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Friday, February 19th - 7:00 PM
Shabbat Family Service - All Grades Participating
Friday, February 26th
Celebrate Shabbat at Home with friends and family. No Services at Or Chadash.
Friday, March 4th - 7:00 PM
Shabbat Experience: Report on Israel: Join me as I share some of my insights and experiences from my recent trip.
Friday, March 11th - 7:00 PM
Shabbat Family Service - 2nd and 3rd Grades Participating.
Friday, March 18th - 7:30 PM
Friday, March 25th - 7:30 PM
Shabbat Services with discussion: The Book of Esther and the Absurdity of Purim
In Our Community
Refuah Sh'leima (Get well) to...
Mazel Tov to:
Kathy Gohr on her Ordination as Cantor
...on receiving Hebrew Names
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May the memories of the following individuals be a blessing:
February 12th (to be read on February 19th)
Chris Hann's loving brother
Wendy Solomon's beloved mother
Adam Levinson's beloved grandmother
Rabbi Judah Fish
Rabbi Joseph M. Forman's beloved uncle
Alice Schwade's beloved sister
Steve Albert's beloved grandfather
February 26th (to be read on March 4th)
Betsy Zalaznick's beloved aunt
David Moutner's beloved mother
David Moutner's beloved sister-in-law
Robin Lewy's beloved mother
Eric Zwerling's beloved father
Shirl Levy's beloved mother
Jane Stein's beloved father
Lee J. Kenyon
Susan Albert's beloved grandfather
Michelle Segall-Rainey's beloved father
Joe Strauss's beloved mother
Harvey Gold's beloved father
Ross Weinick's beloved stepfather
Caryn Speizer's beloved father
Honeylet Wortman-Vayn's beloved grandmother
David Robert's beloved mother
Allen Kern's beloved father
Thank you to all who contributed from December 1st to January 31st 2016:
Tree of Life
Harvey Gold: In Honor of Jamison Gold
Gary & Debbie Weiss: In Honor of Sam and Ben's B'nai Mitzvah
Jeff & Christine Berg
Richard & Kay Braun: In Honor of Susan Ingram's 75th Birthday
Susan Ingram: End of Year Appeal
Estelle Katcher: End of Year Appeal
Elliot Rosen: End of Year Appeal
High Holyday Donations
Vincent & Lori Egan
Gillian Kulp Music Fund
Gary & Debbie Weiss: IHO of Kathy Gohr becoming a Cantor
Educational Enrichment Fund
Steven & Susan Albrecht
Victor Sloan & Sandra Gong
Steve & Susan Albert
Douglas & Kimberly Beman
Jeff & Christine Berg
Carmine & Eileen Freda
John Graybeal & Laura Senator
Chris & Leslie Hann
Edward & Cheryl Lifshitz
Matthew & Amy MacIsaac
Gary & Susan Parilis
Joseph & Carolyn Sansevere
John & Toby Sarinick
Robert & Alice Schwade
Stephen Sinoway & Beth Golden
David & Kimberly Turner
Gary & Debbie Weiss
Bruce & Betsy Zalaznick
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|Legacy Circle Members
Legacy Circle Members as of December 31st, 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
Mark and Kristina Witzling
Betsy & Bruce Zalaznick
|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
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I almost attended Einstein University. Not the virtual on-line university, but an actual campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. So what happened? Well, nothing to my college plans, but a whole lot to the school I did go to...all well before I got there.
In the summer of 1946, when the leaders of The Albert Einstein Foundation for Higher Learning - the foundation whose goal was to create a non-sectarian Jewish-sponsored secular university - asked Albert Einstein if they could name the school in Waltham in his honor, he declined. The committee quickly chose to name the school for Justice Louis D. Brandeis. And that is where I studied philosophy, art and science - and the name of the school on my diploma.
While I have always been a fan of Einstein and thought he might have enjoyed having a giant sculpture of himself on the highest point at the University, it was not to be. I don't think this has diminished my fascination with the man, nor has it changed the fact that his is the most recognized face in the world. Remarkable.
Einstein was born into an assimilated Jewish family in 1879, but his interest in science as a teenager ended his religious involvement. Nonetheless, he was a key personality in many Jewish organizations in his later life. His contributions to science are extraordinary. And the challenges he faced in getting them heard comprise a set of stories that are riveting.
Please join us in March as we welcome Einstein biographer Steven Gimbel. His book,
Einstein: His Space and Times, is a deeply engaging and personal look into Einstein's journey from Europe to Princeton and to becoming a larger-than-life personality. I loved reading it and look forward to a morning at Or Chadash with Professor Gimbel. His book will be available for and sale and signing. Please see details in this month's Newsletter.
