On Saturday, May 7th, at 11 a.m., Temple Rodeph Torah on Mohawk Drive in Marlboro will be going to the dogs (and the cats, gerbils, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, snakes, fish and other assorted critters!) when it hosts its 3rd annual community-wide “Blessing of the Animals.” This outdoor event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on TRT’s front lawn.
“For many of us, pets are holy beings who share our lives,” said TRT’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Don Weber. “Through good times and bad, they give us boundless love. With this service we take the opportunity to thank them and to thank their Creator.”
The Blessing of the Animals includes compassionate teachings and songs about animals and about the beautiful bond that exists between animals and humans. Although dogs and cats will likely be the most common attendees, TRT clergy will lead blessings for all animals in attendance, including cuddly “stuffed animal” friends that the younger children are encouraged to bring!
“The Blessing of the Animals service will definitely be a unique experience, which kids and adults of all religious backgrounds alike will love,” said TRT’s Cantor Joanna Alexander. “As an animal lover myself, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to embrace our furry and feathered friends. At TRT, we are committed to bringing joy and life to our worship and to our congregation and the surrounding community.”
The entire community is encouraged to bring their pets to this short service, which should last approximately 30 minutes. Following the service there will be free treats for the animals, as well as for the humans who love them! TRT’s fire-pit will also be stoked up so that everyone can roast marshmallows and eat s’mores following the service. For additional information, please visit animals.trt.org, or call 732-308-0055.