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Yom Shabbat, 28 Kislev 5775

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.

With Thanksgiving past, the holiday season is upon us. Hanukkah begins Tuesday night, the 16th of December. As many of you know, the Union for Reform Judaism created a tradition of dedicating the 6th night of Hanukkah and its candle as the Candle of Righteousness, Ner Shel Tzeddakah. Rather than exchanging gifts on that night, we are asked to donate the cost of gifts from that day to a charitable organization to help individuals and families who rely our our generosity to help them during this season of light.

On Hanukkah we light the eight candles of the Menorah using the Shamash, the helper candle. That 9th candle is often referred to as an extra candle -- but it is not extra, it is essential! This Hanukkah each of us has an opportunity to act as a Shamash, the essential helper bringing light to our community.

For Ner Shel Tzeddakah, our goal is to pool Or Chadash's collective resources to help the children at Hunterdon Youth Services, known to many of us as the Sand Hill Youth Home. We want them to have a wonderful and bountiful holiday. We are a generous congregation, and together we can make a difference. This year we are collecting funds to help them purchase bath robes and slippers. Please click here to donate to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.

Please mark your calenders for our Hanukkah celebration on Friday December 19 at 7PM and remember to give generously to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.

What's Happening at Or Chadash

Hanukkah Celebration Friday December 19

Dear Members of Or Chadash,

I invite you and your families and friends to join us at our special Hanukkah celebration this friday - December 19 at 7PM. We will be welcoming Israeli dancing and movement specialist (and totally fun person) Elyse Litt to celebrate with us! We will also join in our tradition of a community wide candle lighting ceremony, plus songs and special Hanukkah treats -- including lots of latkes. New this year--some of our students, under the direction of Student Cantor Kathy Gohr-- will be sharing their voices with us. Our Shabbat Hanukkah celebration service is always an extra special event at Or Chadash. After services, with the help of David Orlans (make your own jelly donuts), Ruby Erkkila (edible dreidles) and Ira Breines (home-made apple sauce) we will be enjoy some special treats -- along with a variety of home-made latkes! We hope you will join us.

I hope this holiday season with latkes, family and friends will be a joyous, happy and healthy one for you, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Shalom and Chag Hanukkat Sameach,
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

Rabbi Forman's High Holy Day Sermons

Membership Information

We thank you for your interest in Or Chadash.

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Upcoming at Or Chadash

Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Tonight we celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. May the light of your menorah illumine the darkness and bring a measure of light and joy to all who struggle for religious freedom.
Please be sure to look for our special Hanukkah E-mail with all the information for our Hanukkah celebration at Or Chadash. It is also on our website!

This week...
Thursday, December 18 - Religious School
     5th/6th/7th - 4:15 PM
     8th/9th/10th - 6:30 PM


Save the Date for these upcoming events... 


Friday, December 19 at 7PM - Hanukkah Family Service
On Friday, December 19, the fourth night of Chanukah, join us for a very special Shabbat service. It is our custom at Or Chadash on Shabbat Hanukkah to invite everyone to bring a hanukkiah (menorah). We will provide the candles, but feel free to bring your own. We will then light our hanukkiot together as a community.

This service is a favorite for many people because our sanctuary is aglow with the light from hundreds of candles. We will join our voices in holiday songs -- some old standbys and new favorites. We hope you will come share in the joy of Hanukkah. Following the service we will have a special oneg with Hanukkah treats, crafts and foods (we have added make your own donuts), and Ira Breines is bringing his home-made apple sauce again this year!!

See our special Hanukkah e-mail for all the details.
Hanukkah Family Service FAQs

A Scrip Reminder:
Announcing a way to reduce your dues by purchasing scrip! Just purchase your scrip and for every dollar you earn Or Chadash, you will receive 25% as a reduction of your dues, a "scrip credit." So, that's 25 cents of every dollar your scrip purchase earns Or Chadash that goes back to you, back in your pocket as a scrip credit. Come give it a try. Click here for the scrip FAQs sheet, and you'll be on your way to making a great contribution to your temple!
Any questions, feel free to email Christine Berg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Thanks so much!


Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Virginia Murphy


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

Shalom,

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Or Chadash

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Register for Temple Tots

Temple Tots is a one-hour program led by Rabbi Forman, Student Cantor Kathy Gohr, Educator Betsy Zalaznick and our Teaching Assistants. It offers enriched programming, story time, music and craft projects for pre-school aged children. This program meets on Sundays at 11:00 AM until Noon (ish) and is geared towards children ages 2 - 5 and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

Temple Tots will be held Sundays, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 21, March 1, March 22 and April 26.

Please RSVP

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Purchase giftcards (“scrip”) online at face value, and Or Chadash gets a percentage of our purchases.  It’s easy to sign up!  It’s easy to order!  Click here to find easy instructions.

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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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.

Looking Forward to a Wonderful 5775!

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!