Or Chadash Newsletter
 April 2013 
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Service Schedule
No Religious School For Spring Break
Kup o' Joe
Feed the Need
25th Anniversary Donations
Student Cantor's Message
Hunterdon Art Museum
Rabbi Steinbrink Thanks You
Important Upcoming Dates
In Our Community
OC In the News
Family Promise Thank You
Step Up For Israel
Registration Quick Links

Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 
April 5: 7:30 PM Yom Hashoah Shabbat Evening Service
April 6: 10:00 AM Bat Mitzvah of Gillian Belkin
5:00 PM Bar Mitzvah of Sam Johnson
April 12:
7:00 PM Shabbat Family Service - Celebrating Israel with all Religious School Grades Participation
April 13: 10:00 AM Bar Mitzvah of David Lazar
April 19: 7:30 PM Shabbat Evening Service
April 20: 10:00 AM Bat Mitzvah of Lyra Tomljanovich
5:00 PM Bar Mitzvah of David Tovi-Jones
April 26: 7:30 PM Torah Service
May 3: 7:00 PM Outdoor Family Shabbat with K-2nd Grade Participation
REMINDER: No Religious School for Spring Break

There will be no Religious School on Sunday, April 7
Kup O' Joe

Caffeinated Conversations
....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

April 14: Jewish Views on Marriage, Homosexuality and Equality.  

Childcare will be provided!

*Kup is Yiddush for Head/Mind
OCTY Volunteers at Feed the Need

We are proud of our Youth Group, OCTY, who formed a team that participated in the Feed the Need event at the South Ridge Church in Clinton.  In partnership with volunteers from across the state, OCTY members helped prepare over 500,000 nutritious meals for distribution to the African nations of Zimbabwe and Swaziland.   Just our two hour session prepared enough meals to feed 155 impoverished children for one year. Following the Feed the Need event, OCTY members returned to Or Chadash to celebrate this meaningful accomplishment over a pizza dinner.
OCTY is open to all 8-12 graders.  Anyone interested in participating in future OCTY events should contact Jon Blutfield at jonathan.blutfield@novartis.com.

25th Anniversary Fund  

Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Harvey Gold, in memory of Beth Gold Soodik & Stanley Gold
Estelle Katcher
John & Toby Sarinick
Richard Willey & Meridith Sigel-Willey, in memory of Diane & Bernard Sigel
Eric & Naomi Zwerling, in honor of our Parents & Children


Chesed/Caring Fund

Steve & Susan Albert, in memory of Anita Moutner
Jeff & Christine Berg, in memory of Anita Moutner  


Educational Enrichment Fund

Joan Leon, in memory of Raoul Rabiner
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick, in honor of Estelle & Ira Breines Special Birthday Wishes
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick, in memory of Anita Moutner, Anne Shapiro Siegelaub, Natalie Brait Cohn, and Sondra Arlene Connor
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick, wishing Evie Schwartz a speedy recovery  


General Contribution

Lawrence & Rochelle Belkin, in honor of Gillian & Jared's B'nai Mitzvah
Steven Garfield
Stephen & Diana Propper 


Mishloach Manot

Kurt & Susan Blaicher


Rabbi Jonathan Gerard
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Joe Strauss


Music Fund

Alan & Sheila Beckman, in honor of Rachel's Bat Mitzvah 


Oneg Fund

Scott & Jill Berger, in honor of Andrew's Bar Mitzvah


Hilda Suchow, in memory of David Suchow

yahrzeit photo

Upcoming Yahrzeits

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

April 5
Joseph Ettinger 
father of Shelly Weller
Marc Leon 
uncle of Betsy Zalaznick
Robert John Schwade 
father of Robert Schwade


April 12
Maude Albert 
grandmother of Steve Albert
Norman Halper 
father of Ruby Halper-Erkkila
Richard Landman 
father of Michele Korfin
Bernice Sherman 
mother of Louis Speizer
Stanford Bernard Speizer 
father of Louis Speizer
Albert Sperber 
father of Eileen Berkelhammer

