Or Chadash Newsletter - JUNE 2015 Edition
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In This Issue
Service Schedule
In Our Community
Rabbi's Message
President's Message
Educator's Message
Cantor's Message
Stained Glass Window Dedication
Wine Tasting
Annual Meeting
Summer Schedule
Israel Trip Info
Legacy Circle
What You Might Have Missed

Shabbat Service Schedule

Shabbat Window  
June 5: 7:30 PM -Shabbat Services

June 6: 10 AM - Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Josephine Tracey 
June 12:  
Celebrate Shabbat with Family and Friends. No Services at Or Chadash.

June 19:  
Celebrate Shabbat with Family and Friends. No Services at Or Chadash.
June 26: 7 PM - Shabbat Services - Dedication of Stained Glass Window and honoring Liz Tracey. 

In Our Community

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Eileen Berkelhammer
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Beverly Kornstein
Geralyn Ritter
Condolences to... 
Perry Lehrer on the passing of his Father, Morton Lehrer.

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


May the memories of the following individuals be a blessing:

June 5

Richard Levy

Robert Levy's Beloved Father

Bernard Sigel

Meredith Sigel-Willey's Beloved Father

Sheldon Connor

Ross Weinick's Beloved Uncle

Bessie Sinoway

Stephen Sinoway's Beloved Grandmother

Avrum Katcher

Estelle Katcher's Beloved Husband


June 12th (to be read on June 26th)

Arthur Horowitz

Cindy Stoter's Beloved Father

Sylvia Horowitz

Cindy Stoter's Beloved Mother

Lillian Magid

Bruce Zalaznick's Beloved Aunt

Ann Gorin

Deb Weiss's Beloved Grandmother

Isidor Soodik

Harvey Gold's Beloved Stepfather

Ethel Pearl

Dave Moutner's Beloved Aunt


June 19th (to be read on June 26th)

Ted Pytlar

Ellen Pytlar's Beloved Father-In-Law

Minnie Singer

Harvey Gold's Beloved Aunt


June 26th

Richard E. Ingram

Susan Ingram's Beloved Husband

Andrea Harvey's Beloved Father

Eileen Gong Weiner

Sandra Gong's Beloved Sister

Selma Simon Ingram

Susan Ingram's Beloved Mother-In-Law

Andrea Harvey's Beloved Grandmother

Rose Rabiner

Betsy Zalaznick's Beloved Great Grandmother

Thank you to all who contributed as of May 31th, 2015:

Education Enrichment Fund:

Gary & Deb Weiss - In Honor of Betsy Zalaznick & Wendy Solomon


7th Grade Bat Mitzvah Gift:

      Gerard & Liz Tracey


General Contribution:

Jeff & Christine Berg

Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel

Harvey Gold

Edward & Cheryl Lifshitz

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong

Ken & Cindy Stoter

Paul & Andrea Weinberg  

Paul & Maureen Weiner


Building Fund:

Steve & Susan Albert: 

In Memory of Barbara S. Levine


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund:

Alan Hecht & Maria Jose De La Hoz


Oneg Fund:

David & Allison Shreiber


Mitzvah Day:

Louis & Caryn Speizer

Mike & Lisa Tauscher

Scott & Maryann Breslow

Mark & Jessica Hodkinson

Andrew & Jane Stein

Glenn & Lydia Sokoloski

Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel

Carl Christensen & Deborah Beer-Christensen

John & Toby Sarinick

Alice & Robert Schwade

Craig Erkkila & Ruby Halper-Erkkila

Steve & Susan Albert

Glenn & Eve Wasserman

Andy & Michele Korfin

Gary & Debbie Weiss

Dan & Jacquelyn Freedman

Don & Sara Schenker

Jeff & Christine Berg

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick 

ShopRite of Hunterdon County

Mitzvah Day - Helping Hands:

