A Place for Jewish Values
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation
Celebrating Sacred Moments
A Place for Jewish Values
Our Mission
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Community
Our Mission
Celebrating Sacred Moments
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation
A Place for Jewish Values

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.

Abraham, Isaac and the Legacy Circle
Rosh HaShana Morning – 2015 – 5776
Or Chadash
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

Shana Tova. Happy New Year.

The Torah portion for this Rosh HaShanah morning comes from chapter 22 in the book of Genesis. Each year we read this Torah portion, and, as often as we read it, there continues to be a myriad of interpretations, questions, and challenges brought about by the story of Abraham bringing his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to sacrifice him there.

Following the command of God to offer him as a burnt offering, Abraham does not hesitate to fulfill this obligation.

Without mentioning a word of this to his wife, Sarah, Abraham gets up at the crack of dawn, takes his son, Isaac and a few servants, gathers some essential items for your typical multi-day-hike and sacrifice: a knife, some campfire wood, a rope – because you never know if you might need it – and off they all go …headed to a place of which our Torah portion says: God will show them.

What makes the story so challenging is that God has promised that Abraham will have descendants, and yet here in the story we find God asking him to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. There seems to be an irreconcilable conflict in Abraham fulfilling the command to take the life of his son and God making good on the promise that Abraham will have numerous generations carrying on his faith.

And yet it is the interruption of the sacrifice, the call from an angel, which enables the promise to come true. The angel acknowledges that Abraham has passed the test, that he has shown his commitment to his faith through his willingness to make the most personal of sacrifices. It is because of his willingness to give up what is so precious to him that he is blessed with future generations.

Genesis says:

By myself do I swear, says the Eternal, that because you have done this, and did not withhold your son, your precious one, from me, I will bless you greatly, and make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore; and your descendants shall come to possess the gates of your enemies. All the nations of the earth shall be blessed through your descendants, because you obeyed My command. (Genesis 22).

The story of Abraham and Isaac continues through the generations of Jacob and Joseph and Moses and the people of Israel. It is a story that continues
because of the willingness of generations of people to make sacrifices. The legacy of Abraham endures to this day.

There are people whom we know in our own lives who have made sacrifices of all kinds that we might be here today, that we might continue to participate in Jewish living. They have built for us a foundation upon which to build a Legacy of Jewish continuity.

There are people in our community who made sacrifices a generation ago so that Or Chadash, the Reform Congregation of Hunterdon County could exist.
 And there are people in our congregation who are making sacrifices today so that Or Chadash will continue to thrive and continue to exist. 

This past year I encouraged our leadership to create a formal Legacy Program at Or Chadash in order for our congregation to begin planning for its long-range future. It was a project that I felt was critical to sustain the remarkable treasure that I believe Or Chadash is. With the tremendous enthusiasm of Harvey Gold and his committee, we now have such a program.

At this time I would like to thank our Legacy Committee for the tremendous work they have done to establish this program here - the chair of the committee, Harvey Gold, and his wonderful team of Adam Belkin, Rick Rosenthal and Debbie Weiss.

On this morning of Rosh HaShanah, a time when we read of our ancestor Abraham and the sacrifices that he made so that the blessing of future generations might carry-on the mantle of his faith, it is my pleasure to have Harvey and then Debbie share with you stories of their lives and how they have been blessed to continue the legacy of our faith. 

Harvey Gold…

Debbie Weiss…

What's Happening at Or Chadash

THIS WEEK

Thursday, January 18th - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADE 7
Grade 7, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Friday, January 19th -  FANTASTIC FRIDAY SHABBAT, 7:00 PM
"Generations: The Synagogues of Newark" - A Film by Ricky Rainey.  Learn the history of Newark's Synagogues. Go inside the buildings that defined the Jewish journey in New Jersey - B'nai Jeshurun, B'nai Abraham and Oheb Shalom. Travel with a young man studying to become a Bar Mitzvah, and see him discover history, heritage and community.

 Fantastic Friday Synagogues of Newark

Sunday, January 21st - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES K-6

Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grades K, 1, and 2, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, January 21st - TEMPLE TOTS, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Click here to RSVP


Sunday, January 21st - SISTERHOOD WALK, 10:15 AM
Want to meet some new people, or catch up with friends you only see in the hallways of OC or while waiting to pick up your children? Join us monthly for either a quick walk, and/or a quick coffee klatch!  We never seem to have time to get together, so a nice walk and talk during Hebrew school on Sundays seemed to be just the thing! We will meet at the front door of Or Chadash at 10:15 AM and take a 30 minute walk up Foothill Road. We will return to OC at 10:45 AM for coffee and treats. IF you prefer not to walk, meet us for coffee at 11:00 AM. We hope to see some new and familiar faces. Any questions, please contact Lisa Tauscher (tauscher3@comcast.net) or Debbie Weiss (deb1508@aol.com). 


LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, January 25th - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES 7-10
Grade 7, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Grades 8, 9, and 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Friday, January 26th - SHABBAT SHIRA, 7:00 PM
Friday, January 26, is our annual Shabbat Shira service, where we celebrate the crossing of the Red Sea in the Torah. The Torah states that Moses' sister, Miriam, and her companions sang their way across the sea. In honor of that event we hold a special musical service filled with song. I would like to offer an opportunity for musicians to participate in this service, please let me know if you would like to help out. We will have a rehearsal on Sunday, January 21, directly after religious school. Please contact me at kathygohr@gmail.com if you would like to participate.  Many Bles-sings, Cantor Kathy

Sunday, January 28th - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES K-6
Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grades K, 1, and 2, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, January 28th - KUP O' JOE ADULT EDUCATION, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ever think about the conflict between what our tradition says about the universe (creation) and what we learn from science (evolution)?  What does Reform Judaism say about those two opposing ideas?  How do we think about God in the 21st Century if the sacred texts we treasure were written in a pre-scientific era?  Join Rabbi Forman for a relaxed and open discussion that will include looking at passages from Genesis, the Principles of Reform Judaism, and a taste of contemporary Jewish ideas of God.  Come to participate, to share, to learn or just to listen.  All are welcome.




A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR UPCOMING FANTASTIC FRIDAYS

Friday, February 23rd - FANTASTIC FRIDAY SHABBAT, 6:30 PM
Chinese Buffet Followed by a Film and Discussion on Climate Change

Fantastic Friday Global Warming 2



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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Religious School Calendar

Click here to view the 2017/2018 5778 Religious School Calendar

Register for Temple Tots

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 on select Sundays.

2017/2018 DATES
September 17
October 22
December 10
January 21
March 11
April 15

Teaching Assistants

Our Teaching Assistants are role models for our younger students and 
provide invaluable support.   You will be helping out teachers and students 
of Or Chadash Religious School.  

Click here for the TA Application.

Current TA's:  Click here to let us know if your schedule has changed and you will be unable to be at Religious School.



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Usher Sign-ups:  

Sisterhood Sunday Morning Walks and Coffee Talks

Or Chadash Sisterhood Presents: 
Sunday Morning Trail Walks and Coffee Talks
Want to meet some new people, or catch up with friends you only see in the hallways of OC or while waiting to pick up your children? Join us monthly for either a quick walk, and/or a quick coffee klatch!  We never seem to have time to get together, so a nice walk and talk during Hebrew school on Sundays seemed to be just the thing! We will meet at the front door of Or Chadash at 10:15 AM and take a 30 minute walk up Foothill Road. We will return to OC at 10:45 AM for coffee and treats. IF you prefer not to walk, meet us for coffee at 10:45 AM. We hope to see some new and familiar faces. Any questions, please contact Lisa Tauscher (ltauscher@embarqmail.com) or Debbie Weiss (deb1508@aol.com). 

Everyone should ask at least ONE other person you know to join us!

Stay tuned for our fall schedule.

 

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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.

Legacy Circle

The Board of Or Chadash is proud to announce the implementation of our temple’s Legacy Program.

A Legacy gift symbolizes the true meaning of L’dor V’dor, passing on traditions from one generation to the next. To be part of the Legacy Program no upfront funds are needed, only your intention to leave a future gift of any amount which can be changed at your discretion any time in the future.

As part of the Legacy Program you will be honored as part of the Legacy Circle and have the opportunity to create your own page in the Book of Life in both hard copy and digital versions. Our response so far has been tremendous with 28 congregants joining the Legacy Program.

Further information about the Legacy Program and the Book of Life are available online:

Or Chadash Legacy Program

Or Chadash Book of Life

To join the Legacy Program or learn more, contact our Legacy Chairperson, Harvey Gold or a team member consisting of Adam Belkin, Rick Rosenthal, Renee Trambert and Debbie Weiss

LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERS
Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Susan & Steve Albert
Adam & Audrey Belkin
Kimberly & Doug Beman
Jeff & Christine Berg
Jonathan & Alana Dambrot
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Dan & Jackie Freedman
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Harvey & Kathryn Gold
Steven Grumbach
Chris Hann & Leslie Werstein Hann
Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
David & Katherine Moutner
Gary & Susan Parilis
Nisim & Alexa Parliyan
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
The Senator/Graybeal Family
The Sloan/Gong Family
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Andy & Jane Stein
Rabbi Richard F. Steinbrink
Caryn & Marc Tomljanovich
Renee Trambert
Kimberly & David Turner
Glenn & Eve Wasserman
Ross & Susan Weinick
Debbie & Gary Weiss
Mark and Kristina Witzling
Betsy & Bruce Zalaznick

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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Calendar at a Glance

21Jan
01.21.2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3-6th Religious School - 9AM - 12 PM
21Jan
01.21.2018 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
K-1-2nd Religious School - 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
21Jan
01.21.2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Tots
21Jan
01.21.2018 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Board Meeting / Retreat

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