Or Chadash Newsletter 
July/August 2014
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Service Schedule
In Our Community
Rabbi's Message
President's Message
Educator's Message
Student Cantor's Message
Religious School
Teaching Assistants
What You Might Have Missed
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Shabbat Service Schedule

Shabbat Window  
Friday, August 1 - Shabbat at Home
Friday, August 8: 7:30 PM - Shabbat Services
Friday, August 15 - Shabbat at Home
Friday, August 22: 6:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 29 - Shabbat at Home

In Our Community

Welcome to our new members:
Sergey and Honeylet Wortman-Vayn
Doug Beman and Kimberly Gold

Mazel Tov to Ellen and Ted Pytlar on the engagement of their son Steven to Tori Daniel. 

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: 


July 4 (Will be read on August 8)

Paul Adelman

grandfather of Laura Senator

Marcus Leon

grandfather of Betsy Zalaznick

Harold Smith

husband of Connie Smith

Wayne Wolfson

brother of Craig Wolfson


July 11 (Will be read on August 8)

Ilmari Bernard Erkkila

father of Craig Erkkila

Morton Garb

father of Lori Blutfield

Sarah Winter Lerman

loved one of Isabel Mahalick

Diane Sigel

mother of Meridith Sigel-Willey

Joe Zalaznick

grandfather of Bruce Zalaznick


July 18 (Will be read on August 8)

Israel Louis Levin

father of Ellen Pytlar

Pauline Kyrskowsky

aunt of Lisa Nierenberg

Ida Wolfson

mother of Craig Wolfson


July 25 (Will be read on August 8)

Samuel Barrow

father of Ruth Crawford

Dick Coriell

father of Brian Coriell

Ida Ettinger

loved one of Shelly Weller

Theodore Nierenberg

father of Lisa Nierenberg

Simi Rotter

mother of Naomi Zwerling

Henrietta Weinstein

grandmother of Susan Albert


August 1 (Will be read on August 8)

Albert Berkelhammer

         Husband of Eileen                          Berkelhammer

Ben Bland

         Father of Beatrice Abrams

Ada Kadet Levy

         Mother of Robert Levy

Ira Korfin

         Father of Andrew Korfin

Barbara Vrabel

         Cousin of Susan Albert


August 8

Sanford Borgman

         Father of Estelle Breines

Rose Breines

         Mother of Ira Breines

Jay Gilbert Fuhrman

         Grandfather of Jay Fuhrman

Jessie Mazzocchi

         Daughter of Sherrie Mazzocchi

         Granddaughter of Evelyne                Hersch

Barbara Rabiner

         Mother of Betsy Zalaznick

Sophie Rabiner

         Grandmother of Betsy                    Zalaznick

Stanley D. Weinstein

         Father of Susan Albert


August 15 (Will be read on August 22)

Eugene Bobnar

         Father of Sharon Bobnar-                Becker

Estelle Frankel

Mother of Gregg Frankel

Lily Jacobsen

         Grandmother of Caryn Speizer

John Stoter

         Father of Ken Stoter

Helen Viola

         Mother of Nancy Beckman


August 22

Yetta Fettner

   Grandmother of Bruce              Zalaznick

Lawrence Glass

         Father of Meredith Schwartz

 Helen Halper

         Mother of Ruby Halper-Erkkila

Muriel Sinoway

         Mother of Stephen Sinoway

Beatrice Suchow

         Sister-in-Law of Hilda Suchow


August 29 (Will be read on September 5)

Benjamin Friedman

         Father of Hilda Suchow

Dena Harwin

         Aunt of Phillip Harvey

Martin Ribler

         Father of Andrea Weinberg

Morris Aaron Smith

         Father of Connie Smith


Thanks to all who contributed 

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund:

Gary & Debbie Weiss: In Honor Of Sam's Bar Mitzvah

Bat Mitzvah - Jonatha Berg

Jonatha Saratoga Berg will become a Bat Mitzvah on September 6, 2014.

She is daughter of Jeff and Christine Berg and sister to Jacob and Dylan. An 8th grader at Clinton Public School, Jonatha plays soccer and basketball for her school teams and dances at Eleanor Connell School of Dance. Jonatha's Torah portion, Ki Teitzei, is all about doing mitzvahs; together, the mitzvahs described in this Torah portion teach us to be considerate to nature, animals, and people.  For her mitzvah project, Jonatha has been baking her grandmother's recipes for the caregivers and patients at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.
Bat Mitzvah - Julia MacIsaac
Julia MacIsaac will be a Bat Mitzvah on September 13. She is going into 8th grade and goes to Clinton Township Middle School.
Between reading and math, she much prefers reading. Some of her many favorite books are the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games Trilogy. She gets all A's and loves hanging out with her friends. She is the 
eldest of four siblings and has taken hip hop dance for six years. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is chocolate ice cream. She looks forward to her special day.

