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 Or Chadash Newsletter August / September 2013 
Happy New Year!
Shana Tovah from all of us at Or Chadash 
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Kathy Gohr
Joseph M. Forman
Betsy Zalaznick
Caryn Tomljnovich
Abby Rutka
Student Cantor
Kathy Gohr

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In This Issue
Service Schedule
Kup o' Joe
In Our Community
25th Anniversary Donations
High Holy Day Schedule
What You Might Have Missed
OC Pre-School Programs
Registration Quick Links

Shabbat and Holiday 

Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 
August 30: No Services 
September 4: 8PM Erev Rosh HaShanah Services 
September 5: 10AM Morning Rosh Hashanah Services
3PM Childrens' Services 
September 6: No Services
September 13: 8PM Kol Nidrei Services 
September 14: 10AM Morning Yom Kippur Services
2PM Childrens' Services
3PM Study Session
4PM Yizkor/Neila
5:30PM Break the Fast  
September 20: 7PM Brown Bag Dinner and Services in the Sukkah
September 27: 7PM Consecration and Simchat Torah Celebration
September 28: 10AM Shabbat Morning Services and Bat Mitzvah of Amanda Albrecht

College Student Outreach 

As fall approaches, the College Student Outreach Program of Or Chadash is about to swing into full gear. The purpose of this program is to maintain a Jewish connection for our students away from home at preparatory, college or graduate schools. Students will be mailed a treat symbolic for each of the following holidays: Rosh Hashanah or Simchat Torah, Chanukkah, Purim and Passover. The Rabbi includes a delightful letter reminding students of the significance of the occasion. Students tell us each year how much they look forward to these packages and how comforting it is to know that they are still important to our Or Chadash Family.
We create a new "Student Address List" each year, so all interested parents should send in their child's address for the coming year as soon as possible. You must submit this each year, even if there has not been a change. You will notice that there is space for an email address.

Don't let your child miss out on the first mailing, which will be later this month!

Click here to complete the registration form. 
Kup O' Joe

Caffeinated Conversations
....with Rabbi Forman. 


Join Rabbi Forman on selected Sunday mornings at 9AM for a lively conversation on a wide variety of topics: US and Israel politics, theology, Jewish practice, sacred texts and more. 

Feel free to suggest a topic for a future gathering.

Coffee and refreshments always served.

9AM on Sundays
October 13 
November 3
December 8
January 5
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 4

*Kup is Yiddush for Head/Mind

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Eileen Berkelhammer
Muriel Trambert
Ira Breines
Kathy Gohr
Mazel Tov...
Mazel Tov to Susan and Steve Albert on the marriage of Christine Campigotto to Brian Albert on Saturday July 19, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Mazel Tov to Josh Propper for his fabulous results in the Summer Fencing Nationals.  Josh came in 5th (out of 187 fencers) in the Division III foil competition.  
Mazel Tov to Darren Loew for being named "Top Doc" by NJ Monthly Magazine. See the local Press clipping here.
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.


Board Directed Fund

Jeff and Christine Berg

Andy and Michele Korfin

Bruce and Betsy Zalaznick


High Holiday Donation

Steve and Susan Albert  

Steven and Susan Albrecht

John and Maria Gendelman

John Graybeal and Laura Senator

Chris and Leslie Hann

Alan Hecht and Maria Jose De La Hoz


Prayer Book Fund

Brian and Stephanie Fletcher

John and Maria Gendelman

Gary and Debbie Weiss



Steve and Susan Albert

Steven and Susan Albrecht

Brian and Stephanie Fletcher

Chris and Leslie Hann

Andy and Michele Korfin

Gary and Debbie Weiss

Amara Willey

Richard Willey and Meredith Sigel-Willey

Donna Zubek

Eric and Naomi Zwerling


7th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift

Jeff and Christine Berg

Nisim and Alexa Parliyan

John and Toby Sarinick

Paul and Maureen Weiner


25th Anniversary

Harvey Gold 

yahrzeit photo
Upcoming Yahrzeits 

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


September 6 (to be read 9/4)

Emanuel Blumenfeld

father of Ray Blumenfeld

Harold Knapp

father of Jeff Knapp

Janet S. Loewy

mother of Susan Ingram
grandmother of Andrea Harvey

Don Pickell

father of Chris Pickell

Grace Riddle

aunt of Amara Willey

Nathan Wagner

grandfather of Susan Albrecht

Harvey Werstein

father of Leslie Hann

Iris Rittenberg Willey

mother of Amara Willey


September 13

Joan Ferrone

mother of Gerard Tracey


September 20

Gussie Brodsky

grandmother of Gary Brodsky

Robert Bunevich

father of David Bunevich  


September 27

Marion Ederr

father of Darren Low

Sadie Eisenberg

grandmother of Gary Brodsky

Susan Lerman

loved one of David & Isabel Mahalick

Thelma Levey

mother of Mark Beckman
mother of Alan Beckman

Israel Rabiner

great grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick

Norma Schwartz

aunt of Betsy Zalaznick

Jennifer Weller

Daughter of Shelly Weller


October 4

Charles Eisler 

father of Connie Smith
Norman Fetner
loved one of Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Regina Leon
great grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick
Angela Mazzocchi
sister of Nick Mazzocchi
Joan Woerner
sister of Alice Schwade
25th Anniversary Donations
Or Chadash gratefully acknowledges the generous donations to the 25th Anniversary Fund received to date from:

Larry & Beatrice Abrams

Steve & Susan Albert

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. 
Thank You from Bike Works
We were happy to house Bike Works participants for a night in July, and wanted to share this thank you note from them.


