Or Chadash Newsletter - Winter 2014/2015 Edition
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In Our Community
Sunday Walk & Talk
MELT Workshop
Feed the Need
What You Might Have Missed
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Shabbat Service Schedule

Shabbat Window  
February 6:
7:00PM Shabbat Family Service with 3rd & 4th grade participation And the Only One Club
February 13: Celebrate 
Shabbat at home with friends and family - No Services at OC
February 206:30PM Falafel dinner. 7:00PM Shabbat Experience and Israeli Film Series.
February 27: 7:30PM Shabbat Service

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to... 
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Virginia Murphy
Mazel Tov...
Darren and Yulia Pincus & Daniel Frankel - on the Naming of Sierra Ruth
Brianna Lifshitz - on being named Co-Captain of the NHHS Softball Team
Rabbi Joe Forman - on his Jubilee Birthday
Abigail Weinick - on being named Number 1 for Regional Choir 

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.

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Upcoming Yahrzeits 

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


February 6

Albert Goldstein

Beloved Father of Robert Goldstein

Isaac Sacks

Beloved Cousin of Carolyn Sansevere

Ralph Sacks

Beloved Father of Carolyn Sansevere

Ralph Moutner

Beloved Father of David Moutner

Saul Marder

Beloved Father of Susan Blaicher

Myra Rascover

Beloved Great-Grandmother of Susan Albert

Natalie Brait Cohn

Beloved Mother of David Cohn

Anthony Mazzocchi

Beloved Brother-in-law of Sherrie Mazzocchi


February 13 - To be read on February 20

Sidonia Wolf

Beloved Grandmother of Steve Albert

Robert Tuschak 

Beloved Brother of Vicki Tuschak

Margaret Mazzocchi

Beloved Mother-In-Law of Sherrie Mazzocchi

Julie Speizer

Beloved Sister of Louis Speizer

Beatrice R. Abrams

Beloved Mother of Larry Abrams


February 20

Estelle Zaner

Beloved Grandmother of Adam Levinson

Faye Alpert

Beloved Mother of Evelyne Hersch

Michael Hann

Loving Brother of Chris Hann

David Suchow

Beloved Husband of Hilda Suchow

Frederick Wolf

Beloved Grandfather of Steve Albert


February 27

Judy Lewis

Beloved Sister of Alice Schwade

Rabbi Judah Fish

Beloved Uncle of Rabbi Joseph Forman

Peppy Kluft

Beloved Aunt of Betsy Zalaznick 


March 6

Arnold Kassanoff

Beloved Father of Jim Kassanoff

Anita Moutner

Beloved Mother of Dave Moutner

Dale Moutner

Beloved Sister-In-Law of Dave Moutner



Evelyne Hersch: In Memory Of Dr. Donald Glucksman


General Contribution

Steve & Susan Albert: In Honor of Rabbi Steinbrink

Jeff & Christine Berg

Vincent & Lori Egan

Sergey & Honeylet Wortman-Vayn

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick


Building Fund

Barry & Alison Levine


Education Enrichment  Fund

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick: In Honor of the naming of Katherine Beth Beman

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick: In Memory of Bernie Dickman

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick: In Memory of Netty Lowenstein

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick: Mazal Tov to Yulia and Darren Pincus and big brother Daniel on the naming of Sierra Ruth. 


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Vivian Forman: In Memory of Raoul Rabiner

