February 2020

Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Do you have 60-90 seconds to make a MEANINGFUL difference in the lives of Jews in Israel? If you do -- and you should -- you can help shape the future of Judaism in Israel by voting in the World Zionist Congress elections.  Being Jewish in Israel is not as easy as you might think -- particularly for Reform Jews. The Ultra Orthodox control many aspects of Jewish life that we take for granted here in the United States. So what kind of Jewish State do you want to see?

Do you want a Jewish State that recognizes the rights of minorities? Do you want to uphold equality in general, and between sexes, genders, and all streams of Judaism in particular?  Do you want the State of Israel to end its monopoly on religious life and Jewish observance?

If so, then you must vote for the Reform Movement in the upcoming World Zionist Congress elections. Your vote gives you a voice. It allows you to take what you wish for Israel and the Jewish people and put it into action. It is a chance to take both concerns and aspirations and to do something about it.
You see, few of us in America will make our lives in Israel, nor will we insist on being buried there. But, many of us care deeply and can make a difference. The World Zionist Congress is Diaspora Jewry's only democratic opportunity to influence what happens in Israel. A vote for our Reform Movement is our way to support a Jewish and democratic State and to share our values of equality, pluralism, and tolerance widely.

The voting will take place beginning January 21st and will run through March 11th. It is a simple online process for any Jew, age 18 and over living in the U.S.

For more details please visit https://arza.org/faqs/ and make sure to mark your calendars to vote before March 11th!

Rabbi Joe Forman


Friday, February 7th - 7:00 PM
Shabbat Service with Rabbi Forman and Eve Wasserman who will share Images and Stories from her Trip to Israel 

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Ralph Moutner
Saul Marder
Myra Rascover
Anthony Mazzocchi
Sidonia Wolf
Robert Tuschak

Friday, February 14th 
Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family and Friends

(Yahrzeits will be read on February 21)

Friday, February 21st -
6:30 PM - Dinner
7:15 PM - Films
Falafel and Films - Join us for Falafel (RSVP Required) and Israeli Films 

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Roslyn Ringel
Margaret Mazzocchi
Ralph Sacks
Julie Speizer
Beatrice R. Abrams
Estelle Zaner
Florence Solomon
Michael Hann
Charles Hack
Frederick Wolf

Friday, February 28th - 7:00 PM
Shabbat Services - Shabbat Service with Cantor Kathy, Rabbi Forman and the 6th Grade
Yahrzeits to be observed:
Rabbi Judah Fish
Peppy Kluft
Fay Sacks

Saturday, February 29th - 10:00 AM
Shabbat Morning Service Service and Bar Mitzvah of Harrison Langer
Next Literature & Film Class

Morality, Meaning, and the Occasional Mensch: What Jewish (and non-Jewish) Literature and Film Tell Us About Living Honestly.

Here is the link to register:  https://orchadash.wufoo.com/forms/sn5gzq619sqoon/

Are Jews more moral than others? Should they be? What does it mean to live a good life? How do you honor elders who define honor differently? Who's right, the parents or children? Who's right when Jews disagree? How do you make an impossible choice? Do you forgive or seek revenge? Is all fraud unjust?

Please join acclaimed novelist and memoirist Boris Fishman as he guides us through four conversations that explore how contemporary Jewish (and non-Jewish) literature and film have answered these questions - discussion that will challenge, edify, and, hopefully, move you. Imagine a dynamic, entertaining, enlightening, and poignant conversation, like the best TED talk you've heard - but this time, with your participation.

We will read texts from a range of writers that might include Molly Antopol, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Ivan Turgenev, David Bezmozgis, Bernard Malamud, Leslie Epstein, William Styron, and Boris Fishman himself, and watch films by the likes of the rising American-Jewish director Rebecca Karpovsky, Hollywood luminaries Alan Pakula and James Gray, and the very gifted Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar.

