News Archive

July- August Newsletter

Shabbat on the Beach, Rummage Sale, Annual Blood Drive and [ more ]

23rd Annual or Shalom Golf Tournament!

Monday, June 11, 2018; 8:00 AM -  Register Today for the 23rd Annual Or Shalom Golf Tournament at the Orange Hills Country Club!  Not a Golfer? Come play Tennis! ... [ more ]

Adult Education Movie- " Raise The Roof"

Sunday, April 15, 4pm, "RAISE THE ROOF!",  On Holocaust Memorial Sunday, April 15th @ 4:00 pm , we'll honor the Jews of Europe as they lived, with the showing of the award-winning and much acclaimed film, "Raise the Roof". [ more ]

Or Shalom Golf and Tennis Tournament

Monday, June 11, 2018; 8:00 AM -  Register Today for the 23rd Annual Or Shalom Golf Tournament at the Orange Hills Country Club!  Not a Golfer? Come play Tennis! ... [ more ]

Baseball, BBQ & Beer

Thursday, May 10th, 6:30 pm, Baseball, BBQ & Beer!  Men's Club invites you to come and watch the Yankees & Red Sox game on a large screen tv.  [ more ]

The Godfather’s Meshuggener Wedding

Saturday, March 24th 8:00 pm ~ doors open @ 7:30 pm ~ The Godfather has invited you to his daughter's wedding - and you don't want to refuse! Get your tickets now! ... [ more ]

Mens Club Shabbat

March 23, 7:00 pm Men's Club Shabbat. Come Join us this Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat before Pesach. Come participate in recognizing Israel's 70th Birthday.
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Our Annual Landwirth Memorial Lecture/ THE JAZZ SINGER SINGS ON!

Sunday, March 18th, 3:30pm,THE JAZZ SINGER SINGS ON!  Celebrating the 90th Birthday of a Jewish-American Classic.   [ more ]

Shabbat Across America "A Taste of Kugal"

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7pm, Shabbat Across America, All Are Welcome to Celebrate Shabbat Across America "A TASTE OF KUGAL !"In the course of the service we'll nibble on a variety of kugels in the Social Hall,as the rabbi explains their history! [ more ]

March- April 2018 Newsletter

Fundraising,Landwirth Lecuture, Yellow Candle, Rummage Sale and [ more ]

Celebrate Purim

Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Celebrate Purim.   Celebrate Purim with the Greater New Haven Jewish Community at a Communal Seudah! The JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge,CT Megillah Reading 3:30 pm ,Minchah 4:45 pm, Seudah: 5:00 pm in the Auditorium

Music With the Next Generation

Sunday, January 28. 10:00 am.  Music With the Next Generation. Greater New Haven area Hebrew schools will come together on January 28 at 10 am (snow date February 4) to celebrate the power of Jewish music with a very special concert. Congregations Mishkan Israel, Bnai Jacob, Or Shalom, BEKI, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Tikvah and Temple Emanuel will bring their Hebrew school students together to perform at this once a year musical extravaganza held at the Towers.
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January - February 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: Fundraising events, Adult Ed Movies, Blood Drive, Purim and  [ more ]

November & December 2017 Newsletter

In this issue: Annual Krystallnacht Program, Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, Coffee & ...Learn and  [ more ]


Orange Community Thanksgiving Service- Where: Congregation Or-Shalom! When: Sunday November 19th, 7pm (service is under 1 hour) Who: Local Houses of worship, led by all Orange clergy [ more ]

Announcing a new Learn-to-Read Hebrew Class!

Saturday, January 20, 2018.  LEARN TO READ THE 4 QUESTIONS BY PASSOVER!! Announcing a newLearn-to-Read Hebrew Class! Beginning Saturday January 20th. [ more ]

How Can You Help Or Shalom While Shopping? Shop with SCRIP!

Did you know that you can purchase Stop and Shop, Shoprite and Whole Foods gift cards through the synagogue office at face value and the synagogue earns a percentage? Specifically we earn 5 % of the face value while you pay face value and can use the card to buy your weekly groceries! Last year Or Shalom earned $2697.00 with an average of 20 members participating monthly. [ more ]

Shop Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Congregation Or Shalom every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Congregation Or Shalom. [ more ]

September/October Newsletter

In this issue: "Third Annual Comedy Night", Kristallnacht, Shabbat in the Gazebo, Annual Campaign and  [ more ]


Wednesday evening, September 6th, 7:00 pm: LEARN TO MAKE BAKLAVA FROM AN EXPERT! & TAKE SOME HOME FOR ROSH HASHANAH! A Sisterhood & Social Action Event! Aminah al Saleh, whose family we and synagogues in the greater New Haven area recently adopted, is an accomplished Middle Eastern chef and phyllo specialist.

A $10 admission for this event is kindly requested, which will go toward the resettlement of Amina's family & as a fundraiser for our Congregation. Amina's Baklava will be available for purchase that evening! Please RSVP 203.799.2341 [ more ]


The start of the school year is just around the corner.   We're delighted to begin our second year of YAHAD, a Sunday morning community Hebrew School for grades Pre-K through 7. YAHAD, the result of months of collaboration between Congregation Or Shalom and Congregation B'nai Jacob, will take place Sunday mornings, alterating at each Synagogue. On Wednesdays, our Hebrew school will be held, as usual, at Congregation Or Shalom. [ more ]

11th Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 9a.m.  Marion Pritchard, may she rest in peace, distinguished herself as a savior of Jewish children in the Netherlands during World War II.  [ more ]

Chesed Project

The newly organized Chesed Project is a network of volunteers who bring to life the meaning of Chesed-- kindness -- by providing assistance to Synagogue members facing difficulties related to health, loss and grief. Coordinated activities may include phone calls and visits to Congregants.  [ more ]