Harvey Gold: Thank You for Everything you do

Craig Wolfson & Vicki Tuschak


Youth Programs Fund

Peter & Tara Speer: In Honor of  Jacob & Jonatha Berg


Ner Shel Tzeddakah  

Larry & Beatrice Abrams

Ken Becker & Sharon Bobnar-Becker

Jeff & Christine Berg

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman 

Harvey Gold

John Graybeal & Laura Senator

Chris & Leslie Hann: In Memory of Steve Grumbach's Mother

Mark & Jessica Hodkinson

Susan Ingram

Nancy Kanter

Craig & Sudha Kantor

Estelle Katcher

Joseph & Carolyn Sansevere

Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden

Glenn & Lydia Sokoloski

Marc & Caryn Tomljanovich

Paul & Maureen Weiner

Gary & Debbie Weiss

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick



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


As lovers of Israel and unconditional supporters of Israel's right to exist, we are well aware of the many serious challenges confronting Israel today, as well as the threats faced by the Jewish people everywhere. In addition to the existential questions confronting Israel, as Reform Jews we are also faced with serious questions concerning societal and institutional values.  Questions like: Will Israeli society and institutions respect and fairly treat all denominations, regardless of how they observe Judaism?  Will gender equality be the norm - where men and women can pray and live as equals? Will we see lasting peace with security and stability for the land and people of Israel and her neighbors?

Or Chadash is committed not only to supporting our brothers and sisters in Israel but also to shaping its future. Together, we have an opportunity to advocate for an Israeli society that represents our values and clearly puts forth our vision for Israel - a vision in which the ideals of pluralism, equality and peace are accepted.

A few weeks ago I shared with all of you some information about how each one of you can have a very real impact on Israel and Jewish people around the globe.  From the comfort of your favorite spot and a link to the Internet, you can vote in the World Zionist Congress elections.  You might think: What is the WZC and does voting really make a difference?  The WZC was created by Theodore Herzl more than a century ago -- long before Israel became a modern state.  It helped support the Zionist cause in those early years.  It is still on of the most important organizations that determine what policies Israel follows because it directs financial resources in proportion to groups that receive votes.  So yes, voting absolutely matters! 

We are given the opportunity to vote for representatives to the WZC only once every five years.  So, if you care about the Reform Movement in Israel, if you support egalitarian prayer, if you believe in freedom of religion, the right of Reform rabbis to conduct marriage, divorce, burial and conversion, if you believe that women should have equal status, here is your chance to make a difference.

Please join me in supporting ARZA, the Reform Zionist group, and vote in the World Zionist Congress elections. For information on the WCZ and a link to vote in the critical election click here. 



Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

President's Message

CarynBy the time you read this, January will be over. It's one of my least favorite months. We are all recovering from the Hanukkah/New Year's rush and the excitement of the holidays feels long past. Yet, it's still dark early in the morning and the afternoons still feel as though I am missing out on some essential daylight. 

But when the page turns to February, there is a glimmer of hope for spring ahead.  In our family we have Evan's birthday to look forward to, and even though it is a holiday constructed completely by Hallmark, there is always Valentine's Day. (Really an excuse to eat more chocolate, but that's not a bad thing.)


At Or Chadash the latter part of January has been quite busy as we emerged from the quiet time at New Years.  Having enjoyed the events in January (again, chocolate was a theme!) and new programs filling practically every weekend in February, the activities at Or Chadash definitely give me something to look forward to.  

The Purim Carnival is on March 1 this year. Our fantastic committee always has some new fun things up their sleeves. We also have an ongoing roster of Sisterhood "Walk and Talks." It's a great way to spend a few hours after you drop the kids at Religious School on Sunday morning.  

Mark your calendars for June 6th, when we'll be holding a fundraising wine tasting event at Old York Cellars. Tickets will go on sale shortly. Bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy a beautiful and fun night out.

Don't forget Friday night services and our monthly family services.  They are great events with terrific and engaging programming.  No matter how you've kicked off the new year, I look forward to seeing you at Or Chadash in the weeks and months to come.           




Religious School Director's Message

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NBC news recently featured a segment on Quiet Time, a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools.  Initially controversial to many parents, faculty and administrators as the meditation time takes away from academic minutes, the program's results have been outstanding.  Within a year of adopting meditation, the school which had gunfire and murders, fighting, suspensions  and high teacher absenteeism has had a complete turnaround.  In the first year suspensions fell by 45 percent.  Within four years, the suspension rate was among the lowest in San Francisco.  Daily attendance rates climbed to 98 percent, and GPAs increased markedly. Other schools that adopted Quiet Time recorded the highest happiness levels in San Francisco, less stress and depression and greater self-esteem than non participant schools.  I encourage you to watch this link. 

