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Yom Rivii, 3 Av 5774

A Place for Jewish Values

We hope to offer a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation

We hope to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

Celebrating Sacred Moments

“The old shall be new and the new shall be sacred.” – Rav Kook

A Place for Jewish Values

We hope to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

Our Mission

We offer a caring and inclusive congregation that prays together, builds Jewish Community through acts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), shares life's events and provides education for all ages.

A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Community

We hope to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

Our Mission

We offer a caring and inclusive congregation that prays together, builds Jewish Community through acts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), shares life's events and provides education for all ages.

Celebrating Sacred Moments

“The old shall be new and the new shall be sacred.” – Rav Kook

A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation

We hope to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

A Place for Jewish Values

We hope to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who walks through our doors.

It is once again time to prepare for the New Year at Or Chadash.

To renew your membership, please click here.

Once you've completed this form, you will be directed to the Religious School Registration and the High Holy Days Information pages.

If you are new to Or Chadash, please join our congregation using this application.

If you are new to Or Chadash and wish to take advantage of our Religious School Only option, please use this application.

To get information and to purchase non-member tickets for the High Holy Days services, please visit this page.

As always, we value your membership at Or Chadash and look forward to a wonderful 2014/15 - 5775!

What's Happening at Or Chadash

Or Chadash Summer Schedule

Click here for our Summer Schedule

Details of these events may be found on the Or Chadash Calendar

Membership Information

We thank you for your interest in Or Chadash.

Please click here to get to our membership page which contains information on what joining Or Chadash can mean for you.

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Teaching Assistant Application

Dear 8/9/10/11/12th grade families:

Our Teaching Assistants are role models for our younger students and provide invaluable support. Or Chadash Religious School sincerely appreciates our Teaching Assistants. You will be called upon to help provide administrative and teaching support to the faculty, students and staff of Or Chadash Religious School. You can choose to receive a stipend or community service hours for your work.

Please click here for more details and to sign up.

Upcoming at Or Chadash

Dear Members of Or Chadash,
We hope to see you for our Summer events. Here are some helpful terms to explain our different Shabbat Worship formats over the summer.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services are brief (30-minute) services to welcome the Sabbath and include singing, Mi Shebeirach (healing Prayer) and Kaddish.
Shabbat Experiences begin with song, the blessings for candles, Kiddush and Motzi, and conclude with a program, discussion, film or special dinner event.

Be sure to check out our upcoming Summer FAQs on the website -- including info about welcoming casual attire, when Kaddish names are recited, why we have early services and how you can celebrate Shabbat at home when we do not have services at OC.

This week...
 
Friday, July 25 at 6:00 PM (dinner) 7:15 (film) -
Shabbat Experience and dinner at Midori Japanese Restaurant, 1225 U.S. 206, Princeton, and Film (Zach Braff's "I Wish I Was Here"). Followed by discussion and Ice Cream.
No services at Or Chadash.

About the movie:
Braff, 39, who wrote the film with his brother, Adam, 49, said they were raised by a father who was often strict about the family's Judaism; Shabbat dinners were mandatory and "a very serious affair," he said. "I was thinking about getting older," Braff says of its genesis. "I was thinking about my brother, who is such a great, out-of-the-box dad. And I was thinking a lot about religion, too. I don't subscribe to a religion - not to say anything against it, if it works for you, mazel tov - but for those of us who don't have that, who don't believe in an afterlife, that makes the ticking clock even louder. You know, boy this is it. Am I really doing everything with my brief years on this planet that I can?"
"One thing I try to touch upon in the movie is that I didn't feel I was successfully indoctrinated into my religion. [Eventually] I wanted to find my own connection based on what makes sense to me, not believing literal interpretations of the Old Testament or that anyone in the sky cares if I eat bacon."
Those arguments are hashed out in the film in scenes in which Aidan visits two contrasting rabbis: One, the elderly head of the yeshiva, "is condescending to Aidan and has no idea about how to talk to a secular person," Braff said.  Meanwhile, a younger rabbi represents "the sort of fantasy rabbi I've never met.  He's someone who says, 'Forget studying Torah and keeping kosher; let's talk about the spirituality you do have and build off of that.' For my character, it's the concept of the infinite sky, the idea that we don't know if our universe ever stops, and that's something I myself can tap into. And the rabbi says to him, 'If you want to call that God, then let that be God.' "   

Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 PM - An adults' evening social held poolside at the SSBJCC in Bridgewater featuring Men of Horses. Men of Horses plays the best tunes of yesterday and today without relying on the same old songs you've been drinking and dancing to for years. Italian buffet dinner included. There is a cash bar as well. Admission is $20. You can register here or by calling the JCC at 908-725-6994.

Save the Date...

Friday, August 1 -
Celebrate Shabbat at home with family and friends. No Services at Or Chadash

Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM -
Shabbat Services

Friday, August 15 - 
Celebrate Shabbat at home with family and friends. No Services at Or Chadash
 
Friday, August 22 at 6:00 PM -
Kabbalat Shabbat
 
Friday, August 29 - 
Celebrate Shabbat at home with family and friends. No Services at Or Chadash

America's Grow-a-Row needs your help. If you have room in your car for food for hungry neighbors, free time on Sunday or Thursday mornings, and a desire to help, then please join the ShopRite gleaning program by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher
Fred Bernstein
Millie Albert
Estelle Breines
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks

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I hope to see you at these and other programs of Or Chadash.

Shalom,

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Or Chadash

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College Student Outreach

As fall approaches, the Student Outreach Program of Or Chadash is about to swing into full gear. The purpose of this program is to maintain a Jewish connection for our students away from home at preparatory, college or graduate schools. Students will be mailed a treat symbolic for some of the Jewish holidays. The Rabbi includes a delightful letter reminding students of the significance of the occasion. Students tell us each year how much they look forward to these packages and how comforting it is to know that they are still important to our Or Chadash Family.

We create a new “Student Address List” each year, so all interested parents should send in their child’s address for the coming year as soon as possible. You must submit this each year, even if there has not been a change. You will notice that there is space for an email address. 

Don’t let your child miss out on the first mailing!

Click here to fill out the form.

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