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Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Chag Purim Sameach!

This year, Or Chadash will celebrate Purim a bit differently and we need your help completing this form:

On Sunday, February 28, we will be bringing a carnival to you via Zoom. We are looking forward to:
  • Cantor Kathy leading us in song
  • Rabbi Forman reading the Megillah (Purim Scroll)
  • a Purim Spiel (a creative play led by the talents of Andy Stein and team)
  • our EXTRA SPECIAL Purim Carnival with Conrad The Magician (thank you Christine Berg and team)

All on Zoom! These activities are for the young and the young at heart. The Zoom link will be provided and festivities will begin at 10:00 AM.


Additionally, we hope you will come to Or Chadash (149 Foothill Road) on Sunday, February 28th between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to pick up your Mishloach Manot / Purim Project gift bag and also to participate in our Purim Food Drive. Rabbi Forman, Betsy Zalaznick, and members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand to extend socially distanced greetings.

How does this work? Simple. Just like our High Holy Day prayerbook and Hanukkah candle distributions, which both took place on the porch, it is easy and safe. You can drive through or park your car and socialize briefly. Please wear your mask and keep appropriate distance. If you prefer to remain in your car, simply drive up to the OC circle and open your passenger window (please wear a mask). We will say hello, wish you a Happy Purim, and hand your Purim Project bag to you.

Because we are not in person for the carnival, distribution of our Purim Project bags is a bit more complicated in 2021. We need extra help this year in delivering the bags to the Or Chadash community. It is very important for us to know if you are planning on coming to Or Chadash, so we don't ask a volunteer to deliver your bag. If you are unable to pick up your Purim Project bag, please let us know so that we can be assured to have your bag delivered to your residence or so we can make appropriate arrangements (e.g. we can leave the bag on the porch bench for you to pick up later).

We are also collecting food for the needy during this season. For Hanukkah, your generosity was extraordinary; we delivered over 950 pounds of food to the Food Pantry as well as a generous envelope of supermarket gift cards. Your donations are always incredibly appreciated by the staff and clients of the Food Pantry.

Please bring a bag filled with non-perishable food items for the Food Pantries in our area when you come to Or Chadash. If you'll use pasta boxes for groggers during the Megilla reading, bring those! Members of OCTY (Or Chadash Temple Youth Group) will be on hand to help collect your donations. Given the impact of the pandemic on so many in our community, the demand on food banks has increased significantly, so your donation means that much more. Some items to include:
  • applesauce, canned beans or other vegetables,
  • canned chicken or fish, cooking oils, crackers,
  • dried herbs and spices, canned fruit, granola bars,
  • instant mashed potatoes, nuts, pasta, peanut butter,
  • rice, shelf-stable powdered milk, soups,
  • stews and chili, whole grain cereal.
  • PLEASE NO glass containers or junk food.

Once again, here is the link to the form:




Wishing all of you a joyous and fun-filled Purim!

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Betsy Zalaznick - Educator
Glenn Wasserman - President

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Wednesday, Feb. 17th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 18th

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

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Religious School: Grade 8/9/10
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

Friday, Feb. 19th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shabbat Service 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:
Sidonia Wolf
Robert Tuschak
Roslyn Ringel
Margaret Mazzocchi
Ralph Sacks
Julie Speizer
Beatrice R. Abrams
Estelle Zaner
Ken Michaelson
Florence Solomon
Michael Hann
Charles Hack
Frederick Wolf

Sunday, Feb. 21st

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

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kup O' Joe: Adult Education with Rabbi Forman
Meeting ID

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.
RVCC Institute of 
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
ONLINE Winter/Spring

The RVCC Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded in 1981 with a mission of promoting tolerance, combating bigotry, educating the community, and evoking remembrance. Since COVID-19 restrictions, the Institute has been presenting programs for the community online.

Thursday, March 4
1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

To register, please email: michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu

"Women's History Month Poetry Reading Coffee House"

Join us for an online "Women's History Month Poetry Reading Coffee House" (BYOC: Bring your own coffee and poetry, too). The event will offer participants an opportunity to read and hear poetry that reflects on women's rights and perspectives through the ages. Selected poetry can be an original piece or something that is moving and inspiring to you. The event will be held online via Zoom.
This is
What Jewish
Looks Like

A four-part series of conversations with prominent Black Jews Monday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 6:00 p.m.  Celebrating our diverse experience through personal stories. Four prominent Black Jews will speak about life as a minority within a minority and discuss what the Jewish community needs to do to turn the word inclusion into a reality.
Tuesday, February 22
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

"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, Feb 24th
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $36.00

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical-and accessible-plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising

Thank you for a very respectable start to 2021 for the Scrip Program! We had 25 orders in January bringing in $438 in earnings for Or Chadash. Thank you!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards: Monday, February 15

Look for details about a Food Drive collection at the end of this month, as part of our Purim festivities. We can still donate our pasta box groggers for a good cause! Food banks are always grateful for any gift cards they receive because they can use them for perishable food items as well as the most current needs. Please consider the double gift of donating a gift card and using scrip to do so! If you'd like to donate scrip to the Food Drive, you can place an order for scrip or have me place the order for you. Reach out to Christine Berg at cberg3@comcast.net - happy to help!

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!



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 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!

Stay Tuned for Future Postings...

Mazel Tov!
Bat Mitzvah of Samantha Orr
on Saturday,
February 6th
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.