Our custom at Or Chadash is to observe a moment of silent meditation during services.   But what exactly does that mean and how do you do that?  How can we make this more meaningful to our students?  What might be the impact of incorporating a moment or two of meditation with our middle school students in a sanctuary setting?  
A few weeks ago we showed this excellent video on how to meditate (I encourage you to take five minutes to watch it) with our 5th - 7th graders. Although still novel, our middle school students clearly seem to enjoy the few moments of quiet time, and there seems, at least to me, to be something very calming to take those few moments, after a full and busy day of school, homework and activities --and just "chill" in our sanctuary setting.  With eyes closed and feet flat on the floor our students have an opportunity to sit quietly with their thoughts.   We have decided to incorporate this meditation into our weekly Assembly, and just yesterday introduced the idea of meditation to our younger students in our Sunday Religious School program.
We conclude the meditation with the song and these most fitting words,
Yi-hiyu l'ra-tzon im-rei fi, v'heg-yon li-bi l'fa-necha, Adonai Tzu-ri v'Go-ali.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You, O God, my Rock and my Redeemer. 

Betsy Zalaznick


Student Cantor's Message

Kathy Gohr

During the depth of Winter I often find myself resentful of the cold, snow and darkness that seems to pervade my world. My activity level decreases as I spend more time indoors, curled up with my dogs in front of the TV or with a good book. I feel as if my world becomes somehow smaller as I go inward into a semi-hibernation state, a reflection of the slumber of the world outside.

It is precisely at this time of year that I start to notice small changes. As I drive to work at 7:00 in the morning the sun is already peeking over the horizon. I have become aware that we have close to an hour more daylight in the afternoon. Somehow my car feels a little bit warmer when parked in the sun all day. These small changes add up to an awareness that the earth is slowly coming back to life, renewed once again by the restorative power of the seasons.

I carry this awareness with me into my daily life. When things seem dark and empty I look for the small changes, powerful spots of time that indicate a potential transformation into something greater than the present if we but embrace them.

It is at this time of year that we will be starting our 6th grade Torah trope classes. I thoroughly enjoy introducing our students to the basics of chanting Torah, a system that is older than musical notation. In six weeks I hope to give them a basic understanding of how this system works, which will make their Torah portion much easier to chant when the time comes. Chanting Torah is a very powerful experience for me, I feel myself connected to the generations before me, chanting the same words with the same melody. My greatest hope is that I can transmit this same connection to the students as they take their place in the history of our people, a living legacy of LaDor vador, "from generation to generation." On a "seasonal" note, the classes will be finished just in time for Spring break!  

Many Bles-sings,

Kathy Gohr

Or Chadash Sisterhood Presents: 
Sunday Morning Trail Walks and Coffee Talks
Want to meet some new people, or catch up with friends you only see in the hallways of OC or while waiting to pick up your children? 
Join us monthly for either a quick trail walk, and/or a quick coffee klatch!
We never seem to have time to get together, so a nice walk and talk during Hebrew school on Sundays seemed to be just the thing!
We are scheduling the walks and coffee shops alternately between Flemington and Clinton: Baker's Treat, and Citispot, respectively.
Email/text me to let us know if you can join (parliyan@comcast.net, 646-491-2648), or just show up!
Bring walking shoes, and garbage bags for trail walk in case we find garbage to clean up. JOIN US!!!!!!
Trail walk 9:30-10:00 Weather dependent! This is a fair weather event ONLY!
Coffee talk 10:15 - 11:00
February 8 - 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Come to a MELT intro workshop and experience changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life.

This all-levels workshop will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT hand and foot treatment balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. Learn to eliminate stuck stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains, and unwanted signs of aging. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain improve alignment, enhance athletic performance, and keep your whole body feeling great at any age.

