On behalf of our entire congregation, Rabbi Panken, Cantor Siet, and President Sue Rifkin welcome you to Temple Shaari Emeth, our kehillah kedoshah, our sacred community. Please read Rabbi Panken's message to our visitors.
|YOSHE Minis Masquerade Dance Party 3/13 6PM|
|YOSHE Minis 3rd-5th graders are invited to Masquerade-The Dance Party on Thursday, 3/13/2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Shaari Emeth Social Hall. Cost is only $10 per child. RSVP MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM on 3/6/2014! There will be dinner, dancing, games, goodies, dessert and professional entertainment. PARENTS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Contact YOSHE advisor Robin Gitlitz at email@example.com to RSVP or volunteer. Click through for more information and the permission form.|
|Shabbat Services at Pine Brook Care Center-3/15/2014|
|On Saturday, 3/15/2014 at 10:30 A.M. our Mitzvah Committee will conduct 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. This service will have a Purim theme and we will read from Megillat Esther. Please contact Allen Rothman at firstname.lastname@example.org or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page for more information.|
|Purim Family Service and Purim Palooza Costume Party, Saturday, 3/15|
|Saturday, 3/15, we start with our 5:00-6:00 P.M. Purim Family service with Megillah reading, which is open to all. Come in costume, it's raucous fun for the whole family! From 6:00-9:00 P.M. is our Purim Palooza Party with DJ, dinner and dancing! Members and non-members are welcome. Please click through for pricing; special arrangements always available. RSVP is required by 3/11. Last year's Purim Palooza was completely sold out, so be sure to RSVP as early as possible.|
|Purim Carnival Fun! Sunday, 3/16 11AM-2PM|
|Shaari Emeth's Sisterhood presents our Purim Carnival-the coolest possible event for kids. Bouncy house fun, games, temporary tattoos, face painting, saucer spin-art, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, knishes, hamantaschen, and great prizes. Sunday, 3/16 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 P.M. Admission is free and open to the public. Nominal ticket prices for each event. Kids in costume get 3 prize tickets. Don't miss it!|
|Tot Shabbat - Friday, 3/21/2014, 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.|
|Jewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Panken 3/26/2014|
|Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 3/26/2014 at 7:00 P.M. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balson. 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.|
|Sheldon Low Light Up Shabbat Concert 3/28 8:00 p.m.|
|Temple Shaari Emeth is very pleased to welcome Sheldon Low, a dynamic, bright young star of Jewish rock music, for three complimentary concerts as our Artist-In-Residence for 2014. The Religious School and Early Learning Center Family concert was held on Sunday, 2/9 at 11:00 a.m. and was a great success. The Havdalah Concert was held on Saturday, 3/1 at 7:30 p.m. and had us dancing in the aisles. Now Sheldon Low visits us for a third time with the Light Up Shabbat Concert, Friday, 3/28 at 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for these concerts, which are sponsored by the Rabbi Philip E. Schechter Scholar in Residence Endowment Fund and the Temple Shaari Emeth Adult Education Committee. Please click on the photograph or link for more information.|
|Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each Month-4/4/14|
|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 4/4/2014.|
|Passover B'Yachad (Together) Sat. 4/5 4-6PM|
|Passover is a time for fun and celebration. Join Rabbi Melinda Panken, Jayne Lieberman and Janis Knight on Saturday, 4/5 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a celebration of Passover with story, songs and crafts. A light dinner of pizza and salad will be served. This special event is for families with young children, second grade and under. $15/member family; $20/non-member family. Please RSVP by Tuesday, 4/1/2014.|
|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.|
|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 email@example.com, or Rabbi Panken at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
SAVE THESE DATES for exciting events that are planned 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. And Thursday, May 1, 2014 will be the Anniversary Gala at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge.
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.
These and other events will take place during the year. We look forward to having you and your family participate in honoring Rabbi Panken!
|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.|