April 19 

Katherine Crawford

mother-in-law of Ruth Crawford 

Sarah H. Levin 
mother of Ellen Pytlar
Sadie Sperber 
mother of Eileen Berkelhammer


April 26
Ralph Amodio 
uncle of Leslie Hann
Edwin Loewy 
father of Susan Ingram
grandfather of Andrea Harvey
Joseph Sacks 
grandfather of Jodi Brodsky
Sidney Stein 
grandfather of Stephanie Kassanoff
Helen Topf 
mother of Alice Schwade
Charlotte Werstein 
grandmother of Leslie Hann
Evelyn Zwerling 
mother of Eric Zwerling

May 3
Doris Lerman 
loved one of David & Isabel Mahalick
Ruth Moutner 
aunt of David Moutner
Sheldon Rotter 
father of Naomi Zwerling
Sheldon Weinick 
father of Ross Weinick
Rose Weinstein 
loved one of David & Isabel Mahalick
Anna Wolf 
grandmother of Leslie Hann


May 10
Lillian Friedman 
mother of Hilda Suchow
Hannah Rachel Sandler 
mother of Jeff Sandler
Larry Seligman 
father of Debbie Weiss 
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
Estelle Katcher
Robert & Shirl Levy
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
Stephen & Diana Propper
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
John & Toby Sarinick
Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Paul & Meredith Weil
Ross & Susan Weinick 
Gary & Deb Weiss
Richard Willey & Meridith Sigel-Willey
Mark & Kristina Witzling
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Eric & Naomi Zwerling
Student Cantor's Message
Kathy Gohr Passover has passed over. We've left the land of our oppressors and crossed the divided sea. We've exchanged the bread of affliction for Manna in the wilderness. Gone are the taskmasters who owned every minute of every day, replaced by the broad expanse of the dessert on our way to the mountain where we will receive the Torah from the God who has redeemed us. But freedom isn't always all it's cracked up to be.  Making choices in this brave new world of freedom are much more difficult for someone who has never had the opportunity nor the awareness that there was an option. Waking up in the morning with nothing else to do but to gather one's food for the day must have been a totally different experience from being wakened at the break of dawn to eat your breakfast on the way to the construction site.  With this lack of direction freedom may have at times felt more like wandering, which it probably was at times. In fact, it may have been this lack of direction and dictatorship that led the newly freed Hebrew slaves to once again place themselves in the bondage of idolatry as they worshiped the golden calf. They were not yet ready for the responsibility that freedom would bring, for no one had prepared them.

I have heard it said that there is no such thing as freedom, only the unknown. To be truly free one must step out of one's comfort zone and into that expansive space of "that which is yet to be attained." But as we reach out into that wilderness we must remember that our past always accompanies us. Part of our journey is to break free of that part of ourselves that clings to the comfort of a time that may have once served us well, but is no longer in our best interest. Looking back on that time we knew what to expect and what was expected of us.  Now, looking ahead we must bring our past into a new present, one where we bring our experience into a new vision of ourselves, one where we are free to exercise the rights and responsibility of mature human beings, accountable to ourselves, each other and to God.  This is the message of freedom. This is my wish for each Bar and Bat Mitzvah as we stand on the Bimah of Sinai and receive the Torah that was written just for them.  insha'allah, kein y'hi l'ratzon, may it be God's will.

Tour the Hunterdon Art Museum's Holocaust Exhibit
Sunday, April 7 at 11:00 AM

We are pleased to invite you to join us on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) for a special tour of the Hunterdon Art Museum's latest exhibits (open to all ages - 12 and older recommended).

Sunday, April 7, 2013
11:00 AM
Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809-1303

At 11:00 AM there will be a docent tour of the museum's Holocaust exhibit by artist Carol Rosen. Carol Rosen's art seeks to communicate on a personal level the terrible destruction inflicted upon those six million during the Holocaust. The journey is challenging. The jarring juxtaposition of collaged images in Rosen's art reveals the creative use of subject matter and materials in search of a truth. Her intention is not to tell a story, nor to please an audience, but to force us to see, feel and reflect. Her work is a chilling reminder, a means to preserving memory.

