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Shabbat and Holiday
No Service at Or ChadashJuly 13:
No Service at Or ChadashJuly 20:
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat with New York Times best selling author Mary Lou Quinlan, author of The God Box
July 27: 6:00 PM 25th Anniversary Cookout and Kabbalat Shabbat Service to Celebrate the 1980s
August 3: No Service at Or Chadash
August 10: 6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Book Discussion
August 17: 6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat
August 24: No Service at Or Chadash
August 31: No Service at Or Chadash
September 1: Community Dinners, Havdalah and Dessert
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David & Isabel Mahalick
Jeff & Christine Berg (Baby Changing Station)
Empire Lumber & Millwork Co. (Baby Changing Station)
25th Anniversary Fund
Jeff & Christine Berg
|May the memories of the following individuals be for a blessing:|
(will be read on July 20)
husband of Connie Smith
July 13 (will be read on July 20)
grandfather of Laura Senator
grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick
mother of Meridith Segel-Willey
Ilmari Bernard Erkkila
father of Craig Erkkila
father of Lori Blutfield
Sarah Winter Lehrman
loved one of the Mahalick family
grandfather of Bruce Zalaznick
Israel Louis Levin
father of Ellen Pytlar
father of Ruth Crawford
husband of Eileen Berkelhammer
father of Beatrice Abrams
father of Brian Coriell
loved one of Shelly Weller
father of Andy Korfin
mother of Naomi Zwerling
grandmother of Susan Albert
Ada Kadet Levy
mother of Bob Levy
mother of Betsy Zalaznick
mother of Gerald Rothstein
cousin of Susan Albert
Stanley D. Weinstein
father of Susan Albert
father of Estelle Breines
mother of Ira Breines
mother of Gregg Frankel
mother of Caryn Speizer
granddaughter of Evelyn Hersch
daughter of Sherrie Mazzocchi
grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick
father of Sharon Bobnar-Becker
mother of Ruby Halper-Erkkila
father of Ken Stoter
mother of Nancy Beckman
grandmother of Bruce Zalaznick
father of Meredith Schwartz
father of Andrea Weinberg
mother of Stephen Sinoway
Morris Aaron Smith
father in law of Connie Smith
sister in law of Hilda Suchow
|Volunteers Needed for Interfaith Hospitality Network|
A 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, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 25th.
We have the following time slots that need to be filled by at least 2 members for
6 PM - 8 PM Monday, July 23rd - 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, July 23rd - there are 2 single Aero beds
available for our use.
6 PM - 8 PM Wednesday, July 25th - same as dinner on the 19th.
8 PM - 7 AM Wednesday, July 25th - 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 email@example.com or 908-234-5288 if you
would like to help.
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To donate your car, truck or other vehicle
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Representatives are available to assist you.
|New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Lou Quinlan Coming to Or Chadash on Friday, July 20 at 6:30 PM |
Please join us for a very special evening on Friday, July 20, with New York Times best selling author, Mary Lou Quinlan. This event is open to the community. Invite your family and friends!
At 6:30 PM, we will be having a light Shabbat dinner of green salad, pasta salad and tuna. The cost for dinner is $3/person. Click here to RSVP to dinner.
At 7:00 PM we will join together for a reading and discussion with Mary Lou Quinlan on her New York Times best selling book, The God Box Project, Sharing my mother's gift of faith, love and letting go. Click here for more information on this touching and inspiring story of a mother's love and legacy.
There will be optional programming for young children if they do not want to attend the book discussion.
Click here to pre-order a copy of The God Box before this event by clicking the link below. Books are $18 each.
All proceeds from the sales of the books will be going to the Or Chadash Chesed (Caring) Committee, which brings our temple community closer by helping congregants in need with acts of love and kindness. We find that people who give get as much out of the experience as those who receive. Our outreach to the congregation includes:
* Rides to services or meetings
* Phone calls or visits to sick or homebound congregants at home, in hospitals, rehab and assisted living
* Get well, sympathy and new baby cards and emails
* Meals to those returning from a hospital stay, recovering from an illness or experiencing overwhelming work/family stress.
* Shiva visits
* Meals to those in mourning
* Relevant programs (e.g., résumé writing for job seekers, caring for our aging parents)
Click here to RSVP to dinner and/or pre-order your copy of The God Box.
We look forward to seeing you at this fun community event!
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Dear members of Or Chadash:
In one of my favorite summer songs, James Taylor sings:
"Summer's here/ I'm for that/ Got my rubber sandals/ Got my straw hat/ Got my cold beer/ I'm just glad that I'm here".
Summer is now officially here, and with it arrives a universal condition that may have its roots in last week's Torah portion, Chukat. As the Book of Numbers reveals between chapter 19 and chapter 20, there is a bit of that summer-time slumber when not much really goes on. With not even a single verse dedicated to an explanation, chapter 19 tells of events during the second year of the wandering in the desert, while chapter 20 opens with the last year of the wandering. What happened to the intervening 38 years?!
Biblical scholars speak of the importance of an older generation which endured the slavery of Egypt (but yearned for its security) dying off to make way for a younger generation which could eagerly anticipate the challenges and opportunities of freedom. Such a process took little more than time. Little in the way of religious significance could speed that process along.
I like to think of the 38 years a bit differently. I can imagine that like the song, they all took their sandals, their hats, some beer (invented in Egypt, by the way) and went to the beach somewhere along the Mediterranean. It probably didn't measure up to what we'd call a vacation, but it was undoubtedly a period of little productivity, lots of resting, and a storing up of the energy needed for the next phase of Israel's journey into the Promised Land. Even Miriam, Moses and Aaron needed a rest every now and then -- though 38 years is a mighty long sabbatical!
