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 February 2012 
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Nomination Committee
Service Schedule
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Mitzvah Project Help
Need a Babysitter?
NFTY in Israel
President's Message
Student Cantor's Message
Philadelphia Trip Info
Important Upcoming Dates
JCC Camp Ruach Visit
RU Shabbat Pics
Passover Candy Fundraiser
Falafel Shabbat Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat and Films
Purim is Coming In March
In Our Community
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Bios
OCTY Event February 3
Jewish Life Series
Jewish Family Services
Registration Quick Links
Board of Trustees Nominations

It is once again time for the Nomination Committee of the Board to meet to select members of our congregation to service on the Board.   


If you have any interest in   


1) participating in the nominating committee process or   


2) would like to be considered or know of someone who has an interest in a Board position


please contact Jeff Berg at


The Nominations Committee represents the interests of all of us and welcomes your participation in leading our congregation. The Board meets one evening a month. This is a great opportunity to meet with a group of caring individuals all interested in making Or Chadash a special place for us all. Come join us!


Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 
February 3: 7:00 PM  Shabbat Shira/Music Service with 5th, 6th and 7th Grade Participation
February 4: 10:00 AM Bar Mitzvah - Daniel Tiber
February 10: 7:30 PM Shabbat Torah Service and the reading of the 10 Commandments with a discussion of their significance of us today
February 17: 7:30 PM Shabbat Experience Falafel and Films - 3 Israeli Short Films and Falafel Dinner
February 24: Shabbat Services at Local Congregation. No Service at Or Chadash.
March 2: Shabbat Across America
6:00 PM Spaghetti Dinner
7:30 PM Shabbat Evening Service
March 9: 7:00 PM Shabbat Family Service with 4th Grade Participation

Educational Enrichment Fund

James & Arlene Berg, In honor of Jacob Berg becoming a Bar Mitzvah 
Jeff & Christine Berg
, In honor of Jacob Berg becoming a Bar Mitzvah


General Contribution

Stephen & Diana Propper
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick, In honor of Estelle Breines for good health
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick, In memory of Cheryl Remeika's beloved mother 


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund  

Jeff & Christine Berg, In honor of Jacob Berg becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Lisa Nierenberg, In honor of Betsy Zalaznick's kindness


yahrzeit photo

Upcoming Yahrzeits

May the memories of the following individuals be for a blessing:

February 3 
Gwendolen Barrow 
mother of Ruth Crawford 
Leonard Hendler 
uncle of Yevette Hendler 
Myra Rascover 
great grandmother of Susan Albert 
Isaac Sacks 
cousin of Carolyn Sansevere 
Ralph Sacks 
father of Carolyn Sansevere 
February 10
Anthony Mazzocchi
brother in law of Sherrie Mazzocchi
Margaret Mazzocchi
mother in law of Sherrie Mazzocchi
Julie Speizer
sister of Louis Speizer
Sidonia Wolf
grandmother of Susan Albert

February 17
Beatrice R. Abrams
mother of Larry Abrams

February 24
Faye Alpert
mother of Evelyn Hersch
Michael Hann
brother of Chris Hann
Jack Levine
father of Dan Levine
Judy Lewis
sister of Alice Schwade 
David Suchow
husband of Hilda Suchow
Frederick Wolf
grandfather of Steve Albert

March 2
Rabbi Judah Fish
uncle of Rabbi Forman
Peppy Kluft
aunt of Betsy Zalaznick 
Fay Sacks
grandmother of Jodi Brodsky 
March 9
Abraham Samuel Lasher
grandfather of Gary Peckman
Dale Moutner
sister-in-law of Dave Moutner
Rochelle Ringel
mother of Robin Lewy
Seymour Zwerling
father of Eric Zwerling

Interfaith Hospitality Network

 IHN logoA time to help our neighbors...

As you all know, Or Chadash is a sponsor Temple in the Interfaith Hospitality Network. This means that twice a year we host the families who are homeless from our county and staying in Church for shelter. We partner with the
Flemington Presbyterian Church and for two nights we stay at that church, visit
with the families, provide and share dinner with them and spend the night.

