Joseph M. Forman
Full Bio and Welcome to Or Chadash!
Religious School Director
Shalom! Or Chadash's Religious School is a warm, exciting, vibrant and nurturing environment. It is our aim to provide our children with the background necessary to develop a love and enthusiasm for Judaism so that Jewish values might guide our students throughout their lives.
Welcome to Or Chadash Religious School
My name is Kathy Gohr and I am honored to serve as your student Cantor for the next year.I have loved music for as long as I can remember and I am looking forward to sharing my passion with this warm and loving community.I fully believe that music is one of the most powerful tools that we have to establish a connection with the Divine. I am currently a third year Cantorial student in the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, a trans-denominational program which is designed for folks like me who are working on their second or third career. I have been involved in the synagogue music scene for over ten years, and have studied with some of those who have been instrumental in the creation of the genre of contemporary Jewish music. I look forward to sharing those skills which I have learned at Or Chadash. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me when you see me at Temple.
Richard F. Steinbrink
Or Chadash is blessed with having the continued dedication and involvement of our long-time Rabbi and current Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Richard F. Steinbrink.
After serving as spiritual leader for a number of different temples, Rabbi Steinbrink served as Associate Rabbi and then Senior Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia and Elkins Park for 17 years. Throughout that time and beyond, he has been actively involved in a number of local Jewish organizations and hospital chaplaincy programs and has been a frequent teacher of the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Introduction to Judaism” and “Taste of Judaism” classes in the Philadelphia area.
Rabbi Steinbrink joined Or Chadash in 1990 when it was a young, small and fledgling congregation. With his leadership and support, Or Chadash grew both in size of membership and breadth of programs. Read full bio here...