Our own Rabbi Melinda Panken appeared in a film documentary about the international Charter for Compassion, which states that the "Golden Rule," the principle of compassion, lies at the heart of all religious traditions, and impels us to alleviate suffering. Hear her inspiring message about how this simple concept can transcend the differences between religions, reduce intolerance, and enhance spirituality.
On behalf of our entire congregation, Rabbi Panken, Cantor Siet, and President Mark Glatstian welcome you to Temple Shaari Emeth, our kehillah kedoshah, our sacred community. Please read Rabbi Panken's message to our visitors.
Rabbi Emeritus Philip E. Schechter joins us for Shabbat services on Friday, 5/31/2013 at 8:00 P.M. to share wisdom and Torah with old friends and new. Rabbi Schechter was Shaari Emeth's spiritual leader for decades and we welcome him back for this special evening.
49 or older? Join the Renaissance Group on Sunday, June 2 at 11:30 A.M. for the Annual Brunch at Klein's in Belmar, New Jersey. Delicious all-you-can-eat buffet. $25/members, $32/non-members. Please RSVP.
Join the Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood for our Mah Jongg class - come to play or come to learn. Tables for experienced players and tables with a teacher for beginners. Walk-ins welcome. Mondays 9:30-11:30 A.M., 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1 and 7/8/2013. $36 for 6 classes or $7/morning for synagogue members; $37 or $8/morning for non-members. 2013 Mah Jongg cards now available for purchase. Supports Sisterhood programs.
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 6/7/2013.
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club, Wednesday, 6/26/2013 at 7:00 P.M. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman. This book is the extraordinary true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who ran the Warsaw Zoo during World War II. After Warsaw was bombed and many of the zoo's animals were removed or slaughtered by the Nazis, the Zabinski family smuggled Jews into empty cages and into other parts of the premises to protect them, and operated the zoo as a pig farm, deflecting suspicions. Jan was active in the Polish resistance, while Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants. Don't miss this great Book Club session.
The Shaari Emeth Early Learning Center is running a fundraiser with Mabel's Labels. These are special, personalized labels that are dishwasher safe and do not come off books, lunchboxes, cups, and clothing. They don't even come off when clothes are machine washed and dried. A very useful product. And, when you buy your labels, the Early Learning Center raises funds with each purchase. Click through for the flyer for more information, or click here to visit the Mabel's Labels web site.
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. New for 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.
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.
"We moved here from Long Island looking for a new Jewish home. When we attended Shabbat services and met Rabbi Panken and Cantor Siet, we knew we found what we were looking for. We belong to the Renaissance group, and we enjoy Shabbat services and the friendships we have made."
-- Bob and Rita
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.