Our History

Construction of Temple Shalom in 1967
Construction of Temple Shalom in 1967

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.

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 Preschool (now The Early Learning Center of Temple Shalom). We have very active Youth, Brotherhood and Women of Temple Shalom 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. Elyse Everett joined our Professional Staff as the Early Childhood Director in 2017. Our staff also includes Office Manager Jennifer Facchini and Religious School Administrative Assistant Gale Conti.