Rabbi Forman


About Rabbi Forman…

Joseph M. Forman is the Rabbi of Or Chadash, Flemington, NJ. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Joe received his Rabbinic Ordination in 1993 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where a year earlier he earned a Masters in Hebrew Letters. His Rabbinic Thesis was entitled: A Comparative and Analytical Investigation of Eugene B. Borowitz’s Covenant Theology and Alvin J. Reines’s Hylotheism. He is a 1987 graduate of Brandeis University.

Rabbi Forman has taught widely in his congregations and in the communities that he has served on the topic of contemporary theology and Judaism.   He has served several congregations including historic Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, Temple Beth Shalom in Annapolis, MD, and Temple B’nai Brith in Kingston, PA.

Rabbi Forman is a Past President of both the New Jersey West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis (2015-17) and the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, the CCAR/UAHC Commission on Outreach and the Committee on Conversion for the CCAR.

In addition to his interest in helping people form meaningful ideas of God and creating welcoming congregations, Rabbi Forman spends much of his free time working on his 225 year old home in Hunterdon County. To compensate for his interests in food and wine, Joe is an avid road cyclist and practices yoga regularly.

Welcome to Or Chadash…

I am delighted that you are interested in knowing more about Or Chadash, and would be pleased to speak with you about your involvement with our community. It would be wonderful to add your name to the growing list of members who have joined the Or Chadash family.

You have come to Or Chadash at a very dynamic time in the life of our congregation. Our building is filled for many wonderful occasions, from ritual observances to life cycle celebrations to social gatherings. Our home, which has been open since Rosh HaShanah of 2000, provides us with the facilities required to conduct our regular worship, religious school and holiday activities. We have established a permanent presence within the larger community.

Now is a great time to become part of the Or Chadash temple family. Whether you’re interested in a child’s Jewish education, seeking personal fulfillment through community involvement, or looking for Jewish friends in the neighborhood – Or Chadash can help you reach these goals.

Consider yourself warmly invited to join us at one of our many upcoming activities. Feel encouraged to introduce yourself to me, so we may begin building the special relationship that I cherish with so many members of the congregation.

Please call upon me if I can be of any further assistance, and I look forward to personally welcoming you to our community. With your involvement, you’ll see why we believe that “Or Chadash is the place to be!”


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