Or Chadash Newsletter October 2013 
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In This Issue
Service Schedule
Kup o' Joe
In Our Community
High Holy Day Donations
25th Anniversary Donations
President's Message
Night of Fright
Fraidy Reiss
What You Might Have Missed
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Shabbat Service Schedule

Shabbat Window 

October 11: 7:00PM Shabbat Family Service with 7th grade participation
October 12: 10AM Shabbat Services and Bat Mitzvah of Amy Rosen
October 18:
6PM Dinner/7PM Film: Wadjda (Montgomery Cinemas).  9PM Ice Cream discussion with scholar on Mid-East Studies. - No Services at OC. 
October 25: Join us at Muhlenberg for Shabbat Services - No Services at OC
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 
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
Susan Blaicher
Paul Weil
Barry Drill
Paul Weinberg 
Mazel Tov...
(Correction) Mazel Tov to Susan and Steve Albert on the marriage of Christine Campigotto to Brian Albert on Saturday July 20, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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.

yahrzeit photo

Upcoming Yahrzeits 

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


October 11

Charles Eisler

father of Connie Smith

Norman Fetner

loved one of Bruce Zalaznick

Regina Leon

great grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick

Angela Mazzocchi

sister of Sherrie Mazzocchi

Joan Woerner

sister of Alice Schwade


October 18 - to be read Nov 1 

Lillian Cart

sister-in-law of Hilda Suchow

Hyman Gorin

grandfather of Debbie Weiss

Seymour Hersch

husband of Evelyne Hersch

father of Sherrie Mazzocchi

Morton Kail

stepfather of Deborah Beer-Christensen

Matthew Ringel

father of David & Robin Lewy

October 25 - to be read Nov 1 

Marion Chervin

mother of Kim Caniano

Jack Kluft

uncle of Betsy Zalaznick

Meryl Weil

mother of Paul Weil


November 1

Benjamin Cohen

grandfather of Paul Weil

Helen Gordon

grandmother of Robin Lewy

Frank Rapp

father of Salena Kern

Joan K. Weinstein

mother of Susan Albert

November 8

Selma Bland

mother of Beatrice Abrams

Blanche Margaret Erkkila

mother of Craig Erkkila

Joseph Kass

grandfather of Leslie Hann

Michael Joseph Sansevere Jr.

father of Joseph Sansevere

Louis Zalaznick

father of Bruce Zalaznick 

High Holy Day Donations
We thank all of our congregants and guests for their generous contributions made in support of Or Chadash during the High Holy Days.

Babysitting Donations
Darren & Yulia Pincus

High Holiday Appeal Donations
Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Steve & Susan Albert
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Tim & Miriam Blanke
Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel
Scott & Maryann Breslow
Gregg & Jean Frankel
Phillip & Carrie Freed
John & Maria Gendelman
Harvey Gold
Chris & Leslie Hann
Phil & Andrea Harvey
Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz
Susan Ingram
Estelle Katcher
Nelson & Beverly Kornstein
Sherrie Mazzocchi
Stuart Oxenhorn & Robin Schutz
Darren & Yulia Pincus
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
Joseph & Carolyn Sansevere
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Ken & Cindy Stoter
arc & Caryn Tomljanovich
Glenn & Eve Wasserman
Paul & Maureen Weiner
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Eric & Naomi Zwerling

Prayerbook Donations
Larry & Beatrice Abrams 
David & Cindy Cohn 
Brian & Stephanie Fletcher 
Gregg & Jean Frankel
John & Maria Gendelman 
Harvey Gold 
Susan Ingram 
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Gary & Debbie Weiss

Yizkor Book Donations
Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Steve & Susan Albert
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Paul Beers
Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel
Jon & Lori Blutfield
David & Cindy Cohn
Brian & Stephanie Fletcher
Gregg & Jean Frankel
Phillip & Carrie Freed
Harvey Gold
Chris & Leslie Hann
Philip & Andrea Harvey
Alan Hecht & Maria Hose De La Hoz
Susan Ingram
Andy & Michele Korfin
Darren & Elizabeth Loew
Sherrie Mazzocchi
Stuart Oxenhorn & Robin Schutz
Chris & Melissa Pickell
Robert & Alice Schwade
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Andy & Jane Stein
Ken & Cindy Stoter
Paul & Meredith Weil
Gary & Debbie Weiss
Amara Willey
Richard Willey & Meridith Sigel-Willey
Mark & Kristina Witzling
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Donna Zubek
Eric & Naomi Zwerling
7th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift
Glenn & Eve Wasserman