The 4th annual Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) Ride of Dreams was thrilled to spend our first night at Or Chadash.  The enthusiastic and warm welcome from Rabbi Forman and the Or Chadash congregation was a wonderful reminder that sometimes, when one door closes, a pair of double doors might be flung open elsewhere!  We were especially glad to incorporate Rabbi Forman's suggestions to our route.  After 68 miles of riding through the heat on July 19th, a freezer stocked with water ice and ice cream sandwiches was a fantastic reward.  NBW was also grateful to accept your donation of bikes - they will be used in our Earn-a-Bike programs this fall. 

Rabbi's Message
Turning to a New Year

"Now is the time for turning. The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red and orange. The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the South. The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter. For leaves, birds, and animals, turning comes instinctively. But for us turning does not come so easily. It takes and act of will to make us turn. . . ." (Gates of Repentance, p. 372)

As we enter the season of the High Holy Days, I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming days and weeks as we celebrate our New Year and begin our collective efforts as a Jewish community to renew ourselves for goodness in the days and years ahead. I want to wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year and express my deepest thanks for all your support and the tremendous support of our wonderful staff and lay leadership over the past year.

As we begin another Jewish year together, I hope that it will be one filled with blessing, purpose and fulfillment for you and your family. In the traditional spirit of repentance and asking for forgiveness during these days: if my words or deeds have been hurtful to any of you, please accept my sorrow and regret. May this New Year bring to all of us the hopes and aspirations we desire for ourselves.

Shana Tova U'mituka - Wishing all of you a good and sweet New Year.

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman


The High Holy Days are quickly approaching!  We have new ticket and security procedures this year.  Please read the following carefully.


- Tickets will be mailed on August 23 to each adult member in good standing.  You must pay 25% of your Dues or be on an approved payment plan in order to receive your tickets.  
- Tickets for Members have your name on them and they must to be brought with you to each service and shown to the ticket takers. Please hold onto them for all services.
- Non-members (Guests and Relatives of Members) will need to turn in their tickets at each service.  
- Forgot your ticket and are half way to Or Chadash? Need to purchase an extra ticket that day?  We will have tickets available at the door. 
Click here for High Holy Day Information/Registration Form for members. 

Click here for High Holy Day Information/Registration Form for non-members. 
If you have renewed your membership and do not receive your ticket by August 29, please contact our administrator at admin@orchadash-nj.org or 908-806-2122.
Families renewing membership after August 26 can pick up tickets at OC before services.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Debbie Weiss at treasurer@orchadash-nj.org.

High Holy Day Schedule

Rosh Hashanah
Evening Svc, Wednesday September 4 
Morning Svc, Thursday September 5 
Childrens' Svc, Thursday September 5 
8:00 PM
10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Yom Kippur
Evening Svc, Friday September 13 
Morning Svc, Saturday September 14
Childrens' Svc, Saturday September 14 
Study Session, Saturday September 14
Yizkor/Ne'ila, Saturday September 14 
8:00 PM
10:00 AM 
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
4:00 PM

Congregational Break Fast will follow at 5:30. All are welcome.

Thank you for supporting our High Holy Day food drive. 
You may place your non-perishable food items in Room 1. 
As a reminder, parking and seating are limited. Please arrive early.

Shana Tova - Happy New Year
Fall Authors
Katie Rosman - September 29, 10:30AM
Faced with the loss of her mother, Suzy, to cancer at sixty, Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Rosman longs to find answers to the questions that we all wrestle with after losing someone we love.  So she does what she does best:  she opens her notebook and starts investigating.


Thumbing through her late mother's address book, Rosman embarks on a cross-country odyssey, tracking down total strangers from whom she hopes to learn about a woman she once thought she couldn't know better.  With a reporter's eye for detail and nuance, Rosman creates a vivid, unflinching, and unforgettable portrait of a privately remarkable mother and woman.  In the process, Rosman tells a universal tale of loss and love, capturing the angst families confront when wading through the world of doctors and hospitals, the poignancy and pain that comes a s a life ends, and the humor that helps transform sadness into a new and powerful brand of happiness.


Katie writes beautifully, has two children, is a proud University of Michigan graduate and enjoys yoga.  You can get to know her by following her on twitter @katierosman and by purchasing her book.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of the book sales will go, most appropriately, to The Chesed (Caring) Committee of Or Chadash.   If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Reporter's Notebook  is available at Or Chadash. Hardcover is $18, Paperback is $10.
Fraidy Reiss - October 22, 10AM

Fraidy was 19 when her family arranged for her to marry a man who turned out to be violent. But with no education and no job, and a family that refused to help her, she felt stuck.

