Or Chadash Newsletter
 January 2013 
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Service Schedule
25th Anniversary Donations
Rabbi's Message
President's Message
Student Cantor's Message
Important Upcoming Dates
East District Shabbaton
In Our Community
RAC Trip and Hanukkah Celebrations
Jewish Life Series
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Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 
January 11: 7:30 PM Shabbat Service and Book Discussion - Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
January 12: 10:00 AM Bar Mitzvah of Michael Harvey
5:00 PM Bat Mitzvah of Emily Christensen
January 18: 7:30 PM Shabbat Experience: Civil Rights in America
January 25: 7:00 PM Shabbat Torah Service with 5th Grade Participation
February 1: 7:30 PM Shabbat Torah Service
February 8: 7:00 PM Shabbat Family Service with 2nd and 3rd Grade Participation

Chesed (Caring) Committee Fund

Jeff & Christine Berg, in memory of Raoul Rabiner 

Lisa Berkelhammer   


Educational Enrichment Fund

In Memory of Raoul Rabiner:
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Steve & Susan Albert
Rochelle Bernstein
Kurt & Susan Blaicher
Harvey Gold
Chris & Leslie Hann
Susan Ingram
Walter Kapica
David Kluft
Alan Marrus
Chris & Melissa Pickell
Cheryl Remeika
Ross & Susan Weinick
Gary & Debbie Weiss

General Contribution

Conrad & Arleen Cohen, in honor of  Jason Podgorski becoming a Bar Mitzvah 


Ner Shel Tzedakkah
Steve & Susan Albert
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Jeff & Christine Berg
Scott & Maryann Breslow
George Eckelmann & Jane Engel
Vincent & Lori Egan
Harvey Gold
John Graybeal & Laura Senator
Chris & Leslie Hann
Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz
Susan Ingram
Jeff & Susan Knapp
Perry & Cindy Lehrer
Jim & Mary Clare Lewy
Edward & Cheryl Lifshitz
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
Chris & Melissa Pickell
Stephen & Diana Propper
Joseph & Carolyn Sansevere
Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden
Marc & Caryn Tomljanovich
Gerard & Liz Tracey
David & Kimberly Turner
Glenn & Eve Wasserman
Paul & Maureen Weiner
Ross & Susan Weinick
Gary & Debbie Weiss
Mark & Kristina Witzling
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Faith Fuhrman, in memory of Raoul Rabiner
Ken & Cindy Stoter, in honor of Sidney Stoter becoming a Bat Mitzvah

Sanctuary Chair Fund
Kevin & Iris Parker, in memory of Raoul Rabiner

Tree of Life
Andy & Michelle Korfin, in loving memory of Ira Korfin and I. Richard Landman

25th Anniversary
Harvey Gold
Robert & Shirl Levy
Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Ross & Susan Weinick
Mark & Kristina Witzling

yahrzeit photo

Upcoming Yahrzeits

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

January 11
Samuel Alpert
father of Evelyn Hersch
Morris Fetner
uncle of Bruce Zalaznick
Joseph Sandler
father of Jeff Sandler

January 18 
Suzanne Bacal 
sister of Jane Stein 
Hannah Blumenfeld 
mother of Ray Blumenfeld 
Frieda Eisler 
mother of Connie Smith 

January 25
Max Eisenberg
grandfather of Gary Brodsky
Harry Mayer Hirsch
great grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick
Pearl Marder
mother of Susan Blaicher
Carolyn McAllister
mother of Rachel & Jordan Strauss
Leonard Weiss
father of Gary Weiss

February 1
Gwendolen Barrow
mother of Ruth Crawford
Beth Gold Soodik
mother of Harvey Gold
Albert Leon
great grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick
Morris Newberg
uncle of Ellen Rosen
Isaac Sacks
cousin of Carolyn Sansevere
Ralph Sacks
father of Carolyn Sansevere
Rae Weil
grandmother of Paul Weil

February 8
Saul Marder
father of Susan Blaicher
Anthony Mazzocchi
brother in law of Sherrie Mazzocchi
Ralph Moutner
father of David Moutner
Myra Rascover
great-grandmother of Susan Albert
Sidonia Wolf
grandmother of Steve Albert

February 15
Beatrice R. Abrams
mother of Larry Abrams
Margaret Mazzocchi
mother in law of Sherrie Mazzocchi
Julie Speizer
sister of Louis Speizer 
25th Anniversary Donations
Or Chadash gratefully acknowledges the generous donations to the 25th Anniversary Fund received to date from:

Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Ira & Estelle Breines
Jeff & Christine Berg  
Jeffrey D. Charney  
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Harvey Gold
Robert & Shirl Levy
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
Stephen & Diana Propper
Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Paul & Meredith Weil
Ross & Susan Weinick 
Gary & Deb Weiss
Mark & Kristina Witzling
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Rabbi's Message


Dear Members of Or Chadash,  


Nearly four years ago Or Chadash celebrated the dedication of our 16 stained glass windows created by local glass artist Jim Schettino. This past month Jim and I have been collaborating as he is creating a new window for our sanctuary - this time on the Bima. It will contain the Hebrew name of our synagogue, Or Chadash, as well as a contemporary rendering of its meaning for us.

