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Dear Members of the Or Chadash Community,

Mazel Tov to all our graduates!!!

We are reaching out to all high school, college and graduate school graduating "families." We would like to include your child's news in next week's "Upcoming at Or Chadash" newsletter, where we will feature all of our graduates of 2021.

If you would click on the link below and provide the information requested on the form, we would be delighted! Our publication deadline for next week's newsletter is Sunday, June 13th at 5:00 PM.

Any questions? Please reach out to one of us.

And mazal tov to you and your family. Such a special time to celebrate!


Rabbi Joe Forman

Betsy Zalaznick

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Friday, June 11th

Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family and Friends

Wednesday, June 16th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Or Chadash Annual Congregation Meeting
Meeting ID
We will be presenting and voting on our budget for July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, and voting on our new slate of Board Members and Officers.

Friday, Jun. 18th

Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family and Friends

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Friday, Jun. 25th
Louise Theile
Arthur Horowitz
Sylvia Horowitz
Lillian Magid
Ann Gorin
Isidor Soodik
Ethel Pearl
Vincent Tirinato
Ted Pytlar
Marliese Hirsch
Minnie Singer
Diane Kurtzberg Vaughan
Richard E. Ingram
Bert Ivry
Eileen Gong Weiner
Selma Simon Ingram
Rose Rabiner

Friday, Jul. 16th
Boris Rabiner
Irving Senator
Irving Crystal
Marsha Bacal
Eileen Ohlinger
Carl Christensen
Lorryne Lane
Edith Hack
Paul Adelman
Wayne Wolfson
Marcus Leon
Diane Sigel
Joe Zalaznick
Ilmari Bernard Erkkila
Hattie Hillman

View our full calendar here.
A Letter from Sarah Blaine, RAC-NJ Lead Organizer on the 
Fair Chance in Housing Act

Dear RAC-NJ Leaders,

I am thrilled to share that RAC-NJ's first issue campaign - the Fair Chance in Housing Act (A1919/S250) - passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature late yesterday. The bill, which The New York Times called "a landmark bill" and "the most sweeping of its kind," is now headed to Governor Murphy's desk for his signature.

As hundreds of you heard at RAC-NJ's campaign kickoff on May 6, in New Jersey, where there is a political will, there is a way. Through our emails, call-in days, virtual lobby visits, letters to the editor, committee testimony, and an op-ed in the Star Ledger, hundreds of RAC-NJ leaders working together with our coalition headed by Fair Share Housing Center created that political will, and yesterday we saw the results.

The urgency we created worked - our legislators found a way to get this bill across the finish line with real remedies for those directly affected by housing discrimination as a result of their criminal records, including access to a 14-day rapid mediation process, monetary compensation, and a path to housing.

As primary sponsor Senator Troy Singleton told The Philadelphia Inquirer: "This measure will allow those who have paid their debt to society to move forward with their lives in a productive manner." At 12 Black adults for every one white adult, New Jersey has the highest Black/white disparity in adult incarceration rates in the country. This means that over 60 percent of New Jersey's prison population is Black even though fewer than 15 percent of our residents are Black. For New Jersey, reducing recidivism by increasing access to safe and secure housing is a key racial justice issue, and represents a win for our Movement-wide Racial Justice Campaign.

Fair Share Housing Center recognized the power of our coalition in their press release yesterday. They wrote:

We also believe it is critical to recognize the broad and diverse coalition that it has taken to get to this landmark day, from civil rights leaders to people who themselves have experienced discrimination based on their past history, to rabbis, pastors, imams and congregational leaders who have spoken up for this critical moral issue.

As RAC-NJ's lead organizer, I am particularly excited that we played a critical role in getting this bill passed with bipartisan support in an election year. RAC-NJ's Core Team, Research Team, Campaign Strategy Team, and Congregational Teams all played crucial roles in helping to create the political will to make this happen before the legislature heads off to campaign for their seats in November's General Election. There were votes in favor - especially from the minority party - that would not have happened without our advocacy.

RAC-NJ proved that by working together across our state, and particularly by galvanizing our largely suburban legislators to stand up for what's right, New Jersey's Reform Jews can make a meaningful difference in the fight for justice. Please support our work.

Now we will stay vigilant to make sure that the governor signs the bill (all indications are that he will) and that the implementing regulations do not undo the intent of the Act.

While I am writing, I will take a moment to remind everyone that New Jersey's 2021 Primary Election Day is this coming Tuesday, June 8. Don't forget to vote! This summer and fall our work will focus on RAC-NJ's 2021 Double Your Impact Civic Engagement Campaign. Voting is how we continue to build our power to hold our legislators accountable to pursue justice.

With kindest regards,

Sarah Blaine, RAC-NJ Lead Organizer
Or Chadash Outing
Strawberry Picking
Bonacorsi Family Farm
This Saturday
June 12th @ 10am





Saturday, June 12th

10:00 AM

Bonacorsi Family Farm

Wear comfortable shoes that can get muddy.
  • It take about 15 minutes harvest 1 quart container.
  • Quarts are provided, and pricing is $5/quart or $25 for flat of 6 quarts (cash or checks only). For your reference, a quart holds about a pound and a half of strawberries.
  • Activity is outdoors. Hand sanitizer is provided. Masks are not required.
  • If you cannot join us at 10:00 AM, the fields are open till 4:00 PM.
  • Bonacorsi Family Farm updates its fruit picking and harvest activities on Facebook. The weather for Saturday June 12 looks great!
  • While it's not necessary, we'd love to know if you're planning on joining us. Please email Rabbi Joe (josephforman@gmail.com) so we know to look for you in the fields.

Good Reading
ARTICLE: Q&A - Challah Instagram Sensation Vanessa Harper Connects Baking to Judaism - The rabbinical student's intricate creations are tied to Jewish holidays and themes.
 - By Kara Baskin for JewishBoston

Challah lovers knead to follow Vanessa Harper on Instagram: the rabbinical student makes creations and connects them to Judaic themes, earning her a loyal fan base (and a book deal for next year). The Queens resident will move to Massachusetts in the coming weeks to begin a job with Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley and Gann Academy in Waltham as a rabbi educator.

Read the full article HERE.
 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising
Start a Rosh Hashanah Tradition

Order Kosher 100% pure honey to give for Rosh Hashanah. Not only do you share sweet greetings with your family, friends and business associates, but you support Or Chadash and ORT America.

Honey and apples symbolize the sweetness of the New Year. Honey from the Heart will ship 8 oz. jars of Kosher honey, complete with your personalized message, anywhere in the world. Your gift will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah 5782, which begins September 6, 2021 at sundown.

As we come into the final months of the 20-21 fiscal year, Or Chadash thanks you for your continued support of the Scrip Program!

We had 32 orders in April, and earned $490 for Or Chadash. Our total earned thus far tops $5,000, and we may just make it to $6,000 with orders these remaining two months. Fantastic!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards: Tuesday, June 15

One great mitzvah that you can perform all year long is buying scrip through our Scrip Program! This month, we'll extend the deadline by which to order scrip one extra day, in case you are able to place an order on Mitzvah Day, May 16. Learn how scrip works, and try placing an order with Christine Berg. You can create an online account, or have Christine place the order for you. Either way, thanks for supporting Or Chadash through your gift card purchases!

Tis the season!  If you could use a gift card or two for some special gifting, please consider buying scrip.  Amazon, Target, Visa, Home Depot, HomeGoods, Walmart, Starbucks.... Lots of choices for grads, dads, and teachers!

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!

Mazel Tov!
Bat Mitzvah of
Lindsey Gold
Saturday, June 5th

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.
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.