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Rabbi Melinda F. Panken's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Rabbi Melinda F. Panken's 20th Anniversary Celebration
We are thrilled to announce that Temple Shaari Emeth is celebrating Rabbi Melinda F. Panken's 20 years of dedicated service to our synagogue and the greater Monmouth County community. Over the next few months, we have planned several events at or near the Temple. We hope that you will join us in celebration in person or in our commemorative journal.
During her tenure at Temple Shaari Emeth, Rabbi Panken has made a significant impact in our Temple community, Western Monmouth County, and beyond.  As our spiritual leader, Rabbi Panken celebrates our Temple community’s life cycle moments, including officiating at marriages and baby namings, comforting the ill and supporting those in times of loss. Over the years she has watched hundreds of children take their place in our community as B’nai Mitzvah. She loves teaching and especially appreciates the opportunity to work with every age group in our community.
Rabbi Panken is an active member and leader of the Greater Freehold Clergy Association and MOSAIC, working for many years to improve the dialogue among all faiths. She served as Chair of the Bioethics Committee at Centrastate Hospital, and has partnered with Open Door, and EHAP to address the needs of those who are food and housing insecure in our neighborhood. Rabbi Panken has also supported the Reform Movement, serving on the Executive Committee of HUC-JIR Alumni Council, as well as various committees for the CCAR, ARZA and the URJ. Locally, she has also partnered with The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey. 




Rabbi Panken's 20th Anniversary will be celebrated at these upcoming events:

  • Saturday, May 11th “Rock Shabbat” concert featuring the renowned Jewish rock group, Nefesh Mountain, at Temple Shaari Emeth at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 2nd Anniversary Luncheon at Battleground Country Club at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 22nd Ice Cream Social & Havdalah service at Temple Shaari Emeth at 6:00 p.m.   Suggested donation $18 individual $36 family

Single Admission – Temple Member:  Adults $118/Children $36*
Single Admission – Non-Temple Member: Adults $136/Children $50*

No charge for children 4 years old and under. 

*Children's meals available

Go to Order Form

Thank you in advance for sponsoring the Rabbi's 20th Anniversary Celebration  and acknowledging the many contributions made to our community through Rabbi Panken's compassionate leadership and dedication.

Ways that you can support the celebration:

Sponsorship Deadlines:

For the Nefesh Mountain Concert: May 3rd

For the Luncheon:                        May 20th

The slide show/digital journal will be shown at both the concert and luncheon. A printed journal will be distributed at the luncheon.

If there is anyone who needs financial assistance to attend, please contact Stuart Brown, Executive Director.

Please select the Sponsorship or Journal Entry that you want to purchase in support  of the Rabbi Melinda F. Panken's 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

For Luncheon tickets (without a sponsorship or journal ad), click on "Add additional Luncheon Tickets" and fill in the names of people attending.  Your tribute/ad can be uploaded or entered below.

Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 11:00AM


Thu, May 23 2024 15 Iyar 5784