Our next opportunity to help is Monday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 14th.
We have the following time slots that need to be filled by at least 2 members for
each shift:

6 PM - 8 PM Monday, March 12th - this is the dinner time and as hosts provide dinner, drinks and dessert for the families and share it with them.

8 PM - 7 AM Monday, March 12th - there are 2 single Aero beds available for our use.

6 PM - 8 PM Wednesday, March 14th - same as dinner on the 19th.

8 PM - 7 AM Wednesday, March 14th - overnight stay.

This is a great chance to help people from our community in need. Children are allowed to participate, although it is preferred that each overnight

session has 2people 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 or 908-234-5288 if you
would like to help.

Thank You!

Help with Mitzvah Project

As part of Jordan Sinoway's B'nai Mitzvah project, a collection drive will be held on Sunday, February 12 from 9:00 AM to 12 NOON to benefit the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter (HHAS). HHAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of animals who are lost, unwanted, sick, abandoned or abused. It is a no-kill shelter that also acts as a clearinghouse for those requesting information on animal-related questions or problems. The current "wish list" of supplies includes: cat food(canned/dry), dog food (canned/dry), bleach, Scotch-Brite sponges, heavy duty garbage bags (35 gallon or larger), small blankets (for cat cages), dog beds, cat and dog toys. Refreshment will be served.

Need a Babysitter?

Need a Babysitter?... 

Rachel Albrecht

Caring and Responsible Teenager looking for weekly or one- night jobs. Has taken multiple babysitting certification courses. 


Phone: (908)-894-4342

NFTY in Israel


Teen summer programs in Israel are recognized not only as spectacular opportunities for fun and friendship but as defining and transforming Jewish growth experiences as well. All those who care deeply about ensuring a vibrant Jewish future appreciate the impact of a substantive Israel program on young people.

What can you expect your children to accomplish during their summer in Israel? What are the benefits of this wonderful opportunity?

Click here to find out!


President's Message
Or Chadash is Turning 25 - We need your leadership!

Jeff Berg

Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, offers a caring and inclusive congregation that prays together, builds Jewish community through acts of Tikkun Olam, shares life's events and provides education for all ages.


Our recently updated mission statement for Or Chadash carries our message of prayer, community, sharing and life-long learning as the key ingredients that makes us special. Though once read, this mission statement requires us all to take positive actions to fulfill its objectives.


This summer, Or Chadash turns 25 years old. We intend to develop a full year's worth of programming and fundraising activities to celebrate this milestone event. The 25th  Anniversary Committee -  co-chaired by Betsy Zalaznick and Caryn Tomljanovich - are planning a kick off meeting Sunday, February 5 at 9AM at Or Chadash. Please consider coming out and sharing your ideas on how we can celebrate as well as fundraise.


Our goal is have all our members help along the journey.   


Our goal is to:

identify some programming and fundraising ideas,

break things down into digestible bits, and

walk away with some project leaders.


Bagels will be served.



Jeff Berg, President 

Student Cantor's Message

Kathy Gohr

Dear members of Or Chadash, 


We have a very busy musical schedule in the months  leading up to Passover, and I would like to personally invite all musical and non-musical members to participate. 


On February 3rd is "Shabbat Shira, " which is marked by the Torah portion B'Shelach. In this portion we read the "song of the Sea," the poem which commemorates the parting of the Sea so that the Israelites might pass into freedom. The is the text from which we received  the words to "Mi Chamochah," which we sing at every service.


At Or Chadash, in honor of this portion we will have a service in song on Friday February 3. Rabbi Forman and I are planning a service filled with songs both old and new which promises to be magical, musical experience for all.


On March 2nd we will be observing Shabbat Across America, a nationwide event which will link us with thousands of Jews across North America as we celebrate the sacred space known as shabbat.  Here at Or Chadash we will gather together as a family to share in a spaghetti supper followed by user friendly Shabbat services filled with sharing of this most ancient holiday first described in the book of B'reishit (Genesis).


