"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 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.
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.
Come join us for Mitzvah Day, a day of Tikkun Olam, Sunday, 10/11 - save the date. Be a part of a wonderful day of giving back to our community. Check back to learn about all of the different projects to choose from. Blanket making for Project Linus; story time and crafts to be delivered to senior citizens and our Service members; lemonade stand to benefit the SPCA, helping out at Open Door, our local food pantry, and many others. Click through for the Save the Date flyer and contact Suzanne Wycoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Bonomo at email@example.com for more information.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Temple Shaari Emeth Newsletter Click below to read our latest Temple Shaari Emeth Newsletter. For prior editions, click here.
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.
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 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.