Chesed Caring Fund
Steve & Susan Albert
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Faith Fuhrman
Ken & Cindy Stoter

Oneg Fund
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
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. 
  President's Message

I have a question for all of you.  How much time does it take to do something at Or Chadash?  A Friday night service?  A Cup of Joe on Sunday morning?  An author talk?  Generally speaking, it takes about an hour.  Maybe a little bit longer if you stick around to schmooze and have a bite to eat.   I'll admit that an Or Chadash bike ride can take up an entire morning or afternoon, but there is always food, scenic views and plenty of encouragement involved.   


Let's get back to that one hour though.   If you think about it, one hour is only about 4% of your day.   I know everyone's hours are precious.  We have a finite amount of time in our days and sometimes those hours feel like they are on fast forward as it is.  I know my days  are stretched thin between work, managing the logistics of getting the kids where they need to be after school, trying to sit down to dinner together,  time for Marc and I to catch up about our days and time for myself to workout.  (And sleeping, let's not forget sleeping.)  But, when I stop to think about it the one hour (or maybe a bit more) that it takes for me to get to Or Chadash  for a service or an event really isn't asking that much. 


In the upcoming months,  look at the hours you have and think about how you can find one, or even two, to spare for an event, service or gathering at Or Chadash. We have so many exciting services and events coming up; speaker Fraidy Reiss, our October Family Service and, in November, a fundraiser wine tasting at Old York Wine Cellars.  Don't look at it as giving up something else in your busy life, but as adding something that can quite possibly enrich your life and strengthen your bonds with the Or Chadash community.

I look forward to seeing many of you for an hour or so in the months to come. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  My email address is president@orchadash-nj.org.  


Shalom!  Caryn Tomljanovich, President

  Special Shabbat Film Series

OC goes to the movies on Friday, October 18th.
Wadjda, the first Saudi Arabian film to be directed by a woman, tells the story of the complicated relationship between devout religious life and the yearning for individual freedom -- and the desire of a 10 year old girl to ride a bike in a country that does not permit it.
The New York Times review can be found here:

We have engaged Lindsey Stephenson, a PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, to join us for dinner, movie and a discussion at Thomas Sweet's which is adjacent to the movie theatre.

6:00 PM Dinner

7:05 PM Movie (The movie is 100 minutes) at Montgomery Theatre (Route 206, Skillman)

9:00 PM Post Movie Discussion Led by Lesley Stephenson, Princeton PhD student


click here to RSVP 

Join Or Chadash for a Night of Fright, Saturday October 19th
Are you up for a good scare? Join Or Chadash at Schaeffer Farms in Flemington for this year's Frightfest
We will meet at Or Chadash on Saturday, October 19th at 6PM for Havdalah and travel together to Schaeffer Farms where Frightfest starts at 7PM.

Spend 45 minutes making your way through 200+ acres of Fright. It starts with our 
Hair Raising Hayride that "Scares the YELL out of You", then we let you off in the middle of nowhere for a Treacherous Trek through the "Trail of Terror", then just when you think you have had enough and begin see that you are almost home, you realize the only way back is through the MassAcre Maize, a Casual Run for your Life; once it is over you find that the path is blocked, and you must enter your final Nightmare, the Carnival of Chaos!

The cost for all four Haunted Venues is only $25.00 per person.  Schaeffer Farms is located at 1051 Flemington-Whitehouse Road (Route 523) in Flemington. 908-782-2705
Fraidy Reiss at Or Chadash
Fraidy Reiss - October 20, 10:30AM

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.
Or Chadash Trip to Lower Manhattan Sunday, October 27
A trip to NYC
Sunday - October 27,
Everyone is welcome.
Join us!



Or Chadash is on the road again.   We are thrilled to announce that our AMAZING tour guide, Jeff Altman, who has led us on our previous trips to the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, will be joining us on this very special visit to lower Manhattan.  