On Sunday, March 4th we will be having our community Purim Carnival. In addition to songs, festive foods and other making of merriment it is traditional for communities to act out the story of Purim in the form of a  Purim Spiel. This acting out takes liberties with both the characters and minor details in the plot.  It is not uncommon for gender switching to take place, I seen some lovely male versions of Queen Esther!  I would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to be a part of this Spiel on March 4th to contact me at Please put "Purim Spiel" in the subject line. We will have 2 or 3 rehearsals on Sunday afternoons in February to prepare for our performance during the Carnival on March 4. Please let me know within the next week so that I will know how many courageous souls are willing to "set their  inner Esther free" and be a part of this momentous occasion.


I hope to see you at Temple for these music filled community building events. Also, remember to save the date of Saturday, April 7th for our community Passover Seder. See you there!



Kathy Gohr  

Join us for a day in Philly for a visit to the  National Museum of American Jewish History  & Tony Award Nominated Play  - The Scottsboro Boys
Everyone is welcome to join Or Chadash for a fun day in Philadelphia.  We will have a docent tour of the  National Museum of American Jewish History, enjoy some lunch and  then walk to the Philadelphia Theatre Company to see a  production of  The Scottsboro Boys.

When: Sunday, February 12, 2012
Departure To/From Or Chadash parking lot.
Departure: 9:00 AM
Return: 5:30 (ish) PM.

Click here for more information about the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Some more information about the  Play:
Nominated for 12 Tony awards, from the legendary  songwriting team of Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of  the Spider Woman), The Scottsboro Boys is a stirring musical  that explores the infamous 1930's 'Scottsboro Case' in which a  group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible  crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the  American Civil Rights movement. Scottsboro Boys is  the definition of inspired American musical theater with a  gorgeous and melodic  score.

Click here to see a little preview of the play!

All temple members, children and their guests are welcome to join us. The cost is $56.00 per person ($36.00 per student for 8th-10th graders) which includes all entrance fees and no meals.

Click here to RSVP.

We look forward to having you join us for a wonderful day of adventure, discovery and entertainment.  
Important Dates to Remember
Thursday, February 2: 4:30 PM - Business Networking Group Meeting at Or Chadash

Saturday, February 3: 12:30 PM - OCTY Program with HOPS followed by dinner and a movie at Or Chadash

Saturday, February 11: 10:00 AM - 6th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program Family Meeting - Click here to register!

Sunday, February 12: 8:00 AM - Congregational Trip to Philadelphia

Friday, February 17: 6:30 PM - Falafel Shabbat Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Three Israeli Short Films

Saturday, February 25: 4:00 PM - 5th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program Family Meeting - Click here to register!

Friday, March 2: 6:00 PM - Shabbat Across America Spaghetti Dinner with Special Shabbat Service at 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 4: 11:00 AM - Purim Carnival

Saturday, March 24: Feed the Need at South Ridge Community Church with Team Or Chadash AM from 9-11 AM or Team Or Chadash PM from 2-4 PM.

Saturday, April 7: 5:00 PM - Second Night Seder at Or Chadash

Sunday, May 20: 9:00 AM - Mitzvah Day
Camp Ruach from SSBJCC Visited Or Chadash
Special Camp Offer for OC Families!


Camp Ruach of the SSBJCC in Bridgewater visited OC for two very fun previews of their camp and a special offer just for Or Chadash families.

Click here for a special offer for Or Chadash students which includes a savings of $970!   


Pictures from Rutgers Shabbat Service
Passover Candy Fundraiser

Passover is just around the corner. Wouldn't it be nice to sweeten your Passover seder with Bartons candy for dessert?  


Or Chadash is currently selling Kosher for Passover chocolate and candy from Bartons.


Click here to view the brochure or place an order online!


For online orders, please use the student id code 701778.


Alternatively, please click here to print an order form and bring or mail it with payment to the Or Chadash office, 149 Foothill Road, Flemington, NJ 08822. Checks are payable to: Or Chadash.


Orders will be accepted through Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Falafel Shabbat Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Three Israeli Films - Friday, February 17 at 6:30 PM

Purim is Coming In March!

Volunteers Needed to Bake Hamantashen!


HamantashenWe need volunteers to bake hamantashen! If you would like to help by baking 3 dozen hamantashen, please click here or return the small purple card you received in your Purim Project letter and let us know!  


We will need these delivered by Thursday, March 1.


Mishloach Manot - Purim Project


We 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.


