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Yom Rivii, 4 Kislev 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.

Sunday, December 7 at 9 AM 
We are having an introduction to Or Chadash for new members on Sunday, December 7, from 9 AM to 10:15. Please come! 

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 share with you our traditional annual highlight video montage which highlights a year of Or Chadash, explain what you are seeing and answer any questions you have. 

RSVP here

Also, at 10:15, Sisterhood will be holding a planning session for the 2015 Calendar. Please consider staying for that meeting.

 

What's Happening at Or Chadash

Falafel and Films Friday, December 5, 6:30 PM


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 

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Holiday Appetizers & Small Plates with Chef Rachel Monday, December 8 from 6-9 PM

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 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

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. 

Rabbi Forman's High Holy Day Sermons

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,

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 School


Save 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

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falafel2

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.

Jeff Berg
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RSVP here (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...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Virginia Murphy

Save 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.

Check your email for all the OC Ski Club info. If you have any other questions, please email Deb Beer-Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Please contact Carol Coriell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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!
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!


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

Sign up for Scrip today!

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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Teaching Assistant Application

Dear 8/9/10/11/12th grade families:

Our Teaching Assistants are role models for our younger students and provide invaluable support. Or Chadash Religious School sincerely appreciates our Teaching Assistants. You will be called upon to help provide administrative and teaching support to the faculty, students and staff of Or Chadash Religious School. You can choose to receive a stipend or community service hours for your work.

Please click here for more details and to sign up.

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!