Or Chadash Newsletter - September 2015 Edition

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In This Issue
Service Schedule
In Our Community
Teaching Assistants
Religious School Opens
Rabbi's Message
President's Message
High Holy Day Schedule
OC Cooks!
Mitten Mitzvah
Or Chadash in the News
Legacy Circle
Shabbat Service Schedule
Shabbat Window  

September 11 - 7:30 PM
Shabbat Services

September 18 - Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Friends and Family.  No Services at Or Chadash.

September 25 - 7:30 PM - Shabbat Experience

In Our Community

Welcome to our new members:

Eileen & Carmine Freda and their children Nate & Andy from Washington, NJ.

Matthew & Jaimee Gold and their children Paxton, Declan & Jamison from Nazareth, PA.

Debi & Tony Dalpezzo and her children Kate & Noah from Flemington, NJ.

Elliot Rosen from Califon, NJ.

Wendy Solomon from Allentown, PA.

Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Susan Blaicher 
Barbara Sansevere
Dorothy Saks
Beverly Kornstein
Geralyn Ritter

Mazel Tov:
To the Wortman-Vayn Family on the naming of Kai Ethan.  

Todah Rabah:
To Rachel Albrecht on her Gold Award Project with the installation of the new (recycled) playground.

To the Weiss Family for their donation of the playground.
Condolences to:
The family of Rabbi Evan Jaffe and to the Flemington Jewish Community Center on his passing.

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: 

September 4 - (To be read on September 11)
Morris Aaron Smith
Connie Smith's Beloved Father in Law
Martin Ribler
Andrea Weinberg's Beloved Father
Dena Harwin
Phillip Harvey's Beloved Aunt
Benjamin Friedman
Hilda Suchow's Beloved Father
Barbara Wasserman
Glenn Wasserman's Beloved Mother
September 11:
Grace Riddle
Amara Willey's Beloved Aunt
Iris Rittenberg Willey
Amara Willey's Beloved Mother
Janet S. Loewy
Susan Ingram's Beloved Mother
Andrea Harvey's Beloved Grandmother
Don Pickell
Chris Pickell's Beloved Father
September 18 - (To be read on September 25)
Harvey Werstein
Leslie Hann's Beloved Father
September 25:
Emanuel Blumenfeld
Ray Blumenfeld's Beloved Father
Joan Ferrone
Gerard Tracey's Beloved Mother
Nathan Wagner
Susan Albrecht's Beloved Grandfather
Bruce Kanter
Nancy Kanter's Beloved Husband
Gussie Brodsky
Gary Brodsky's Beloved Grandmother

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

Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Steve & Susan Albert
Jeff & Christine Berg
Tim & Miriam Blanke
Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel
Carl Christensen & Deborah Beer-Christensen
John Graybeal & Laura Senator
Phillip & Andrea Harvey
Nisim & Alexa Parliyan
Chris & Melissa Pickell
Elliot Rosen
Cindy Stoter
Edward Tyler & Renee Trambert
Craig Wolfson & Vicki Tuschak
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
Mishloach Manot:
Darren & Yulia Pincus
Edward Tyler & Renee Trambert
General Contribution:
Steven Garfield
Harvey Gold
Adam & Audrey Belkin
High Holy Days Donations:
Larry & Beatrice Abrams
Steve & Susan Albert
Tim & Miriam Blanke
Ray Blumenfeld & Audrey Hackel
John Graybeal & Laura Senator
Mark & Jessica Hodkinson
Nisim & Alexa Parliyan
Glenn & Lydia Sokoloski
Cindy Stoter
Craig Wolfson & Vicki Tuschak
Prayer Book Fund:
Mark & Jessica Hodkinson

Legacy Circle
Legacy Circle Members as of September 7, 2015:

Larry & Beatrice Abrams 
Susan & Steve Albert
Jeff & Christine Berg
Adam & Audrey Belkin
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Harvey & Kathryn Gold
Rick & Jill Rosenthal
The Senator/Graybeal Family
The Sloan/Gong Family
Louis & Caryn Speizer
Caryn & Marc Tomljanovich
Kimberly & David Turner
Debbie & Gary Weiss
Betsy & Bruce Zalaznick

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 2015-2016 Teaching Assistant program. Please share this with your kids. 

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

Religious School Opening Days:
We look forward to an amazing year of fun and learning.  

K-6 Grade Opening Day: Sunday September 27, 2015 - 
K-2nd Grade at 9 AM, 
3-6th Grade at 10:15 AM.

7 Grade Opening Day: Thursday October 1 - 4:30 PM - Eat Pray Lulav at America's Grow-A-Row in Pittstown, NJ 

8/9/10 Grade Opening Day: 
Thursday October 1- 4:30 PM - Eat Pray Lulav at America's Grow-A-Row in Pittstown, NJ 

If you have any further questions, please call Betsy Zalaznick at 908-310-9247.

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

Turning to a New Year
"Now is the time for turning.  The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red and orange.  The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the South.  The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter.  For leaves, birds, and animals, turning comes instinctively.  But for us turning does not come so easily. It takes and act of will to make us turn. . . ." (Gates of Repentance, p. 372)
As we enter the season of the High Holy Days, I want to wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year.   I want to express my deepest thanks for all your support over the past year, and, as we begin another Jewish year together, I hope that it will be one filled with blessing, purpose and fulfillment for you and your family.  In the traditional spirit of repentance and asking for forgiveness during these days: if my words or deeds have been hurtful to any of you, please accept my sorrow and regret.  May this New Year bring to all of us the hopes and aspirations we desire for ourselves.
Shana Tova U'mituka - Wishing all of you a good and sweet New Year.
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

President's Message

Happy New Year and let's talk about Apples
Happy New Year (almost)! I can't quite feel it in the air as I write this in mid-August but my sensory memory is twitching just thinking about it. It doesn't take much to imagine that first breeze of cool fall air, the smell of the leaves as they fall from the trees, a new pair of school shoes that aren't comfortable yet and the taste of a crisp apple dipped in honey. Or Chadash has helped my children to think of Rosh Hashanah as "the world's birthday" and if it is, then apples dipped in honey are the cake. There's something about fall that really signals beginning to me. Maybe it's because I grew up in a house with educators where we all started a new school year together every September. Maybe it is Rosh Hashanah and the start of the new Jewish year. Or maybe it's just the start of Apple season. At any rate it all comes together in my head as the start of something.
So as we stand on the doorway of this New Year I'd like to ask you to think about what you want in this Jewish New Year. We all have something that brings us to Or Chadash and this is the perfect time to refresh and revitalize our connectivity to our Jewish community. It might be something small. I'll admit it that almost every year my kids have missed the first day of Sunday school. Partly because our school's calendar doesn't always line up with Sunday school, partly because in the madness of a new school year and new season of sports, I never quite have my calendar right, I somehow overlook the first day of Sunday school. This year I am convinced I will have them there. It's a small thing, one session of Sunday school, but for me it's an amazing moment that I don't want our family to miss (again). My oldest son will become a Bar Mitzvah in May, my younger is really ready to tackle the prayers and Hebrew required of a fifth grader. Dropping them off for their first day of Hebrew School is a microcosm of the New Year in so many ways for me. Watching them be a little bit taller as they walk through the doors, knowing they will reach new levels of learning, and continue their journey of understanding what it means to be Jewish.
Every time I bite into an apple or smell a warm apple pie in the oven all of these feelings of new-ness, of holidays, of Hebrew school and Jewish children embrace me. Apples connect me to so many things that are joyous and wonderful. As always, I'd love to hear your stories too. Drop me a note with your thoughts about apples, Rosh Hashanah or maybe a good pie recipe. Or just take a moment when you feel the first chill in the air or bite into the first honey dipped apple this holiday and think about what connections are important to you and how you would like to renew your commitment to our community. We welcome all of your thoughts, contributions and maybe even your apple recipes!

Kim Turner


EREV ROSH HASHANAH - Sunday, September 13
Services at 8 PM 

ROSH HASHANAH - Monday, September 14
Services at 10 AM
Children's Services at 3 PM  

KOL NIDRE - Tuesday, September 22
Services at 8 PM 

YOM KIPPUR - Wednesday, September 23
Services at 10 AM
Children's Services at 2 PM
Study Session at 3 PM
Yizkor/Neila at 4 PM
Break the Fast at 5:30 PM 

SUKKOT DINNER - Friday, October 2
Bring Your Own Dinner at 6:30 PM 

Services at 7 PM 

MEMBERS please use this link to register for High Holy Day tickets, Yizkor Book information, volunteer opportunities and to sign up for Break the Fast.

If you are a VISITOR, please use this link to purchase your High Holy Day tickets.

All Members will be receiving their tickets this week.
OC Cooks - Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

This month we are staring a new regular column in our Newsletter: OC Cooks!
So many of you are fantastic cooks, bakers, and foodies.  (I put myself in that last category!)
If you have been to an event at OC, you know there are always home-made treats that at times look so good, they are passed over by some who assume they are store made!  One bite and you know its from someone's kitchen.
As we approach Rosh Hashanah, I wanted to share a recipe from the ReformJudaism.org website that included apples.  In the coming months we want to include your favorite recipes for Jewish foods -- or perhaps something so spectacular it is not to be missed!
Please let me know if you have a recipe you want to include here.  Rabbi@orchadash-nj.org.
Shana Tova and best wishes for a sweet New Year.

Rabbi Joe Forman

May your year be sweet, fruitful, and filled with contentment and promise.
Makes 10 Servings
2 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
Half teaspoon of salt 
Half teaspoon cinnamon 
2 cups sugar 
One and a quarter cup oil 
3 eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
3 cups of grated apple 
One and a quarter cups coarsely chopped pecans 
Confectioner's sugar for dusting 
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter 
2 Tablespoons milk 
Three-quarters cup brown sugar 
Half cup coconut 
Half cup chopped toasted pecans 
1.  Combine the flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the oil and sugar until they're well blended. Add the eggs, whisking until they're totally incorporated, the mixture is light lemon in color, and an emulsion is formed. The oil needs to be in suspension (like mayonnaise).
3.  Stir in the vanilla and then the flour mixture, apple, and pecans. Mix well.
4.  Pour into a 10-inch springform tube pan or a Bundt pan (or, alternatively, a 13" x 9" pan) coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
5.  Cool the cake for 15 minutes at room temperature, then remove it from the pan and place on a serving tray. Top with some confectioner's sugar or the following recipe.

1.  Combine the butter, milk, brown sugar, coconut, and pecans in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute.
2.  Pour the sauce over the cake.
Cool at room temperature. When the icing is set, it's ready to serve.

Please click here to see the recipe and to find many more.

Construction of the Sukkah

Sukkah Build 2009
Sunday, September 27 - 9 AM - Construction of the Sukkah
The Brotherhood will once again be leading the construction of the Sukkah.  Everyone is welcome to come help us out as it is a great morning of bonding over a fun religious tradition.  Please bring ladders, drills, screws and smiles!

The Sukkah will then need to come down on October 11th again at 9 AM -- so please put that in your calendar as well.

Please reply to Darren Loew at drloew@loeworthodontics.com if you will be joining us.  Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone at the High Holy Days.

A Mitten Mitzvah-5776
Mittens in Sukkah.jpg
A Mitten Mitzvah-5776
Provide winter warmth for others
Help decorate our Sukkah
Mittens, gloves, hats, scarves
(New or gently used)
Collecting items from September 27th to October 9th.

Or Chadash in the NEWS...
Please click here to view the entire article as it appeared in the Democrat and NJ.com.

Chesed (Caring Committee)
Five years ago, Or Chadash established a Chesed Caring Community dedicated to helping members of Or Chadash through life's challenging times with acts of compassion.

We have provided food and visits to elderly homebound congregants and to families with new babies; attended shiva services after a death in the family; helped with grocery trips, doctor visits and farm chores; and written notes of sympathy and congratulations. Early on, we held a resume writing workshop run by experts in our congregation, and we brought in a social worker to provide practical suggestions for helping with aging parents. 

Rabbi Forman can be reached at Or Chadash or on his mobile phone: 908-894-9336 or e-mail: rabbi@orchadash-nj.org. You can also reach me at chesed@orchadash-nj.org.  We also encourage anyone interested in helping to let me know, and I will add you to our email list and make you aware of current needs.

You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able, even just a few minutes to write a get-well or sympathy note or to make a comforting phone call. Very often, the people who help with Chesed activities get the same uplifting feeling as those who receive assistance. By helping others and allowing ourselves to receive help, we forge meaningful connections with other members of the OrChadash temple community.

Leslie Werstein Hann
Chair, Chesed Caring Community
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

The 16th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival
October 28 - November 8, 2015

The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Bildner Center, screens award winning international films over the ten-day festival. A broad approach is taken when choosing the films for the Rutgers Festival, offering a slate of critically acclaimed titles that explore the multi-layered, global Jewish experience. Some films tackle uniquely Jewish issues, while others address universal themes through a Jewish lens. With such a diverse selection, the festival draws a wide audience, reaching the region's Jewish population as well as the Rutgers University community and the general film-going public.

The Bildner Center makes each screening a multidimensional experience by inviting a guest speaker - either the director, a featured actor or a noted expert in the field - to preface each film and then engage in a dialogue with the audience at its conclusion. Year after year, attendees remark that this opportunity to ask the questions raised by these thought-provoking films makes the issues more personally relevant and their film festival participation more meaningful.

Unique, too, is the way the festival not only reaches out to the community, but also gives back to the university by exposing the general student body to these distinctive films. Professors of Jewish Studies and other academic departments at Rutgers are among the speakers invited to introduce the films, and they will often assign related films to their classes. Students also have the opportunity to meet visiting film directors and scholars.


Contact: 848-932-4166 or rujff@rci.rutgers.edu 


24 Days                                            Above and Beyond   
Director: Alexandre Arcady                  Director:Roberta Grossman

Legacy Circle 

For more information or further details, please click on this link.
To view the digital version of our Legacy Circle Book of Life click here.

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