America's Grow-a-Row needs your help. If you have room in your car for food for hungry neighbors, free time on Sunday or Thursday mornings, and a desire to help, then please join the ShopRite gleaning program by emailing sally@americasgrowarow.org

 to learn more. 



Health Services Available
The Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center at Hunterdon Medical Center is offering free screening tests for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer to those who qualify. If you or someone you know is without adequate health insurance, call the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center at 908-237-5409 to see if you qualify. 
Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services 

Invites you to attend a free job-seekers support group presentation:


"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About LinkedIn*

*But were Afraid to Ask"


Presenter: Andy O'Hearn, Communications Coach and Advisor


Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00-9:00 PM

150-A West High Street, Somerville, NJ


Contact the JFS at 908-725-7799 X108 or eprezant@jewishfamilysvc.org to register.



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.  


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!

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 and Friends of Or Chadash,

Years ago when I was a kid growing up in Cleveland and then Norfolk, summertime for me meant lazier schedules, lots of time outside, and the dreaded fear of jellyfish or stinging nettle bites from the ocean or a few weeks away at camp. The worst bug problems we encountered were mosquitoes. Today, summertime for many of us - or our kids - involves as many activities as the fall season, worries about ticks and the stress of making sure we can do all the activities we had planned for ourselves or our families or our gardens and houses. A few decades have changed summer for me quite noticeably. There are moments - particularly this summer - when I wish we could return to the simpler days of childhood.

This summer has been a particularly difficult one for many reasons. Despite the relatively nice weather, the images and information raining down upon us has been very disturbing. A civilian passenger jet shot out of the sky in the Ukraine was one atrocious event. And for the past weeks, the incursion into Gaza by Israeli troops in response to more than 2000 rockets fired from there have left us wanting less connection to our world and more of a retreat to the innocence of a child's summer.

I have been watching and reading the stories, the analyses, the commentaries and the projections of what this latest war means for Israel and her neighbors. I have been saddened at the loss of life on both sides, shared in the sense of futility that must be felt by all, and understood the anger that emerges from each retributive act of violence. The cycle seems unending.

Israeli scholar Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and Director of the Institute's iEngage Project (which we presented this past year at Or Chadash), recently wrote of his reflections on the situation in Israel: "I know that this war will come to an end. I do not know when, and at what stage, and at what cost to Israelis and Palestinians. I know that when it does, both Israelis and Palestinians will have to ask ourselves and each other, 'And now, what?' I know that this war will make that stage more difficult. I know that this war has dramatically increased anger, hostility, and mistrust. I know that I have a narrative about this war, but I also know that the Palestinians have one, as well. I know that we will never be able to reconcile these narratives. I know, however, that we must learn to reconcile with each other. While I pray, I do not know if we can."

Rabbi Hartman's sentiment is one that resonates with much of the Jewish community - in Israel and abroad.

This week we begin reading the final book of the Torah - Deuteronomy. The Greek and Latin origins of the title suggest a meaning of "the repetition of the law". But the Hebrew, Devarim, more accurately simply means: words (as in D'var Torah - a word of Torah). The function of this book is to restate the words and stories and laws of the earlier four books. And it does. But in so doing, it changes them - and not a little!

The retelling of what has transpired seems to be a remaking of history. And rather than a precise restatement of the rules, the laws have been changed to meet the then current needs of the author of Deuteronomy. Imagine that - our ancestors had more than one narrative on our own history!

And now here we are again - this time dealing with narratives that are at odds with one another - and it's not history we are confronting, but the lives of people. As members of the Jewish community living in America, watching from afar the actions of one nation responding to attacks and simultaneously watching the suffering of the victims of ineffective and irresponsible leadership, our task is to find a voice of reason that acknowledges there are indeed two distinct narratives at play here. Helping others engaged in dialogue on this topic recognize that there is more than one "truth" is the beginning of reconciliation. And finding a way - as did the rabbis of our past in dealing with Deuteronomy - to bring those two narratives together with those who are willing to engage in such a process, is perhaps the best hope for peace.


Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
President's Message

Summer is one of those seasons that at the beginning seems to stretch out endlessly before me on the calendar pages. But then I turn the calendar page to July and there is a sweet urgency to fitting in all of our summer stuff: the beach, bike rides, blueberry picking, the drive in, spending time with friends and family, lazy days reading and laying around.  I love it, but I can already feel the pace quickening and the end of August looming. 


The first year of my Or Chadash presidency has gone similarly fast. I thought there would months unrolling before me to accomplish my goals and get to know people. But here we are at the beginning of my second year, and I'm wondering where the time went. I've had the opportunity to meet many of our congregation, but there are days I feel like there are so many more families and people to get to know. 

I also realized that many of you don't know much about my family and me.  This month, instead of talking about synagogue news, I'd like to share a bit about us, and in return, hopefully learn about many of you. 


So, let me tell you about the Tomljanovich family.  We moved to Clinton in 2006; prior to that we did the small college-town tour of upstate New York and lived in Ithaca, Saratoga Springs, and Hamilton (we honed our knowledge of ice hockey and snow shoveling during those 12 years). Marc is a professor of economics and currently teaches at Drew University.  He loves to cycle and has tried his hand at beer brewing (that was interesting...). Lyra is starting at Voorhees High School in the fall. She's a competitive figure skater and loves to read and write. Evan (or just Ev) is starting 6th grade at Clinton Public, is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, runs cross country, and loves anything Pokemon, manga, comic book related.  And what about me? I've worked in the nonprofit world for the past 20 years. I've had my hand in marketing, fundraising, program development and strategic planning. I love to cook and bake, and if I'd known myself better when I was in college, I would have become a school librarian or pastry chef (Yes, I know they are totally unrelated). I am an avid runner and love to swim.

As a family, we love to bike ride and travel. On summer Sundays, you can frequently find us on the bike path between Bull Island and Lambertville. We are also quite fond of lazing around together, making cookies and playing ridiculously long games of LIFE.  


Now, to see if anyone has read this far, here's my invite to you. Email me back a bit of information about you and your family for inclusion in future columns. If you don't want to write a full bio, here are a few Mad Lib style questions to get you started. 


  1. If I didn't have to work I would_________________
  2. I (Or my family) would love to learn to __________
  3. Our favorite summertime activity is_____________
  4. My perfect day includes______________________
  5. My favorite thing about Or Chadash is___________

I look forward to hearing from many of you! Have a great summer.  


Shalom! Caryn

Educator's Message
Betsy NYC.jpg
Many of us well remember Allen Sherman's famous melody, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! about attending sleep away camp.  The lyrics in his song remind us of the mess hall food, rainy weather, and being homesick.  Dozens of our Temple members have incredibly positive memories of their summer camping experiences-some of us can still sing (shout!) our camp songs with fervor. I, for one, believe that the six years I attended Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake were some of the most powerful experiences of my childhood. Just last week I had a very meaningful conversation with Kim Roberts, Director of Education at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Maryland, and learned about her Religious School's curriculum and program which is called Machane, the Hebrew word for camp! No, the students at Beth Ami are not taking swim lessons and building campfires, but significant amounts of time, resources and energy are directed at
building Kehillah, community. This is accomplished through many different avenues and activities, but the creation of a community, "cabin time"-- a powerful unit-- is fundamental to the core of Beth Ami's successful program. The school's underlying philosophy is the community must know each other first as people before everyone begins to know each other as learners. 
As we plan for a new Religious School experience for our families, including students, parents, and faculty, we are incorporating some of these ideas at Or Chadash so that we can become an even stronger community.


We will keep you updated on these activities!  Enjoy your summer.


Betsy Zalaznick 

Student Cantor Kathy Gohr
Kathy Gohr

Many of you know that I am studying to be a cantor in a program supported by an organization known as ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. ALEPH is a trans-denominational program that combines Chassidic, or Eastern European Jewish tradition, with more contemplative practices such as meditation, chanting, and movement. It had its beginning in the 1960's, and as a result, some have affectionately coined it as "Hippy Judaism." In any case it is a form of Judaism that suits me well. I have also found that the open atmosphere of Or Chadash's "Big Tent" also suits me well, and together we are able to form a caring community that is a fitting representation of God in the world (and Hunterdon County).


ALEPH's ordination programs contain students from all over the world, and once a year, usually around the fourth of July, we gather for a week of intense study and worship. This year we gathered at a retreat center in Canby, Oregon, a community just south of Portland.  I took classes in Contemplative Torah and Theodicy (why bad things happen to good people). It was wonderful to see my classmates, many of whom I hadn't seen in over a year. We ate, sang, prayed, and studied together under pine trees taller than any I had ever seen.  It is one event that I look forward to every year.

