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PLEASE NOTE: An  abbreviated version of this edition of UPCOMING went out yesterday to get you our midweek schedule as quickly as possible.  We have added some exciting new events, particularly writer Katie Rosman ( New York Times) who will be joining us this Friday at Shabbat services and Rabbi Forman's Adult Learning on Sunday.  Religious School events for the week/weekend are also included.  See you on Zoom!

Dear Members of Or Chadash,
As we struggle to re-imagine our lives without the ability to physically connect with one another, Or Chadash is working to create opportunities for us to overcome the isolation that COVID-19 has created.  I encourage you to reach out to those who may need extra support during this difficult time. Please share these Zoom links with friends and family who might find comfort in the connections they provide.
I hope you are well.

Rabbi Joe Forman

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Wednesday, March 25th 4:30 PM - Religious School: Grade 7
7th Grade Religious School with Rabbi Forman - Zoom

Meeting ID:  549-468-751

Thursday, March 26th
7:30 PM - OC: Our Community Zoom

Staying at home can be isolating. 
Would you like to chat with one another? Interested in connecting, meeting some new folks, or just hanging out virtually in Rabbi Forman's Frenchtown, NJ, living room? OC: Our Community Zoom is an opportunity to schmooze. There will be no set topic, just catching up with one another.

Drop in, hang out for a bit, start a conversation. See you soon!:
Another opportunity to Zoom and schmooze!

Meeting ID: 475-067-577

Friday, March 27th
7:00 PM - Shabbat Service with Rabbi Forman and Cantor Kathy Gohr

Special guest: New York Times 
writer  Katie Rosman will speak on her recent article: "Some Tips On How To Stay Sane In A World That Isn't." ( CLICK HERE to read the article. )  
Katherine Rosman is an American writer and reporter for the New York Times, previously at the Wall Street Journal. Or Chadash welcomed Katie in October, 2013, when Katie joined us for a discussion of her book,  If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, a Daughter, a Reporter's Notebook.

On this Shabbat, 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 email me (josephforman@gmail.com) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday the names you would like me to read during 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.
I hope each of you is well. We look forward to seeing our Or Chadash  community for our ZOOM Shabbat.

Meeting ID:  753-020-067

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Bernard Woir
Valentina Geylur

Sunday, March 29th

9:30 - 10:00 AM - Religious School: Grade 6

Meeting ID:  455-767-933


10:15 - 11:00 AM - Religious School: Grades K-6
Religious School will be joining as one community at 10:15 AM and then moving into individual "Zoom Classrooms."  

Please note:   Sibling alert!  If possible, one device for each child so that each student can transition to their own "Zoom Classroom." 

Meeting ID: 361-288-990


11:00 - 11:45 AM - Kup O' Joe - Adult Learning with Rabbi Forman: Leviticus, Incest and the Two Chimney Sweeps

Meeting ID: 377-125-299

View our full calendar  here .

By request...

We are including a link to watch " Mr. Stein tells the Passover Story (on Zoom)"

This is a must watch! Don't miss the Plague "Ice Bucket Challenge" (15:20) 
Thanks to Merrick Stein for his assistance.
Hunterdon Medical Center has a request for items needed to help a group that is making mask covers. What is needed:
  • All purpose thread (any color)
  • Braided 1/4 inch elastic
There is a box at the main entrance of the hospital and donations can be dropped of there and also at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Clinton and Whitehouse Station.
Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat  - A Reform Siddur

A Kindle version of our prayer book is available on Amazon for only $4.99.

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.
Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
through Or Chadash

Did you know that Or Chadash is a certifying organization of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award? The  PVSA recognizes U.S. citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. The awards are offered in multiple levels and include bronze, silver, and gold, based on the number of service hours completed and the age of the volunteer. In order for you or your child to have qualifying hours, Or Chadash must be the recipient of the volunteer service, or a facilitator of the service. All service must be unpaid, volunteer, and take place within the one year period specified.

PLEASE NOTE: The most recent qualifying period just concluded and ran from March 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020. Required documentation of hours needs to be submitted to Cindy Stoter at chstoter@comcast.net by April 10, 2020.

Please reach out to Cindy if you would like more information on how to submit those hours or if have any additional questions.

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

OFFICE HOURS - Please call to schedule an appointment.