Dear Members of Or Chadash,
With faded memories of last year's Thanksgiving celebration overlapping the first day of Hanukkah, we are given an opportunity to refresh that connection. In 2012, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation created Giving Tuesday -- in response to the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.
As many of you know, the Union for Reform Judaism created a tradition of dedicating the 6th night of Hanukkah and its candle as the Candle of Righteousness, Ner Shel Tzeddakah. Rather than exchanging gifts on that night we are asked to donate the cost of gifts from that day to a charitable organization to help individuals and families who rely our our generosity to help them during this season of light.
On Hanukkah we light the eight candles of the Menorah using the Shamash, the helper candle. That 9th candle is often referred to as an extra candle -- but it is not extra, it is essential! This Hanukkah each of us has an opportunity to act as a Shamash, the essential helper bringing light to our community.
For Ner Shel Tzeddakah, our goal is to pool Or Chadash's collective resources to help the children at Hunterdon Youth Services, known to many of us as the Sand Hill Youth Home, have a wonderful and bountiful holiday. We are a generous congregation, and together we can make a difference. This year we are collecting funds to help them purchase bath robes and slippers. Please click here to donate to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.
Please mark your calenders for our Hanukkah celebration on Friday December 19 at 7PM and remember to give generously to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. This week...
TONIGHT - Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 PM -
The Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship gathering is scheduled to be held at Grace UCC, and I invite you to join me and other members of the Flemington community as we celebrate Thanksgiving in an interfaith service. It will be at 43 Park Ave. in Flemington- which is the Flemington Woman's Club. Thursday, November 27 -
No Religious School Friday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
Celebrate Shabbat at home with family and friends. No services at Or Chadash. Sunday, November 30 -
No Religious SchoolSave the Date for these upcoming events... Friday, December 5 -
Falafel and Films.
6:30 PM Falafel Dinner - RSVP here
- $12 Per Person
7:00 PM Israeli Films -- Three Shorts from the Israeli Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts Sunday, December 7 at 9 AM -
New Member Breakfast
Hi. My name is Jeff Berg and I'm a member of the membership committee of the Board of Trustees at Or Chadash. You may have seen on our calendar or in one of our email blasts that we are having an introduction to Or Chadash for new members on Sunday, December 7, starting at 9 AM. Please come! I've attached a link to an RSVP below using Wufoo, our RSVP form. We use it all the time for events and programs. Or Chadash loves Wufoo forms, so don't be intimidated by them.
The purpose of our getting together is to schmooze a little with fellow new members and long-time members, share a light breakfast, and introduce you to who Or Chadash is. We will meet in room 4 (right next to the kitchen) at 9. At 9:30, we will go into the Sanctuary where several of us from the Board will share with you our traditional annual highlight video montage which highlights a year of Or Chadash. We will pause along the way to informally explain what you are seeing and answer any questions you have.
This is a casual event. You need bring nothing to come. We will end by 10:15 so those of you with children in K-2 Religious School will have no worries. For those with 3rd or 4th graders, we thought it easy enough for you stay after drop off. If you have very little ones, our Teaching Assistants - students in 8th through 12th grade - are providing babysitting. If the little ones don't want to go with the Teaching Assistants, that is fine too. They are more than welcome to stay. Same goes for big kids!
Also, at 10:15, Sisterhood will be holding a planning session for the 2015 Calendar. Please consider staying for that meeting.
I look forward to seeing you on the 7th. Please RSVP on the link below. But even if you don't RSVP because you are unsure of your availability, don't let that stop you from attending if you are ultimately available.
We are so glad you have chosen to be a part of our community.
(yes it is a wufoo RSVP form!) Sunday, December 7 at 10:15 AM - Sisterhood Planning Meeting Monday, December 8 from 6-9 PM - Holiday Appetizers & Small Plates with Chef Rachel
The innovative menu will include:
-Herb and mixed olive bagna cauda over goat cheese
-Roasted Squash toasts with ricotta and cider vinegar
-Norwegian meatballs with gjoste cocoa sauce
-Potato Pancakes with herby cream
-Chocolate pecan bars with pretzel crust
You will leave with invaluable chef tips to give you a professional edge as well as some delicious new recipes. The kitchen accommodates 14 so make sure to respond early. RSVP ASAP!
The cost is $65 per person. Please RSVP using this form. Once we have received your RSVP, refunds will be possible only if we can fill your spot. Please make your check payable to Rachel Reuben.RSVP here by December 7th. Friday, December 19 at 7PM - Hanukkah Family Service Hanukkah Family Service FAQs
Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Virginia MurphySave the Date for these upcoming events...
Or Chadash Ski Club
You probably know that Or Chadash is the home of Reform Judaism in Hunterdon County. Did you also know that for many years it has also been the home to the OC Ski Club? The OC Ski Club provides an opportunity to get group rates for skiing for our members and their friends while also contributing to OC. The OC SKi Club is a wonderful way to enjoy the winter, and spend time with friends. We hope you will join us.
What/Where: Skiing/boarding with family and friends is a fabulous way to enjoy the winter, and Shawnee Ski Area offers great prices. You can select from a wide range of packages/options including lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson packages ranging from $140 - $235. Both skiers and boarders are welcome.
A time to help our neighbors...
As you all know, Or Chadash is a sponsor Temple for Family Promise (formerly IHN). This means that twice a year we host the families who are homeless from our county and are staying in houses of worship for shelter. We partner with the Flemington Presbyterian Church and, for two nights, for each stay at that church, we visit with the families, share dinner with them and spend the night at the church.
We have a new opening on Christmas Day from noon until 5PM. We still need help for the 2 overnights. Monday, December 15th 8 PM - 7 AM and Monday, December 22nd 8 PM - 7 AM.
This is a great chance to help people from our community in need. Children are allowed to participate, although each session needs at least 2 people of driving age in case of emergencies. Also, for any students looking for service hours, this is a great way to earn them.
or 800-222-0327 x122 if you would like to help. Thank you!!
A Scrip Reminder:
Announcing a way to reduce your dues by purchasing scrip! Just purchase your scrip and for every dollar you earn Or Chadash, you will receive 25% as a reduction of your dues, a "scrip credit." So, that's 25 cents of every dollar your scrip purchase earns Or Chadash that goes back to you, back in your pocket as a scrip credit. Come give it a try. Click here for the scrip FAQs sheet, and you'll be on your way to making a great contribution to your temple!
Thanks so much!
I hope to see you at these and other programs of Or Chadash.
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman