Or Chadash Newsletter 
June 2014
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In This Issue
Service Schedule
In Our Community
Israel Trip
President's Message
Educator's Message
Art Auction Fundraiser
Annual Congregation Meeting
Mitzvah Day 2014
What You Might Have Missed
Registration Quick Links

Shabbat Service Schedule

Shabbat Window  
June 6: 6:00PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services
June 13: 6:00PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services 
June 14: 10:00AM Shabbat Services and Benjamin Blutfield becomes a Bar Mitzvah
June 20: Shabbat at Home
June 27: 6:00PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Book Discussion

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher  
Fred Bernstein 
Millie Albert
Estelle Breines 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
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: 


June 6

Ann Gorin

grandmother of Debbie Weiss

Arthur Horowitz

father of Cindy Stoter

Sylvia Horowitz

mother of Cindy Stoter

Lillian Magid

aunt of Bruce Zalaznick

Ethel Pearl

aunt of Dave Moutner

Isidor Soodik

stepfather of Harvey Gold


June 13

Minnie Singer

aunt of Harvey Gold


June 20 (Will be read on June 27)

Richard E. Ingram

husband of Susan Ingram

father of Andrea Harvey

Selma Simon Ingram

mother-in-law of Susan Ingram

grandmother of Andrea Harvey

Rose Rabiner

great-grandmother of Betsy Zalaznick

Eileen Gong Weiner

sister of Sandra Gong


June 27

Boris Rabiner

grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick

Irving Senator

grandfather of Laura Senator

Leonard Weil

grandfather of Paul Weil 


Thanks to all who contributed 

25th Anniversary

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong


Educational Enrichment  Fund

John Graybeal & Laura Senator 

Thanks to Or Chadash Teachers In Honor Of 2014 Confirmation Class

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick

In Memory Of Allison Cimring Dorfman


General Contribution

Jeff & Christine Berg

Exterior Sign

Jeff & Christine Berg

Flood Lights

Evelyne Hersch

In Memory Of Daniel Alpert

David & Isabel Mahalick


Mishloach Manot

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong


Mitzvah Day

Paul & Maureen Weiner

Gary & Deb Weiss      

Nisim & Alexa Parliyan

Darren & Elizabeth Loew

John Graybeal & Laura Senator

Vadik & Kate Metelitsa

Stephen & Diana Propper

Scott & Maryann Breslow

Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel

John & Toby Sarinick

Gerald Jones & Karen Tovi-Jones

Paul & Meredith Weil

Donna Zubek

Louis & Caryn Speizer

Harvey Gold

Steven & Susan Albrecht

Steve & Susan Albert

Don  & Sara Schenker

Tim & Miriam Blanke

James & Barbara Schlessinger

Alan Marrus

William & Maryjane Staats


Oneg Fund

John & Toby Sarinick

In Honor Of Michael's Bar Mitzvah


Sanctuary Chair Fund

Pamela Yula

In Memory Of John 
Israel Trip 2014
Or Chadash is traveling to Israel. Please join us and invite your friends. We have arranged a package of trips to Israel. The core trip is from November 4-11, 2014. The Pre-Trip is from November 1-4 and the Post-Trip is November 11-14. All the itineraries and costs can be found on our website. The link to register is here.
Fundraiser for Baker's Treat

NJQHA All Breed Charity Trail

Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 AM

at Horseshoe Bend Park, Frenchtown.


This Ride will benefit ABILITY 2 WORK/ BAKER'S TREAT CAFÉ AND BAKERY: A non-profit business which employs "differently abled" young men and women located in Flemington.


COME TO RIDE OR JUST FOR LUNCH! Registration is $50.


Please go to http://www.njqha.com/ or contact Susan Auer at 908-418-5923 for details of this very special ride!


Scrip News

Announcing a way to reduce your dues by purchasing scrip!

Just purchase your scrip and for every dollar you earn Or Chadash, you will receive 25% as a reduction of your dues, a "scrip credit."  So, that's 25 cents of every dollar your scrip purchase earns Or Chadash that goes back to you, back in your pocket as a scrip credit.

Come give it a try. Click here for the scrip FAQs sheet, and you'll be on your way to making a great contribution to your temple!

Any questions, contact Christine Berg at cberg3@comcast.net.  Thank you!

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. 
Bar Mitzvah - Benjamin Blutfield

Ben Blutfield will become a Bar Mitzvah on June 14.

He is the son of Lori and Jon Blutfield and the younger

brother of

Mitch (18) and Josh (16). Ben is a 7th grader at the Readington Middle School (RMS) where he is an Honor Roll student and plays on the RMS Baseball Team. He also plays on a travel baseball team, the Jersey Jaguars. Ben enjoys all sports and is an avid New York Yankees and Giants fan. For his mitzvah project, Ben volunteered with the Hunterdon Outreach Programs helping disabled children play sports. His Torah portion, Sh'lach L'cha, teaches lessons about leadership that Ben hopes to use to help him become a better contributor and leader on his sports teams and in the community. He is looking forward to sharing these lessons and celebrating his becoming a Bar Mitzvah with his family and friends.

President's Message

Even thought the weather outside doesn't feel like it, summer is upon us. (I write this as I'm wearing a fleece and fuzzy socks to stay warm on this late May day). With the days of school waning and our summer plans mostly in place, we have a lot to look forward to. Summer is a time to be a little freer with the schedule, try new things, and spend some time with my family and friends.


There is a lot going on at OC during the summer months, and I hope to see you all at some of the upcoming events. We have our annual Congregational Meeting on June 10th at 7:30 pm. While we vote on the budget and new slate of board members, it is also a time for us to look ahead to the coming year and think about where we are headed. All are encouraged to attend.


Also of note is our June 14th Art Auction. Working with Marlin Art, a professional art auction and fundraising company, we will be bringing high quality art in all styles and price ranges to the Stangl Factory for viewing and bidding.  $20 a ticket gets you in the door, appetizers, dessert, wine and beer. Even if art isn't your "thing," join us for a wonderful night of friendship and community.  And remember, the event is open to the entire community, so bring friends, colleagues, neighbors, relatives and make a night of it. Tickets can be purchased here and all proceeds benefit Or Chadash.


In between OC events, take time to enjoy the sun when it comes out, chase some fire flies, go to the drive-in (there are two great ones in the Bethlehem area!), hike, bike and enjoy some time with family in friends. 


Shalom! Caryn

Betsy's Message
Betsy NYC.jpg

I would like to use this opportunity to share my remarks to the confirmation class of 2014.  



Shabbat Shalom and Mazal Tov to each of you.


As we celebrate Shabbat, we are reminded in the words we sung earlier tonight in our Lecha Dodi prayer: Shamor v'Zachor - to observe and to remember the Sabbath day.  We come together to celebrate, to welcome Shabbat and read and sing with words of prayers both centuries old and newly composed.  Zachor - remember - this is our task as Jews.  Remembering is a thread that runs throughout our service, from opening prayers recalling the Exodus from Egypt, to the closing words of the Kaddish as we recall those whom we love no longer with us.


The power of Jewish memory and its effect on how we live vibrant Jewish lives today connects us not only with our own family, but with the Jewish collective memory.  Remembering urges us to continue living meaningful Jewish lives.


The Torah is filled with commands to remember.  Our people are exhorted to remember the Exodus, to remember what transpired in the desert, and to remember the feeling of being a stranger  - that command repeated more than any other, because memory is a particularly powerful faculty. 


Memory helps us to learn. It can provide a guide by which we can judge our future actions.  Along with our emotions, memory serves as the foundation upon which our human experience is built. While memory is frequently seen as passive - something that just happens when we recollect a moment of time now past, in a Jewish context memory and the deliberate act of remembering can be seen more in terms of a positive act.  So how, then, can we preserve our memories, how can we access our memories to enrich our lives and how can we use them to make our experience of living a richer and more meaningful one?


Continued here

Betsy Zalaznick 
Art Auction and Fundraiser
Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM

Join us at The Stangl Factory, 50 Stangl Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822 

Preview: 7:00 p.m. Auction: 8:00 p.m. 

