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Dear Members of Or Chadash,

This Friday, July 24th, we will try again to supplement our Zoom service with an in-person service at Or Chadash, outdoors in the back yard. If the weather is bad, we will have a Zoom-only service as we have been doing. Given that non-essential stores are now open for indoor shopping, child care centers are reopening, restaurants are now open for outdoor seating, and the state of New Jersey is progressing with its reopening plan at  https://covid19.nj.gov/ , we feel that it is time to try this out. If it goes smoothly and we all follow the guidelines from the state/CDC, we will consider doing it again in future weeks.

Rabbi Forman will be at Or Chadash, streaming via Zoom. Our Cantor Kathy Gohr will be remote, on the Zoom session. In-person attendees will be able to see and hear the Zoom session via a large screen TV.   Anyone who is not comfortable coming in person can still attend via Zoom, we expect the experience for Zoom attendees to be basically the same as it has been up till now.

With the goal of not just being compliant with State of NJ/CDC guidelines, but rather doing the best we can to protect each other, please consider the following safety precautions that must be followed for all who attend 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?
We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation between now and July 24th, and beyond. As always, please feel free to let us know what YOU think by dropping me a line at  president@orchadash-nj.org, or by contacting one of the other board members.

See you on Friday night - either online or in person!

- Glenn Wasserman - President

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Wednesday, July 22nd

7:00 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting

Friday, July 24th

7:00 PM
Shabbat Sevices
with Rabbi Forman and Cantor Kathy Gohr
Meeting ID
Join us as we welcome Shabbat with song and prayer. 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.

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Irving Crystal
Diane Sigel
Joe Zalaznick
Ilmari Bernard Erkkila
Hattie Hillman
Ellen Gold
Ida Wolfson
Israel Louis Levin
Helen Berg

Sunday, July 26th

Kup O' Joe is on coffee break again this Sunday.  We will be back in a few weeks.

View our full calendar  here .
Wish your family and friends a sweet
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Or Chadash is encouraging members to help other members at this time of need.  If you can help our community and would like to let others know - please feel free to share it with us, so we can share it with all of you.
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As someone who works with collaboration technology on a regular basis, I would be more than happy to be a resource to help test or troubleshoot Zoom connectivity. From initial setup to test calls, feel free to reach out to me during the day to proactively get setup and comfortable prior to upcoming Or Chadash virtual gatherings

If you have any other technology needs, don't hesitate to reach out. I'll do what I can.

Feel free to text or email me:
Mike Wolf
(267) 872-4708

Talk soon!
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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.

These are hard times as we all know. As always and during this pandemic, Hunterdon Helpline is trying 24-7 to meet the needs of vulnerable populations who are challenged in a safe and organized manner for both the receiver and the giver.

In addition to being open to assist as always for any challenge at any time, Helpline has situation-particular services that we are providing:
  • Community Information web page updated regularly for access to available services and needs, including government, nonprofits, business and other organizations: http://www.helplinehc.org/community-information.html
  • Food Access for vulnerable populations: Call (908) 782-4357
  • Direct Relief Services Volunteer Registration and Matching to programs / services / organizations: Call (908) 782-4357 or email volunteerprograms@helplinehc.org or download registration form on the Community Information page: http://www.helplinehc.org/community-information.html
  • Community Translation Center - volunteers on-call for telephone conferencing
  • Regular Outreach and Intakes from community organizations for what they are still providing: email communityinformation@helplinehc.org to update
  • Our Senior and Disability Services Telephone Reassurance program is available for new clients wishing to be checked in on daily and receive information
  • Helpline continues to register people for Citizen Alert and Register Ready if they are unable to do themselves.
We ask that you share this with your congregation. We welcome volunteers. We are here for those who need assistance because of the pandemic or because, as we know, life goes on. Hunterdon Helpline has, for 50 years, provided assistance and connection to services to our continually updated database of 1500-plus programs and services. All one has to do is call: (908) 782-4357 or 1-800-272-4630.

If you have begun an effort of your own, please send the information to  communityinformation@helplinehc.org and we will share it on our Community Information web page.

Thank you for your service to the community.

Stay well,
 - Susan

Susan R.G. Lax, MCIS
Executive Director
Hunterdon Helpline