Or Chadash Newsletter
 August 2012 
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Service Schedule
Join the Shofar Choir
Tzeddakah Letter
JFS C.A.R.S. Program
Book Discussion August 10
Rabbi's Message
President's Message
Did You Miss This,,,
25,000 Mitzvot
Student Cantor's Message
Important Upcoming Dates

Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window   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

September 7: 7:30 PM Evening Shabbat Service

Join the Shofar Choir

Are you full of hot air? Do you love being in front of a crowd? Have you ever tooted your own horn (literally!)? Would you like to give thousands a chance to perform a mitzvah?


We are looking
for willing and eager people to blow the shofar on the
Days of Awe.

Even if you don't have all these qualifications, you still could be a candidate to do this. You will get one-on-one lessons from Rabbi Forman - and gain a skill that you will have for life.
If you are interested in being a shofar blower on Rosh Hashanah, join us for a rehearsal
Sunday, September 9
at 11:30 AM.
Please RSVP by sending an email to Rabbi Forman to let him know you will attend.
Tzeddakah Letter

Click here to see the thank you letter from the Books For Africa Foundation, where last year's K-1 Grade Jewish studies class donated their Tzeddakah money.


Click here to make a donation to Or Chadash to commemorate your simcha or memorialize the Yahrzeit of your loved one.  


General Contribution

Steven Garfield


Building Fund

Susan Ingram, in memory of her parents


Chesed Communittee Fund

Lisa Berkelhammer

Ira & Estelle Breines


Education Enrichment Fund

Ken & Cindy Stoter, in memory of Joan Barron and Mary Ellen O'Donnell

yahrzeit photo

Upcoming Yahrzeits

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

August 3
Samuel Barrow
father of Ruth Crawford
Albert Berkelhammer
husband of Eileen Berkelhammer
Ben Bland
father of Beatrice Abrams
Dick Coriell
father of Brian Coriell
Ida Ettinger
loved one of Shelly Weller
Ira Korfin
father of Andy Korfin
Simi Rotter
mother of Naomi Zwerling
Henrietta Weinstein
grandmother of Susan Albert

August 10
Ada Kadet Levy
mother of Bob Levy
Barbara Rabiner
mother of Betsy Zalaznick
Miriam Rothstein
mother of Gerald Rothstein
Barbara Vrabel
cousin of Susan Albert
Stanley D. Weinstein
father of Susan Albert

 August 17
Sanford Borgman
father of Estelle Breines
Rose Breines
mother of Ira Breines
Estelle Frankel
mother of Gregg Frankel
Lily Jacobsen
mother of Caryn Speizer
Jessie Mazzocchi
granddaughter of Evelyn Hersch
daughter of Sherrie Mazzocchi
Sophie Rabiner
grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick

August 24
Eugene Bobnar
father of Sharon Bobnar-Becker
Helen Halper
mother of Ruby Halper-Erkkila
John Stoter
father of Ken Stoter
Helen Viola
mother of Nancy Beckman

August 31
Yetta Fetner
grandmother of Bruce Zalaznick
Lawrence Glass
father of Meredith Schwartz
Martin Ribler
father of Andrea Weinberg
Muriel Sinoway
mother of Stephen Sinoway
Morris Aaron Smith
father in law of Connie Smith
Beatrice Suchow
sister in law of Hilda Suchow

September 7
Benjamin Friedman
father of Hilda Suchow
Dena Harwin
aunt of Phillip Harvey
Grace Riddle
aunt of Amara Willey
Barbara Wasserman
mother of Glenn Wasserman

September 14
Janet S. Loewy
mother of Susan Ingram
grandmother of Andrea Harvey
Don Pickell
father of Chris Pickell
Iris Rittenberg Willey
mother of Amara Willey
JFS C.A.R.S. Program

Jewish Family Services

Donate Your Unwanted Car to JFS through the CARS program


To donate your car, truck or other vehicle


Please call CARS at (877)537-4227


Representatives are available to assist you.

