Or Chadash Newsletter
 June 2013 

OC Summer Schedule
as of June 1, 2013
Please check the website for updates and changes. 
(A Shabbat pool-party, visits to Stockton Market and Dilly's,
Lambertville Fireworks, and more still to be scheduled.) 

Friday, June 7 
6 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
with Rabbi Forman and Student Cantor Kathy Gohr 
Saturday, June 810 AMBar Mitzvah of Josh Witzling
 5 PMB'not Mitzvah of Brenna and Samantha Kahle 
Tuesday, June 11

Friday, June 14
7:30 PM 
Annual Meeting

Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Friday, June 21
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Saturday, June 229 AM
OC Bikes: Meet for Breakfast @ Skylands Airport 
Bike ride to Stockton. Details to follow. 
Friday, June 286 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Or Chadash
Sunday, June 30Time TBD 
Hava Nagila exhibit @ Jewish History Museum in NYC.
Look for more info soon. 
Friday, July 5 
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Friday, July 12
6 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, July 19
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Sunday, July 219 AMOC Hikes: Hike with us at a Hunterdon County Park.
Look for more info soon. 
Friday, July 266 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service @ Deer Path Park
Weather Permitting. 
Friday, August 2 
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Friday, August 9 6 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service @ OC
(Or it will be our
Deer Path Park Rain Date)
Saturday, August 10 9AM
OC Bikes: Meet for Breakfast @ Skylands Airport  
Bike ride to Stockton, then to the Peach Festival 
Or Meet us at the Peach Festival @ Manoff Farms in PA. 
Friday, August 16 
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash

Friday, August 236 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service - OC Reads.
Look for details on Book Selection. 
Friday, August 30 
Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends -
No service at Or Chadash
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In This Issue
Service Schedule
Important Upcoming Dates
Hava Nagila in NYC
Kup o' Joe
25th Anniversary Donations
Rabbi's Message
In Our Community
Mitzvah Day
OC in the News
Mazal Tov Graduates
Religious School Thanks
OC in the News
Registration Quick Links

Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 
June 7: 6:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service 
June 8: 10:00 AM
Bar Mitzvah - Josh Witzling
June 8: 10:00 AM
B'not Mitzvah - Brenna and Samantha Kahle
June 14: No Services 
June 21: No Services
June 28: 6:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Important Dates to Remember
Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 AM - Bike ride to Stockton

Sunday, June 30 - Visit Hava Nagila exhibit @ Jewish History Museum in NYC.  Details coming soon.

Friday, July 26 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat @ Deer Path Park
Hava Nagila Exhibit Visit
The Hava Nagila: A Song for the People uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world. The exhibition traces the song's hundred-year journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe, to communities of early Jewish settlers to Palestine, to the banquet halls of America where it remains a centerpiece of both communal memory and popular culture.
For more information, click here.
Kup O' Joe

Caffeinated Conversations
....with Rabbi Forman. 
Kup O' Joe takes a coffee break for the summer.  We look forward to sharing a cup with you again in the fall.

*Kup is Yiddush for Head/Mind

Mishloach Manot

Mike & Lisa Tauscher

General Contribution
Bernard & Carol Miller

In Memory Of N. Sherbet, Samuel, Florence & Fanny Miller

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong

School & Mitzvah Day Supplies

Sanctuary Chair Fund
Phillip & Carrie Freed

In Memory Of Anne Shapiro Sieglaub

Educ Enrichment Fund
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick

In Memory Of Catherine Peckman

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick

In Memory Of Frank Ricigliano

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Jeff & Christine Berg

Thank You for Teaching

Allen & Salena Kern

Chesed (Caring) Fund
David & Katherine Moutner

In Memory Of Anita Moutner

Oneg Fund
Adam & Audrey Belkin

In Honor Of our son Jared becoming a Bar Mitzvah April, 17 2013

25th Anniversary
George Eckelmann & Jane Engel

John Graybeal & Laura Senator

Trustee Circle

Louis & Caryn Speizer

Gerald & Ronda Starr

In Honor Of Max Altshuler becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Marc & Caryn Tomljanovich 

yahrzeit photo
Upcoming Yahrzeits 

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


June 7

Arthur Horowitz

father of Cindy Stoter

Sylvia Horowitz

mother of Cindy Stoter

Patricia (Whelan) Albert 

ex-wife of Myles Albert

Lillian Magid

aunt of Bruce Zalaznick

Ann Gorin

grandmother of Debbie Weiss

Isidor Soodik

stepfather of Harvey Gold

Ethel Pearl

aunt of David Moutner

Ted Pytlar

father of Ted Pytlar 


June 14 (to be read June 28)

