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Yom Shishi, 18 Nisan 5774

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.

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We are excited to once again be offering tasty hand-made gourmet treats for Passover.

Tom Sciascia, artisan chocolatier at the Stockton Market, has again created Chocolate Covered Matzah with Sea Salt.  His decadent Belgian chocolate covers Yehudah Matzah, one of the best tasting matzahs and imported directly from Israel.   Each quarter-sheet is kissed with a touch of sea salt.  $6.00 per package.

Jean-Paul Hepp, of Chocodiem: Belgian Artisan Chocolates in Clinton, is also gearing up for the holidays.  Chocodiem chocolates are handmade in small batches with an almost fanatical adherence to Old Word manufacturing techniques using premium chocolate from different parts of the world.   Just in time for Passover dessert, Jean-Paul and his daughter, Eveline, have made matzo covered with premium Chocodiem chocolate and topped with roasted almonds and salt.  Splendidly packaged for your
celebration - each contains 4 half-matzos. Approximately 1/2 pound. $9.00 per package.

These exquisite treats will be on sale at Or Chadash this Thursday during Religious School (4-8PM), Friday (after services) and Sunday (9-12PM).  We have limited amounts of each and last year we sold out!

Thanks for supporting our local artisans and adding a bit of chocolate to your seder!!

Shalom and best wishes for a Zissen (a sweet) Passover.

Rabbi Joe Forman
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Betsy Zalaznick
Caryn Tomljanovich, President

What's Happening at Or Chadash

Passover FAQs

Hello, my name is Laura Senator, and I serve on the Membership Committee of the Board of Trustees at Or Chadash.

The holiday of Passover is fast approaching!  This year it begins with the first seder on the evening of Monday April 14, and concludes on Monday April 21.The purpose of this email is to anticipate any questions you may have about the holiday and the minhag (traditions) we have at Or Chadash for celebrating Passover.  

Passover FAQs

What is Passover?
Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a festive dinner service called the seder (meaning "order"),  the prohibition of chametz (leaven), and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.   Please visit www.orchadash-nj.org to see our Or Chadash Passover page, and the URJ Passover page at http://urj.org/cong/holidays/ for more information.

How does Or Chadash celebrate Passover?
Or Chadash holds a Congregational Seder on the second night of Passover.  Please refer to the Or Chadash Home Page for all the important details.

Are children welcome?
Absolutely!  The seder is a festive event and we love celebrating with the kids.

May I bring non-Temple guests to the seder?
Please do.  Passover is a joyous celebration of freedom, a wonderful holiday to share with friends and family.

Should I bring anything to the seder?
All of the delicious food is provided!  You may bring your own wine if desired.

Do we need to RSVP in advance?
Yes- please see the Or Chadash home page for details and the link to RSVP.

How should we dress for the seder?
Please dress comfortably!  Casual attire is just fine.

Are there any other Or Chadash traditions for Passover?
Or Chadash joins with the Hunterdon County Islamic Community in a fun afternoon of Pita and Matzah making at Bobolink Bakery- click the home page for details!

If you have any remaining questions after reading this email, please reach out to any member of the Board or Rabbi Joe Forman ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for help.

On behalf of the Board and the Membership Committee, we want to wish you and your family "Chag Sameach" (Happy Holidays)!

Sincerely,

Laura Senator
Jeff Berg
Louis Speizer
Paul Weil
Caryn Tomljanovich
Betsy Zalaznick
Rabbi Joe Forman

What's Happening at OC This Week

This week...

Friday, April 18 at 7:30 PM - Join us for our Shabbat Experience with singing and blessings for Candles, Kiddush and Motzi.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, April 25 at 7:30 PM - Shabbat Services. Yom HaShoah Observance and a discussion on the weekly Torah portion: Kedoshim, the Holiness Code.

Save the Date:
Mitzvah Day is coming, Sunday, May 18 at 9:00 AM

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher
Fred Bernstein
Millie Albert
Estelle Breines
Jim Schettino
Bill Willey

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I hope to see you at these and other programs of Or Chadash.
Shalom,
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
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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, , January 5, February 2, March 9, April 6.

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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.

Family Service Schedule

We encourage our entire congregational family to join us for these family services.

Friday September 27, 7:00 PM  Consecration and Simchat Torah (all new students will be called to the bimah)

Friday October 11th, 7:00 PM Family Service with 7th grade participation

Friday November 15th, 7:00 PM SPECIAL Family Service with 6th grade participation.  Meg Wiviott, author of Benno and the Night of Broken Glass will be at Or Chadash to read her book, discuss the creative process.  It is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.   

Friday December 6th, 7:00 PM Hanukkah Family Services with 4th/5th/and 6th grades participation

Friday January 3rd, 7:00 PM Naming Shabbat with 5th grade participation

Friday January 24th 7:00 PM Family Service with 3rd grade participation

Friday February 7th, 7:00 PM Family Shabbat with 2nd grade participation

Friday March 7th, 7:00 PM  Family Service - Shabbat Across America with 6th and 7th grades participation 

Friday, April 11th , 7:00 PM Family Service with 4th grade participation "Israel" 

Friday, May 2, 7:00 PM  Family Service with K, 1st, and 2nd grades participation

Friday, May 9th, 7:00 PM  Confirmation with 8th, 9th, 10th grades participation



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