The name of our congregation comes from a passage found in early prayerbooks: "Or Chadash al Zion tair, v'nizkeh chulanu m'heirah l'oro - May a new light shine upon Zion, and may we soon merit its light." One of our previous visiting students, Cantor Ross Wolman, composed music to this phrase for our congregation and my Installation, and we sing its uplifting words often. The phrase suggests our historic hope for messianic redemption, an idea that has been met with mixed support over the millennia. Many Jewish thinkers have not always support the belief in messianic redemption. Some, like early Reform Jews in the 19th century, reinterpreted this message to be one of a different kind of hope: that one day our world would be transformed into the kind of place we would wish it to be through our deeds. The New Light, these Reform Jewish thinkers explained, would emerge not from some mystical source or being shining goodness upon us, but rather we ourselves would be the source of that light, illuminating the darkness that envelopes far too many in today's world.   It is that sense of Or Chadash, the New Light that we have the ability to emanate, which will illuminate our new window.

As the holiday season fades from memory, we should not forget how much light Or Chadash shined upon our community this year. Witnessing our ability to bring light to dark places, from our response to the ravages of hurricane Sandy to our warm embrace of the kids at the Sand Hill Boys Home to the many Mitzvot each of you are performing every day, it is easy to see that the dream of Tikkun Olam, of healing our world, is brought a bit closer to realization every day. May this New Year be one filled with light for all.



Rabbi Joseph M. Forman




President's Message
Jeff Berg Dear members of Or Chadash,

Before jumping full steam into 2013, I wanted to pause and have one last reflection on 2012.  While Or Chadash symbolizes many things, I believe our acts of tikkun olam make us special.   This past year, on top of our fabulous Mitzvah Day, tons of B'Nai Mitzvah projects, food collections for Flemington Food Pantry, Mitzvah Mittens at Sukkot, and our November Sandy supplies drive, we ended the year with a bang.
In December, we had an overwhelming turn out for Or Chadash's annual Ner Shel Tzedakkah initiative.  As you many of you know, instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Hanukkah, Ner Shel Tzedakkah, Candle of Righteousness, encourages everyone to donate the cost of gifts that day to a charitable organization.

This year we are reached out to the Hunterdon Youth Services, more affectionately known as the Sand Hill Boys Home in Raritan Township.  The funds that were collected (more than double the prior year) were used to give each boy a gift card and shopping excursion as well as a hooded sweatshirt. Thanks go to Flemington Department Store and the Resnick family, owners of the Flemington Department Store,  for discounting the price of the sweatshirts for us.

Rabbi Forman dropped off handmade certificates (thank you Brianna Lifshitz and Rachel Albrecht) just before the holiday break.  Here is the email from Judy Frederick, Executive Director,  "... We did our holiday party tonight and saved your cards until the very end when the kids thought they had gotten everything. I can't tell you  how excited they were when they opened their cards (we had everyone open at the same time so not to spoil the fun for anyone). More later and pictures when they have their sweatshirts. Please tell everyone, even before we do letters, how appreciative we all are for your very very generous holiday gifts...."

To be able to assist those right here in our community, literally down the street, and bring a little a joy, should make us all very happy.  Thanks also go to Bea Abrams and Betsy Zalaznick for all their effort and support.
We have set the bar high for 2013 in our ability to do good in our community.  I believe we can achieve it.

Jeff Berg
Student Cantor's Message
Kathy Gohr I hope everyone had a happy (secular) New Year, and may all of your resolutions come true. As the new year begins we see a gradual lengthening of daylight, giving us hope that Spring will eventually arrive. But this time of year now brings a sense of sadness as well, for January 9th marks the second yahrzeit (anniversary) of the passing of Debbie Friedman, my teacher, friend and one of the pioneers of contemporary Jewish music. I was privileged to sit at her feet and hear the stories behind her songs, learning how to be fully present and transmit a deep love of Judaism through music to the communities I serve.  It was she who taught me that it was okay to get a little crazy with the kids, to give people permission to pray in a manner that is meaningful to them and to give a glimmer of hope in an otherwise not so friendly world.

It has been said that when you give birth to songs, you give a gift to future generations that will last long after you are gone. As this is so, she certainly has attained her immortality. Every Friday night when we sing her "Mishebeirach" she will live on, spreading healing and hope even from beyond the grave. She will continue to be a blessing each time we sing one of her countless compositions, each of them touching us as we "sing our soul to The One."

So when we are at services or religious school having a grand time "Singing unto God" we can thank her for paving the way and opening up a Judaism that is more user friendly and authentic to countless Jews, mei ata v'ad olam-from now until eternity.