Minnie Singer

aunt of Harvey Gold

Richard E. Ingram

husband of Susan Ingram and father of Andrea Harvey


June 21 (to be read June 28)

Selma Simon Ingram

mother-in-law of Susan Ingram and grandmother of Andrea Harvey

Boris Rabiner

grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick

Rose Rabiner

grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick

Eileen Gong Weiner

sister of Sandra Gong


June 28

Irving Senator

grandfather of Laura Senator

Leonard Weil

grandfather of Paul Weil


July 5 (to be read July 12)

Paul Adelman

grandfather of Laura Senator

Marcus Leon

grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick 

Harold Smith

husband of Connie Smith


July 12

Ilmari Bernard Erkkila

father of Craig Erkkila

Morton Garb

father of Lori Blutfield

Sarah Winter Lerman

loved one of David & Isabel Mahalick

Diane Sigel

mother of Meridith Sigel-Willey

Joe Zalaznick

grandfather of Bruce Zalaznick

25th Anniversary Donations
Or Chadash gratefully acknowledges the generous donations to the 25th Anniversary Fund received to date from:

Larry & Beatrice Abrams

Kurt & Susan Blaicher

Tim & Miriam Blanke

Ira & Estelle Breines
Jeff & Christine Berg  
Jeffrey D. Charney  

Brian & Carol Coriell

George Eckelmann & Jane Engel

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Harvey Gold

Evelyne Hersch

Mark & Jessica Hodkinson

Estelle Katcher
Robert & Shirl Levy
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
Stephen & Diana Propper
Rick & Jill Rosenthal

Joseph & Carolyn Sansevere

John & Toby Sarinick

Robert & Alice Schwade

John Graybeal & Laura Senator

Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong
Louis & Caryn Speizer

Gerald & Ronda Starr

Marc & Caryn Tomljanovich 
Paul & Meredith Weil 
Ross & Susan Weinick 
Gary & Deb Weiss
Richard Willey & Meridith Sigel-Willey
Mark & Kristina Witzling
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Eric & Naomi Zwerling
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. 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.  


Meals On Wheels 
Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in our area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908)284-0735 to offer your time or for more information (and/or check out our website at mowih.org). Help us, help others. Many thanks. 
Rabbi's Message


Dear Members of our Or Chadash Community,

This week marks my 20th year in the rabbinate.  Since I began my career as a young(er!) rabbi at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, not only has the Jewish world changed, the rabbinate has, as well, along with it.  That photo you see of me to the right -- in a suit and tie! - was my daily dress.  I would never leave the house without a pen and upon arriving at the office or back home, I would discover who had sent me (snail) mail or had left a phone message for me.  Answering complex or esoteric questions about Judaism sometimes required a visit to the local Jewish library or a phone call to a knowledgeable colleague.  Communicating with the community meant writing a Bulletin article perhaps two months before it would arrive at your doorstep or mailbox.   There would be snow on the ground when I would need to write about the spring flowers of the Passover season.   

How much has changed!  And yet, there are many aspects of my rabbinate that are a constant.  One of them is the role that community plays in creating a congregation.  As Brian Williams noted in his commencement address last week at Elon University:  "We call our online world a community, but that's just to make us feel better," Williams said. "It's not -- this is. People to your right and left with hopes and dreams and fears."

We often see our new Jewish world as an online community.  And there are great benefits to that -- this e-Newsletter is a wonderful example.  But the real community is found only when we are in the presence of one another.    

In response to our recent Survey on Summer Services, we created the schedule you see above.  It has more activities and earlier service times.  In Pirkei Avot 3:3 it states: "If two people sit and share words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests between them."  As we begin our summer schedule and series of OC Summer Fun Activities, I hope you will make time to join us -- to join YOUR community -- and share words of Torah, of ideas learned, of sorrows unburdened, and of joys shared.