A little about Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1988, at nine. He is the author of the novels A Replacement Life (which won the VCU Cabell First
Novelist Award and the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal), and Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Savage Feast, a family memoir told through recipes, all from HarperCollins. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. (Please see www.borisfishman.com). He lives in New York and teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Class Dates and Times:

Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for challah and coffee - 9:00 AM

March 7
April 4
April 25
May 30

Class Location:

Or Chadash
149 Foothill Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Fee and RSVP Date:

The cost for the class is $150 per person.
Please note that we cannot prorate for absences. There will be a Facebook Live recording available for each class.
Please RSVP by February 10, 2020.

Coursework and Syllabus:

Upon registration you will receive the class syllabus including the reading list and films. All films are available through streaming services. The sooner you register, the sooner you will receive the class materials!

We are so looking forward to you joining us in this class. All Or Chadash programs are open to the community, and we hope you invite your friends, too. Any questions?

Betsy Zalaznick

Once again, here is the link to register:

h ttps://orchadash.wufoo.com/forms/sn5gzq619sqoon/
Or Chadash is joining the Flemington JCC in this Casino Night. Please make sure to mention OC when registering - we will receive a large portion of the registration fee.
[Click on the flyer below to register]
On Sunday, March 8th, Or Chadash will celebrate Purim with a fun carnival open to all! One of the things we need to make this event a success are donations for the Prize Room. We are seeking new and gently used items - anything that might work for prizes, such as: toys, games, novelties, Legos, party favors, pencils, stickers... 

Also, another way to pitch in is by donating a gift card to Walmart or Target. They have pretty good selections for inexpensive toys/items, so we can make any gift card go far! Maybe add a small gift card to your scrip order this month!

Thank you in advance!

Any questions? Please contact Christine Berg - cberg3@comcast.net

  Martin Luther King Jr. Special Music Service (24-Jan)
New Years Day Walk
Grades 7/8/9/10 prep cookies for the Hanukkah/Shabbat Oneg

First day of Religious School enthusiasm!

Sunday, February 2nd
  • 9:00 AM to Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
  • 10:15 AM to Noon - Grades K/1/2
  • 11:00 AM to Noon - Temple Tots
Thursday, February 6th
  • 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM - Grades 7/8/9/10
Sunday, February 9th
  •   9:00 AM to Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
  • 10:15 AM to Noon - Grades K/1/2
Thursday, February 13th
  • No Religious School

Sunday, February 16th
  • No Religious School

Thursday, February 20th
  • 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Grade 7

Sunday, February 23rd
  •   9:00 AM to Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
  • 10:15 AM to Noon - Grades K/1/2

Thursday, February 27th
  • 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Grade 7
  • 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM - Grades 8/9/10
Click HERE for the full 2019-20 Religious School Calendar



Announcing our Oct/Nov/Dec Raffle WINNER: Susan Albrecht was selected from the 20 people who placed orders in each of these three months, and she wins a $25 gift card for Lands End. Congratulations, Susan!!

We are beginning 2020 with a very respectable earnings for Or Chadash:  23 orders and $528 earned.

Every order counts!  Or Chadash is so appreciative -- please know that your orders are making a difference!

We have a goal to raise $1,000 a month in earnings for OC. If we can do that, well reach our goal of $12,000 for this fiscal year. Please continue ordering, and order as much as you can! Think about gas, coffee, food shopping, department stores, pharmacies, restaurants, etc.

If you are new to scrip, start the new year off right with joining in the scrip program!


GREAT FOR OC, GREAT FOR YOU:  Or Chadash also gives you 25% of your scrip earnings back, as credit on your dues.

Two Ways to Order: Place an order on the ShopWithScrip website or use our paper order forms ( click  HERE  to download one or pick on up at OC).

Here is how our orders are adding up for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:


TOTAL dollars Or Chadash is giving back to members as dues credit:  $1,055!

It's never too late to get in on this fundraising gem!  Our orders can add up!

  • $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = $240 earnings for OC
  • 50 families ordering $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = adds up to $12,000 earnings for OC!!!

We can do this!

Take a look at the ShopWithScrip website, and please contact Christine Berg with any questions:  cberg3@comcast.net

Happy Shopping -- Happy Earning!

Hi parents of OCTY temple youth!

