October 05, 2015   22 Tishrei 5776
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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  

Blood Drive, Sunday, 10/4/2015 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive, Sunday, 10/4/2015 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Help to save a life. Our next Blood Drive will be on Sunday, 10/4/2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It only takes a little time, but the impact of your gift is immeasurable. Event conducted by the Central Jersey Blood Center. Donors help to save lives with a great mitzvah, and receive grateful thanks from those in need. Please RSVP to Bob Kanner: njkanner@fastermac.net.
Simchat Torah Family Service-Wed. 10/15 6:30 P.M.Simchat Torah Family Service-Sun. 10/4 6:30 p.m.
One of the most dramatic events of the year is our Simchat Torah Family Service, Sunday, 10/4 at 6:30 p.m. - all are welcome. We unfurl the entire Torah, which stretches from the bimah all the way to the back of the Social Hall, for all to see and enjoy. You've heard the story of the parting of the Sea of Reeds - but have you seen the unique arrangement of the Hebrew in that parshah that looks like the sea is parting? The Shema, Moses' Poem and many other sections of the Torah are also fascinating to see. We will read from the end of Deuteronomy and then start all over again from the beginning of Genesis, as we begin a new year of parshah readings. We'll dance with our Torahs throughout our Sanctuary and Social Hall. And, we will welcome our Kindergarten Religious School students to their Jewish education in their Consecration ceremony. Join us, and bring a friend!
Introduction to Hebrew ReadingIntroduction to Hebrew Reading Class Starts 9/30/2015 Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be able to read from the prayer book? Are you interested in becoming an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Then this class is for you. A ten-week introduction led by an expert Hebrew teacher. Cost is $75/members, $100/non-members; cost includes text book. This class is required if you choose to become an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please contact Rabbi Panken with any questions at rabbi@shaariemeth.org.
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class 2015Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Information Meeting 10/7/2015 8:00 p.m.
Are you interested in becoming an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Join Rabbi Melinda Panken as we discuss the exciting two-year journey to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as an adult. You will learn to read Hebrew, to read from Torah, Theology, Torah Study, Jewish philosophy and ethics. You must also register for the Introduction to Hebrew Reading class which starts 9/30/2015. Please attend an information meeting on Wednesday, 10/7/2015 at 8:00 p.m. to learn more. Call or email Rabbi Panken at 732-462-7744 or rabbi@shaariemeth.org with any questions.
College Age And Young Adult Information RequestCollege Age And Young Adult Information Request
The College Age and Young Adult Committee wants to make sure we stay in touch with our synagogue's young adults. When they are on our special mailing list, they will receive special messages, care packages and various yummy treats throughout the year. Please fill out the information form and return as soon as possible to ensure our community's sons and daughters stay in touch and receive cool stuff.
Sisterhood Membership DinnerSisterhood Membership Dinner, Thursday 10/8 7:00 p.m.
Sisterhood invites the women of Temple Shaari Emeth to the Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Thursday, 10/8 at 7:00 p.m. at Russo's on 33, 520 NJ Route 33, Millstone. No dinner charge for Sisterhood members, $36 for non-members or join Sisterhood for $40 and dinner is free. New Temple Shaari Emeth members receive complimentary first-year Sisterhood membership. RSVP to robinweinstein@optonline.net by September 28.
Toiletry DriveToiletry Drive 9/7/2015-10/9/2015
Temple Shaari Emeth's Social Action Committee is sponsoring a toiletry drive to benefit Jewish Family and Children's Services. All toiletries to be donated must be new and unopened. All sizes, including samples, are happily accepted. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, shaving cream and feminine hygiene products. Please drop off items in the lobby of Temple Shaari Emeth. Questions, please email Suzanne at suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah at dlbonomo1@gmail.com.
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 suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah Bonomo at dlbonomo1@gmail.com 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 suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah Bonomo at dlbonomo1@gmail.com for more information.
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 10/16/2015, 6 p.m.
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 a delicious Oneg. Great fun will be had by all! Tot Shabbat is a Shabbat service for families with children in second grade and younger. Please join us for the next Tot Shabbat on 10/16/2015.
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.
Sisterhood Clothing Drive, Sunday, 10/18 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Sisterhood Fall Clothing Drive Sun. 10/18 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Extra clothing, accessories, linen or stuffed animals around the house? Donate them at the Sisterhood Fall Clothing Drive on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Temple Shaari Emeth. Get a tax deduction, additional free space and a warm feeling from a great mitzvah. Please click through for additional information about which items are accepted at this clothing drive.
CROP Hunger WalkCROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, 10/18 1:30 p.m.
Join the CROP Hunger Walk to stop hunger, Sunday, 10/18, registration at 1:30 p.m. at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 33 Throckmorton St. in Freehold. There will be a 3-mile walk and a mini-walk to raise money for food, farming and safe water for children and families worldwide. The CROP Hunger Walk is organized by the Freehold Clergy Association, a group which includes Shaari Emeth's clergy as well as the clergy and leaders of over 25 Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations and the chaplaincy of CentraState Healthcare System. Click through for a flyer with more information about this worthy cause. Even if you are not able to join us for the walk, please consider a donation to support our efforts to stop hunger. Thank you!
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.
Ladies Night Out 10/22/2015Ladies Night Out at Around the Corner Art Center, Thursday 10/22 7-10 p.m.
It's Ladies Night Out at Around the Corner Art Center on Thursday, 10/22/2015 from 7-10 p.m. Join friends for a fun-filled evening to snack, chat and create. Wine, paint, food and more paint! $29 for Shaari Emeth Sisterhood members, $39 for non-members. RSVP by 10/14/2015 to Rachel Bass.

Sheldon Low Light Up Shabbat 10/23
Sheldon Low Light Up Shabbat Friday 10/23 7:00 p.m.
Temple Shaari Emeth is very pleased to welcome Sheldon Low, a dynamic, bright young star of Jewish rock music, for Light Up Shabbat, Friday, 10/23/2015 at 7:00 p.m. One of the brightest young musical stars in the Jewish community, Sheldon joins us again this year celebrating Shabbat with magical music and mystical stories. All are welcome!

Three Faiths Dialogue, 10/28/2015 7-9 p.m.
Three Faiths Dialogue, Wednesday, 10/28/2015 7-9 p.m.
Tolerance and acceptance only happens when we know and understand one another. Please join us for these panel discussions in which we will explore facets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism to understand our differences as well as our commonalities. The Three Faiths Dialogue is a series of sessions, sponsored by the Freehold Clergy Association, and each held in a different house of worship in our community. Join us on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, 448 Tennent Road in Manalapan. The subject will be "Historical Milestones From Our Traditions."
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat - 11/6/2015 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 11/6/2015. Please join us.
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 quiltbbe@gmail.com, or Rabbi Panken at rabbi@shaariemeth.org. It only takes a little time, but is so meaningful.

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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.

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.

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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We urge President Abbas and the PA not to abandon the Oslo Accord's valuable framework for peace.

Reform Jewish Movement Statement on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Current Political Discourse

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Union for Reform Judaism Appeals for International Response to Refugee Crisis: Urgent Plea to U.S. Government Leaders, and Action Steps for North American Citizens

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"Difficulty Cannot Be an Excuse for Inaction in the Face of this Humanitarian Crisis"

A New Era for Jewish Music: American Conference of Cantors Acquires the Largest Provider of Jewish Music from the Union for Reform Judaism

URJ Press Releases   |   Aug 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Response to Iran Deal: Address Important Concerns, Focus on the Day After

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