Tinton Falls, NJ - Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT) located at 332 Hance Avenue announces its distinguished Jewish Scholars Guest Speaker Series which takes place during March and April of 2014 and is open to the public.

Michael Friedman is a Scholar in Buddhist Studies and current Wexner Graduate Fellow at Georgetown University. His primary educational interest is interreligious dialogue which focuses on the unique connections between Tibetan Buddhism and American Judaism. He presents two programs:


  • “Jews and Interfaith Dialogue: Recent Developments in Jewish Theology” at MRT Shabbat Eve Services on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7 pm; Q & A follows the sermon
  • “Buddhism and Bagels— When Monks and Manischevitz Collide” presented at MRT’s Sunday Morning Study with a Schmear: on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10 am.

Rabbi Stephen Pearce, a senior rabbi in a congregation in San Francisco originally earned his PHD at St. John’s University in New York City in counselor Psychology. He went on to author several books and earned many accolades for his work in combating hunger in the San Francisco area. He has been recognized three times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. He presents two programs:

  • “Shifting Landscapes: Redefining Jewish Groupings” at MRT Shabbat Eve Services on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7 pm
  • “Overlooking the Obvious: The Binding Isaac Revealed in Literature and Poetry” at MRT Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10 am.

Rabbi Karyn Kedar is the senior rabbi in a congregation in the Chicago area. She has published several books and numerous anthologies and is renowned for her creative liturgy. She teaches courses and leads retreats that explore the need for meaning and purpose in our busy lives.

She will be presenting at an all-day seminar at MRT on Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 10 am through to 3 which includes a light lunch and cost $36 per person. RSVP to the temple office at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Topics include:

  • “The Sacred Partnership-Leadership is a Calling” from 10 -12 am
  • “God Whispers, Making Meaning Out of Transition” from 1 to 3 pm

(The Rabbi Kedar program is partially funded by a grant from Jewish Federation of Monmouth County.)