Don't miss your chance to experience this breakthrough self-care technique, featured in The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a day (January 2013, HarperCollins)
Instructor: Alida D. Weisfeld

Cost: $22
Other: bring yoga mat, dress comfortably
Feed the Need Sunday, February 22 - 12:30 PM-2 PM
The Or Chadash Sisterhood and Brotherhood are excited to announce that we will be participating in Feed the Need on February 22nd from 12:30-2:30pm.
This is a great experience that the entire family can do together. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. There is a way for everyone to contribute!
Those of us who have participated in the past found it not only to be fun, but also a very personally rewarding experience. When you see, at the end of your shift, what you've done as a group in just a short time, I promise you it is truly a priceless feeling. 
Please sign up to join us as part of the Or Chadash Sisterhood and Brotherhood team by clicking on this link.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Weiss at Deb1508@aol.com or feel free to visit the Feed the Need FAQs site.

What You Might Have Missed
In A Nutshell with Cara Tannenbaum


Religious School Dancing with Elyse Litt

Chef Rachel of Food Fix Kitchen

Circus Club

Gingerbread Menorahs


Hanukkah Shabbat

Falafal and Films

Temple Tots

Sunday Supper  

College Packages

Sisterhood Holiday Shop
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Jewish LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone 
Jewish Life


Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone), our community wide adult education program, has a great lineup of special events scheduled in addition to a wide variety of classes  and films offered at our participating synagogues.  The complete 2014-2015 Jewish LIFE brochure is available on line here.  


Below is a rundown of  the special events coming up this Winter.  


Iris Krasnow

Sex After... Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

Wednesday, February 4 | 12pm Program & Lunch

Sex After... is filled with advice in the voices of 150 women, from waitresses to CEOs, ages twenty to eighty-eight. Their stories are raw and prescriptive, describing the challenges that can arise in each phase of a woman's life - from navigating the hooking-up culture in the twenties, to sexuality after pregnancy, midlife malaise, breast cancer, menopause, divorce, widowhood. The interviews with ordinary women are bolstered by expert commentary from sex researchers, gynecologists, oncologists and therapists, coming together in an all-encompassing exploration and explanation of everything about sex you are dealing with, or are curious about that lies ahead. The bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Wives offers an honest, candid and intimate guide to enjoying a long, satisfying sex life.

Co-Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter; Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Sisterhood; Temple Sholom Sisterhood

Fee: $18/advance, $22/day of

Liberation Of Auschwitz: An Event to Commemorate Those Who Perished and Honor Survivors
Wednesday, February 25 | 7:00pm

Hear firsthand fron a child survivor about her experience in Auschwitz and life after Liberation. Hers is an inspiring story that is not to be missed. This special event is open to the entire community. For more information, contact JFS at 908-725-7799 orwww.JewishFamilySvc.org 

Sponsored by: Jewish Family Service Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

Fee: $10/adult and free for students.

Rebecca Alexander Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found 

Wednesday, March 11 12pm Program & Lunch

Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, spin instructor, volunteer and extreme athlete. She also happens to be almost completely blind and deaf. Not Fade Away is her inspiring and moving memoir of a young women who is slowly losing her sight and hearing and yet continues to live life to its fullest potential.

Co-Sponsosored by Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties and Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter.

Fee: $18/advance, $22/day of

Originals by an Original The Artistic World of Mordechai Rosenstein
Artist in Residence, Temple Sholom
Thursday, March 12 | 7:00pm

Meet artist Mordechai Rosenstein and observe him creating a work of art in the synagogue lobby. At 7:30 there will be a presentation and discussion by Mordechai of several of his noted pieces of Hebraic calligraphy and artwork. Afterwards, paint with the artist a collaborative piece you can take home. 

Location: Temple Sholom, Bridgewater

Free to the Entire Community, Sponsored by Temple Sholom

Glenn Kurtz: 3 Minutes in Poland
Thursday, March 19 | 7:00pm

Five years ago, Glenn Kurtz discovered three minutes of color footage film shot by his grandfather on a 1938 trip to the Polish Village of Nasielsk. His grandfather inadvertently captured a world that ceased to exist just one year later. Of Nasielsk's 3,000 Jews, fewer that 100 survived the war.

Fee: $8/advance $10/day of

Please refer to the Jewish LIFE webpage for 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.