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.
|Introduction to Judaism Class-Starts 4/22 8:15 PM|
|Have you always wanted to learn the basics about Jewish life and tradition? Did you grow up without any formal Jewish education? Have you thought about converting to Judaism? Then the Introduction to Judaism Class with Rabbi Melinda Panken is for you. This 16-week class will explore Jewish holidays and lifecycle moments, theology, prayer and some Hebrew. This is a beginner's class focused on learning the fundamentals. Click through to the flyer for the full schedule. Members/$120; Non-Members/$200. Costs cover the books for the course. Financial assistance available by contacting Rabbi Panken. RSVP to Rabbi Panken at email@example.com.|
|Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Shabbat, 4/25 8:00 PM|
|On Friday, April 25 at our 8:00 P.M. Shabbat service, our Adult Choir will sing and we will have a very special speaker - Shaari Emeth member and Holocaust survivor Brigitte Wachs - who will share her story of survival as a child during the Holocaust. Brigitte was born in Austria and witnessed Hitler's entrance into her town and the subsequent arrest of her father and uncles. They were sent to Dachau and released on the condition of immediately leaving the country. Fortunately, the family was then able to emigrate to the Philippines. Brigitte will share her very personal story of Holocaust survival. Please join us for this moving service.|
|Shabbat Services 4/26 at Pine Brook Care Center|
|On Saturday, 4/26 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 4/26 service will recognize Yom HaShoah and Yom Ha'Atzma'ut. Please contact Allen Rothman at firstname.lastname@example.org or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page for more information.|
|Rabbi 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 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 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.|
|Sisterhood Clothing Drive Sun. 5/4 11 AM-1:30 PM|
|Extra clothing, accessories, linen or stuffed animals around the house? Donate them at the Sisterhood Clothing Drive on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Temple Shaari Emeth youth lounge. Get a tax deduction, additional free space and a warm feeling from a great mitzvah.|
|Renaissance Group Annual Lunch 5/4 12:30PM|
|Join the Renaissance Group (49+) on Sunday, 5/4 at 12:30 PM for their Annual Lunch at the Black Trumpet on the ocean in Spring Lake. Enjoy a scrumptious three-course lunch at a charming venue with a spectacular view of the ocean and boardwalk. $27/Renaissance members, $32/non-members. RSVP to Barbara and Phil Roth at 732-493-0465.|
|Tot Shabbat - Friday, 5/9/2014, 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.|
|Sisterhood Shabbat 5/9 8:00PM|
|The Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood Shabbat Service, conducted by and in honor of all Women of Reform Judaism, will be held on 5/9/2014 at 8:00 p.m. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday, 4/30 at 7:30 p.m and Thursday, 5/8 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 4/21 to Alissa at email@example.com.|
|Uniongram for Shaari Emeth Confirmands RSVP 5/20|
|Sisterhood will be sending a large Uniongram (a large, impressive greeting card) to each of our 22 confirmands this year to wish them Mazal Tov on their special day, June 3. 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 20. 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.|
|Jewish 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.|
|Renaissance Group Murder Mystery Dinner 5/31|
|Renaissance Group (49+) invites you to a Murder Mystery fun-filled evening of whodunnit. Be involved and watch the murder mystery unfold - and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, a sumptuous buffet dinner, dessert and cash bar. Saturday, May 31 from 7-11PM at Our House Restaurant in Farmingdale. $40/members, $43/non-members. RSVP by 4/29 to Laura at 732-446-6527.|
|Shavuot 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 (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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rabbi Panken at email@example.com. It only takes a little time, but is so meaningful.|
|Daytime 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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|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.|
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 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.|