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Dec 05, 2017

Monmouth Reform Temple Makes a Difference at Annual Giving Back Day

Premature babies born at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank will have cozy homemade knit caps to wear, thanks to a group of volunteers who knitted them during the annual Mitzvah Day held at Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT), Tinton Falls, on Sunday, October 29. Mitzvah Day is a day to “make a difference” in the community, says Rabbi Marc Kline. “The work of Mitzvah Day is not a one-and-done set of projects. Our congregation is committed to many projects of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) throughout the year.”

“But the day set aside to helping others is a great kickoff to the entire year,” says temple member Dean Ross, who co-chaired the event with Kerry Krachman. During Mitzvah Day, members of the congregation, joined by participants from Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson and other community members, engaged in a variety of service and social action projects at locations throughout the community such as The Center in Asbury Park and MRT itself.

A group of religious school students and their parents, led by Cantor Gabrielle Clissold, sang at the Chelsea Assisted Living Center in Tinton Falls. Another set of volunteers filled bags of toiletries and unpacked socks and shampoo at the Holiday Express organization warehouse in Tinton Falls. At MRT, people created blankets for donation for the sick, wrote greetings cards to ill temple members, decorated shopping bags to use for food collected for those in need, and maintained the Gan Mazon Garden, which sends tons of fresh vegetables each year to local pantries. The Central Jersey Bloodmobile parked outside the temple during the day. As a result of Mitzvah Day, 66 patients in hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean Counties received blood. MRT also collected used coats, eyeglasses, and cell phones for distribution throughout the community.

For more information, contact Monmouth Reform Temple at or (732) 747-9365.