The Torah of Yoga

Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 pm, Shavuot, The Torah of Yoga with Sherri Sosensky, Torah-Yoga Teacher. Torah is the divine path to human healing and holiness. Shavuot, the night we met G-d on the 50th day after our Exodus from slavery, is traditionally seen as the moment we received the Torah. The custom arose, therefore, to devote that night to Torah study. On May 30th, Shavuot night, our Torah teacher will be Mrs. Sherri Sosensky, a noted local Judaic-Yoga instructor. Her topic will be: The Torah of Yoga. [ more ]


April 30th, at 9:45am, A Unique Holocaust Education Event Sunday morning."HOW LITHUANIANS FACE THEIR TROUBLING PAST"  In the space of three years, 1941-1944, 95% of the Jews of Lithuania (known affectionately as "Litvaks") were murdered.  [ more ]

Adult Education Movie this Sunday

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 pm Adult Education Movie. "Above and Beyond" In 1948, six Arab armies invaded the newborn State of Israel, with overwhelming superiority in numbers and weaponry.
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May- June Newsletter

In this issue: Meet our Shomrei-Or, "Guardian of Light" recipeints, Membership Raffle tickets, Annual Membership Meeting and  [ more ]

Shavuot 2017

May 30- June 1, SHAVUOT: Shavuot is the "Birthday" of the Torah!  It commemorates the night, 50 days after Passover, when the Ten Commandments were revealed by our ancestors, and then communicated to the world. We'll usher Shavuot in on Tuesday night, May 30th at 7:30 pm, with a brief service, followed by a special holiday study session.  And as is customary, cheese blintzes will follow!   [ more ]

Taste of Passover

Wednesday, March 29, 7:00- 8:30 pm, Taste of Passover: A TASTE OF PASSOVER!! Harry Garafalo, owner of our local Shop Rite, has again generously offered to host his famous: "Taste Of Passover" at Congregation Or Shalom. He has engaged a noted local chef to demonstrate, and enable us to taste, new approaches to the Passover meal. We're asking for a $10 contribution for this event, to be donated through Shop Rite to needy families @ Jewish Family Services of New Haven. Please RSVP by March 22! (there are only 75 spaces available) You must pre-register; call the office 203-799-2341 [ more ]

"Forgive and Forget?... Really?? The Kabbalah of Forgiveness"

Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 am, in the Sanctuary Justin C. Beck was Marketing Director of Apple Inc., Australia, when a personal tragedy caused him to re-think the meaning of "success" in life. Justin's spiritual quest impelled him to relinquish the corporate fast-track; ultimately, it led him to the Kabbalah. Today, Justin is a noted scholar and lecturer on the supernatural side of Judaism. His book, about to be released, is entitled, "Kabbalah Now". [ more ]

July- August 2017 Newsletter

In this issue: Meet our new President, Shabbat on the Beach, Vendor Fair, Summer Movie and  [ more ]

Vendor Fair

Sunday, August 6, 2017, Vendor /Craft Fair 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  in our social hall. Food, Games & Raffles our vendors so far include
31 Bags, Pampered Chef, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Lil Creates(Lillian Malkus), Lularoe, Mary Kay, Hall Costume Designs,Kevin Hall Designs, Essential Oils, Exotic Expressions(Jewelry) ,JudiaClay Designs, and more to come!

Men's Club will be serving snacks and lunch.  Open to all, admission is free!  [ more ]

March- April 2017 Newsletter

In this issue: Shabbat Across America, Sex and Aging, Membership Raffle, and  [ more ]

January & February Newsletter

In this issue: Adult Education Movie of the Month, World Wide Wrap, Sisterhood Shabbat,  [ more ]

Two Great Summer Movie !

Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 pm, "Crossing Delancy" (Romantic Comedy) Isabelle Grossman (Amy Irving) is an attractive, intelligent Jewish woman in her early 30s. She has a good job and a nice apartment and she values her independence; she often visits her "Bubbie" (grandmother), who wants Isabelle to meet a nice Jewish man and settle down. Bubbie goes so far as to obtain the services of Hannah Mandelbaum, a matchmaker who finds the "perfect" man for Isabelle: a Lower East Side pickle salesman named Sam Posner! The rest is a romantic comedy called "Crossing Delancy" [ more ]

Funny4Fund$ - Third Annual Comedy Night!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Mark your calendars for our Third Annual Comedy Night! Doors Open 7:00 PM  - Cocktail Reception: 7:15 PM - Comedy Show at 8:30PM. General admission tickets are $36 per person. VIP seating tickets are $54 per person. [ more ]

Adult Education Movie- Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 pm- Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem - an Israeli woman fights for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage. [ more ]


Sunday, May 22, 2016,The bus leaves Cong. Or Shalom at 9:00am and returns @ 4:00pm. Cost is $35 and includes coach bus, museum fee and a 45- minute docent guided tour. Featured exhibits include: "Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History" The first ever museum exhibition to focus on the famous American fashion designer. Eat at the Museum Café, or bring your own lunch! There will be free time to enjoy the museum on your own as well. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Edina Oestreicher at as soon as possible. Sponsored by Sisterhood and our Adult Ed. Committee [ more ]

Chocolate Seder

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 10:30 am- CHOCOLATE SEDER in Social Hall.  Everyone Welcome! Cost: free. Donate a non-perishable item for the foodbank.  Rsvp Robin Ben-Eli, or 203.799.0014 by April 4th. Sponsored by:Sisterhood, Men's Club, Adult Education and Education [ more ]

High Holy Services at Congregation Or Shalom

Please join us in celebrating the sweetness of the Jewish New Year 5776. During the High Holidays come and feel the joy and connection of our community as we celebrate with a variety of services. [ more ]

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