Rabbi Joseph M. Foman
President's Message

Jeff Berg
This month brings my transition to the role of Immediate Past President, a role I graciously accept making way for Caryn Tomljanovich, and I want to thank everyone for their assistance, input, and passion over the last two years.  Of the many ways serving as president has enriched my life, perhaps the most meaningful is seeing firsthand that each of us has something to contribute to make Or Chadash the special place that it is and that there is such satisfaction when we do.


As president, I have always been mindful of Or Chadash's mission:  to offer a "caring and inclusive congregation that prays together, builds Jewish community through acts of Tikkun Olam, shares life's events and provides education for all ages." It is a deserving mouthful.  As I reflect on this past year, I feel that we touched each component of the mission statement many times in many ways, and I'm proud of our accomplishments.  From Holiday Services to Sandy relief, from Confirmation to Step Up For Israel, the list of activities goes on and on.  I can take credit for some stuff, but much of the credit - and the thanks - goes to Rabbi Joe, Cantor Kathy and Betsy Zalaznick for their extraordinary efforts.


Our Annual Meeting is coming up on  June 11th.  We have several Officers and Trustees stepping down, and I would like to recognize them for their years of dedicated service.  Steve Sinoway, Bob Levy, Darren Loew, and Ross Weinick have each made invaluable contributions to the life of our temple, and they have my enduring thanks for their leadership and hard work. We also have members taking on new positions.  At the Annual Meeting, we will welcome Kristina Witzling as 1st Vice President and Gerry Jones, Michele Korfin, Laura Senator, and Sandra Gong as Trustees.  I know Laura, Michele, and Gerry will be welcome additions to leadership, and everyone appreciates Sandra's and Kristina's continued efforts. 


I hope you have a wonderful transition from spring to summer, and I look forward to seeing you at Or Chadash on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 PM and over the summer at services.

Jeff Berg

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Eileen Berkelhammer
Muriel Trambert
Todah Rabbah...
We want to express a warm thank you to everyone who volunteered for Mitzvah day.
Mazel Tov...
We wish Ben Atkinson and Faith Fuhrman Mazel Tov for their wedding which was held May 18.
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.

Mitzvah Day

Thanks to all of our volunteers, Mitzvah Day was a huge success!




Click here for more information and pictures. 

Mazel Tov to this year's Confirmands!

Mazel Tov Graduates!
Mazel Tov to all of our graduates.
We wish you well on all of your future endeavors.
We like sharing milestones and have tried to include everyone. 
If your name is missing, please let us know. 
High School Graduates

 High SchoolCollege
Jake Altshuler Hunterdon Central
High School
Rutgers University 
Taylor Beckman Hunterdon Central High SchoolMuhlenberg College 
Rachel Brodsky 
Somerville High 
The College of New Jersey 
Mitchell Blutfield Hunterdon Central High SchoolUniversity of Virginia 
Daniel Drill Somerville High
Ithaca College 
Zachary Hann Voorhees High
The Julliard School 
Jeremy Levine Hunterdon Central High SchoolFranklin and Marshal 
Erika LewyHunterdon Central High SchoolUniversity of
North Carolina Chapel Hill 
Matthew ZwerlingHunterdon Central High SchoolUniversity of Florida 

College Graduates -  
Alyssa Becker 
Bucknell University

Jack Beers      
Drew University

Michelle Coriell
Washington and Lee University

David Eckelmann
Lafayette College

Jon Erkkila 
Lawrence University

Jon Kurlansik
Rutgers University

Daniel Weinick
Rutgers University

Emily Weinick 
Gettysburg College

Jon Zalaznick 
Cornell University

Graduate Degrees 
Amanda Moutner
Cornell University, Masters in Archaelogy
Religious School
Our Religious School classes perform a Mitzvah each year by collecting Tzeddakah money for worthy organizations. Here are some of the organizations supported by each class.
K/1st Grade
Teacher: Victor Sloan

Jewish Family Service is a not for profit, non-sectarial social service agency 
whose purpose is to preserve and 
strengthen the qualtiy of individual, 
family and community life based on 
Jewish values. 

