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| RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REMINDERS|
Please note the following updates (post-Hurricane Sandy) to the Religious School Calendar on the following days in November:
*Thursday, November 8 - No School.
*Sunday, November 11 - TBD - Please know that if our telephone lines are restored, we will have school. Updates to follow.
*Thursday, November 22 - No School.
*Sunday, November 25 - No School.
Shabbat and Holiday
November 9: 7:30 PM Shabbat Experience with OC Book Club : Etgar Keret - Suddenly a Knock on the Door
November 16: 7:00 PM Shabbat Family Service with 3rd and 4th Grade Participation
November 17: 10:00 AM Bat Mitzvah of Shay Beckman November 23: No Service at Or Chadash.
November 30: 7:30 PM Shabbat Service: The Real Meaning of Hanukkah
Kup* O' Joe is Back!
....with Rabbi Forman. Drop-in for a Kup or two and we think you'll return for a refill. This informal gathering/discussion meets on Sunday mornings, from 9:00-10:00AM. No registration required.
All Dates on Sundays
November 18: Topic: The Book of Job: Why the Good Suffer
Childcare will be provided!
*Kup is Yiddush for Head/Mind
Click here to make a donation to Or Chadash to commemorate your simcha or memorialize the Yahrzeit of your loved one.
Jeffrey D. Charney
Paul & Maureen Weiner
Edward & Cheryl Lifshitz, in honor of Jenna Lifshitz becoming a Bat Mitzvah
May the memories of the following individuals be for a blessing:
(will be read on November 9)
grandfather of Paul Weil
grandmother of Robin Lewy
Joan K. Weinstein
mother of Susan Albert
mother of Beatrice Abrams
Blanche Margaret Erkkila
mother of Craig Erkkila
father of Bruce Zalaznick November 16
grandfather of Leslie Hann
father of Alan Marrus
mother of Cheryl Platt
T. Tony Spitzberg
grandfather of James Kassanoff
father of Alice Schwade
grandfather of Susan Albert
(will be read on November 30)
grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick
mother of Alan Marrus
stepfather of Leslie Hann
Ernest H. Zuberer
father of Jean
Frankel November 30
Martin H. Albert
grandfather of Steve Albert
father of Shirl Levy
grandmother of Dave Lewy and Jim Lewy
mother of Elizabeth Lewy
Anna Robbin Smith
mother in law of Connie Smith December 7
cousin of Gary Brodsky
grandmother of Susan Albert
father of Jack Kurlansik
mother of Dan Levine
father of Cindy Lehrer December 14
mother of Neil Altshuler
mother of Estelle Breines
father of Ira Breines
grandmother of Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Joseph M. Fish
grandfather of Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
friend of Sherrie Mazzocchi
father in law of Sherrie Mazzocchi
father-in-law of Hilda Suchow
Steven D. Weinstein
brother of Susan Albert
|25th Anniversary Donations|
Or Chadash gratefully acknowledges the generous donations to the 25th Anniversary Fund received to date from:
Bea and Larry Abrams
Jeff & Christine Berg
Jeffrey D. Charney
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Stephen & Diana Propper
Paul & Maureen Weiner
Gary & Deb Weiss
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
|JFS C.A.R.S. Program|
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.
Dear Members of Or Chadash,
This past week we have endured the fury of nature, resulting in one of the most difficult weeks in decades for our communities. I know that some of you - myself included - are without power and hot water, not to mention the peace of mind that comes with a life of the mundane. Ahh, to have that back.
We are sending out this month's Newsletter that was prepared before and immediately after the storm. Much of the information contained within reveals itself to be incidental compared with the concerns of those of you still without power, heat, water, internet, refrigeration and any sense of stability. I share your concerns and hope that we all are soon restored with the amenities we rely upon.
