October 02, 2014   8 Tishrei 5775
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Please watch this video with Rabbi Panken's High Holy Days greeting, and a magnificent duet arrangement of L'dor Vador, from the Kedushah morning prayer, which is sung by Cantor Wayne Siet and Phyllis Slater during the High Holy Days at Temple Shaari Emeth. L'dor Vador is a transliteration of the Hebrew, which means, "from generation to generation." This is one of many arrangements of inspiring liturgical music which can be experienced at Temple Shaari Emeth. This arrangement was recorded at an Open House event, as we do not record music during the High Holy Days. We hope you enjoy this beautiful duet, and please join us for the Days of Awe. High Holy Days guest tickets are available; click here for more information.

On behalf of our entire congregation, Rabbi Panken, Cantor Siet, and President Sue Rifkin 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  
Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah Wed. 10/8 5PMPotluck Dinner in the Sukkah Wed. 10/8 5:00 p.m. and Sukkot Family Service 6:30 p.m.
Fulfill the mitzvah of eating in the Sukkah by joining us for a vegetarian potluck dinner on Wednesday, 10/8 at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Sukkot Family Service at 6:30 p.m. We provide the salads and desserts, you bring your favorite vegetarian, nut-free entree, enough to share, and your own beverages. Please click through to our flyer for more details. RSVP to Suzanne Wycoff at suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah Bonomo at dlbonomo@msn.com.
Pet HavdalahPet Havdalah, Saturday, 10/11 4:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from 9/6 due to rain)
Join us on Saturday, 10/11 at 4:30 p.m. for our Havdalah service and a prayer for animals that are sick and remembrance of those that have passed away. Light oneg treats for people and animals will be provided. Bring pets on leashes or a stuffed animal, and a donation of an item of pet food for a local animal shelter. This will be an outdoor service so, sorry, dogs cannot bark at the ark, cats cannot mew from a pew and sheep cannot baahh at the Torahh.
Mitzvah Day - Sunday, 10/12 9:30 a.m.Mitzvah Day - Sunday, 10/12 9:30 a.m.
Come join us for Mitzvah Day, a day of Tikkun Olam, Sunday, 10/12 at 9:30 a.m. Be a part of a wonderful day of giving back to our community. We have eight different Mitzvah projects to choose from. Blanket making for Project Linus; beach grass planting at the shore; story time and crafts to be delivered to senior citizens and our Service members; lemonade stand to benefit the SPCA, birthday boxes to benefit children in need; Sea Bright Rising, helping recovery efforts; Bikkur Cholim, visiting the sick; and helping out at Open Door, our local food pantry. Click through for a flyer and RSVP by 10/1 to Suzanne Wycoff at suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah Bonomo at dlbonomo@msn.com.
Sisterhood Clothing Drive, Sunday, 10/12 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Sisterhood Clothing Drive Sun. 10/12 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Extra clothing, accessories, linen or stuffed animals around the house? Donate them at the Sisterhood Clothing Drive on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Temple Shaari Emeth during our Mitzvah Day event. Get a tax deduction, additional free space and a warm feeling from a great mitzvah. Please click through for additional information about which items are accepted at this clothing drive.
Simchat Torah Family Service-Wed. 10/15 6:30 P.M.Simchat Torah Family Service-Wed. 10/15 6:30 p.m.
One of the most dramatic events of the year is our Simchat Torah Family Service, Wednesday, 10/15 at 6:30 p.m. - all are welcome. We unfurl the entire Torah, which stretches from the bimah all the way to the back of the Social Hall, for all to see and enjoy. You've heard the story of the parting of the Sea of Reeds - but have you seen the unique arrangement of the Hebrew in that parshah that looks like the sea is parting? The Shema and Moses' Poem are also visually fascinating, as well as other sections of the Torah. We will read from the end of Deuteronomy and then start all over again from the beginning of Genesis, as we begin a new year of parshah readings. Join us, and bring a friend!
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 10/17/2014, 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 Oneg. Tot Shabbat is a Shabbat service for families with children in second grade and younger, and will be held on 10/17/2014, 11/21/2014, 12/12/2014, 1/16/2015, 2/20/2015, 3/20/2015, 4/17/2015 and 5/15/2015.
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Melinda Panken 10/29/2014
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 10/29/2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit. 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.
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each Month-11/7/14
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 11/7/2014.
Knit N' NoshKnit n' Nosh - Thursday 11/13/2014
Join the Temple Shaari Emeth community to knit 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 or crochet a blanket, make new friends, and have a little nosh. Coffee and nosh provided by the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on 9/11/2014, 11/13/2014, 12/11/2014, 1/8/2015, 2/12/2015, 3/12/2015, 4/9/2015, 5/14/2015 and 6/11/2015.
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. Miss Sheryn provides 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 quiltbbe@gmail.com, or Rabbi Panken at rabbi@shaariemeth.org. It only takes a little time, but is so meaningful.

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Welcome to Our Community  

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.

Rabbi Panken 10th Anniversary Celebration

This year, 2013-2014, our wonderful Rabbi, Melinda F. Panken, has completed ten years as spiritual leader of our Temple and is beginning her 18th year as a rabbi. Throughout the year we have celebrated her progressive, warm and dedicated leadership in many ways - Ten Years of Building a Community through Torah, Worship and Loving Kindness.

We have had exciting events to commemorate this milestone! Sunday, October 13, 2013 we held a great family lunch and pinball extravaganza at the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park. Sunday, February 16, 2014 was the terrific Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel at the the State Theater in New Brunswick. On Thursday, May 1, 2014 the Anniversary Gala at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge was a great success, and on May 17, 2014 we welcomed Israeli superstar David Broza for a concert right here at Temple Shaari Emeth.

The Anniversary Gala was an unforgettable evening of fun and celebration. To view the Commemorative Journal, with special messages from congregants and friends, and our sponsors' advertisements, please click here. Please patronize our sponsors; we thank them for their support of Shaari Emeth. A tribute video for Rabbi Panken was shown at the Gala, which was narrated by Rabbi Panken's parents and produced by her husband. Please click here to watch the tribute video on Youtube. We look forward to many more years with Rabbi Panken as our spiritual leader.
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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