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Save the Date for these great Upcoming events!
Sunday July 14: Join Or Chadash as we travel to the Jewish History Museum in NYC to see the Hava Nagila exhibit.
Sunday July 21: OC Hikes: Hike with us at a Hunterdon County Park.
Saturday August 10 – Join us for a bike ride to the Peach Festival @ Manoff Farms in PA. (or meet us there)
Dear Members of our Or Chadash Community,
This week marks my 20th year in the rabbinate. Since I began my career as a young(er!) rabbi at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, not only has the Jewish world changed, the rabbinate has, as well, along with it. That photo you see of me to the right — in a suit and tie! – was my daily dress. I would never leave the house without a pen and upon arriving at the office or back home, I would discover who had sent me (snail) mail or had left a phone message for me. Answering complex or esoteric questions about Judaism sometimes required a visit to the local Jewish library or a phone call to a knowledgeable colleague. Communicating with the community meant writing a Bulletin article perhaps two months before it would arrive at your doorstep or mailbox. There would be snow on the ground when I would need to write about the spring flowers of the Passover season.
How much has changed! And yet, there are many aspects of my rabbinate that are a constant. One of them is the role that community plays in creating a congregation. As Brian Williams noted in his commencement address last week at Elon University: “We call our online world a community, but that’s just to make us feel better,” Williams said. “It’s not — this is. People to your right and left with hopes and dreams and fears.”
We often see our new Jewish world as an online community. And there are great benefits to that — this e-Newsletter is a wonderful example. But the real community is found only when we are in the presence of one another.
In response to our recent Survey on Summer Services, we created the schedule you see above. It has more activities and earlier service times. In Pirkei Avot 3:3 it states: “If two people sit and share words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests between them.” As we begin our summer schedule and series of OC Summer Fun Activities, I hope you will make time to join us — to join YOUR community — and share words of Torah, of ideas learned, of sorrows unburdened, and of joys shared.
It is customary to bless the children each Shabbat and on the holidays.
To bless a boy, a girl, or both, place your hands on the child’s head and say:
For a boy:
Y’sim-cha Eh-lo-him k’Ephra’im v’chi-M’nasheh.
May God inspire you to live in the tradition of Ephraim and Menasheh.
For a girl:
Y’si-meich Eh-lo-him k’Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’Lei-ah.
May God inspire you to live like Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah.
For both boys and girls:
Y’va-reh-ch’cha Adonai v’yish-m’reh-cha. Ya-eir Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha vi-chu-neh-ka. Yisa Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha v’ya-seim l’cha sha-lom.
May God bless you and keep you. May God’s light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you. May you feel God’s Presence within you always, and may you find peace.
Shabbat eve blessings for candles, wine, and bread.
Hadlakat neirot : The Blessing over the Shabbat Candles
Kindle the Shabbat candles (typically two candles), and chant or recite:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Shabbat.
We praise you, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and commands us to kindle the Sabbath lights.
Kiddush: The Blessing Over the Wine*
Lift the cup(s) of wine or juice and say:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam,
borei p’ri hagafen.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine or juice.
*For the full text, see On the Doorposts of Your House , CCAR Press.
HaMotzi: The Blessing Over the Bread
Uncover the challah and say:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam,
hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe,who brings forth bread from the earth.
Cut or break off pieces of challah for each family member to eat.
Morning and Bedtime Rituals for Children
Blessings for children to say upon waking, before eating, and before going to bed.
From the Union’s publications, Wake-Up Rituals: Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Children and Jewish Bedtime Rituals produced by the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning .
Modeh Ani is the traditional prayer to be said by children. Hold your child in a chair or sit on the bed with them, and share a special moment of closeness before the morning rush begins. Recite Modeh Ani together. For young children, sing or recite the blessing in English and in Hebrew. As they get older, encourage them to join you for the English and then later for the Hebrew.
Modeh ani l’fanecha, melech chai v’kayam, shehechezarta bi nishmati b’chemlah; rabah emunatecha.
I give thanks to You, O God, eternal and living ruler, who in mercy has returned my soul to me; great is your faithfulness.
Take time in the morning to remember those who worked so that we would have food. Say a blessing as a family.
Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.
We praise you, Eternal God. Thank you for the food you provide for us to eat.
BEFORE GOING TO BED
The Sh’ma has been the Jewish declaration of faith for thousands of years. Jews everywhere say the Sh’ma, but especially in the morning and at night, to remind ourselves that life is a gift from God.
It is our personal and communal expression of belief in God and in the unity of the Jewish people, as well as our recognition that there is a relationship between God and the Jewish people.
The Sh’ma is between you and God and between you and your child. It is an expression of belief and affection. Feel free to express love for your child as you express love for God. Show your affection visibly.
What Works Best for you and your child should be your guide to crafting your own Jewish bedtime ritual. You can begin by just reciting the Sh’ma, or looking at colorful picture books, or humming a relaxing melody.
Transforming bedtime into Jewish time lets your child understand that being Jewish is a way of life, and a constant source of comfort.
Our Confirmation Program
Our Confirmation program includes various activities that culminate in an ceremony in which the students share their experiences with the congregation during a Friday evening service.
Please click here to see our 8th-12th grade program information.
Your Membership Supports Or Chadash
Our Membership Year Begins July 1, 2013. Initial payments are due in July.
In order to clarify how your payments are applied, please note the following payment policy. All payments are applied in the following order:
- Any balance from any previous year.
- First 25% of current year dues.
- Building Fund commitment for current year.
- Balance of current year dues.
- Balance of any unpaid fees, pledges, etc.
All balances are expected be paid in full by March 31st of each year.
Dues may be paid online in a single payment, or you may set up a recurring payment plan as follows:
Family Membership Payment Plan – 10 Payments of $199.50
Adult Couple Membership Payment Plan – 10 Payments of $180.00
Adult Single Membership Payment Plan – 10 Payments of $105.00
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Donations to Temple Funds Contributions to any of the Or Chadash Temple Funds are welcomed and appreciated and are a great way to show appreciation or to mark a significant event. All funds should be made out to Or Chadash – The Reform Temple of Hunterdon County. A note will be sent to the recipient of the tribute, and the donation will be recognized in the Or Chadash Newsletter. To make a donation, please choose a fund from the list below and click the Donate button. You can enter your donation amount on the page that follows. You will also be given an opportunity to add comments, explanations, notations, or anything else that you want the Office to know about your donation.