Registration Quick Link

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
Click here for more information on this book.
There is a copy available to be borrowed from the Or Chadash library.  Email Jaimee Gold if interested in borrowing the book from OC.
Rabbi's Message

JMFDear members of Or Chadash:
Having recently returned from Morocco, I was pleased to learn of the close bonds between the Islamic community and the Jewish community there. Jews have been living in Morocco for over 2500 years. It stands to reason that since the birth of Islam, more than a few of them have been deeply connected to Muslim traditions.
I am delighted to extend an invitation from my friends Saba Siddiqui, Pat D'Amato and Yaser Elmenshawy, leaders and educators at the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County here in Flemington, for us to share in an important Muslim tradition - and we need not travel to Africa.
Or Chadash has been invited again by the members of the ICHC to join them for Iftar on Sunday, August 12 at 7:45 PM at the Three Bridges Fire House. Iftar refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast right after Maghrib (sunset) time during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to be consumed when the fast is broken.
Please RSVP via email to me absolutely NO later than Wednesday, August 8, and tell me if you will be joining me in this event. Because this is a catered event, there is no need for anybody to bring anything, but we need to know if you are planning on attending so the ICHC can plan accordingly. This event is open to all ages, children and young children are especially welcomed. I hope you will stop by and say hi, stay for a nosh, and meet some of our Muslim neighbors.
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
President's Message
Jeff Berg
Dear members of Or Chadash,

Summer is really here and Or Chadash's 25th anniversary continues to roll on right through. Mitzvah's are adding up as we near the 1,000 mark. I want to thank those who have logged in your mitzvahs and encourage those of you who have not to do so. It is easy - just click here!


I've done it a few times now and it is both enjoyable and satisfying to reflect on those moments in your day when you know you have made a difference. Little things like picking up money for someone who dropped it to bigger things like donating blood at Hunterdon Medical Center (for those of you who donated at Mitzvah Day, you are good to go again now!) all help me add to our goal of 25,000 Mitzvahs. I know everyone has something to contribute to our list.


In July, we hosted two wonderful events. I want to thank Betsy Zalaznick for all her work to bring in Mary Lou Quinlan, author of The God Box, which raised funds for our Chesed (Caring) Committee and Caryn Tomljanovich for organizing our 80s themed barbeque. I hope you all were able to enjoy an event or two and will continue to look out for more happenings throughout the remainder of Summer and into the Fall.


Jeff Berg
 Did You Miss This....


  July 20 Book Reading, Discussion and Signing

with Mary Lou Quinlan on her book The God Box


Thank you to Mary Lou for her generous donation of signed copies of her Book, The God Box. There are still a few signed copies of The God Box for sale at Or Chadash for $18 each.  All profits from the sale of these books are going to the OC Chesed (Caring) Committee.  Please email Jaimee Gold if interested in purchasing a book.


1980s Themed BBQ 

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
Kathy Gohr
Summer is passing by and the High Holidays will be here before you know it! I would like to extend an invitation to all members of Or Chadash to be a part of the Shir Chadash(new song) Choir for the High Holidays.


No musical knowledge is necessary, the rehearsal schedule is manageable and you will experience the joy of singing with others! If you are interested, please send an email to KathyGohr@aol.com with "Shir Chadash" in the subject line. I will then be able to keep you posted of our schedule. I look forward to hearing from you.


Kathy Gohr 

Important Dates to Remember
Wednesday, August 1: Religious School Registration Due!
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

Sunday, August 12: 7:45 PM Celebrate Iftar with the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County

Saturday, September 1: Community Dinner, Havdalah and Dessert More details to come soon!


Sunday, September 9: Opening Day of Religious School for K-4 Grade


Thursday, September 13: Opening Day of Religious School for 8/9/10 Grade


Sunday, September 16: 8:00 PM Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 17: 10:00 AM Rosh Hashanah, 3:00 PM Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Thursday, September 20: Opening Day of Religious School for 5/6/7 Grade


Tuesday, September 25: 8:00 PM Yom Kippur


Wednesday, September 26: 10:00 AM Yom Kippur, 2:00 PM Children's Service, 3:00 PM Study Session, 4:00 PM Yizkor-Neila, 5:30 PM Break-the-Fast

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...

Fred Bernstein, father of Melissa Pickell
Seth Parkoff, brother in law of Leslie Hann
Eileen Berkelhammer
Pat Wolf, mother of Leslie Hann
Evelyne Hersch
Don Corey, father of Faith Fuhrman


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.


Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services

JFS 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.


Betty and Arthur Roswell

Mental Health Counseling Center

Holocaust Survivors Assistance
Refugee Assistance

Special Needs Programs
Family Mentoring

Senior Support Services
Family Life Education

Information and Referral Emergency Assistance

Ohr Tikvah
Career Services


For more information contact:

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties

150-A West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

908-725-7799     Admin@JewishFamilySvc.Org     www.JewishFamilySvc.Org