You should have received a letter containing your unique username and password in the mail. Use these to log onto the website and make your selections, or use the form included with the mailing. We will be taking orders until February 26.


If you have any questions, please contact Jaimee Gold.


Purim Carnival - Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM


Mark your calendars and please join in! The Purim Carnival is scheduled to entertain the congregation and beyond on Sunday, March 4th. If you and your family and friends enjoy games, crafts, carnival food, and great entertainment, then this is the party for you!

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Deb Weiss
Eileen Berkelhammer
Estelle Breines
Pat Wolf, mother of Leslie Hann
Ruth Crawford
Sharon Bobnar-Becker 
Evelyne Hersch 
Don Corey, father of Faith Fuhrman
Cathy Peckman, mother of Gary Peckman 

Todah Rabbah (Thank You to)... 

Sherrerds Garden Design for its generosity in donating our 2012 Tu B'Shevat tree (a flowering dogwood) 

Robert Simonofsky for generously donating all the materials for the parsley planting 

To the following OC families that volunteered for the Interfaith Hospitality Network in December:   

Trambert-Tyler Family 

Parliyan Family 

Hodkinson Family 

Gendelman Family 

(Dave) Lewy Family 

(Jim) Lewy Family 


Click here to see the thank you letter sent to OC for our work with IHN.

Amy Rosen and family for ushering at the Friday, February 3 service.

Lyra Tomljanovich, Jacob Berg, Jordan Sinoway and their families for ushering at the Saturday, February 4 morning service.

Jenna Lifshitz and her family for ushering at the Friday, February 10 service.


In order to help us be a more caring community, please share your lifecycle events with Rabbi Forman


Feel free to click on a hyperlink to send a note and let someone know you are thinking about them.


Danny Tiber - Bar Mitzvah
Danny Tiber will become a Bar Mitzvah on February 4. He has two brothers- Craig, 15 and Eric, 8-and several pets. He is a seventh grader at JP Case Middle School in Flemington. Danny plays fall soccer, spring baseball, and takes karate all year. He also plays the trumpet and bass guitar, skis, swims, and enjoys looking at the moon, stars and planets through his telescope. Danny's Torah portion is about the parting of the Red Sea. For his mitzvah project, Danny has helped a neighborhood family by tutoring one boy in school work and another in learning Hebrew.
OCTY HOPS Event - Volunteering, Havdalah Service, Pizza & A Movie: Saturday, February 3
The next OCTY event for this year will be on Saturday, February 4th. It will be their first social action event of the
year as they will be volunteering at the Hunterdon Outreach Basketball Program to help physically and mentally challenged kids at the Readington Middle School, and then going to Or Chadash for pizza, a movie, and a short Havdalah service.

Note: Please arrive at READINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL at 12:30 pm for Hunterdon Outreach Program (HOPS)...
Click here to pre-register (ALL HOPS volunteers MUST pre-register!)
Transportation will then be provided to the temple for pizza/movie and a short Havdalah service.

If you are only able to come for the pizza and a movie, the event at the temple will start at around 3 PM and will end at about 7 PM. The cost to cover food is $8.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP through the OCTY Facebook page event, or send an email to Mitch Blutfield or Erika Lewy.
Lifelong Learning
Jewish Life
JCC Place to Be






Thursday, February 9 * 7:00 pm
Mary Zamore

The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic

Mary Zamore currently serves as the Associate Rabbi of Temple B'nai Or of Morristown, NJ.  Her book provides an intersection of Judaism and food to its readers.  Kashrut, the historic Jewish approach to eating, is explored, broadened, and in some cases, challenged within this volume.  Join Mary and us as she presents us with her knowledge of Judaism, food, and implementing values such as ethics, community, and spirituality into our dietary practice. 

Fee: $8/advance, $10/at the door.

Call the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201 to register.  



Jewish LIFE
Click on the Jewish LIFE page or call the JCC 908-725-6994


Click here for the complete season guide. 


Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family ServicesJFS is a non-profit, non-sectarian social service agency whose mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of individual, family and community life based on Jewish values. We provide our services to a diverse socio-economic client population that includes individuals, children, young adults, families and the elderly.

 Click here for information on additional services.