May 04, 2015   15 Iyyar 5775
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"I enrolled my boys at the Temple Shaari Emeth Early Learning Center. I couldn't believe what happened next." --Dr. Stacy Gallin, Manalapan, NJ

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  
Sisterhood Mah Jongg, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Sisterhood Mah Jongg, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 4/14 through 5/19
Join the Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood for our Mah Jongg class - come to play or come to learn. Tables for experienced players and tables with a teacher for beginners. Walk-ins welcome. Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19/2015. $36 for 6 classes or $7/morning for synagogue members; $37 or $8/morning for non-members. 2015 Mah Jongg cards now available for purchase. Supports Sisterhood programs. Please RSVP by 3/31 to Pam at or Karen at

Sisterhood Shabbat 5/8 8:00PM
Sisterhood Shabbat 5/8/2015 8:00 p.m.
The Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood Shabbat Service, conducted by and in honor of all Women of Reform Judaism, will be held on Friday, 5/8/2015 at 8:00 p.m. Rehearsals will be on Thursday, 4/30 at 7:00 p.m and Wednesday, 5/6 at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to participate, please click through for the form with your choice of readings and RSVP by 4/20 to Jennifer at
Mitzvah Committee Shabbat Services at Pine BrookShabbat Services 5/9/2015 at Pine Brook Care Center
On Saturday, 5/9/2015 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. The theme of this month's service will be Mother's Day. Please contact Allen Rothman at or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page for more information.
Uniongram for ConfirmandsUniongram for Shaari Emeth Confirmands RSVP 5/11
Sisterhood will be sending a Uniongram (a large, impressive greeting card) to each of our 15 confirmands this year to wish them Mazal Tov on their special day, May 23. Please consider sending your congratulations by having your name listed on one or more Uniongrams for a $2 donation per confirmand. Please click through to the flyer and send the form in by May 11. Uniongrams support Sisterhood and Women of Reform Judaism's YES Fund (Youth, Education and Special Projects). For a fascinating history of Uniongrams, now over 100 years old, visit the Women of Reform Judaism web site.
Knit N' NoshKnit n' Nosh - Thursday 5/14/2015 7:00 p.m.
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, 5/14/2015 and 6/11/2015.
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 5/15/2015, 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 last Tot Shabbat of this season on 5/15/2015.
Sisterhood Clothing Drive, Sunday, 5/17 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Sisterhood Spring Clothing Drive Sun. 5/17 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Extra clothing, accessories, linen or stuffed animals around the house? Donate them at the Sisterhood Spring Clothing Drive on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Temple Shaari Emeth. 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.
Used Book Collection for FundraiserUsed Book Sale Fundraiser-5/17-5/20/2015
Temple Shaari Emeth's Used Book Sale will be held from 5/17-5/20/2015. Please purchase books from our large selection to support this fundraiser. Any questions, please contact Suzanne Wycoff or Deborah Bonomo.

Three Faiths Dialogue, 4/22/2015 7-9 p.m.
Three Faiths Dialogue, Wednesday, 5/20/2015 7-9 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, May 20, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at The Islamic Center, Bait Wali-e-Asr, 235 Georgia Road in Freehold. The subject will be "Life Cycle Celebrations in our Faith Traditions." At the Islamic Center, shoes are removed when entering the prayer hall, and guests are requested to dress modestly (long pants/shirt and a head cover/hat).
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Melinda Panken 5/27/2015
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 5/27/2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be A Guide for the Perplexed, by Dara Horn. 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 - 6/5/2015 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 6/5/2015. Please join us.
Kollel Family ServiceKollel Family Service-Special Needs Sat. 6/13 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. Saturday, 6/13/2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Daytime PlaytimeDaytime Playtime Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Bring the kids to enjoy our well-equipped, sparkling gym on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please check our web calendar to confirm the schedule for the day you are attending. Bouncy House, scooters, slides, basketball hoops, crafts, great fun! Only $5 per child, and the public is welcome.
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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Cantor Siet's 40th Anniversary Celebration
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.

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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'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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