Since its founding in 1963, Temple Shalom has endeavored to meet the spiritual, cultural and social needs of the Reform Jewish Community of Northern Monmouth (Aberdeen, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel, Manalapan, Marlboro, Matawan, Middletown) and Southeastern Middlesex (Englishtown, Old Bridge, Parlin, Sayreville, South Amboy) counties. Today we serve the varied needs of approximately 500 families.
Our temple was constructed in 1967 and has been expanded in several subsequent stages reflecting the growth of our dynamic congregation. Our religious school, which spans the entire range from kindergarten to 12th grade, is a source of pride. In 1991, responding to the needs of our many younger congregants, we established a Nursery School. We have very active Youth, Brotherhood and Sisterhood groups. Temple Shalom offers many and varied educational, cultural and social activities for married and single adults of all ages.
In 1999, Rabbi Laurence P. Malinger became our spiritual leader following the retirement of Rabbi Henry M. Weiner who had served us for thirty-two years. In July, 2012, Cantor Debbie Zeiontz joined our clergy. Our professional staff also includes Director of Temple Schools Cindy Terebush, Office Manager Stephanie Pinck and Bookkeeper Sheila Phillips.
It is our aim to make Temple Shalom a warm, caring and welcoming place. If you are a stranger, we urge you to introduce yourself to Rabbi Malinger, Cantor Zeiontz, or any of our congregational leaders who are wearing blue Temple Shalom name badges, or for that matter, whomever you choose. They would like to greet you and tell you about our congregation.