October 30, 2014   6 Cheshvan 5775
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On behalf of our entire congregation, Rabbi Panken, Cantor Siet, and President Sue Rifkin 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  
Jewish Interest Book ClubJewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Melinda Panken 10/29/2014
Join Rabbi Melinda Panken for our Jewish Interest Book Club on Wednesday, 10/29/2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaari Emeth. Our book will be My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit. 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.

Blood Drive, Sunday, 11/2 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive, Sunday, 11/2 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Help to save a life. Our next Blood Drive will be on Sunday, 11/2/2014 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 receive a complimentary T-Shirt, and grateful thanks from those in need. Please RSVP to Bob Kanner: njkanner@fastermac.net.

YOSHE Juniors Club 7 Pizza Night 11/5 6:00p.m.
YOSHE Juniors Club 7 Pizza Night 11/5 6:00 p.m.
Shaari Emeth 7th graders, please join us for Club 7 Pizza Night before Hebrew School on Wednesday, 11/5 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Free event! Please RSVP by 10/31 to Sheryn at: sheryn1@aol.com.
The Life and Works of Philip RothThe Life and Works of Philip Roth with Rabbi Louis Stein 11/6, 11/13, 11/20/2014
On November 6, 13 and 20, Thursdays at 11:00 a.m., Rabbi Louis Stein will offer a view of American Jewish life as reflected in selected writings of Philip Roth, New Jersey's own author of distinction who, in the Fall of 2012, announced that he was done with writing. Roth's works of fiction appear to go through three distinct stages. In his early years he was a rebel with a cause; in mid-career he produced some of his best work; as he entered maturity and approached retirement he became more morbid. Can he be considered a Jewish writer? What does this celebrated author have to say that would be of interest to Jews? Click through for a flyer with more information about this complimentary class and our distinguished guest lecturer, Rabbi Louis Stein.
Kabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each MonthKabbalat Shabbat-First Friday of Each Month-11/7/14
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 11/7/2014.
Knit N' NoshKnit n' Nosh - Thursday 11/13/2014
Join the Temple Shaari Emeth community to knit 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 or crochet a blanket, make new friends, and have a little nosh. Coffee and nosh provided by the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on 9/11/2014, 11/13/2014, 12/11/2014, 1/8/2015, 2/12/2015, 3/12/2015, 4/9/2015, 5/14/2015 and 6/11/2015.
Shabbat ZimriyaShabbat Zimriya Friday 11/14 8:00 p.m.
November 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. is our inspiring Shabbat Zimriya service. Shabbat Zimriya is a musical service with guitar, clarinet, saxophone, piano and bass accompaniment by our clergy and talented Shaari Emeth musicians. A warm, bright and wonderful Shabbat service not to be missed. We hope to see you for Shabbat Zimriya!. Join us, and bring a friend!
Mitzvah Committee Shabbat Services at Pine BrookShabbat Services 11/15 at Pine Brook Care Center
On Saturday, 11/15 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.
YOSHE Minis Wacky Games Thurs. 11/20 6:45 p.m.YOSHE Minis Wacky Games Thurs. 11/20 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, 11/20/2014 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is our latest YOSHE Minis event: WACKY GAMES! The funnier, the sillier, the goofier...the better! YOSHE Minis is for 3rd through 5th graders and the cost for this event is $8 per child. No dinner at this event but there will be delicious desserts served at the awards ceremony at 7:45 p.m. RSVP must be received by 11/12 at 5:00 p.m.! Please bring non-perishable food items for the Open Door food pantry. For more information please contact YOSHE Minis Youth Advisor Robin Gitlitz at rgitlitz@verizon.net or click through for the Wacky Games flyer.
Tot ShabbatTot Shabbat - Friday, 11/21/2014, 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 Oneg. Tot Shabbat is a Shabbat service for families with children in second grade and younger, and will be held on 10/17/2014, 11/21/2014, 12/12/2014, 1/16/2015, 2/20/2015, 3/20/2015, 4/17/2015 and 5/15/2015.
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 11/23 7PMInterfaith Thanksgiving Service Sun. 11/23 7:00 p.m.
The Freehold Clergy Association and Temple Shaari Emeth invite you to the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, on Sunday, 11/23 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, 33 Throckmorton Street in Freehold. Please join us for this inspiring, musical service that brings us together with our neighbors of different faiths to express our thanks, as a community, for the bountiful abundance with which we have been blessed.
Kollel Family ServiceKollel Family Service-Special Needs Sat. 12/13 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. Saturday, 12/13/2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Mah Jonggukah, Sunday, 12/14, 12-4 p.m.Mah Jonggukah, Sunday, 12/14, 12-4 p.m.
Sisterhood of Temple Shaari Emeth invites you to play Mah Jongg on Sunday, December 14 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your friends out to play, win prizes, and support breast cancer research. $16 for Shaari Emeth members, $18 for non-members. Please RSVP by 11/28/2014.
Chanukah Family Service 12/19/2014Chanukah Family Service, Friday, 12/19, 6:30 p.m.
Our Chanukah family service is Friday, 12/19 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.

Sheldon Low Light Up Shabbat 1/23
Sheldon Low Light Up Shabbat Friday 1/23 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, 1/23/2015 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!
Daytime PlaytimeDaytime Playtime Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Bring the kids to enjoy our well-equipped, sparkling gym on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please check our web calendar to confirm the schedule for the day you are attending. Bouncy House, scooters, slides, basketball hoops, crafts, great fun! Only $5 per child, and the public is welcome.
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 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.

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.

Rabbi Panken 10th Anniversary Celebration

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 - Ten Years of Building a Community through Torah, Worship and Loving Kindness.

We hosted exciting events to commemorate this milestone! Sunday, October 13, 2013 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. On Thursday, May 1, 2014 the Anniversary Gala at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge was a great success, and on May 17, 2014 we welcomed Israeli superstar David Broza for a concert right here at Temple Shaari Emeth.

The Anniversary Gala was an unforgettable evening of fun and celebration. To view the Commemorative Journal, with special messages from congregants and friends, and our sponsors' advertisements, please click here. Please patronize our sponsors; we thank them for their support of Shaari Emeth. A tribute video for Rabbi Panken was shown at the Gala, which was narrated by Rabbi Panken's parents and produced by her husband. Please click here to watch the tribute video on Youtube. We look forward to many more years with Rabbi Panken as our spiritual leader.
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.

This Week at Shaari Emeth  
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News From The Union For Reform Judaism  

Reform Movement Expresses Concern Over Separate Bus Lines for Israeli Jewish Settlers and Palestinian Workers

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM
R. Jacobs: "Israel's democracy is one of her greatest strengths and we fear that Minister Ya'alon's proposal threatens that democracy."

Reform Movement Distressed by Attack in Jerusalem

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement: Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Vote is Vote Against Racism

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Condemns Act of Anti-Semitism at Emory University

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Leaders Protest Klinghoffer Opera

URJ Press Releases   |   Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM
"Even as we raise our voices to protest this opera, we call on others who will join us to do so peacefully and with civility, lest the attention be diverted from the problematic nature of the opera."

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