mcrt mitzvah day 1PHOTO: Monmouth Reform Temple celebrated its Mitzvah Day on May 17 by doing good deeds throughout the community and within its temple grounds. Pictured (left to right) are people key to the event, Mitzvah Day Chairpersons Marjorie Wold, Colts Neck, and Dean Ross, Lincroft, MRT Rabbi Marc Kline and MRT Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

Tinton Falls, NJ - On May 17, an army of Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT) members went forth into the community and on their temple grounds to perform “mitzvot” –a commandment from God to do good in the world on MRT’s “Mitzvah Day.”

mcrt mitzvah day uganda shoesPHOTO: Sarah Popovich, Tinton Falls, Devyn Kennedy, Ocean Township and Asher Clissold, Manalapan, work with Dari Kennedy to cutout templates to make shoes to donate to Uganda.

They tilled the soil behind the temple building in creation of a community garden to feed the poor and ventured out to paint a Habitat for Humanity home. They knitted caps and blankets for preemies and made templates for shoes for Ugandan children.

mcrt mitzvah day alex lemonadePHOTO:MRT’s four-grade school children set up set up an Alex’s Lemonade stand to collect money for cancer research. Working the stand are: Kyle Little, Little Silver, Marisa Seckular, Middletown, Jake Schwartz, Shark River Hills, Agatha Hershey, Rumson, Alexa Tuller, Lincroft, Ava Schwartz, Shark River Hills, Dylan Nifoussi, Little Silver and Ethan Smith, Rumson.

Students in the fourth grade served drinks at Alex’s Lemonade Stand, congregants including Rabbi Marc Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold donated blood Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade visited the Kensington Court assisted living center singing Jewish folk songs and dancing to entertain the residents. At the end of their performances, the children presented the residents with colorfully decorated flower pots and brilliant flowers to brighten their rooms. Another group of students visited the Chelsea assisted living center doing arts and crafts with the residents. A different group cleaned the trail along the Henry Hudson Trail in the Highlands.

Rabbi Kline addressed the congregation and the children in particular, just before they embarked on their adventures, stating, “We have talked about how Torah can help heal the world. This is a culminating way to end our school year of putting what we are learning in Torah to use. Because we know we can a make a difference, and do make a difference, that is why we are here today.”

mcrt mitzvah day kensington assistedPHOTO: MRT’s youngest school children performed Jewish folk dances and sang to the residents at the Kensington Assisted Living Residence in Tinton Falls as their mitzvah or good deed for MRT’s Mitzvah Day.

Mitzvah Day had been a special day run by MRT for many years and was revived when Rabbit Kline asked temple members Dean Ross and Marjorie Wold to chair the program.

Rabbi Kline commented, “Dean Ross and Margie Wold did an incredible job in getting team captains and teams together. There is some incredible work being done because someone said “Hineni”, I am here and I am ready to serve.”       

“We were thrilled to see more than 200 people, young and old, spending a Sunday to help repair the world. We plan to do it again next year for sure,” says Mrs. Wold.