This year, however, held an element of sadness for us all. On Thursday morning we received news that our founder, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, had died peacefully in his sleep. He would have celebrated his 90th birthday next month. Although he had been preparing us all for this day for many years, the loss still came as a shock to our community. One positive aspect was that we were all together, able to hold each other as we mourned our loss together. As we celebrated our first Shabbat without him, our songs reached higher than they ever had before, singing our souls to God. Zekher tzadik livrakhah, may the memory of this righteous one be a blessing.  For more information you can read his story at: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_26084358/zalman-schachter-shalomi-dies-jewish-renewal 

Summer Schedule

Our Summer Service Schedule is in effect.  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 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. Our updated Summer schedule can be viewed here.


Summer Schedule:

Friday, August 1 - Shabbat at Home 

Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM - Shabbat Services

Friday, August 15 - Shabbat at Home

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

Friday, August 29  - Shabbat at Home 


If you are seeking different activities for Shabbat, visit 100 Things to do on Shabbat.

In Our Community
Welcome to our new members:

Sergey and Honeylet Wortman-Vayn
Doug Beman and Kimberly Gold

Mazel Tov to Ellen and Ted Pytlar on the engagement of their son Steven to Tori Daniel. 


Shana Tova 5775

The High Holy Days are quickly approaching! Please read the following carefully.


Beginning August 1st, High Holy Day tickets will be mailed to members when at least 25% of the current year's dues are paid, or an on-line payment plan initiated, and there are no Dues in arrears. Direct any questions or inquiries to treasurer@orchadash-nj.org. No tickets are required for Children's Services (interactive services geared toward families with children ages 10 and younger).

- 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. 


If you are a member of Or Chadash and wish to purchase additional tickets, prayer books, or make an additional donation, please see the email you received upon completion of your membership 
renewal form. There you will find the link to the High Holy Days Information form for members.
If you are a non-member and wish to purchase tickets, prayer books, or make a donation, please visit the High Holy Day Information/Registration Form for non-members. 

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

High Holy Days Schedule

Rosh Hashanah 
Evening Svc, Wednesday September 24 
Morning Svc, Thursday September 25 
Children's Svc, Thursday September 25 
8:00 PM
10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Yom Kippur
Evening Svc, Friday, October 3
Morning Svc, Saturday, October 4
Children's Svc, Saturday, October 4 
Study Session, Saturday, October 4
Yizkor/Ne'ila, Saturday, October 4
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


Religious School
The Religious School registration form for members is attached to the completion of your membership renewal form. Once you've completed the registration form, you will receive an email confirming your child's registration. If you need help, please contact our administrator at admin@orchadash-nj.org.
If you are a non-member of a child entering K-2 and wish to register your child for Religious School only, please visit the form for Religious School Only
Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 AM - The first day of Sunday School
Thursday, September 18 at 4:15 PM - The first day of 5, 6, & 7 grades
Thursday, October 2 at 4:15 PM - The first day of 8, 9, & 10 grades


Teaching Assistants for Religious School
Betsy Zalaznick, our Religious School Director, invites all eligible students to be Teaching Assistants. The link below is the application for the 2014-2015 Teaching Assistant program. Please share this with your kids.

Thanks. Any questions? Please call Betsy at 908-310-9247.


Mitzvah Day In the News
Clinton Township's Newsletter includes a very nice account of all we did on Mitzvah Day this year. Below is a screen capture of the first paragraph. 
To read the entire article, please visit http://clintontwpnewsletter.com/CTNL/ 
to see what a good job they did.


What You Might Have Missed
Annual Meeting:
On June 10, the Congregation held its Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the new Board of Trustees for 2014-15:

President: Caryn Tomljanovich 
Treasurer: Deb Weiss
Secretary: Kristina Witzling

Board Members:

3 year term:   2 year term:      1 year term: 

Adam Belkin     Gerald Jones      Larry Abrams

Audrey Belkin    Michele Korfin    Louis Speizer

Harvey Gold      Rick Rosenthal   Paul Weil

Kim Turner       Laura Senator   

Betsy Zalaznick                             


On June 10, the Congregation held an Art Auction fundraiser at the Stangl Factory.

On Friday, July 11, the congregation met for Shabbat at Deer Path Park. The YMCA brought a rock climbing wall. Everyone had a great time!