A few trip highlights include visiting the 9/11 Memorial, the Museum of Jewish Heritage  (with a sensational multi-image video), learning about Congregation Shearith Israel of NYC (founded in 1654!) and exploring the rich Jewish history in the Wall Street area.  
Lunch is on your own (students will be chaperoned by an adult), and you will have the opportunity to select where you want to eat.  We will give you at least six choices in the neighborhood. 
It is New York, so we have allotted exploring time at the end of the day.  Everyone can head to Canal Street or Soho for some great shopping - again, with adult chaperones.

Please use the RSVP form to register NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 20.  
It also contains more detailed information about the trip.

Or Chadash Religious School students: $45 (current students plus 11th and 12th graders)



Adults (and non Religious School students): $65

Sunday, October 27th
8:00 AM (leave OC parking lot)
4:00 PM (leave NYC)

Bring your friends and your family!  Everyone is welcome to join us.  
Questions?  E-mail Rabbi Forman (Rabbi@orchadash-nj.org) or 
Betsy Zalaznick (Bzalaznick@gmail.com)

Jewish LIFE at Or Chadash November 17th at 10:30AM
Bat Mitzvah - Amanda Albrecht
Amanda Albrecht became a Bat Mitzvah on September 28.  She is the daughter of Susan and Steve Albrecht.  
She is an eighth grader at Readington Middle School.  Amanda enjoys gymnastics and running.  Her torah portion was B'reishit, which is about the creation of earth.  For her mitzvah project, Amanda has been volunteering at Independence Manor helping senior citizens to play bingo.  She had a wonderful celebration with all her family and friends.
Bat Mitzvah - Morgan Tocci

Morgan Tocci became a Bat Mitzvah on October 5.  She is the daughter of Dena and Ken Tocci, and the older sister to Alexis and Jacob. Morgan is an eighth grader at Readington Middle School.  Her passion in life is dance; she is involved in many local dance performances and competitions. Her mitzvah project has consisted of collecting food for the Flemington Food Pantry, volunteering her time there every other week and she is in the process of building Noah's Ark out of cans to be displayed at the food pantry, as it relates to her Torah portion.  Morgan is looking forward to celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with her friends and family.

Bat Mitzvah - Amy Rosen
Amy Rosen became a Bat Mitzvah on October 12. She is the daughter of Ellen and Jeffrey Rosen. She enjoys playing in Symphony Orchestra at JP Case. She prides herself as a budding chef, who has enjoyed cooking all cuisines, especially Jewish cuisine. She cares about the environment and loves digital photography. She was chosen to be in the Peer Leadership Program and served as an Ambassador for her school. Her Mitzvah project is called "Amy's Blankets For Babies." She made blankets for St. Peter's Hospital to be distributed to children in the Intensive Care Units, which she delivered on her 13th birthday. Her Torah portion is called Lech Lecha. It is about Abraham and Sarah's journey to a new land. She is looking forward to celebrating with her family and friends.
What You Might Have Missed
High Holy Day Services
Read Rabbi Forman's Sermon's here.
Religious School Opening Day 9/22

Religious School Opening Day 9/26

Consecration and Simchat Torah

Dinner in the Sukkah

Author Katie Rosman
Katie Rosman Image
OCTY Thanks You
The Or Chadash Temple Youth Group (OCTY) would like to sincerely thank all who contributed to this year's annual Food Drive.  As a congregation, we were able to contribute an estimated 1,500 pounds of food, household, and personal supplies to the Flemington Area Food Pantry! This is just another example of what we can do when we all come together as a congregation, to help others, and to complete acts of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. We hope that your year is off to a great start!  
Toda Roba, thank you again, for all of your contributions! 

Rachel Albrecht & Rachel Podgorski, OCTY Presidents  
Josh Blutfield, Aaron Lewy & Abby Weinick, OCTY Vice Presidential Leadership 

We would like to specifically recognize and thank Josh Blutfield and Noah Rosenthal for transporting all of the donations from Or Chadash to the Food Pantry.
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, 9-10:30 AM: 10/6, 10/28 (Tuesday night at 7:30PM), 12/15, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/6, 5/4 (Hosted at Or Chadash, Flemington). Please join me for this remarkable program. Cost for iEngage is $50/person.  Members of Or Chadash are $36. 
  • 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.