As we consider the religious implications of this week, some have cursed a God who would bring such calamity. Others are silent in the face of the destruction. I am filled with sorrow at the losses so many have endured and saddened by destruction I have witnessed and hear about. The loss of life, property, trees and so much more is overwhelming.
A friend of mine who I have known since my days as a camper at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY, is a rabbi in California. He is a master of the art of prayer, as well. He has shared his prayer regarding these days of destruction with my rabbinic colleagues. I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that its words will remind each of us of two things: one, the need for humility in the face of powers beyond us, and two, the need for encouragement that we have strength beyond our imagination to endure such calamity.
I hope each of you are well in these days of challenge.
Rabbi Joe Forman
Eloheinu velohei avoteinu v'imoteinu,
Our God and God of our fathers and mothers,
The flood waters came, wreaking havoc upon our cities, our homes, our rescue workers, our sense of security,
And we turn to You for comfort and support.
Help us to differentiate between floods of destruction
and down-pouring of Your love and comfort.
We know that waters can destroy.
In a world decimated many times before,
having been submerged in waters
from the Florida hurricanes, the Asian tsunami, and ...
each of Biblical proportions,
we remember the destructive abilities of these flood waters.
Recalling now that the world, though filled with Your Glory,
is not equal to Your flawlessness,
we strive desperately, sometimes without success,
to move beyond the impulse to blame You.
Keep us far from apocalyptic thoughts, for we know that You ask us to care for each other, an awesome responsibility.
We also know that we can seek You in the waters.
We recall Your Loving Hand, guiding us in our infancy:
From a barren rock, You brought forth water to quench our thirst,
In the midst of a journey through the wilderness, You showed Miriam a myriad of wells which healed our parched throats,
You guided us through Yam Suf, the Red Sea, moving us past destruction toward new life and new beginnings.
Through Your love, we found our way.
Be with us now, during these deluged days.
Draw us close to those harmed by these waters, hearing their cries, responding to their needs.
Lead us to support those who will fix the cities,
care for the displaced, who bring healing to those suffering.
Though our attention spans seem so short, may we
be slow to forget those who were in danger.
Please bring a warm wind and hot sun from the heavenly realms to help dry up the flood waters.
And may we all embrace at least one lesson spoken aloud by so many who - facing the floods - rushed to pack up their valuables:
That memories of love and of time spent with family and friends are priceless, holy and sacred.
This can never be taken away.
As we rush to meet the challenge of living in this
imperfect world of ours,
May we slow down enough to cherish those who are truly valuable - kadosh/holy - to us.
Baruch Ata Adonai, Hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol.
Blessed are You, O God, who differentiates between the truly
Valuable and everything else.
-- by Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Dear members of Or Chadash,
As part of our 25th Anniversary Commemoration, we have been asking everyone to catalog their mitzvahs with a goal of reaching 25,000. While I know we all can find lots of opportunities daily to perform mitzvot, the 25th Anniversary Committee believes that as congregation, we can pull together to perform a congregation-wide mitzvah to create a really big impact. So as with Mitzvah Day in the past, we hope to create a new tradition this year.
With Hanukkah fast approaching, the 25th Anniversary Committee is reaching out to Hunterdon Youth Services, more affectionately known as the Sand Hill Youth Home in Raritan Township, to help make the holidays special. As most everyone knows, the Reform movement has created a tradition of not exchanging gifts on the 6th day of Hanukkah known as Ner Shel Tzeddakah, Candle of Righteousness. On the 6th night, instead of exchanging gifts, we donate the cost of gifts that day to a charitable organization. I know many of you are like my family who have done this night of charity in our own homes, but this year we wanted to show the collective power of Or Chadash.
If we join together with a common goal to support one charity, we know the difference we can make. Our congregation has a history of making big impacts like our annual food drive on Yom Kippur that I spoke about last month as well as this past month's successful Mitten Mitzvah. With everyone pitching in, we were able to donate over 130 pairs of gloves, hats, scarves, and jackets to the needy in our community. Thanks to everyone who contributed. Now for Ner Shel Tzeddakah, our goal is to pool Or Chadash's collective resources to help allow the children at Hunterdon Youth Services to have a wonderful and bountiful holiday. We are a generous congregation, and I know together we can make a difference.
