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


Upcoming at Or Chadash
We are excited to welcome our new Office Administrator, Maruska Price, to Or Chadash. Maruska and her family have recently relocated from Florida. Maruska received a B.S. in Management and Marketing from Barton College and is pursuing an M.S. in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she has a graduate certificate from the School of Business at John Hopkins University in Leadership. She brings with her a wide range of experience and knowledge. Please stop by and introduce yourself during office hours or send her an email (admin@orchadash-nj.org).
"Hey Jews," you are all invited to our first Beatles Shabbat on Friday, August 10th. We will "Come Together" to celebrate Shabbat with a combination of musical selections ranging from traditional prayers sung to Beatles melodies to popular Beatles tunes "re-Imagined" for Shabbat. If you would like to be a part of the band, please contact Cantor Kathy as we welcome community support from musicians and vocalists who would like to lend their talents to this endeavor. You are also invited to come in attire representing this historic era of early rock and roll. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th. Just remember, "Here Comes Shabbat, it's alright."

William Turner will become a Bar Mitzvah on August 12th. He is the son of Kim and Dave Turner. William is an eighth grader at Far Hills Country Day School. He enjoys reading, coding, art and playing the piano. William's Torah portion, Shoftim, focuses on being just and the pursuit of justice. William has enjoyed his Mitzvah project, building and giving prosthetic hands through the Helping Hands program. William is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with his friends, family, and community.


Congratulations to Daniel Weinick, recipient of the Student of the Year Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Jordyn Moscowitz
JP Case Middle School
Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Ricky Rainey
Clinton Middle School
North Hunterdon High School
Eric Tiber
JP Case Middle School
Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Amanda Albrecht
Hunterdon Central Regional High School 
University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC
Shay Beckman
Hunterdon Central Regional High School 
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, NY - studying Fashion Business Management 
Jared Belkin
Hunterdon Central Regional High School 
Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Michael Harvey
Somerville High School
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
Rachel Parilis
North Hunterdon High School
Rider University in Lawrence, NJ
Lyra Tomljanovich
Voorhees High School
Boston University in Boston, MA
David Tovi-Jones
Hunterdon Central Regional High School 
University of New Haven in Branford, CT

Rachel Albrecht
Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ with a RN license
Paul Graybeal
UCLA in Los Angeles, CA with a B.S. in Biochemistry
Aiden Lewy
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY 
Megan Sansevere
Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a B.S. in Neuroscience
She will attend Georgetown University in Washington, DC for a M.S. in Health and the Public Interest
Craig Tiber
Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY
Danielle Tyler
University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Erica Fuhrman
The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, NJ with a M.S. in Special Education
Robert Sansevere
School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA with a DMD
Daniel Weinick
Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ with an MD
Jon Zalaznick
Columbia Business School in New York City, NY with an MBA
Mazel Tov to ALL of you!

Sunday, July 22nd - An Unknown Country, 12:00 PM
At the New Hope Film Festival - New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope, PA.  An Unknown Countrytells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazipersecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country barely known at the time.Featuringfirst hand accounts and archival material, the film opens a window on the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as theyremade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land.  Followed by a post-screening Q&A session and discussion with filmmaker Eva Zulig.  Ticket sales begin on June 15th: https://www.newhopefilmfestival/tickets.html

Thursday, July 26th - Blood Drive - North Hunterdon High School, 3:00 - 9:00 PM
There will be a Blood Drive at North Hunterdon High School on Thursday, July 26th from 3pm-9pm.  It will be held in the school's main gym, which is accessible from the Regional Road entrance to the high school (near the turf).  It would mean so much to the school and NJ/NY Blood Services if you came out and donated! Anyone 16 or older is eligible to donate! Any questions please contact the New York Blood Center at (800) 933-2566!  Thank you for your support and hope to see you there! - Jonatha Berg

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for High Holy Days and ticket info
EREV ROSH HASHANAH - Sunday, September 9th   
Services, 8:00 PM
ROSH HASHANAH - Monday, September 10th
Morning Services, 10:00 AM
Children's Services, 3:00 PM
KOL NIDRE - Tuesday, September 18th
Services, 8:00 PM
YOM KIPPUR -Wednesday, September 19th 
Morning Services, 10:00 AM
Children's Services, 2:00 PM
Study Session, 3:00 PM
Yizkor Memorial Services, 4:00 PM
Neila Concluding Services, 4:45 PM
Break the Fast, 5:30 PM

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Cantor Kathy Gohr (Cantor)
Betsy Zalaznick (Educator)
Debbie Weiss (President)
Glenn Wasserman (Vice President)
Jeff Berg (Treasurer)
Renee Trambert (Secretary)

Phone: 908-806-2122
Email: admin@orchadash-nj.orgMaruska Price - Administrator
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: 1 - 5 PM
Thursdays: 2 - 6 PM

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, 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.

2018/2019 DATES
October 7
November 4
December 9
January 27
March 3
April 14

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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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

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
Matt & Jaimee Gold
Steven Grumbach
Chris Hann & Leslie Werstein Hann
Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz
Richard & Evelyn Kurtzberg
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
David & Katherine Moutner
Gary & Susan Parilis
Nisim & Alexa Parliyan
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
Don & Sara Schenker
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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