This exhibition features sculpture, large-scale prints, and artist's books from Rosen's "The Holocaust Series." The series is represented in the collections of more than thirty major institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tel Aviv University, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Williams College Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Rosen offers a lesson to adults and students on the value of life, and why what happened during the Ho- locaust must never happen again. And why we must never forget.  

Also at 11:00 AM - for the kids - will be the art activity:Explore the ancient art of book making. Children will learn to make a concertina style book that folds up into a box.  The theme can be anything important you:  a person, a place, a family pet, a special place or moment. Your book can include words and images: Drawings, photographs, cut paper, poetry, narrative . . . all the creative decisions are up to you.

The cost for the docent tour is $10 for adults and children (recommended 12 and older).

Click here to RSVP.  

Click here for more information on the Hunterdon Art Museum.

Click here for more information on Yom Hashoah from the Union for Reform Judaism.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Zalaznick at bzalaznick@gmail.com or Rabbi Forman at Rabbi@orchadash-nj.org.

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman, Or Chadash
Betsy Zalaznick, Educator, Or Chadash
Thank You from Rabbi Steinbrink

Dear friends at OC:

We received the goodies for Purim on our return home from some weeks in Florida. It was a sweet welcome home for us to hear from you. We thank you and reciprocate (belatedly) your good wishes and hope your upcoming Pesach is a wonderful time for you and your loved ones.

Rabbi Richard and Diane Steinbrink
Community Wide Yom Hashoah Program
Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 PM

Movie Night at Or Chadash - Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 PM
Toy Story 3
Saturday, April 13
4:00 PM
At Or Chadash

Join us as Or Chadash presents movie night! We will be making fresh popcorn with our popcorn machine and watching the movie "Toy Story 3." After the movie, we will have a brief discussion about the movie for those who wish to stay and participate. All ages are welcome. Bring friends! This animated family film is rated G and is 103 minutes long.
Important Dates to Remember
Sunday, April 7 - 11:00 AM:  Tour of Hunterdon Art Museum Holocaust Exhibit.

Sunday, April 7 - 7:00 PM: Community Yom Hashoah Program. 

Wednesday, April 10 - 7:30 PM - Step Up 4 Israel Film Series

Friday, April 12 - 7:00 PM - Family Shabbat Service Celebrating Israel with all Religious School Grades Participating

Saturday, April 13 - 4:00 PM: Movie Night at Or Chadash featuring Toy Story 3.

Friday, May 3 - 7:00 PM: Outdoor Family Shabbat Service with K-2nd Grade Participation
NFTY-GER 7th and 8th Grade Kallah - May 17-19

Or Chadash has been invited to participate in the new NFTY-GER 7th and 8th Grade Kallah, May 17-19 at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY.

This event was created in response to the growing demand for junior youth group programming in our region. Many congregations have created, or are in the process of creating, programs specifically for middle school teens as it becomes clear that engaging this age group is an important part of our comprehensive youth engagement strategies. This event will bring similar opportunities for community-building, learning, worship and friendship that NFTY-GER offers high school students, to this age group.

The 7th and 8th Grade Kallah is a three day, two night event designed especially for this age group. It will provide participants with the opportunity to meet their peers from the New Jersey/New York area. They will laugh, learn, pray and sing together while getting a taste of the NFTY experience, participating in programming lead by high school teens from NFTY-GER.

Registration is open now and continues until May 2nd, with an early-bird savings of $20 available until April 29th.

Click here to visit the website for all of the details about how to register online, in addition to information for families about NFTY-GER and frequently asked questions about the event.

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Eileen Berkelhammer
Todah Rabbah...
To the following OC members and friends who volunteered for Family Promise (formerly IHN) in March: David Lewy, Leslie Hann, Gina Sampaio, Elizabeth Loew, Nora Pugliese, Joy Defabrizio
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.


