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Yom Rishon, 12 Shevat 5775

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.

hamantaschenWe don't want you to miss out on Or Chadash's custom of sending Purim goodies to all of our fellow Or Chadash families. This custom, called Mishloach Manot, has become a beloved tradition at Or Chadash. It is also our NUMBER ONE fundraiser. On top of that, Or Chadash has the highest per cent participation of ANY of the 400 other Temples participating in the Mishloach Manot program (according to Purim Project, the company that manages this program for us). We are very proud of this distinction and want to surpass our previous participation percentage.

pjlibrarylogoThis year Purim and “Read Across America” are both being celebrated during the first week of March, and we are delighted to recognize PJ Library as the recipient of a portion of our fundraising initiative.

You will receive a letter containing your unique username and password in the mail. Use these to log onto the Purim Project Website and make your selections, or use the form included with the mailing. We will be taking orders until March 9.

If you have any questions, see our Purim Project FAQ Page or contact the Or Chadash office.

What's Happening at Or Chadash

Sunday Morning Trail 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 trail 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 are scheduling the walks and coffee shops alternately between Flemington and Clinton: Baker's Treat, and Citispot, respectively. 
Email/text me to let us know if you can join (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 646-491-2648), or just show up! 
Bring walking shoes, and garbage bags for trail walk in case we find garbage to clean up. JOIN US!!!!!! 
Trail walk 9:30-10:00 Weather dependent! This is a fair weather event ONLY!
Coffee talk 10:15 - 11:00

January 11: Bakers Treat (Arboretum) 
http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/Arboretum/info.htm#location
Feb 1: Citispot (Hoffman Park) 
http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/Hoffman/info.htm#location

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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Upcoming at Or Chadash

Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Our Shabbat Family Service this Friday night will be extra special as we are learning about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his connection to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will also be joining in song and prayer led by our second grade class.

Additionally, as is the custom at Or Chadash, we will be celebrating January birthdays. All birthdays are special, and this month Rabbi Forman's birthday will be extra special as he will be celebrating a milestone birthday. We hope that you will join us in our celebratory oneg and wish him and all our other January birthday celebrants "Yom Huledet Sameach" --Happy Birthday!

Hope to see you on Friday.
Shalom,

Caryn Tomljanovich, President
This week...
Thursday, January 22 - Religious School
   5th/6th/7th - 4:15 PM
   8th/9th/10th - 6:30 PM - Jewish views on Diversity, Freedom and Tolerance - Understanding History and Current Events Here and In France

Friday, January 23 - 6 PM Dinner
Join us for a relaxed Shabbat dinner with family and friends. Bring your own or let us know how many slices of cheese pizza you want us to order for you ($1/slice). We will provide beverages and dessert. RSVP here.

Friday, January 23 - 7 PM Family Service with 2nd Grade Participation
Join us for a very special Shabbat Family Service. Our 2nd Graders will be participating. We will be learning about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and his connection to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Selma March. There will be a special hands-on activity related to this historic event to be on display in our synagogue. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sunday, January 25 - 10:30 AM- 12 PM
Or Chadash Sisterhood Presents: The History of Cocoa, and Chocolate Tasting
Join us as local artisan chocolatier John Paul Hepp from Chocodiem in Clinton joins us at Or Chadash to give us a presentation on the interesting history of cocoa and chocolate. The presentation will be followed by a tasting. Enjoying high-quality chocolate is an experience like no other. The flavors are rich and complex, and there is a large variation in flavors among various chocolates. In fact, the flavor compounds found in dark chocolate exceed those in red wine. Chocolate tasting is not unlike wine tasting. Each type of chocolate bar contains its own set of unique flavor profiles. Since the cacao bean is the source of all chocolate (as grapes are the primary source of wine), its flavors can be imparted by a multitude of variables, such as topography, weather (e.g. rainfall, amount of sun, etc.), soil conditions (e.g. type, nutrient content, drainage properties, etc.), post-harvesting processing (e.g. fermenting, roasting, etc.), and of course genotypic properties. With so many variables affecting the flavor of just one chocolate bar, it's important to taste chocolate carefully so that you can extract the fullest flavor potential. John Paul will guide us through the tasting process so we can learn to detect these different variables, focusing on the differentiation of cocoa percentages.
Price per person is $15 per adult, click here to register:
Click here to register.
Please RSVP by January 18th.
Note that dairy, eggs, nuts and other allergens may be present in the chocolate tasting.

Save the Date for these upcoming events... 

Sunday, February 1 - 9:30 AM

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 trail 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 are scheduling the walks and coffee shops alternately between Flemington and Clinton: Baker's Treat, and Citispot, respectively.
Email/text me to let us know if you can join (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 646-491-2648), or just show up!
Bring walking shoes, and garbage bags for trail walk in case we find garbage to clean up. JOIN US!!!!!!
Trail walk 9:30-10:00 Weather dependent! This is a fair weather event ONLY!
Coffee talk 10:15 - 11:00

Feb 1: Citispot (Hoffman Park)
http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/Hoffman/info.htm#location

Friday, February 6 - 7 PM
Family Shabbat Service with Third and Fourth Grade Participation

Sunday February 8 - 10:30 AM - 12 PM MELT WORKSHOP
Come to a MELT intro workshop and experience changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life.

This all-levels workshop will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT hand and foot treatment balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. Learn to eliminate stuck stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains, and unwanted signs of aging. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain improve alignment, enhance athletic performance, and keep your whole body feeling great at any age.

Don't miss your chance to experience this breakthrough self-care technique, featured in The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a day (January 2013, HarperCollins)
Instructor: Alida D. Weisfeld

Cost: $22
Other: bring yoga mat, dress comfortably
RSVP information coming soon.

Feed the Need Sunday, February 22 - 12:30 PM-2 PM
The Or Chadash Sisterhood and Brotherhood are excited to announce that we will be participating in Feed the Need on February 22nd from 12:30-2:30pm.
This is a great experience that the entire family can do together. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. There is a way for everyone to contribute!
Those of us who have participated in the past found it not only to be fun, but also a very personally rewarding experience. When you see, at the end of your shift, what you've done as a group in just a short time, I promise you it is truly a priceless feeling. 
Please sign up to join us as part of the Or Chadash Sisterhood and Brotherhood team by clicking on this link.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Weiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or feel free to visit the Feed the Need FAQs site.
 
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!
Any questions, feel free to email Christine Berg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Thanks so much!


Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Virginia Murphy


I hope to see you at these and other programs of Or Chadash.

Shalom,

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Or Chadash

Register for Temple Tots

Register for Temple Tots

Temple Tots is a one-hour program led by Rabbi Forman, Student 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 Sundays, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 21, March 1, March 22 and April 26.

Please RSVP

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Shop with Scrip!

Purchase giftcards (“scrip”) online at face value, and Or Chadash gets a percentage of our purchases.  It’s easy to sign up!  It’s easy to order!  Click here to find easy instructions.

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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Looking Forward to a Wonderful 5775!

It is once again time to prepare for the New Year at Or Chadash.

To renew your membership, please click here.

Once you've completed this form, you will be directed to the Religious School Registration and the High Holy Days Information pages.

If you are new to Or Chadash, please join our congregation using this application.

If you are new to Or Chadash and wish to take advantage of our Religious School Only option, please use this application.

To get information and to purchase non-member tickets for the High Holy Days services, please visit this page.

As always, we value your membership at Or Chadash and look forward to a wonderful 2014/15 - 5775!

A Year at Or Chadash

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02.01.2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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02.01.2015 10:15 am - 11:00 am

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02.01.2015 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

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02.05.2015 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Feb
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02.05.2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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