Harvey & Kathy Gold

Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick

Kim & David Turner

Nisim & Alexa Parliyan

Gary & Debbie Weiss

Gerald Jones & Karen Tovi-Jones

Craig & Sudha Kantor

Chris & Melissa Tiber

Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden

John & Toby Sarinick

John & Rebecca Hennings

Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong

Douglas Ferry

Robert Muller III

Marlene Blankenship

Chad & Kimberly Rodgers

Jeff & Christine Berg

Mark & Kristina Witzling


Bar/Bat Mitzvah 

Shayna Lehrer, daughter of Perry Lehrer and Cindy Lehrer, sister of Joshua Lehrer, became a Bat Mitzvah on May 30th. She is full of spirit, confidence, and compassion. She is in the seventh grade at J.P. Case Middle School of Flemington, NJ. She enjoys partaking in athletics, including bowling, dance, tennis, and field hockey. Shayna especially has a passion for photography and animals. She proudly takes lots of pictures and adores her two rabbit pets. When not busy with these activities, Shayna likes to socialize with friends and joke around. Her Torah portion is Naso, which focuses on communal roles, commitment, and the importance of making good choices. She is excited about becoming a Bat Mitzvah, and has completed her mitzvah project with Ability 2 Work at Baker's Treat in Flemington, NJ.


Josephine Tracey will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 6th.  She is the daughter of Liz and Gerard and the sister of CJ, Josh and Samantha.  Josephine is a 7th grader at Clinton Township Middle School.  She started playing percussion this year with the school band and she has been taking gymnastics classes since she was 5 years old.  For her Mitzvah project, Josephine has been volunteering at Rolling Hills Senior Center.  She has enjoyed her time there playing games, interviewing residents for the newsletter and helping out with lunch service. The entire Tracey family is looking forward to celebrating Josephine's Bat Mitzvah with our friends and family.


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.  


The Shimon & Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center


The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, is a non-sectarian social service agency located on 14 acres on Talamini Road in Bridgewater.  The JCC opened its doors to the community in December 1999 after years of planning and fundraising by a passionate group of local families that were driven to bring a JCC to our tri-county area. 


Please use this link to find out what is happening at the JCC.

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 of Or Chadash,

            For those of us with decades of history to recall, as well as those of us with barely a decade under our belts, we are fond of reminiscing. In the past month Or Chadash has created lifetime memories of Confirmation and the inspirational messages our young Confirmands shared of their evolvoing Jewish identities; we celebrated our most successful Mitzvah Day yet. With the tireless efforts of Betsy Zalaznick and the help from more than 170 of our congregation's members and friends we were able to engage in a diverse range of acts of Tikkun Olam - repairing the world in our corner of it and, remarkably, aiding those in need of Helping Hands across the globe. Wonderful memories indeed!

            With memories of Memorial Day now receding, it is official that the summer season is upon us. One of the pleasures of this time of year is sitting down with a few good books and entering the worlds that talented writers can create for us. I have begun my summer reading and want to share a few gems with you. I also encourage you to share your summer reading lists with me. We will be posting all the recommendations on the front page of our website at OC Reads.

            I have always been fascinated by the Wright brothers. Growing up in Norfolk, Virginia, I was fortunate to be able to easily travel down the coast to Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina to see where the brothers made their first controlled flights. David McCullough's The Wright Brothers is an inspiring and well-researched story of their lives. You will learn not only about the history of flight, but gain insight into the interior lives of Wilbur and Orville and their family.

            Steven Gimbel, a professor at Gettysburg College, has written a brief biography of Albert Einstein. Einstein: His Space and Times is a compelling read. Every time I thought I might stop and put the book down, I found myself needing to read on! This genius is not just a master of physics, but a devoted member of the Jewish world and a strong Zionist, as well. A great read on a great man.

            If you need something to challenge you - and it will in many ways - Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson's book God of Becoming and Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology presents an accessible foray into Process Theology. Having written my Rabbinic thesis on this topic, I was familiar with the ideas presented here. Artson does poetic justice to this topic as he offers not only insight into how science and Judaism are partners, but also how Process Theology can transform the way we think of God, religion, history and prayer - and he offers meaningful guidance in bringing a heady theology into real world Jewish living.

            The summer is only beginning. I look forward to more books and suggestions from all of you!




Rabbi Joseph M. Forman


President's Message


Happy June! As I write this, my days as board president are coming to a swift end. It's been an adventure, and I've truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with our board and get to know many of you along the way.