The event is open to the everyone! 
Register for this event here

This entertaining evening will include: assorted hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, desserts and the opportunity to bid on art in all styles and price ranges. 

Bring your friends! It will be a lot of fun for everyone in the community! 

Admission: $20.00 per person

Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 PM
Refreshments at 7:00 PM
Annual Congregational Meeting and the election of Board Members and Officers, Budget Approval and Viewing of the Year-In-Review Slideshow. 
Refreshments will be served at 7PM. 
The Lion and the Lamb
Sunday, June 8 at 3:00 PM at
The Trinity Episcopal Church
The Jewish Baroque. 
Explore the music of Jewish composers working in the Italian States, France, and England during the 17th and 18th centuries and the music of their contemporaries who were inspired by Old Testament texts. 

This unusual concert will feature music of Salamone Rossi, Louis Saladin, Carlo Grossi, and others. La Fiocco will be joined by Mostly Motets, a Bucks County choir that specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.  

The event will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road (Rte 263 and Sugan Road), Solebury, PA 18963

For tickets and info http://www.lafiocco.org
Mitzvah Day 2014
Rabbi Tarfon said: It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to avoid it. Pirke Avot 2:2


Thanks to ALL our Mitzvah Day volunteers and many contributors for making Or Chadash Mitzvah Day 2014 such a spectacular success for our synagogue community and the Flemington community which we are proud to serve.  


On Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th  more than 180 members and friends of Or Chadash joined together to do "Tikkun Olam" (the work of repairing the world). "Mitzvah Day" is an annual event taking place at Or Chadash on the third weekend in May.  It is a capstone event of Or Chadash's programmatic year.




































Highlights of Mitzvah Day...

On Saturday, Chef Rachel Reuben of Food Fix Kitchen and winner of The Food Network's "Chopped" graciously donated her garage kitchen in Lebanon and her tremendous talents to Or Chadash as she guided us in the preparation of 48 meals for clients of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.   The prepared meals included chicken soup, matzah balls, turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mandelbrot.  Upon receiving the meals, Jerry Starr, Executive Director of JFS said:  "Thank you for helping to prepare meals for our neediest clients.  These meals will be delivered to many of our seniors including some holocaust survivors who can use these healthy nutritious meals." 

Karen Monroy, CEO of Ability2Work (Ability2Work.org) said "Or Chadash's volunteers get an A+.  The children and adults worked tirelessly to complete the tasks.  We loved welcoming Or Chadash to Baker's Treat and look forward to many more opportunities to work together."   Working in teams, fourteen children and adults spent Sunday morning at Baker's Treat in Flemington (Route 12) to organize a storage room and transplant seedlings to planting beds.  Additionally, Or Chadash members created 25 looped potholders which were donated to Baker's Treat.  The potholders will be used as thank you gifts for Baker's Treat donors.

Outdoor and offsite Mitzvah Day activities included completing trail and trash maintenance on Or Chadash's northbound neighbor and our newly adopted Hunterdon County Parks trail --the Arboretum; providing landscape and general barn maintenance at a member's farm; participating in the Raritan Headwaters Association Stream Clean Up; and entertaining the residents of Rolling Hills Care Center, guided by Cantor Kathy Gohr's amazing guitar skills and our Or Chadash choir.  

Back at Or Chadash, activities included preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwich bags for Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP); collecting and delivering non-perishable items to the Clinton and Flemington Food Pantries; creating tie-dye napkins for a 60's summer picnic for the residents of Independence Manor; baking cookies for Hunterdon Youth Services on Sandhill Road, creating (de)stress balls for students; creating paracord survivor bracelets for "Operation Gratitude"; and general synagogue exterior maintenance, spreading mulch and trimming bushes and important interior maintenance including cleaning light fixtures and polishing the silver. Or Chadash also hosted a New Jersey  Blood Center blood drive. 

For our youngest Mitzvah Day participants, using a story from the PJ Library collection, All About Me, by Molly Bang, we learned how we can repair the world using different parts of our body.  After we read the story we created artwork for the residents of Independence Manor.  