I'm the new parent advisor for the OCTY group, and my daughter Tali, along with Michael Breslow, Ben Weiss and Jordyn Moscowitz are the youth co-presidents. They will be reaching out to your kids as well. Here is our schedule for the rest of this school year, along with your actions

- Alexa Parliyan

Sunday, January 26th
Soup Donation + Escape Room
12:15 PM 
Pizza lunch at the temple; bring a donation of soup for the Clinton Open Cupboard Food Pantry
1:10 PM 
Caravan to Space Escapes (www.spaceescaperoom.com)
Reservation is 1:30-2:30 PM
2:30 PM  Pick up at Space Escapes, Flemington.
ACTION:  Please let me know as soon as possible if your child will be attending;  the reservation is limited to 10 kids
COST:  $15 for escape room, donation of soup
Sunday, February 23rd Cards with Seniors + Ice Skating
12:15 PM  Pizza lunch at the temple.
12:45 PM  Caravan to Independence Manor to play card games with seniors for 1 hour.  (www.independencemanor.com)
2:00 PM  Caravan to Aspen Ice (hwww.flemingtonice.com) - public skate is 2:15 - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM  Pick up at Aspen Ice, Flemington.
ACTION:  Please let me know if your child will be attending, either the lunch/service part, or the ice skating part, or both.
COST:  $9.00 / $5.50 for ice skating / skate rental
Sunday, March 8th
Purim Carnival + Mini-Golf
10:00 AM - Noon  Purim carnival - OCTY kids are requested to attend to help out with games/food
12:15 PM  Caravan to Paradise Golf Center, Flemington (www.paradisegolfcenter.com/pages/minigolf)
2:00 PM  Pick up at Paradise Golf Center, Flemington.
ACTION:  Please let me know if your child will be attending either the service part, or the mini-golf part, or both.
COST:  $8.00 for Mini-Golf
Sunday, April 5th Senior Send Off: Bowling Party
12:15 PM  Pizza lunch at the temple
12:45 PM  Caravan to West Hunterdon Lanes, Frenchtown (www.westhunterdonlanes.com)
3:00 PM  Pick up at West Hunterdon Lanes
ACTION:  Please let me know if your child will be attending, either the lunch part, or the bowling part, or both.
COST:  $7.00 / $3.50 for bowling 2 games / shoes
Sunday, May 3rd Mitzvah Day
9:00 AM - Noon  OCTY Youth will have a session to prep bags for the 2020 High Holiday Food Drive

NOTE: The mini-golf activity is weather dependent.  We will caravan kids over in our cars, but you are welcome to drive if you are more comfortable.

To download a form to mail in your donation, CLICK HERE



TODAH RABAH (Thank You very much)...

Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteers:
David Schipper
Susan & Kurt Blaicher
Barbara Meltz
Leslie Hann
The Hecht family
Phil Harvey
The Sloan-Gong family
Lauren Blanton
Rhonda Jordan and family

Carol Corriell for being OC's coordinator for the Family Promise for many years. Carol went above and beyond in her role for many years, not only facilitating OC families volunteering for this wonderful program, but attending monthly meetings, and contributing her passion to this organization and it's guests.

The Band (MLK Shabbat on January 24th)
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Jeff Bloch
Jackie Freedman
Eric Tiber
Glenn Wasserman
Robyn Wasserman
Kristina Witzling


Howard Shapiro (father of Joy Gray)
Donald Kantor (father of Craig Kantor) 
Elliot Rosen (our member)
Mariel Leibowitz (cousin of Fran Hack)
Rhoda Kantor (relative of Craig Kantor)
Al Berman
Gregg Solomon (brother of Wendy Solomon)
Vivian Forman (mother of Rabbi Forman)

In order to help us be a more caring community, 
please share your lifecycle events with Rabbi Forman

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman ( Rabbi)
Cantor Kathy Gohr ( Cantor)
Betsy Zalaznick ( Educator)
Debbie Weiss ( President)
Glenn Wasserman ( Vice President)
Jeff Berg ( Treasurer)
Laura Senator ( Secretary)

Phone: 908-806-2122

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