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November & December 2017 Newsletter

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


ORANGE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE!

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 ]


Coffee & Learn

Wednesdays, 11:00 - Noon-  Enjoy this class lead by the Rabbi. Starting November 15th.   [ 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 smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 ]


LEARN TO MAKE BAKLAVA FROM AN EXPERT!

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 ]


YAHAD IS COMING!

The start of the school year is just around the corner, and we have some exciting news to share: We're delighted to announce the opening 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 at the JCC in Woodbridge on Sunday mornings. 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 ]


Annual Campaign

Annual Campaign 2017/2018.  The Or Shalom Annual Campaign FY2017/18 is on!  The Annual Campaign is one way we help keep dues lower than other local congregations.  It allows us to distribute the financial burden voluntarily, to those that may be better able to afford it, in so doing lessening the burden on those who may be less able to do so.  Participating is indeed a mitzvah.  

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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 ]


"HOW LITHUANIANS FACE THEIR TROUBLING PAST"

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 ]


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 ]


Mens Club Shabbat

April 7, 7:00 pm Men's Club Shabbat Come, and Feel Welcome! Bring Your wives & significant others; bring Your children. Bring your friends - both within & outside the congregation. Friday Night, April 7, 7:00 PM Sharp.   [ 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 ]


Shabbat Across America "A Taste of Shabbat"

Friday, March 3, 2017 7pm Shabbat Across America, March 3, 2017 All Are Welcome to Celebrate Shabbat Across America "A TASTE OF SHABBAT!" Come to an exciting new "Shabbat Across America" service focusing on: Shabbat foods and their origins! At this service, we'll nibble on a variety of Jewish foods, while the rabbi explains their significance! [ 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 ]


A Taste of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 21,2016,7:00- 9:00 pm. At Shop Rite's new location in Milford; 935 Boston Post Road (2nd floor-elevator access)
Watch new Rosh Hashanah dishes being prepared by Shop Rite's Chief Dietician, Kristen Martin! Limited to the first 75 people who RSVP; call 799.2341 to be included in this delicious night of demonstration and tasting! Note: We are asking for a $10 contribution for this event, which we'll forward to the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. [ more ]


Kristallnacht

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 9:00 am .  In late 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was captured by the German army along with over 1,000 American soldiers of the 422nd Infantry Regiment. Only recently, Yad Vashem, the state of Israel's center for Holocaust studies, verified and confirmed that on January 27, 1945, Master Sergeant Edmonds, at the risk of his immediate death, saved the lives of a large number of American soldiers imprisoned at the Stalag IXA prisoner of war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. [ more ]


September - October Newsletter

In this issue, High Holiday information,Taste of Rosh Hashanah, Second Annual Leave 'em Laughing [ more ]


The Or Shalom Annual Campaign FY2017 is on!

The Or Shalom Annual Campaign FY2017 is on! The Annual Campaign is one way we help keep dues lower than other local congregations. It allows us to distribute the financial burden voluntarily to those that may be better able to afford it, in so doing, lessening the burden on those who may be less able to do so. Participating is indeed a mitzvah. The Annual Campaign Committee asks that you search your hearts and your souls to please contribute as you see fit. Every contribution is important. Every contribution helps bring use closer to our goal, which this year is $35,000. [ more ]


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