A Place for Jewish Values
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation
Celebrating Sacred Moments
A Place for Jewish Values
Our Mission
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Community
Our Mission
Celebrating Sacred Moments
A Vibrant and Growing Jewish Congregation
A Place for Jewish Values

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.

What's Happening at Or Chadash

THIS WEEK

Thursday, February 22nd - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES 7-10
Grade 7, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Grades 8, 9, and 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Friday, February 23rd - SHABBAT SERVICES WITH RABBI FORMAN AND CANTOR JEFF WARSCHAUER, 7:00 PM
As our Cantor Search Committee continues its work to find the right person to lead Or Chadash in song, we invite you to be a part of this process.  On Friday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM we will be having a Fantastic Friday and welcoming Cantor Jeff Warschauer, an internationally renowned mandolinist, guitarist, singer, and teacher.




Sunday, February 25th - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES K-6
Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grades K, 1, and 2, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 25th - SISTERHOOD WALK AND SOUP PROJECT, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM  
It's a Sisterhood Soup Kitchen! As part of our get-together this Sunday, Or Chadash's Sisterhood will make a dozen Italian Barley soup mixes to be donated to the Family Success Center in Flemington.  We will meet at the front door of Or Chadash at 10:15 AM and take a 30 minute walk up Foothill Road.  After the walk, at 10:45 AM, meet at Or Chadash to assemble dry ingredients into soup kits. The Family Success Center is ever so grateful for our donations. $2 or $3 donation requested (to cover cost of supplies) - but more important is that you come join in to have some fun together!

Sunday, February 25th -  KUP O' JOE ADULT EDUCATION, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ever think about the conflict between what our tradition says about the universe (creation) and what we learn from science (evolution)?  What does Reform Judaism say about those two opposing ideas?  How do we think about God in the 21st Century if the sacred texts we treasure were written in a pre-scientific era?  Join Rabbi Forman for a relaxed and open discussion that will include looking at passages from Genesis, the Principles of Reform Judaism, and a taste of contemporary Jewish ideas of God.  Come to participate, to share, to learn or just to listen.  All are welcome.

Sunday, February 25th - CONFIRMATION CLASS MEETING, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
10th graders, please join us for this important meeting as we begin preparations for Confirmation.


LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, March 1st - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, GRADES 7-10
Grades 7, 8, 9, and 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Friday, March 2nd - FANTASTIC FRIDAY SHABBAT, "THE CLIMATE CRISIS: GLOBAL AND LOCAL" 7:00 PM
Join us for a Shabbat Experience followed by a presentation by Harvey Gold.  Harvey is a volunteer Climate Reality Project Leader and a member of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. He will be presenting several short films from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance and the Yale Forum on Climate Change (on his 8-foot screen for your viewing pleasure) and leading a discussion of the current and anticipated climate impacts with a focus on New Jersey. 




Saturday, March 3rd - LITTLE BOOK OF JEWISH APPETIZERS, 7:30 PMJoin us for this spectacular event in Lebanon.  There will be food and cooking demos at Metropolitan Seafood with owner Mark Drabich and cookbook author Leah Koenig. Leah Koenig's writing and recipes have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Epicurious, Food52, Departures, Tablet, and The Forward, among other publications. Leah's most recent cookbook, Little Book of Jewish Appetizers (Chronicle Books) came out in August, 2017. Her previous book, Modern Jewish Cooking (Chronicle), was published in 2015 and featured in Food 52's prestigious Piglet cookbook tournament. And she was included in The Forward's 50 Most Influential Jewish Americans roundup in 2015. In addition to writing, Leah also leads cooking demonstrations and workshops around the country and in further-flung locales from Toronto to Krakow. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.  Cost: $50 per person.  Both cookbooks will be available for purchase at the event.  Space is limited to 50 people.  BYOB.  If you are interested in attending, please register ASAP, as this event will sell out.  Click here to register.

Copy of Little Book of Jewish Appetizers Leah Koenig


GET READY FOR PURIM!

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Carnival Info
Purim is around the corner, and the Carnival Committee is gearing up to provide a lot of fun for our OC kids and the larger the community as well.  If you'd like to join in, we always love new faces and new ideas!  This year's carnival is set for Sunday, March 4th from 10:15 AM to 1:00 PM at Or Chadash.  The snow date is March 11th.  There will be games and prizes, carnival food, and the ever-luxurious Esther's Salon.  Come join in and help plan the festivities, or come join in to lend a hand on the day-of.  Student volunteers and Hamantaschen bakers, click here to sign up.

