August 30, 2015   15 Elul 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. Since we do not record music during the High Holy Days, the arrangement was sung by Cantor Siet and Phyllis Slater at an Open House event. We hope you enjoy this beautiful duet. Please join us for the High Holy Days. Guest tickets are available; please click on the link for more information. Selichot starts the evening of September 5, 2015, Rosh Hashanah 5776 begins the evening of September 13, 2015 and Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur begins the evening of September 22, 2015.

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  
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat - 9/4/2015 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 9/4/2015. Please join us.
Selichot Services Saturday 9/5Selichot Services, Concert and Pasta Dinner, Saturday 9//5/2015
In preparation for the High Holy Days each year we gather for a special Selichot service in which we join in song, study and prayer. We dress our Torahs in their ceremonial white covers as we turn our minds toward Teshuvah (repentance) and the hopes of what each of us might become. Selichot Services are Saturday, 9/5/2015. The Shaari Emeth Schools present a Selichot Family Concert with our talented Teen Choir Director, Eric Komar, at 5:00 p.m. All families are welcome to attend this complimentary and engaging musical Selichot experience. From 6:00-7:00 p.m. is our Congregational Pasta Dinner - Temple Members: $10/person or $30/family; Non-members: $12/person or $36/family. To register, please see this flyer or purchase admissions online. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. is our Havdalah, Selichot Study (Discussion) and Selichot Service. No ticket is required and all are welcome. It is traditional to wear white for Selichot. Please bring an item for the Open Door food pantry collection so that we may share our abundance with others.
Lulav and Etrog Sale-Order by 9/9Lulav and Etrog Sale - Order by 9/9
Shaari Emeth's Religious School is sponsoring a sale of Lulav and Etrog sets for Sukkot! Each set is only $36 and must be pre-ordered and pre-paid through the Religious School. Orders will be accepted until Wednesday, 9/9/2015 and will be available for pickup on Thursday, 9/24 and Friday, 9/25. Each day during Sukkot, the Lulav and Etrog are waved in a special pattern in the Sukkah to fulfill the mitzvah. This is a great opportunity to have your own ceremonial Lulav (palm frond, myrtle bough and willow branch) and Etrog (citron), while supporting our Religious School and Shaari Emeth. Order today.
Mitzvah Day - Sunday, 10/11 11:15 a.m.Mitzvah Day - Sunday, 10/11 11:15 a.m.
Come join us for Mitzvah Day, a day of Tikkun Olam, Sunday, 10/11/2015 at 11:15 a.m. Be a part of a wonderful day of giving back to our community. Eight different projects to choose from. Blanket making for Project Linus; Mitzvah meals for residents of Ronald McDonald House and The Center in Asbury Park; assemble bags of necessities for Jewish Family and Children's Services or comfort items for area seniors; decorating of flower pots to be delivered to senior citizens; lemonade stand to benefit the SPCA; join the dining room crew at Elijah's Promise food kitchen; or register potential bone marrow donors. Space is limited, please RSVP by October 4, 2015. Click through for a flyer with more information or contact Suzanne Wycoff at or Deborah Bonomo at with any questions.
Knit N' NoshKnit, Knot & Nosh - Wednesday, 10/14/2015 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. Contact Suzanne Wycoff at or Deborah Bonomo at for more information.
Kollel Family ServiceKollel Family Service-Special Needs Sat. 10/17 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.
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Melinda Panken Wednesday 10/21/2015 7:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 10/21/2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be All Who Go Do Not Return, by Shulem Deen. 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.
Early Learning Center Gift Auction 11/12/2015Early Learning Center Gift Auction 11/12/2015
The Shaari Emeth Early Learning Center Gift Auction raises money for educational programs, enhancement of our Early Learning Center playground and to support the needy through Open Door, the Freehold food pantry. The event will be held on 11/12/2015 at Battleground Country Club in Manalapan. The evening includes dinner, dancing and the auction of fabulous items. View gifts at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. RSVP deadline 10/22/2015.
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. 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

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.

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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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