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Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Our Jewish tradition teaches that Pikuach Nefesh -- the saving of a life -- takes precedent over all other religious obligations. According to the Talmud, when it comes to saving any life, your own is the most important.  What that means for each of us today is that we need to protect our health.  But even more significantly, it means that we should inocculate ourselves against illnesses that might threaten our lives.
Several members of our congregation who are healthcare workers have shared photos of themselves getting the COVID vaccine.  
Today, as a clergy person, I was very fortunate to be able to receive the COVID vaccine.  The emotions surrounding that event were tremendous -- I had received a gift, yet I felt that I was engaged in fulfilling a civic duty by getting the vaccine. I encourage all of you: when you can get it, GET IT!!
The life you save may be your own or someone you love.  If you have photos of yourself you wish to share, please send them to us.  We can all be heroes in limiting this pandemic.  


 - Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

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Photos top to bottom: 
Josh Lehrer, Laura Senator, Victor Sloan and Renee Trambert.

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Wednesday, Jan. 13th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting (rescheduled)

Thursday, Jan. 14th

No Religious School

Friday, Jan. 15th

Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family and Friends

Sunday, Jan. 17th

No Religious School

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: Thursday, Jan 14th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: FREE

The true story of how a Jewish New Yorker's familial relations to the Mafia profoundly shaped her life. They say that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." In Lisa Novick Goldberg's memoir, she explores the veracity of this proverb by examining her complicated relationship with her father, whose closest friends happen to be bosses of the Genovese crime family.

Goldberg begins with a mob-related murder that forever alters the way she views the world. Through chronological vignettes, both riveting and humorous, she takes us behind the scenes into the glitzy and corrupt world of organized crime, where chaotic consequences wreak havoc on her fragile family. From her early childhood in Brooklyn, to growing up in the Five Towns of Long Island, to adulthood, Goldberg examines the fear, disappointment, and confusion that comes with a lifetime of negotiating identities as a privileged Jewish girl and a sort-of Mafia princess.

In The Apple and the Shady Tree, Lisa Novick Goldberg takes you on her intensely heartfelt journey as she uproots her family tree and explores its misshapen branches and weakened leaves.

Date: Thursday, Jan 14th
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $6.00 ($35 with copy of book)

Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel-already optioned to Netflix-about sex and power in the halls of corporate America.

Alex Vogel has always been a high achiever who lived her life by the book-star student and athlete in high school, prelaw whiz in college, Harvard Law School degree. Accepting a dream offer at the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Klasko & Fitch, she promises her sweet and supportive longtime boyfriend that the job won't change her.

Yet Alex is seduced by the firm's money and energy . . . and by her cocksure male colleagues, who quickly take notice of the new girl. She's never felt so confident and powerful-even the innuendo-laced banter with clients feels fun. But as her clients' expectations and demands on her increase, and Alex finds herself magnetically drawn to a handsome coworker despite her loving relationship at home, she begins to question everything-including herself. She knows the corporate world isn't black and white, and that to reach the top means playing by different rules. But who made those rules? And what if the system rigged so that women can't win, anyway?

When something happens that reveals the dark reality of the firm, Alex comes to understand the ways women like her are told-explicitly and implicitly-how they need to behave to succeed in the workplace. Now, she can no longer stand by silently-even if doing what's right means putting everything on the line to expose the shocking truth.

Date: Sunday, Jan 17th
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $6.00 ($30 with copy of book)

Hungry Girl creator Lisa Lillien's #1 bestselling cookbooks and daily emails are all about keeping things easy, while serving up big portions of better-for-you food that tastes great!

