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Dear Members of the Or Chadash Community,

On Sunday, May 2nd we conclude a remarkable year of our Sunday Religious School program with an all school Zoom Assembly. Cantor Kathy will lead us in a musical review of our holiday songs, we will share memories of this year and we will recognize our faculty for their extraordinary creativity this past year - Andy Stein, Stephanie Orr, Cantor Kathy Gohr and Rabbi Joe Forman.

As has been our tradition for decades (!) our students will enjoy our annual end of year slide show on Sunday. We will also say thank you to all of our 2020-21 Teaching Assistants. Our four 12th grade Teaching Assistants, Tali Parliyan, Cassondra Stoter, Evan Tomljanovich and Ben Weiss will be recognized with special presentations.

Evan Tomljanovich
Cassondra Stoter, Ben Weiss, Tali Parliyan

While our formal Sunday classes conclude this Sunday, our summer Hebrew Helper program will be gearing up. Once again we will pair our younger students with post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students for individual tutoring to maintain Hebrew proficiency during the long summer break.

A most sincere thank you to all of our families for your dedication and commitment in assisting your children on Sunday mornings which made our Religious School run so flawlessly on Zoom. Gathering together on Sunday mornings from our collective homes created many touching and unique moments-eating breakfast together, meeting your pets, hearing our students musical instruments -to name a few.

Or Chadash is a special community and we sincerely thank you for allowing us to literally enter your homes this year.

We hope you will join us for our end of year celebration this Sunday.


Betsy Zalaznick

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Thursday, Apr. 29th

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Religious School: Grade 7
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

Friday, Apr. 30th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shabbat Services with Rabbi Forman and Cantor Kathy Gohr
Meeting ID
On this Sabbath, join us exactly as you feel most comfortable. A few things to note about our service:
  • Feel free to light your own Shabbat candles, share in drinking the wine/juice from your own Kiddush cups and taste the sweetness of challah at your house.
  • Please mail me (josephforman@gmail.com) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday with the names you would like me to read during the Mi Shebeirach.
  • If you need support or assistance using Zoom, please reach out to me or Betsy no later than 3:00 PM on Friday.
  • The link for Friday Night Services can always be found on our OC website Homepage.
I hope each of you is well. We look forward to seeing our Or Chadash community for our Zoom Shabbat.

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Charlotte Werstein
Bette Rush
Amy Graybeal
Ruth Moutner
Sheldon Rotter
Sheldon Weinick

Saturday, Apr. 24th

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Shabbat Morning Service and B'not Mitzvah of Aviva Khusid and Raychel Khusid
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Raychel and Aviva Khusid will become B'not Mitzvah on May 1. They are the daughters of Diane and Eugene Khusid, and older sisters of Oren Khusid. They are seventh graders at Readington Middle School. Outside of school, Raychel plays goalie for the Hunterdon Football Club while Aviva trains and performs on circus silks.

Their Torah portion, Emor, focuses on the rules and restrictions that apply to priests. For their Mitzvah project, the girls hand-made toys for animals and donated them to several local animal shelters. Raychel and Aviva are looking forward to celebrating their B'not Mitzvah with their friends, family and community.

Sunday, Apr. 25th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Religious School: Grades 3/4/5/6
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Religious School: Grades K/1/2
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Friday, May 7th
Anna Wolf
William Rush
Ellen Sabio
Robert Hann
Deborah Schwartz
Esther Adelman
Louis Brodsky
Lillian Golden
Kate Hirsch
Dorothy Sacks
David Abrams

Friday, May 21st
Morris Kurtzberg
Bernard H. Hillman
Isidore Wolf
Bernie Matkov
Larry Seligman
Joseph Hillman

View our full calendar here.

Zoom has upgraded its service with exciting new features. In order for you to take advantage of these features, please make sure to update your Zoom application to the most recent version HERE. If you need help with this, please let us know.
"Live" In Your Living Room -
50 Great Authors & Virtual Events

The Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC is proud to offer more than 50 different book talks this year, all virtually for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. The cost of each even varies - come are free and other charge a fee which sometimes includes a copy of the book.

You must register by 8:00 PM the night before the event in order to receive the Zoom link and password for paid events.

Date: Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $6.00 ($36.00 with copy of book)

In 1949, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated from the Czech Republic to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president.

In Hadassah, Lieberman shares the story of her extraordinary life: from her family's experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, and a working mother, Lieberman's memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to anti-Semitism to gender politics. With an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it's a true American story.

Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Price: FREE

New York Times bestselling author Iris Krasnow reflects with humor and heart on her summer camp experiences and the lessons she and her fellow campers learned there that have stayed with them throughout their lives.

Iris Krasnow was 8 years old when she first attended sleep-away camp, building lasting friendships and essential life skills amid the towering pine trees and open skies of Wisconsin. Decades later, she returned to Camp Agawak as a staff member to help resurrect Agalog, the camp's defunct magazine that she wrote for as a child. There, she revisits the activities she loved as a young girl: singing songs around a campfire, swimming in a pristine lake, sleeping under the stars-experiences that continue to fill her with wisdom and perspective.

A nostalgic, inspiring memoir with a universal message on the importance of long-term friendship for campers and non-campers alike, Camp Girls weaves between past and present, filling the page in delicious detail with cabin pranks, canoe trips in rainstorms, and the joy of finding both your independence and your interdependence in nature alongside your peers. Through rich storytelling, Iris shares her own and other campers' adventures and the lessons from childhood that can shape fulfilling and successful adulthoods. Ultimately, Iris powerfully demonstrates that camp is more than a place or a collection of activities: it's where we learn what it means to be human and what it feels like to truly belong to a family-not of blood, but of history, loyalty, and tradition.

Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: FREE

We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling journalist and creator and host of the podcast The Gratitude Diaries Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system-and celebrates the women geniuses, past and present, who have triumphed anyway.

Even in this time of rethinking women's roles, we define genius almost exclusively through male achievement. When asked to name a genius, people mention Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one survey, the only female genius anyone listed was Marie Curie.

Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and inspiration, she makes surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history, in fields from music to robotics. Through interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and dozens of women geniuses at work in the world today-including Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li-she proves that genius isn't just about talent. It's about having that talent recognized, nurtured, and celebrated.

Across the generations, even when they face less-than-perfect circumstances, women geniuses have created brilliant and original work. In The Genius of Women, you'll learn how they ignored obstacles and broke down seemingly unshakable barriers. The geniuses in this moving, powerful, and very entertaining book provide more than inspiration-they offer a clear blueprint to everyone who wants to find her own path and move forward with passion.
 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising

Spring Greetings!  Thank you for the 26 orders last month. We earned $556 for Or Chadash, and that is terrific!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards: Saturday, May 15

If you are planning any projects or Spring cleaning, maybe you could use scrip for any supplies: Home Depot, Lowe's, Wayfair, Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, JC Penney, Staples, JoAnn Fabric, Crate & Barrel, HomeGoods, The Container Store, Williams Sonoma, Walmart, Target.... Thanks for considering!

Mother's Day falls on May 9 this year, so if you could use any scrip for that special person in your life, please consider getting that order in already. Next month's deadline (May 15) will fall after Mother's Day. How about any other holidays coming up? Graduations, birthdays, Father's Day... Lots of scrip choices for your gifting needs!

A reminder that if you do any shopping on Amazon, please use smile.Amazon.com to designate OC as beneficiary, and also please buy Amazon scrip to make your purchases. Double pay to Or Chadash, and no cost to you at all. If you are doing any online shopping, please consider buying scrip to make those purchases.

As far as new habits go, ordering scrip is a great one! It's easy to get started! Check out the Scrip FAQs on the Or Chadash website. We always place orders for plastic scrip cards on the 15th of the month, so it's easy to plan your orders.

Families now have the option to get physical gift cards from 250+ popular brands delivered right to your door by using the mobile app, RaiseRight.
  • Contactless: Provides a safe option to get gift cards during COVID-19.
  • Flexible: Order on your schedule. No planning. No deadlines.
  • Easy Gifting: Buy gift cards as gifts and send them directly to friends and family.
  • Increased Reach: It's easy for out-of-town supporters to participate.
  • Easy to Order: Download the mobile app, RaiseRight, on your phone. Place orders for any brands labeled "Ship to Home Eligible." Pay with linked bank account or credit card. Includes small shipping fee (from $0.50 to $8.00). Your order comes right to your door!

While our favorites, ShopRite and Stop&Shop, are not available as "Ship to Home Eligible," there are many brands that offer this option (plastic gift cards shipped directly to you):
Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera, Subway, Gap, Old Navy, Lowe's, Barnes & Noble, Ulta, American Eagle, Lands End, Nordstrom, Sephora, Game Stop, Staples... and many more!



As always, remember: Or Chadash offers you 25% of your earnings back, as a credit towards your dues. The more your purchases earn for OC, the more you earn for yourself as dues credit. Win-win!

Thank you as always for your support!


We can get a head start on Mitzvah Day this year by helping Harvest Family Success Center on Saturday! Harvest could use some help with yard work. Great opportunity for easy volunteer hours! Breakfast included for morning volunteers! Pizza lunch for afternoon volunteers!
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 1st
  • TIME: Anytime from 9:00am to 2:00pm --come for all or part
  • WHERE: Harvest FSC, 5 East Main St, Flemington
  • WHAT: A yard work day -- please bring gloves and shovels
  • WHO: Troops, groups, families -- many hands make light work!

Have questions? Please call 908-237-0465

April 25th brought our youth group together for a bunch of activities, almost like a mini-Mitzvah Day!  OCTY planted pansies, prepped food drive bags, readied post-bloom daffodils for next season, and helped with some Bar and Bat Mitzvah materials.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and the group could be busy, happy, helpful, and together.

Thank you to:

Shayna Kantor
Harrison Langer
Kate MacIsaac
Kadence Melamud
Anna Metelitsa
Noah Metelitsa
Hayden Moscowitz
Jordyn Moscowitz
Samantha Orr
And special thanks to our graduating high school seniors:

Tali Parliyan
Cassondra Stoter
Ben Weiss

We're so proud of them and wish them so much luck!

Mazel Tov!
Bar Mitzvah of
David Loew
on Saturday,
April 24th
Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat  - A Reform Siddur

A Kindle version of our prayer book is available on Amazon for only $9.99.

Click on the image of the book or this link:

Also, a FREE online version is available from CCAR Press:

Click here for the FREE online version.
Did you know that your Amazon purchases can benefit Or Chadash with a charitable donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation when you shop at AmazonSmile? Just use the smile.amazon.com link when you go to shop.

To learn more about AmazonSmile, click HERE.


Rabbi Joseph M. Forman (Rabbi)
Cantor Kathy Gohr (Cantor)
Betsy Zalaznick (Educator)
Glenn Wasserman (President)
Victor Sloan (1st Vice President)
Dan Freedman (2nd Vice President )
Jeff Berg (Treasurer)
Laura Senator (Secretary)

Phone: 908-806-2122

OFFICE HOURS - Please call to schedule an appointment.