A huge thanks to all the board members who have worked with me over the past two years. A special thanks to Rabbi Forman for his guidance and insight, as well as to Deb Weiss for her never-ending support and great work as treasurer. Thank you to Kristina Witzling for keeping us on track in her role as secretary. I'd also like to thank Betsy Zalaznick for her energy and creativity that bring so many wonderful things to our community. 


Our incoming leadership is strong, and I know they will continue to build on the strengths of our Or Chadash community. I urge you all to come to the Congregational Annual Meeting on June 10th to vote on our budget and new slate of officers. I am extremely confident the board is in good hands!


Kim Turner, our nominated president, brings a background and extensive experience in strategic planning and human resources. Deb Weiss is stepping into the role of Vice President.  Jeff Berg returns to the Executive Committee as Treasurer and brings with him extensive financial experience. Kristina Witzling will continue in her role as secretary. 

Also, if you haven't yet purchased your wine tasting tickets, you can still do so. It is this Saturday, June 6th at Old York Wine Cellars from 6 pm - 10 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and include a buffet dinner and tastings of six wines. Please join us!


Finally, the biggest thanks, goes to my family, Marc, Lyra and Evan. They are my greatest cheerleaders and strongest moral support. They never fail to put a smile on my face and lift my spirits. 


Enjoy your summer!  




Religious School Director's Message

BZ Head Shot

Nick Bilton's New York Times article about Clash of Clans, an online multiplayer game played on smartphones and wildly popular with the tweens reinforced the importance of a long-standing Or Chadash minhag, or custom.   


For almost two decades, Or Chadash has encouraged all of its families to include all classmates on the invitation list simchas (joyous) occasions, such as the invitation lists to Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations.  Our children are busy and cannot attend all the celebrations, but knowing that everyone has been included is teaching our children to "do the right thing" and reinforces the meaning and importance of community.


In Clash of Clans, players band together to create a community, or clan, and then attack others to earn gold and elixirs.  In addition to goblins and destruction its irresistibility factor is in the cliquish and exclusionary nature the game creates by giving power to clan leaders to exclude users, or to promote or demote other members within the clan.


Caroline Knorr, parenting editor of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that focuses on children and technology, says, "It's not as easy as just saying, 'Well, find another game or go on a different server.'  Social circles coalesce around certain popular games.  Kids even act them out on the playground.  So, not being a part of the group takes a toll."


Because of this, Ms. Knorr said, it's imperative that parents talk to their children about their online worlds, and to understand that excluding classmates can be a form of bullying.  As Caroline Knorr states, "Social patterns in the real world are replicated in the online world."   It is a source of tremendous pride that Or Chadash families embrace this inclusionary approach in our "temple world."


To read the complete New York Times Article, please click here.


On another note...


Curl Up and Read!  Book lists for all ages!

My summer reading began on Memorial Day weekend with a book that integrates technology, media and fashion--The Knockoff.  The Knockoff is about millenials, new technologies,  work-family balance and is set in Manhattan.  I envision it being adapted into a movie (the reviews compared it to The Devil Wears Prada.)  On my nightstand is Oh! You pretty things, I Take You and Re Jane. Primates of Park Avenue is on order from the library.   This New York Times list was very helpful in generating my summer reading list.  


If you would like to introduce your children to some new books with Jewish influences, The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland prepares a Summer reading list each year.  There are some tried and true titles in this list and also some fresh new titles.  As a reminder, PJ Library is an amazing resource of FREE monthly books and music for all families - ages birth to ten years of age.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate in PJ Library, please contact pjlibrary.org or me.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.


Betsy Zalaznick


Student Cantor's Message

Kathy Gohr

It's hard to believe that I am beginning my fourth year here at Or Chadash! What began for me as a part time position has built into a relationship that I treasure with a community that I consider to be my family.  Seeing the students who celebrated their B'nei Mitzvah my first year becoming confirmed this past spring was incredibly rewarding for me. It was almost as if I were kvelling as much as their parents! When I speak of "my congregation" to folks whom I know in Allentown where I live, I feel honored to be able to call Or Chadash my home.  


