page describing the events held in honor of Rabbi Panken. To view the Commemorative Journal from Rabbi Panken's 10th Anniversary Gala, with special messages from congregants and friends, and our sponsors' advertisements, please click here.
Shaari Emeth Confirmands visit Washington, D.C. to lobby their Representatives.
Shaari Emeth Confirmation students visiting Washington, D.C. to participate in a political action seminar and to lobby their Representatives on critical social issues. As Reform Jews, we take the commandment, "Justice, justice shall you pursue" very seriously. We seek out injustice and apply ourselves to remedy the wrongs of society. The Temple Shaari Emeth Religious School (Hebrew School) instills these values in all of our students.

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