Rabbi Joe Forman
Steven Jay Gimbel - Author of
Einstein at Or Chadash
Everyone is welcome!! No Charge for Or Chadash Members!!
As many of you might know, I spend a lot of time above 30,000 feet. (My frequent traveler accounts are very healthy and I consider airline peanuts a healthy meal!) When you are sitting in a window seat looking out at the world around you at 36,000 feet the world looks very different. The icy, gray, miserable day that was so prevalent at Newark airport suddenly opens into a wide blue sky with bright sunshine. Sometimes we land from the west, and I know that we are flying right over Hunterdon County. On a nice day I look out of the window at all the trees and green below and try to find a landmark I can recognize. I scan the land below for the sight of Round Valley Reservoir or Flemington. To date I have only been successful once or twice in identifying 78 and usually not until we are closer to Newark. Sometimes I look around the airplane cabin and worry about whether the person in front of me will put their seat back into my laptop or when the drink trolley will clear my trash, and I realize that my focus and attention is so far removed from the clouds and the sky that I am flying through. Depending on where I put my focus, where my eye happens to gaze, and where my train of thought takes me, my perspective can be so vastly different.
This Monday while I was flying, I thought about how my focus and perspective is equally important when I am on the ground. When it comes to Or Chadash, I feel like I've had a lot of different focal points. Nine years ago I was a new member, and I remember feeling like I didn't know anybody and wasn't sure I really belonged. In the early years of our membership I was a Temple Tots mom and saw Or Chadash through the eyes of my young boys. Later I found holidays, events and special moments that I really enjoyed, and I had a warm perspective of bringing my family to children's services, the holidays and the occasional summer service at Deer Path Park. Today I have a leadership role, and my perspective has changed again. Today I see the many people devoting time and energy to bring our community together. I see the work that Joe, Betsy, Kathy and others do to ensure we are a warm welcoming place full of song, children and activities. My perspective today also include some of the more mundane parts of synagogue life; ensuring a repairman is brought in to fix a chair-rail or leaky roof, determining our budget for a special event, calculating how many prayer books we have and how many we might need.
Each perspective that I have been able to take has made me feel closer to the Or Chadash community. Every new lens or focal point has helped me to be a better member. Perspective matters not just because it is interesting or gives us different lines of sight, but also because it allows us to contribute and participate in different ways. The different perspectives I have on Or Chadash allow me to better understand how I can help us to grow and thrive. If you haven't done so in a while, take a moment to think of your own perspective on Or Chadash. What lens do you wear when you think about our community? What different perspective might you like to have? If nothing else, think about what our temple in the woods might look like from 30,0000 feet? We might just be a small speck indistinguishable from the trees around us at that height, but I hope you will agree that underneath the branches we are a warm, vibrant, caring community.
Religious School Director's Message
In Joanna Stern's article, How to Use Snapchat if You're Older Than 30, (Wall Street Journal 1/13/16) Stern includes
The Abridged Millenial English Dictionary (see below) where she states "if you're going to roll with the kids on Snapchat, you've got to learn the lingo."
Reviewing this list of acronyms and familiar words with very unfamiliar meanings gave me food for thought.
If Snapchat makes technology writer Joanna Stern, age 31, feel old and uncomfortable (she says that Snapchat requires the same initial concentration as assembling IKEA furniture)-what must it be like for someone unfamiliar with many of the Hebrew words and terms we use at Or Chadash?
I imagine that some holidays, like Hanukkah, are a bit easier-think dreidels and menorahs. But then why do we complicate things and sometimes refer to a menorah as a chanukiyah (literally, that Hanukkah thing)? The holiday of Tu B'Shevat is also challenging--that's the one where we stand outside in the freezing cold in the dead of winter and plant a tree--(in Israel it signifies the beginning of spring)-- and the name of the holiday translates as "the 15th day of the month of Shevat"--we refer to the holiday as "the birthday of trees."
On Shabbat (Sabbath) evenings and mornings, we casually use many of these terms:
Kiddush (from the root, "holy"; the blessing of the fruit of the vine)
HaMotzi ("the bread", blessing over the bread before we eat) and we invite everyone to "oneg" (oneg means: joy of Shabbat, colloquially: the celebratory meal following Shabbat Services.)
In 2016 I resolve to be extra mindful and sensitive, with written and spoken Hebrew words. #2016goals
P.S. If you need help in understanding the differences between the four major social networks, Stern shares her perspective--Facebook is for major life updates, Twitter is for keeping up with news and life events, Instagram is for jealousy-inducing photos and Snapchat is for telling stories-the behind the scenes look at life.