Carnival Prizes
The Purim Carnival Committee is collecting new or like new toys that can be given out as Purim Carnival prizes. Clean out those closets and get rid of those extra party favors you have lying around or that gift that was never opened. We will have a bin set up in the corner of the office at Or Chadash. Please drop off donations any time before the carnival, March 4th.  We appreciate it.  

Mishloach Manot
Mishloach Manot (Sending Gifts) is a custom during the holiday of Purim whereby gifts are given to friends and family.  The gifts are typically filled with sweets, hamantashen (triangular shaped cookies) and other small gifts.  In fact, it is the holiday of Purim (not Hanukkah) when gifts are traditionally exchanged!  At Or Chadash, Mishloach Manot is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Click here for FAQs.  To participate visit www.purimproject.com, and log in with your unique username and password.  Orders are due February 28th.

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.

To get the latest events and information on Or Chadash, subscribe to our e-newsletter.

 

Religious School Calendar

Click here to view the 2017/2018 5778 Religious School Calendar

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 on select Sundays.

2017/2018 DATES
September 17
October 22
December 10
January 21
March 11
April 15

Teaching Assistants

Our Teaching Assistants are role models for our younger students and 
provide invaluable support.   You will be helping out teachers and students 
of Or Chadash Religious School.  

Click here for the TA Application.

Current TA's:  Click here to let us know if your schedule has changed and you will be unable to be at Religious School.



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Sisterhood Sunday Morning 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 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 will meet at the front door of Or Chadash at 10:15 AM and take a 30 minute walk up Foothill Road. We will return to OC at 10:45 AM for coffee and treats. IF you prefer not to walk, meet us for coffee at 10:45 AM. We hope to see some new and familiar faces. Any questions, please contact Lisa Tauscher (ltauscher@embarqmail.com) or Debbie Weiss (deb1508@aol.com). 

Everyone should ask at least ONE other person you know to join us!

Stay tuned for our fall schedule.

 

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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.

Legacy Circle

The Board of Or Chadash is proud to announce the implementation of our temple’s Legacy Program.

A Legacy gift symbolizes the true meaning of L’dor V’dor, passing on traditions from one generation to the next. To be part of the Legacy Program no upfront funds are needed, only your intention to leave a future gift of any amount which can be changed at your discretion any time in the future.

As part of the Legacy Program you will be honored as part of the Legacy Circle and have the opportunity to create your own page in the Book of Life in both hard copy and digital versions. Our response so far has been tremendous with 28 congregants joining the Legacy Program.

Further information about the Legacy Program and the Book of Life are available online:

Or Chadash Legacy Program

Or Chadash Book of Life

To join the Legacy Program or learn more, contact our Legacy Chairperson, Harvey Gold or a team member consisting of Adam Belkin, Rick Rosenthal, Renee Trambert and Debbie Weiss

LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERS
Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Susan & Steve Albert
Adam & Audrey Belkin
Kimberly & Doug Beman
Jeff & Christine Berg
Jonathan & Alana Dambrot
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Dan & Jackie Freedman
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Harvey & Kathryn Gold
Steven Grumbach
Chris Hann & Leslie Werstein Hann
Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
David & Katherine Moutner
Gary & Susan Parilis
Nisim & Alexa Parliyan
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
The Senator/Graybeal Family
The Sloan/Gong Family
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Andy & Jane Stein
Rabbi Richard F. Steinbrink
Caryn & Marc Tomljanovich
Renee Trambert
Kimberly & David Turner
Glenn & Eve Wasserman
Ross & Susan Weinick
Debbie & Gary Weiss
Mark and Kristina Witzling
Betsy & Bruce Zalaznick

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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Calendar at a Glance

25Feb
02.25.2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3-6th Religious School - 9AM - 12 PM
25Feb
02.25.2018 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
K-1-2nd Religious School - 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
25Feb
02.25.2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kup O' Joe Adult Ed
25Feb
02.25.2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Confirmation Class Meeting
1Mar
03.01.2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7/8/9/10 Religious School

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