April 16, 2014   16 Nisan 5774
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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  
Mitzvah Committee Shabbat Services at Pine BrookPassover Seder 4/9 and Shabbat Services 4/26 at Pine Brook Care Center
On Wednesday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m., our Mitzvah Committee will conduct a Passover Seder for residents of the Pine Brook Care Center, a nursing home at 104 Pension Road in Englishtown. Our monthly Shabbat Services at Pine Brook will be held on 4/26 at 10:30 a.m. 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 4/26 service will recognize Yom HaShoah and Yom Ha'Atzma'ut. Please contact Allen Rothman at rthmn49@optonline.net or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page for more information.

YOSHE Chocolate Seder 4/9 and 4/10
Chocolate Seder for 7th Graders 4/9 and for 6th Graders 4/10 and 3rd-5th Graders 4/10
It is written (somewhere) that, on Passover, four cups of Yoo-Hoo gladden a child's heart. But that part about reclining afterward - forget about it. Run around the synagogue parking lot a few times, maybe. Lucky Shaari Emeth 7th graders are invited to a Chocolate Seder on Wednesday, 4/9 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, please RSVP by 4/7 to Sheryn at sheryn1@aol.com. Parent volunteers requested - limit of 72 parent volunteers, please! And, 6th graders, your Chocolate Seder is on Thursday, 4/10 from 6-7:30 p.m. 3rd-5th graders, the YOSHE Minis Passover Chocolate Seder and pizza dinner will be Thursday, 4/10 from 6-7:45 p.m. After this totally all-chocolate seder, you will not only be an expert on the Passover Haggadah, you will also have enough energy to part the Sea of Reeds with your bare hands. Come to this event and answer the questions, "why is this night sweeter than any other night?" and "Do the Ten Plagues include cavities and zits?" $5 per person for YOSHE Juniors and Seniors; $10 per person for YOSHE Minis, please RSVP to sheryn1@aol.com by 4/7 for YOSHE Juniors and Seniors, and to rgitlitz@verizon.net for YOSHE Minis. Sweet!
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 4/11/2014, 6PM
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 10/18/2013, 11/15/2013, 12/20/2013, 1/17/2014, 2/21/2014, 3/21/2014, 4/11/2014 and 5/9/2014.
Rabbi Panken's Gala Celebration 5/1 7:00PMRabbi Panken's Gala Celebration 5/1 7:00PM
On Thursday, 5/1/2014, we will celebrate Rabbi Melinda F. Panken's 10 years of spiritual leadership of our congregation with a Gala Celebration at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge. This will be an unforgettable evening with delicious food, dancing, entertainment and fun. To make online gala reservations or to place an ad in the Commemorative Journal, please click here. A mail-in form is also available. Join us for the Shaari Emeth social event of the year.
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each Month-5/2/14
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 5/2/2014.
Kollel Family ServiceKollel Family Service, Saturday 5/3/2014 1PM
"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. Saturday, 5/3/2014 at 1:00 P.M.
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Panken 5/28/2014
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 5/28/2014 at 7:00 P.M. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be By Fire, By Water, by Mitchell James Kaplan. All 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.
Shavuot Brunch and Learn, Wed., 6/4Shavuot Brunch and Learn, Wed., 6/4
Join Rabbi Panken and Cantor Siet for brunch and study of the Ten Commandments on Wednesday, 6/4/2014. Shavuot Yizkor memorial service at 9:30 a.m.; blintzes, bagels, brunch and study at 10:30 a.m. Shavuot is the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments. This fundamental text has become a foundation for Jews and Christians alike, and many point to them as a fundamental set of laws holding truth for all humanity. In an ever-changing world, how do they hold up? How do we apply them to technology and science? Do they help us create a better society? Join us for the discussion. No Hebrew or text study skills are required. Members $15, non-members $20. RSVP required by 5/30.
Parent and Me ClassesParent and Me (Mommy and Me) Classes
Jewish learning starts young. As young as 6-24 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.
Shaari Emeth Men's Club Dues RaffleShaari Emeth Men's Club Dues Raffle
Shaari Emeth's Men's Club is sponsoring their annual Dues Raffle. Purchase one or more raffle tickets for $36 each and receive an entry for a chance to have your Temple dues paid for a year. Proceeds help the Men's Club support Temple Shaari Emeth member activities and volunteer initiatives. Tickets are available in the Shaari Emeth office. For more information, call 732-462-7744 or email our Temple Administrator, Karen Silverman.
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.
Daytime PlaytimeDaytime Playtime Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 A.M.-12 noon
Bring the kids to enjoy our well-equipped, sparkling gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Bouncy House, scooters, slides, basketball hoops, crafts, great fun! Only $5 per child, and the public is welcome.

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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, our wonderful Rabbi, Melinda F. Panken, has completed ten years as leader of our Temple and is beginning her 18th year as a rabbi. Throughout the year we will be celebrating her progressive, warm and dedicated leadership in many ways. You are invited to join in celebrating 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 from noon to 3 P.M. 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. Thursday, May 1, 2014 will be the Anniversary Gala at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge, and on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. we welcome Israeli superstar David Broza for a concert right here at Temple Shaari Emeth.

The Anniversary Gala will be an unforgettable evening of fun and celebration. It will highlight and acknowledge Rabbi Panken's inspirational and spiritual leadership. You are also invited to extend your personal congratulatory message in the Commemorative Journal that will capture the spirit of this anniversary celebration. To make online gala reservations or to place an ad in the Commemorative Journal, please click here. A mail-in form is also available.

Rabbi Panken was over the moon with excitement when she heard that David Broza, her favorite Israeli singer, would be performing right here at Temple Shaari Emeth! We hope you can join us for all of these great events.

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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