Important Dates to Remember
Friday, January 25 - 7:30 PM: Shabbat Shira Music Service with 5th Grade Participation and Shir Chadash, the OC Choir

Saturday, January 26 - 8:45 AM: URJ East District Shabbaton

Saturday, February 2 - 4:00 PM: 5th Grade Bar Mitzvah Program

Friday, February 8 - 7:00 PM: Shabbat Family Service with 2nd and 3rd Grade Participation

Saturday, February 9 - 4:00 PM: Movie Night at Or Chadash showing Toy Story 3

Friday, February 15 - 7:30 PM: Shabbat Service and Book Discussion - When General Grant Expelled the Jews By Jonathan Sarna
East District Shabbaton - Saturday, January 26

with special guest:
Rabbi Rex Perlmeter
Director, Jewish Wellness Center of Montclair

WHAT: The URJ East District Shabbaton featuring:
  • Darshan Rabbi Rex Perlmeter
  • Buffet Breakfast and Lunch
  • Enlightening Torah Study
  • T'filah
  • Z'mirot
  • 27 Meaningful Workshops
  • Musical Havdalah
  • Camaraderie
A day filled with food for the body, mind and soul

WHEN: Shabbat / Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM

WHERE: Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 1025 S. Orange Ave., Short Hills, NJ  07078

WHY: Shabbat...a day to rejuvenate ourselves

HOW: CLICK HERE to register. Registration fee is $36 (which includes a donation to MAZON) through January 6th. Registration fee increases to $45 after January 6th, space permitting. Registration closes on January 23, 2013.

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Seth Parkoff, brother in law of Leslie Hann
Eileen Berkelhammer
Pat Wolf, mother of Leslie Hann
Evelyne Hersch
Don Corey, father of Faith Fuhrman

Condolences to...
Betsy, Bruce, Kate, and Jon Zalaznick on the passing of their father, father-in-law and grandfather, Raoul Rabiner.
Todah Rabbah...
Cindy Stoter for organizing the December 14th special Hanukkah oneg.
Everyone who brought latkes to the December 9th and December 14th Hanukkah celebrations.  Thank you for making both celebrations a wonderful time for all.

Ira Breines for his delicious homemade applesauce.  It has become a beloved Or Chadash tradition!

Darren Loew, Victor Sloan, Steve Sinoway and the brotherhood for cooking latkes at the Sunday, December 9th Hanukkah celebration.

Ruby Erkkila for carrying on the tradition of edible dreidels at the Sunday, December 9th Hanukkah celebration.

David Orlans for injectible sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

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.


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Hanukkah Celebrations  


Michael Harvey - Bar Mitzvah

Michael Harvey will become a Bar Mitzvah on January 12. He is the son of Andrea and Phil Harvey and younger brother of Matthew Harvey. Michael is in the seventh grade at Branchburg Central Middle School where his favorite subjects are math and science. He enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse as well as finding new and intriguing food. Michael's Mitzvah projects included collecting gently used soccer equipment for those less fortunate as part of the US Soccer Passback program; volunteering at the United Way processing donations for needy families and children.  At Thanksgiving, Michael participated in a program to package and deliver dinners to those without local families with whom to spend the holiday.  Michael's Torah portion, Vaeira; reveals the struggle that Moses and Aaron face in the release of the Children of Israel from enslavement to Pharaoh. Pharaoh does not believe that Moses and Aaron behold the power of God and despite all the miracles and acts of God they perform, the Pharaoh's heart remains hardened and he does not let the people of Israel go. Michael is looking forward to becoming a Jewish adult and celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with family and friends.   

Emily Christensen - Bat Mitzvah

Emily Christensen will become a Bat Mitzvah on January 12th.  She is the daughter of Debbie Beer- and Carl Christensen and older sister of Jamie Christensen. Jack is in the seventh grade at High Bridge Elementary. She enjoys skiing, swimming and playing the piano.  Emily gave back to the YMCA Child Care, where she was cared for through her first five years, by helping out in the classrooms taking care of the young kids.  Emily's Torah portion, Bo, covers the final plagues in the Passover story.  Emily is looking forward to celebrating becoming a Bat Mitzvah with her family and friends.

Lifelong Learning
Jewish Life
JCC Place to Be





Iris Krasnow will be the featured Jewish LIFE speaker on Wednesday, January 9 at 12 Noon. New York Times best-selling author Iris Krasnow will discuss her book The Secret Lives of Wives ,a composite of 200 interviews conducted with women married from 15 to 70 years.  This program is hosted by the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater and includes brunch.  The fee is $18/person in advance or $22/person at the door.  This program is co-sponsored by The Brandeis National Committee Somerset Chapter; Temple Beth El, Somerset Sisterhood; Temple Sholom Sisterhood. Call the JCC to register at 908-725-6994 x201.
Simcha Weinstein, The Case for Children:  Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m. at the Birnbaum JCC.   The best-selling author will discuss the benefits that parenthood brings to individuals and society and how parenthood makes your world  physically, materially and spiritually better. The fee for the program is $8/person in advance or $10/person at the door.  Call the JCC to register at 908-725-6994 x201.


A complete listing of Jewish LIFE special events and synagogue course offering for the 2012-2013 calendar year is posted on the JCC website:  www.ssbjcc.org   

Jewish Family Services

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