October 13, 2015   30 Tishrei 5776
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Please join us for Mitzvah Day, a day of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Sunday, 10/11/2015 at 11:15 a.m. Be a part of a wonderful day of volunteering and giving back to our community. Seven 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; 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. Click for a flyer with more information or contact Suzanne Wycoff at suzy7767@gmail.com or Deborah Bonomo at dlbonomo1@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

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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. Seven 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; 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! 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.
Mitzvah Committee Shabbat Services at Pine BrookShabbat Services 10/17/2015 at Pine Brook Care Center
On Saturday, 10/17/2015 at 10:30 a.m., our Mitzvah Committee will conduct our monthly 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. Please contact Allen Rothman at rthmn49@optonline.net or click through to our Mitzvah Committee web page 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.
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.
Club YOSHE Ceramics SundayClub YOSHE Ceramics Sunday 10/18/2015 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, 10/18/2015 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is an awesome event for Club YOSHE, our first and second grade youth program. Back by popular demand, it's Ceramics Sunday! There will be pizza for lunch, and children will learn a super-cool ceramics technique, taught by a local ceramics artist. All pieces are glazed, kiln-fired to perfection and gift wrapped! Cost for this event is $10 per child. RSVP must be received by 10/14 at 5:00 p.m.! For more information please contact our Club YOSHE Youth Advisor, Robin Gitlitz, at rgitlitz@verizon.net or click through for the Ceramics Sunday flyer.
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!
Teen Addiction Workshop 10/20/2015Teen Addiction Workshop 10/20/2015 6:45 p.m.
There is hope. Attend our Teens and Addiction workshop on Tuesday, 10/20/2015 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Temple Shaari Emeth. Addiction, Adolescents and the Family: Talking to your kids about addiction issues is presented by Marni Elson-Victor, an accomplished, licensed professional counselor with over 16 years of success in treatment agencies, educational and not-for-profit environments. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor for Footprints to Recovery, in Hamilton, New Jersey. Please click through for more information. All are welcome.
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!
Men's Club Tailgate at Shaari Emeth, Sunday 10/25, 11 a.m.Men's Club Tailgate Party, Sunday 10/25, 11 a.m.
Join the Men's Club at Shaari Emeth on Sunday, 10/25 at 11:00 a.m. for a tailgate party before the New York Jets vs. New England Patriots football game. There will be fun and food - burgers, hot dogs, chips and soda will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own beverages, in moderation. Wear your favorite team's jersey and the Men's Club will provide the rest, including an outdoor viewing party of the Jets v. Patriots game at 1:00 p.m. Free for Men's Club members, or join at the door for $36. Feel free to bring your children. Please RSVP by 10/23 to bszedison@yahoo.com.
The Life and Works of Bernard MalamudThe Life and Works of Bernard Malamud with Rabbi Louis Stein Tuesday 10/27 11:00 a.m.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning American-Jewish author Bernard Malamud wrote seven novels which appeared during his lifetime and an eighth, unfinished work which was published posthumously. In three sessions this fall we will discuss three of these novels: The Assistant on 10/27/2015, The Fixer on 11/3/2015 and God's Grace on 11/10/2015. Each of these sessions with Rabbi Louis Stein will be held at Temple Shaari Emeth and there is no charge to attend. Please call 732-462-7744 or email Audrey at amedvin@shaariemeth.org to RSVP.

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.

December Dilemma Panel Discussion 11/15/2015 9:15 a.m.
December Dilemma Interfaith Family Panel Discussion 11/15/2015 9:15 a.m.
Sunday, 11/15/2015 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. please join us for The December Dilemma: A panel discussion about how interfaith families navigate the holiday season's joys and challenges. Our panel will include Temple members Marianne Disick, Jayne and Irwin Lieberman, and Tricia and Lily Kreitzberg, who will share their own personal wisdom and insight. Sponsored by Sisterhood. Please RSVP by Friday, 11/13/2015 to sisterhood@shaariemeth.org.
Chanukah Family Service 12/11/2015Chanukah Family Service, Friday, 12/11/2015, 6:30 p.m.
Our Chanukah family service is Friday, 12/11/2015 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for this dramatic, meaningful and memorable service. Families are encouraged to bring candles and Chanukiot (Chanukah menorahs) to services, and the candles are all lit simultaneously, on tables throughout the sanctuary. Our clergy will tell a fun and engaging Chanukah story, our Junior Choir will enhance our worship, and there will be complimentary dreidels and Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins). All are welcome.

Blood Drive, Sunday, 1/3/2016 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive, Sunday, 1/3/2016 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Help to save a life. Our next Blood Drive will be on Sunday, 1/3/2016 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.
Passover UniversityPassover University-A Day of Community Learning 4/10/2016
On Sunday, 4/10/2016 starting at 11:15 a.m. all are welcome to join us for Passover University - a day of community learning at Shaari Emeth. There will be two learning sessions and lunch. Choose from a number of different sessions including Passover Baking; Singing at the Seder; Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting; Passover Crafts and Activities for Kids and other great sessions. Superstar teachers from our clergy, staff, and the community. Click through for a flyer with schedule and registration information. RSVP deadline 4/4/2016.
Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance 5/6/2016 8:00 p.m.Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance 5/6/2016 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/6/2016 at 8:00 p.m. we welcome our special speaker and Temple Shaari Emeth member, Gerard Blumenthal, who will share his story of survival as a child during the Holocaust. Gerard was born in Vienna, Austria in 1931 and was eight years old when the Nazis annexed Austria. This event changed his life and the life of his family forever. He witnessed the devastation of Kristallnacht which led to years of running as he tried to avoid being captured by the Nazis. Gerard's story is simultaneously devastating and miraculous and one to which we should all bear witness.
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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URJ Calls for Sincere Political Negotiations and An End to the Escalating Violence in Jerusalem

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 5, 2015 12:00 AM
Without a political horizon that will lead to a just solution for both peoples, and without the Israeli and Palestinian leadership coming together to sincerely engage in negotiations that will lead out of this cycle of violence, the violence will continue and deepen.

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs Responds to Announcement By Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM
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

URJ Press Releases   |   Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM

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

URJ Press Releases   |   Sep 10, 2015 12:00 AM
"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

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