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and 
funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa.  
Nothing But Nets provides everyone--
students to CEOs, bishops to basketball players--the opportunity to join the fight against malaria by giving $10 to send a net and save a life.
2nd Grade
Teacher: Andy Stein

Pencils of Promise is a non-profit 
organization that builds schools and 
increases educational opportunities in 
the developing world. Pencils of Promise believes every child should have access to quality education.  It creates schools, programs, and global communities 
around the common goal of education 
for all. It has  school-building operations in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and 
3rd Grade
Teacher:Andrea Weinberg

Heifer International's work is to end 
hunger and poverty and care for the 
earth by giving families a hand-up, not 
just a hand-out. 
Heifer empowers people to turn hunger 
and poverty into self-reliance and hope. 
The donation from our third grade 
purchased honeybees, a trio of rabbits, a flock of chicks, and a goat!
4th Grade
Teacher: Kate Metelitsa

Maccabi USA endeavors, through 
sports, to perpetuate and preserve the 
American Jewish community be 
encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a 
heightened awareness of Israel and 
Jewish identity.  The volunteer 
organizatino seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Disapora through athletic, 
cultural and educational programs.  Our 
fourth grade is sponsoring an athlete 
participate in the Maccabi Games.  Ari 
Epstein, a recent graduate of University of Chicago will be competing in the 
triathalon, with plans to attend medical 
school in 2014.  Read all about Ari here.
5th/6th Grades
Rabbi Jonathan Gerard

Jewish Helping Hands is committed to
the work of tzedakah, justice and
righteousness in the world.  Its goal is to reach out to needy and vulnerable
populations both in the United States
adn abroad to provide ground-level
financial and hands-on-support.

The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties works to 
enrich the quality of Jewish life in our 
tri-county area by bringing comfort and 
hope to the vulnerable and by investing 
in programs that build Jewish 
knowledge, identity, and community -- 
ensuring the next generation of Jews.  

discussion/class voting will conclude in September 2013
7th Grade
Rabbi Joe Forman

Israel Religious Action Center.
The public and legal advocacy arm of
the Reform Movement in Israel, IRAC
was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. Today IRAC is the preeminent civil and human rights organization in Israel focusing on the issues of religion and state and is the leading Jewish organization that advocates on behalf of a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy, infusing social justice advocacy with the spiritual energy and humane worldview of Progressive Judaism.

Or Chadash In The News 
Confirmation in the news!
Bar Mitzvah - Josh Witzling
Joshua Witzling will become a Bar Mitzvah on June 8, 2013. He is the son of Mark and Kristina Witzling of Raritan Township.  Josh is in the seventh grade at J.P. Case Middle School, where his favorite subject is science.  Josh has been dancing at Premiere Dance of Flemington for 8 years and competes on the award-winning Legacy National Dance Team.  He dances hip-hop, jazz, tap, and lyrical. Josh enjoyed learning about his Torah portion, Korach, which tells the story of Korach's challenge to Moses and Aaron's leadership of the Jewish people.  For his Bar Mitzvah project, Josh has been providing bagged-lunches for Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, and birthday packs for the Flemington Food Pantry.  He is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with his family, friends, and teammates.
Bat Mitzvah - Brenna Kahle

On June 8th Brenna Kahle will become a Bat Mitzvah. She is the daughter of Robert and Annette Kahle. Brenna has three sisters, Jordan, Megan and Samantha. Brenna goes to Readington Middle School and is in the sixth grade. She enjoys spending time outside, baking, playing the violin, and reading. Her Torah portion, Chukat, is about learning to appreciate the things God has given you. For instance, God gives you food and water to survive.  Brenna has taken on a huge challenge with her Mitzvah project. She has drafted the help of family and friends to collect at least 180 caps. There are several people including Brenna, knitting and crocheting chemo and preemie caps. These caps will be donated to hospitals that can use them the most.  Brenna is working hard on her prayers and confidence for her Bat Mitzvah.

Bat Mitzvah - Samantha Kahle

Samantha Kahle will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 8th. She is the daughter of Robert and Annette Kahle. Samantha has three older sisters, Jordan, Megan and Brenna. She is in the sixth grade at Readington Middle School. Sam loves to bake, cook, play with her IPod, read and be outside. Her Torah portion, Chukat, shares the lessons God has taught Aaron and Moses. One example is don't take credit for something you didn't do. Samantha is lucky enough to have plenty of help with her Mitzvah project. She and several other people are knitting and crocheting preemie and chemo caps. The Rabbi has given her and her twin sister a goal of 180 caps to donate. It is a pleasure listening to Sam prepare for her Bat Mitzvah.