OC In the News


Bat Mitzvah - Gillian Belkin

Gillian Belkin will become a Bat Mitzvah on April 6.  She is the daughter of Paul and Elyse Belkin and the older sister of Sophie (Belkin).  Gillian is a 7th grade honor student at Branchburg Central middle School.  She enjoys playing softball on her school team as well as playing with the Skylands Pride 14u travel team.  She plays clarinet for the school band and is a Cadette in Girl Scout troop-60954 where she  is currently working on her silver award.   One of her many things she likes to do in her spare time is bake and decorate cakes.  Gillian has been working with SHIP in Somerville NJ as her Mitzvah project  making "ziti for the needy", serving meals at the soup kitchen, and collecting food items.  Gillian's torah  portion Shemini teaches us about the Kashrut laws. She is looking forward to celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with her family and  friends.         

Bar Mitzvah - Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson will become a Bar Mitzvah on the evening of April 6. He is the son of Beth Borowsky and Rusty Johnson, and is the younger brother of Max Johnson. Sam is a seventh grader at J.P. Case Middle School in Flemington, where his favorite subject is math. Sam plays basketball and baseball and enjoys spending time with his friends. For his Mitzvah project Sam volunteered with the Hunterdon Outreach Program where he assisted physically and developmentally disabled children in playing basketball and soccer. Sam's torah portion, Tazria, is about ritual purity. Sam is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with family and friends. 

Bar Mitzvah - David Lazar

David Lazar will become a Bar Mitzvah on April 13. He is the son of Susan and Robert Lazar, and the older brother of Matthew and Jessica. David is a seventh grader at The Clinton Township Middle School. David enjoys basketball, writing, and spending time with his friends. David's Torah portion, Tazria, tells us that you should not discriminate against others just by the way they look.  David's Mitzvah project has involved weekly volunteering at the YMCA teaching 6-9 year old boys the rules of basketball.  David is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with his friends, family and community.

Bat Mitzvah - Lyra Tomljanovich

Lyra Tomljanovich will become a Bat Mitzvah on April 20th.  She is the daughter of Caryn and Marc and older sister to Evan.  Lyra is a seventh grader at Clinton Public School where her favorite subjects are language arts and math.  She loves to read and write, is a competitive figure skater and a dedicated fan of the t.v. show Once Upon a Time. Lyra's mitzvah project was to make and donate 100 fleece tie blankets to children at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Lyra is looking forward to celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with friends and family.  

Bar Mitzvah - David Tovi-Jones

David Tovi-Jones will become a Bar Mitzvah on April 20. He is the son of Karen Tovi-Jones and Jerry Jones. David is a seventh grader at J.P. Case Middle School. David is an avid computer game player. It's safe to say that Minecraft tops his gaming list. He also participates in the 4-H Robotics program. David's Torah portion is Emor,  which outlines the rules for the holidays. David has been volunteering at Tabby's Place, a cat sanctuary. He has also made Shabbat visits to some of the residents at Independence Manor, an assisted living home. David is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with his family, friends and Temple community. 

Family Promise Thank You


Lifelong Learning
Jewish Life
JCC Place to Be





Step Up For Israel Film Series:  Israel Inside, Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.  Joins us for the final film in the Step Up film series. Experience Israel's dynamic, innovative and humanitarian society. Free to all. To register, please call the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201.
Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Program, Sunday, April 7, 7pm hosted by Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook.  Program to feature Holocaust survivor and community member Margit Feldman.  Free to the community.  To register, please call Congregation Knesseth Israel at 732-469-0934.
Doni Zasloff Thomas, Get Cooking!  A Jewish American Family Cookbook, Thursday, April 11, 6pm at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.   Join us for this great family event!  $8/person in advance or $10 at the door.  Call the JCC to register at 908-725-6994 x201.
A Night to Celebrate Israel, Tuesday, May 7, 6:30pm at Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater. Our community's support of Israel and Bond Event.  Join us for an evening featuring Israeli Music & Dancing, Dinner, Keynote Speaker and Fun! $50/Adult or $18/Student.  Call the JCC at 908-725-6994 x201 to register.

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

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.