As both a single person and a Jew-by-choice who has been adopted into the tribe, the subject of legacy has always been a struggle for me. Not having given birth to children of my own brings to mind the thought of how I can I pass my values and principles on to the generations that will follow me. How can I help to insure that Judaism will have a future in the world to come? Not having descendants is an anomaly in Judaism, where our immortality is expressed through our children and their children, as well. Fortunately, Judaism is a tradition that transcends its own boundaries, giving rise to new traditions that embrace a changing culture.


While engaged in casual conversation one day, I learned of the Legacy Circle, an endowment program recently introduced here at the temple, a simple program that allows one to leave a portion of your estate as a gift to insure that Or Chadash will remain viable when we are gone. I felt immediately drawn to this concept, and it wasn't long before I added my name to those who have decided to participate in the future of our community. As I stand on the bima celebrating the B'nei Mitzvah of our children, it is reassuring to know that they will have a place where they can raise their own children to become active parts of a thriving Jewish community. Or Chadash can provide that community if we nurture it with love and care, supported by a foundation of financial stability.


In the Talmud (Sanhedrin 19b) it is stated, "Anyone who teaches someone else's child Torah is regarded as if he had begotten them." I guess if this is true then I'm the luckiest mother in the world.





Kathy Gohr

OC Dedicates its New Stained Glass Window and Honors our Hebrew Tutor Liz Tracey on Friday June 26 at 7PM

Or Chadash Al Tzion Tair -- May A New Light Shine Upon Zion...those are the words that
give rise to the name of our congregation and
are to be found in our new stained glass window.  We will be dedicating this magnificent window on Friday, June 26 at 7PM and honoring our Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutor, Liz Tracey.  Liz has dedicated many years to tutoring our students.  Each year they and their families have contributed to Or Chadash to support our community -- giving the patio, the basketball hoop, the benches out front and the shed in the back.  Now, with the combined gifts of several years of students, we are able to purchase a full size window created by Karen and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio in Stockton. 
Please join us as we honor Liz Tracey and all the families who have contributed to this wonderful addition to our congregation. 
Join Or Chadash for our 2nd Annual Wine Tasting!
Please join us on June 6th from 6-10PM
You will get a tasting of 6 different wines and scrumptious food to eat - along with lots of gift baskets to bid upon. Wine is also available for purchase.

Old York Cellars
80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
June 6th, 6-10pm $40/per person

Come and enjoy the night out, bring friends and family!!! This event is open to the entire community and is sure to be a blast!

Payments can be made via credit card or check. Checks can be dropped off at the Temple or mailed directly to:

Adam & Audrey Belkin
6 Jennings Lane
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Please contact Adam or Audrey at 908/534-3676 if you have any questions!
To Register, please click here!

Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 PM
Annual Congregational Meeting and the election of Board Members and Officers, Budget Approval and Viewing of the Year-In-Review Slideshow. 
Please join us for refreshments at 7PM.

Summer Schedule at OC
It is Summer Time at Or Chadash.  Our services are now a bit earlier at 7PM on selected Friday evenings.  We have a host of fun summer events -- walks, hikes, bike rides, dinner at Deer Path Park, breakfast at the new Sky Cafe, and more.  Stay tuned for all the details!!
Or Chadash is Going to Israel in November 2015

Legacy Circle 

For more information or further details, please click on this link.
What you might have missed:


Mitzvah Day 2015: Or Chadash was featured in the Democrat, reporting on our Mitzvah Day!

READINGTON TWP. - Mitzvah Day 2015, Or Chadash's Annual Community Outreach Day, is taking place today. Organizer Betsy Zalaznick says that about 170 people stepped forward to be of service today.

In addition to the usual schedule of programs focusing on Tikkun O'lam (repairing the world), this year Or Chadash's activities included a special initiative called Helping Hands. More than 30 people, working in 10 individual teams of students and adults, assembled 10 prosthetic hands. These hands will be distributed internationally to people who have lost their hands through injury, genetic abnormality or acts of violence. Matthew Turner, a sixth grade Or Chadash student, is organizing Helping Hands as part of his Bar Mitzvah project.

Along with residents of the Hunterdon Youth Services' boys' home, Or Chadash members painted the interior of that organization's new thrift shop, which will feature wooden furniture and housewares. Or Chadash community members planted vegetables for the Ability2Work organization's Baker's Treat Cafe. They also wove potholders that will be donated to Baker's ...

Click here to read the full article.