Still stuck at age 27, Fraidy defied her husband and relatives to become the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from Rutgers University at age 32 as valedictorian (called "undergraduate commencement speaker" at Rutgers). The only family members to hear her valedictory address were her two young children; by then, the rest of her family had shunned her because she had stopped wearing a head covering.


With her degree in journalism, Fraidy was hired as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, eventually getting promoted to the paper's elite investigative-reporting team. Her reporting won her the New Jersey Press Association's Robert P. Kelly Award for outstanding young journalists, second place, in 2007. Fraidy went on to a career as an investigator at Kroll, the world's largest investigations firm, and then at a private firm in New York.At the same time, Fraidy managed to get divorced, win full custody of her children and get a final restraining order against her ex-husband.


But she knows that most women who want to leave their arranged marriage are limited by finances, religious law and cultural norms. For them, Fraidy founded Unchained At Last.

Freidy Reiss writes about gender roles in the Orthodox community in which she grew up and lived in both New York and New Jersey.

Mark Russ Federman - Nov 17, 10AM Mark Russ Federman
Mark Russ Federman, grandson of founder Joel Russ, took over the running of Russ & Daughters from his parents in 1978 and turned it over to the fourth generation, his daughter, Niki, and nephew Josh, in 2009. He has appeared individually and on panels at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, and the conference of the Association of Food Journalists, among other venues. Mark and Russ & Daughters were recently featured on the PBS documentary The Jews of New York; on Lidia Bastianich's PBS series Lidia Celebrates America; and on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.
Cost is $10 and includes a light brunch.
What You Might Have Missed
Celebrating Shabbat at Deer Path Park, July 26.

Our Bike Trip to the Peach Festival, August 9

Clean Up Day, August 21
Cleanup Day 2013

choir rehearsal

Jewish LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone 
Jewish Life


Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone), our community wide adult education program, has an exciting new season of programs and special events planned for the coming year.  A great lineup of special events are scheduled in addition to a wide variety of classes  and films offered at our participating synagogues.  The complete 2013-2014 Jewish LIFE brochure will be available on line at www.ssbjcc.org.  Printed copies will be available at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater.


Below is a rundown of  the special events coming up this Fall.  We are pleased to also offer two new exciting opportunities for adult learning, The Melton School and iEngage.

  • NEW!!! Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning (A project of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).   The Melton School will be offered at the Shimon and Sarah Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, from October 2013  through June 2014.  Registration Fee:  Register by September 10:  $650/person; Register after September 10: $700/person.   
  • NEW!!! iEngage:  Engaging Israel:  Foundations for a New Relationship
    , Sundays, 4-6pm: 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 and 6/8 (Hosted at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough). Dates for Or Chadash will be posted on our website soon.  Please join me for this remarkable program. Cost for iEngage is $50/person.  Members of Or Chadash are $36. 
  • Sun., Sept. 29, 10:30am:  Katherine Rosman,  If You Knew Suzy:  A Mother, A Daughter, A Reporter's Notebook(Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington)
  • Wed., Oct. 9, 7pm: Rabbi Deborah Prinz, Author of On the Chocolate Trail  (Hosted by Temple Har Shalom, Warren)
  • Thurs., Oct. 10, 7pm: Yossi Klein Halevi, Author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israel...... (Hosted by Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough)
  • Sat., Oct. 12, 5pm:  Sholem Aleichem, Laughing in the Darkness (Film Hosted by Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough)
  • Tues., Oct. 15, 9am:  Imagine 2013. Hosted by Jewish Federation Women's Philanthropy Group at Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater
  • Sun., Oct. 20, 10:30 am: Fraidy Reiss, Founder & Executive Director of Unchained at Last, (Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington)
  • Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 pm: Return Engagement! Martin Fletcher, Author of Jacob's Oath (Hosted by the JCC)
  • Thurs., Nov. 14, 7pm: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Author of And God Said:  How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning (Hosted by the JCC)
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 10:30am:  Martin Russ Federman, Author of Russ & Daughters:  Reflections & Recipes from the Hour that Herring Built (Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington).
  • Wed., Dec. 4, 12 Noon:  Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author of How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick.  Program & Luncheon (Hosted by the JCC).
  • Thurs., Dec. 12, 6:30pm:  Irma Horowitz Film Series Featuring Falafel & Films.  The Breakfast Parliament, The Ranch, The Rabbi's Daughter (Hosted by the JCC). 

Please refer to the Jewish LIFE brochure for program fees and additional information.  To register for programs hosted at the JCC, please call 908-725-6994 x201.  To register for programs at other locations, please contact the hosting synagogue or agency.

Let Us Know

While we anticipate all of our members and students will be returning, we need you to fill out your renewal and registration forms to be sure.


Membership Renewal and Religious School forms are available.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


We have created these forms to make your membership renewal process easier. These should take between five and ten minutes to complete.  


Click here for the Membership Renewal Form


Click here for the Religious School Registration Form 
OC In the News
Pre-School Program Announced
Our Pre-school program is announced in the Hunterdon County Democrat. Click here to read more.