Or Chadash is a member of The Big Tent, and the Union for Reform Judaism and is located at 149 Foothill Road, Flemington, NJ 08822.

Betsy Zalaznick
Or Chadash


Hebrew School Tzeddaka Donations
The Kinder- garten and First Grade students
present the Hunterdon Medical Center with teddy bears and other stuffed animals, to be given as "get well" gifts to hospitalized children. The stuffed animals were purchased with tzeddaka money the students collected throughout the school year. 

The Second Grade students donated to the Jewish War Veterans.

The Third Grade students donated to Heifer International, where their contribution purchased chicks, rabbits, and bees to help families become self-sufficient.

The Fourth Grade students donated to Beit Hayeled, a home for displaced children in Israel. The thank you note said, "Your tzeddaka will help ensure that the kids enjoy many fun-filled days this summer."

The Fifth Grade class donated to the Jewish Federation Oasis of Peace.

The Sixth Grade class donated to Jewish Helping Hands.

The Seventh Grade class donated to Jewish Family Services.
Mazel Tov Graduates!

Mazel Tov to all 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            College 
Charlee Carter          Hunterdon Central       Drexel University 
                                High School
Aiden Lewy               Hunterdon Central       Vassar College
                                High School
Rachel Podgorski       Hunterdon Central       Tulane University
                                High School
Joshua Propper         Hunterdon Central       Drexel University
                                High School
Megan Sansevere      Hunterdon Central       Dickinson College
                                High School
Samantha Schwade  Hunterdon Central       Raritan Valley                                               High School                 Community College 
Rachel Strauss          Hunterdon Central       George Mason
                                High School                  University
Craig Tiber                Hunterdon Central       Ithaca College
                                High School
Rachel Weil               Hunterdon Central       Ursinus College
                         High School
Matthew Weinberg    Hunterdon Central       Arizona State                                               High School                 University
Paul Graybeal            Voorhees High School   UCLA
Danielle Tyler            Voorhees High School    University of                                                                                   Pittsburgh
Matthew Harvey        Somerville High School  Rochester Institute of                                                                      Technology
Emma Roberts           North Hunterdon          Emerson College
                                 High School
College Graduates -
Dan Cohn
University of Delaware
Alex Levine
Lehigh University
Josh Pickell
University of Richmond
Robbie Sansevere
Dickinson College
Samantha Zwerling
University of Maryland 
Summer Schedule

This month we begin our Summer Service Schedule.  Here are some helpful terms to explain our different Shabbat Worship formats over the summer. 


Kabbalat Shabbat Services are brief (30-minute) services to welcome the Sabbath and include singing, Mi Shebeirach (healing Prayer) and Kaddish.

Shabbat Experiences begin with song, the blessings for candles, Kiddush and Motzi, and conclude with a program, discussion, film or special dinner event.


Be sure to check out our upcoming Summer FAQs on the website -- including info about welcoming casual attire, when Kaddish names are recited, why we have early services and how you can celebrate Shabbat at home when we do not have services at OC. 


Summer Schedule:


Friday, June 6 at 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 13 at 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 AM - Shabbat Services and Benjamin Blutfield becomes a Bar Mitzvah

Friday, June 20 - Shabbat at Home

Friday, June 27 at 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat 

Friday, July 4 - Shabbat at Home

Friday, July 11 at 6:00 PM - Shabbat Experience and dinner at Midori Japanese Restaurant and movie at Montgomery Cinema, Skillman

Friday, July 18 - Shabbat at Home

Friday, July 25 at 6:00 PM - Shabbat Experience and Brown Bag Dinner at Deer Path Park

Friday, August 1 - Shabbat at Home 

Friday, August 8 at 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, August 15 - Shabbat at Home

Friday, August 22 at 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, August 29  - Shabbat at Home 


What You Might Have Missed

On May 9, five members of the congregation were confirmed. Kim Graybeal, Samantha Tracey, Ethan Tyler, Benjamin Weil, and Abigail Weinick all completed the work required to become Confirmands of Or Chadash.








Or Chadash Hikes - Sunday, June 1 at Wescott Preserve, Bull's Island State Park