With the universal need for rest and renewal in mind, I hope all of you are enjoying your summer. Indeed, lots of preparation is underway for the fall at Or Chadash as we gear up for our 25th anniversary. But to make sure your rabbi is rested, I will be away next week in Morocco (not all that far from the ancient Israelites' journey) - with sandals, hat and a cold beverage, glad to be enjoying a little time off and the opportunity to discover a new place. I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July.
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Dear members of Or Chadash,
Summer has officially arrived and with it one year "under my belt" as your temple President. Like all the fabulous presidents before me, in order to serve Or Chadash to the best of my abilities, I need to hear from you when something is on your mind. While I love hearing about the good things we do, sharing concerns and ideas with a goal toward making Or Chadash the best it can be is what defines a healthy community. We want to know what we are doing well and what you might like to see happening here. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at 908.238.9967 (H) or 212.553.3611 (W) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
I'm sure my desire for an open dialog goes for all the members of the Executive Board and Trustees and Rabbi Forman, as well. This month we welcome Larry Abrams, Steven Sinoway and Paul Weil to this dedicated group. They along with our rabbi and all the continuing leadership are here to serve the needs of our community -- and we take that responsibility seriously.
Lastly, while we all, I'm sure, will be running around trying to make the most of every lovely day, please take some time to come to some of the fun events we have planned. Or Chadash may appear to slow down when the children are not in school, but in fact, great programming continues. Throughout this Newsletter you can see some the celebratory events we have planned in honor of our 25th anniversary. Please come out and enjoy an event or two with your Or Chadash family.
|Did You Miss This....|
June 16 Shabbat Breakfast and Bike Ride
What We Talk ABout When We Talk About Ann Frank Book Discussion
Friday, August 10 at 6:30 PM
Join Rabbi Forman on Friday, August 10 at 6:30 PM for a Kabbalat Shabbat and Book Discussion on Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Ann Frank.
|25,000 Mitzvot for Or Chadash's 25 Years|
As part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we would like to engage together in 25,000 acts of Tikkun Olam & G'milut Chasadim: acts of repairing our world and loving kindness. Each and every one of us can contribute. No act is too small (or too big for that matter)! Please help us realize the goal of reaching 25,000 mitzvot performed this year by helping us tally your mitzvot.
Click here for a list of examples of a mitzvah.
Click here to make your pledge of how many mitzvot you and your family will make in the next year.
Over the course of this year, you can log onto our tally form which will be on the front page of the Or Chadash website and enter the number of mitzvot you would like to add to our total. There is also a section on the form to tell us more about the mitzvah you perform. We will use that information to send emails throughout the year to highlight all of the good we are doing throughout our community.
Click here to enter your mitzvot as you complete them!
Thank you for your help in meeting our goal of 25,000 Mitzvot in celebration of 25 Years at Or Chadash!
|Student Cantor's Message|
You may recall last month's message where I related that I was looking forward to attending Hava Nashira (Hebrew for "let us sing") in Wisconsin, an annual retreat for synagogue musicians. Well, Hava Nashira has come and gone and the melodies are still ringing in my ears. I reconnected with many folks that I only see at this event, including past Or Chadash student cantors Ross, Zoë and Rachel. The worship was truly transformational and the workshops gave me new skills to better myself as a Cantor. I took classes in how to teach new music during services, young family worship, and I even took a class in composition. I also came home with many new melodies which I hope to share with my Or Chadash community. But most of all I had the chance to recharge my spiritual batteries, to be a student instead of a teacher and to sit at the feet of those who were instrumental in the development of contemporary Jewish music. Click here to listen to one of the pieces we sang on Friday night written and sung by the Israeli group Navatehila.
Next month I will be spending a week studying with my teachers in Jewish Renewal, the program where I am studying for ordination. I will be taking a master class in Hazzanut (cantorial modes and melodies) and a class in niggunim, which are wordless melodies used for meditation and worship. WHEW!! It's going to be a busy summer! I hope to catch up with you at our services this summer, please refer to the calendar for dates, times and scheduled events.
|Important Dates to Remember|
Friday, July 20: 6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat with New York Times best selling author Mary Lou Quinlan, author of The God Box
Friday, July 27: 6:00 PM 25th Anniversary Cookout and Service to Celebrate the 1980s
Friday, August 10: 6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Book Discussion on Nathan Englander's book What We Talk About When We Talk About Ann Frank
September 1: Community Dinner, Havdalah and Dessert.
More details to come soon!
In Our Community
Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Fred Bernstein, father of Melissa Pickell
Seth Parkoff, brother in law of Leslie Hann
Pat Wolf, mother of Leslie Hann
Don Corey, father of Faith Fuhrman
Myles Albert on the death of his ex-wife, Patricia (Whelan) Albert
To Grandparents Paul and Maureen, Uncle Jack and Aunt Abby Weiner on the the birth of Vivienne Simone, born June 26th, 2012, 7lbs 4oz. Healthy, beautiful daughter of Casey and Janine Grimm.
To our High School and College Graduates!
Hunterdon Central High School
Marissa Caniano, Northeastern University
Gary Grumbach, Elon University
Joshua Lehrer, Case Western Reserve University
Elizabeth Sandler, Bloomsburg University
Matthew Sansevere, Dickinson College
North Hunterdon High School
Erica Fuhrman, High Point University
Joshua Tracey, Ramapo College
Voorhees High School
Chloe Mahalick, Quinnipiac University
Kevin Pytlar, Swarthmore College
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