Today, more and more people are cooking at home, but they really want to spend less time doing it. So to kick off the new year, Lisa shares her fastest and easiest recipes for meals and snacks in HUNGRY GIRL FAST & EASY: All Natural Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less. Each recipe calls for just a few simple, everyday ingredients. No mile-long ingredient lists. Just healthy grocery staples and easy-to-follow directions. In the time it takes to watch a sitcom, anyone can whip up a healthy and delicious meal. In fact, many of these recipes only take 10 minutes! Lisa has loaded HUNGRY GIRL FAST & EASY with super speedy and mouth-watering meals that take 30 minutes or less to make, including: 
  • Sheet-pan Recipes - Smothered Oven-Fried Chicken Cutlets, Tropical Coconut Shrimp and Fajita-Style Veggie Tacos
  • One-pot Recipes - Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Rice, "Cheeseburger Heaven," Spicy Chickpea Chili
  • Stir-frys and Skillet Meals - Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Squash Noodles, Breakfast for Dinner Omelette, Quickie Chicken Picatta
  • Salads and Slaws - Chicken Caesar Slaw, Honey BBQ Steak Salad, Pesto Zucchini-Noodle Salad
  • 10-minute Power Bowls - Buffalo Chicken Power Bowl, Greek Veggie Power Bowl
  • 5-minute Smoothies, 2-ingredient Cake Mugs, and more...

And like all Hungry Girl recipes, the calories counts are small and the portions are large!

 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising

Thank you, scrip orderers, for wrapping up 2020 so wonderfully for Or Chadash! Our 34 orders in December earned $598!

For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, we've had 177 orders placed for scrip and our total earnings so far is $3278. That's a great number with which to start the new year!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards: Friday, January 15

As far as new habits go, ordering scrip is a great one to start! Reach out to Christine Berg at cberg3@comcast.net for help getting started, or review the Scrip FAQs on the Or Chadash website.  Add the 15th of the month to your shiny new 2021 calendars! 

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 more than ever for your support!

A message from congregant Liz Loew...

Last September, Hunterdon Healthcare teamed up with Home Health Services andSocial Services to offer home food delivery to local residents who, for medical reasons, aren't able to travel to the Food Pantry.

The Director of the program, Chris Gorton, is looking for adult volunteers who are able to drive, but who also have the ability to spend some time getting to know their clients. The individuals (and sometimes families) that are receiving this assistance are often lonely and looking for some companionship and friendship, and in many of the relationships that have been established since the inception of this program, the client has asked the volunteer to select their food from them, often with comments of "please just pick out what you know I'll eat." It's a little bit like forming a relationship with your Instacart Shopper, but the "store" is the Food Pantry and the client is ordering not because of COVID, but because they really can't leave their home.

The clients do have the ability to order their own items, so you wouldn't necessarily be tasked with selecting someone's meals! But - it would also be more than just picking up at the Pantry and dropping off to the clients. Deliveries would be twice/month, per client you're assisting.

In the past year, Food2You has made 234 deliveries to 31 clients. There are currently 22 clients being assisted, but that is variable.

If you are interested, please reach out to Chris Gorton directly at gortonc@comcast.net and please tell her that Liz Loew from the Food Pantry referred you.

Thank you for reading, and for sharing with a friend who you believe may be interested in assisting.

Hope you're well!

 - Liz Loew

Mazel Tov!
Bar Mitzvah of Dylan Berg
on Saturday, January 9th
Safety Rules for In-Person OC Services

Here are the safety precautions that must be followed for all who attend Services in person:
  • Clinically high risk people, or anyone who is sick, should continue to attend via Zoom
  • Everyone must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the duration of the service
  • Wash/sanitize hands frequently
  • Social distancing (6 feet minimum)
  • We are not allowed to serve food, so there will be no Oneg Shabbat. Reminder during "mingling" that social distancing rules are still in effect
  • Bathrooms WILL be open, but please "go before you go" to minimize use
  • Prayer books have not been touched in months, so are OK to share
  • Please bring your own chair and observe the seating areas designated on the lawn
  • If you answer "YES" to any of the screening questions below, we ask that you do not attend the service in person:
    1. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
    2. Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 21 days?
    3. Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 30 days?
    4. Have you or anyone in your household traveled to one of the states on the NJ Travel Advisory List in the past 21 days?
    5. Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
    6. Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or contracted COVID-19?
    7. To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?
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.