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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 ]


Shabbat at the Gazebo

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Join us as we hold our annual outdoor Friday night Shabbat Service in the Gazebo at High Plains Community Center! The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful "sing-along" service. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce prospective members to Or Shalom and to Rabbi Wainhaus. Approximately 100 people attend this popular Service. Chairs are provided but we encourage you to bring your own lawn chair. (Note the grounds and pavilion will be available prior to the event, if you would like to bring a picnic.) We will also be recognizing our new members during the Service. We look forward to seeing everyone! In addition, we will honor our outgoing President, Evan London at  this gazebo service. We could use volunteers to help set up and clean up, please call the office 203.799.2341 [ 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 ]


September/October Newsletter

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

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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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to be-come hometown heroes and answer the call of patients inneed by donating blood.Or Shalom Blood Drive, Each presented donor will receive a FREE SIX FLAGS TICKET. [ more ]


Shabbat on the Beach

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm.  Come to our third annual Shabbat service on the beach! The service will begin at 7pm. Feel free to arrive earlier - & bring a picnic if you like! This service will take place at Gulf Beach, Milford. (Coming from the Synagogue, drive to the former ShopRite on the corner of Cherry St & Gulf St ...turn left onto Gulf St... Proceed till you arrive at the beach. Set your GPS for #460, Gulf St) Look for us on the beach alongside the inlet, to the right of the Goody's concession. Men's Club members will welcome you and point to where we'll be. (Men's Club is coordinating the event). If you'd like to join a carpool to the beach please be at the Synagogue by 6:15 pm, or call Allen Cohen, President of Men's Club at 203.288.5011. Please dress casually! (The rabbi will be tieless and shoeless!) IMPORTANT: PLEASE BRING A BLANKET OR BEACH CHAIR! AND PLEASE BRING HATS! (Yarmulkas fly away!) [ more ]


July- August 2017 Newsletter

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


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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


"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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