Please be on the lookout for an email in this regard in a couple of weeks and consider making the Ner Shel Tzeddakah tradition a blessing our congregation can be proud of.
|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|
As I am sitting in my home waiting for the hurricane to pass, I am reminded of how vulnerable we really are. I am also reminded of the power of the universe, as we are all at the mercy of the coming storm. Humbled by the sheer forces of nature, we pray that we may be spared without realizing that it is by divine design that the sun continues to rise each morning, and our eyes open as we wake to appreciate the beauty of yet another day. The rain which is responsible for the coastal flooding is essential to life itself, indeed many pray for rain to fall as part of our daily prayers. As I am sitting at my computer saving this document often just in case the power goes out, may I be reminded of just how precious each moment is every day.
As we gather together with our families weathering the weather, may we be grateful for the roof over our heads, and the protection of the walls around us. I am honored to be a part of a community that has done so much to help those who are less fortunate, who share their gifts willingly with those in need. I am reminded of a passage from the Pirchei Avot - a collection of quotes from the ancient sages that says, "Mitzvah goreret Mitzvah, one mitzvah leads to another." These words have been set to music many times through the years, and one could almost suggest that the sages had Or Chadash in mind as the inspiration for this ideal.
When we once again meet after the storm passes, let us sing these words in celebration of our commitment as a congregation to the completion of 25,000 mitzvot in the coming year.
|Important Dates to Remember|
November 13: 7:30 PM Step Up for Israel - Creation of a State
November 18: 9:00 AM Kup O' Joe: The Story of Job - Why the Good Suffer
November 18: 11:00 AM Temple Tots
December 16: 11:00 AM Hanukkah Celebration
In Our Community
Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Fred Bernstein, father of Melissa Pickell
Seth Parkoff, brother in law of Leslie Hann
Raoul Rabiner, father of Betsy Zalaznick
Pat Wolf, mother of Leslie Hann
Don Corey, father of Faith Fuhrman
Emily Christensen and her family for ushering at the Friday, November 16 service.Michael Harvey, Rachel Beckman, Sam Weiss,
Amanda Albrecht and their families for ushering at the Saturday morning, November 17 service.
National Merit Semifinalist, Erika Lewy
National Honor Society Inductees:
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.
|Step Up 4 Israel Film Series - Film 2|
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at Or Chadash
|Research Project at CUNY seeks Volunteers|
|DOES THIS DESCRIBE YOU?|
A Jewish married couple between 25-45 years old; married 3-11 years; one or more children between 2.5 to 10 years old without any developmental disabilities; OR one child (2.5 to 10 years old) who is diagnosed with autism within the past 6 months to 8 years. If so, I would like to
invite you and your spouse to participate in a research study about your religious beliefs, ritual practices, community context, marriage, parenting, coping, and daily life. This study involves completing different survey measures and an interview session that should take 1
to 2 hours for each person. Each couple will receive $50 in cash for their participation in the study. If interested please email Frances Victory @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 583-6172 for more information. This project is affiliated with CUNY Graduate Center.
|Bat Mitzvah - Shay Beckman|
|Shay Beckman will become a Bat Mitzvah on November 17. She is the daughter of Mark and Nancy Beckman and sister to Taylor and Reed. Shay is a seventh grader at J.P. Case Middle School. She enjoys reading, writing, and field hockey. Shay's mitzvah project included running in a 5k race in Ivyland, PA. She raised money for the Cornelia DeLange Foundation in honor of her cousin who was born with this syndrome. Shay's Torah portion, Toldot, deals with sibling rivalry. Shay is looking forward to celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with her friends and family. |
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