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Dear Members of the Or Chadash Community,

The mission of Or Chadash is to offer a caring and inclusive community that prays together, builds Jewish community through acts of Tikkun Olam, shares life's events, and provides education for all ages.

This past year has been unlike any we have ever had, but our congregation remained focused on our mission. And in these unprecedented times of a worldwide pandemic, we have come together virtually, as a group, to maintain our community, our identity, and our faith. I have never been more proud to be a part of the community of Or Chadash as I am now.

Our Annual Meeting is this Wednesday, June 16th, at 7:00 PM. This is the second year that we will be meeting virtually. I hope you take this opportunity to join us to review the past year and look ahead to our future. At the meeting, 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.

The Board of Trustees and I are looking forward to "seeing" you all there.


Glenn Wasserman - President

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Wednesday, Jun. 16th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Or Chadash Annual Congregation Meeting
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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 Friends and Family

Friday, Jun. 25th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shabbat Services with Rabbi Forman and Cantor Kathy Gohr
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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:
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

Upcoming Yahrzeits
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

Friday, Aug. 6th
Ellen Gold
Ida Wolfson
Israel Louis Levin
Helen Berg
Ida Ettinger
Henrietta Weinstein
Harold Bernard Reisman
Simi Rotter
Dick Coriell
Ben Bland
Ira Korfin
Ada Kadet Levy
Barbara Vrabel

View our full calendar here.

Mazel Tov to All Our Graduates!


Graduated From...
What's Next...
Nadia Belkin
Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
Nadia spent most of her years in middle school and high school playing on a national competitive volleyball team while also playing on the school teams. She was on the Red Cross club as well as the student council. In Nadia's spare time, she loves listening to music and thrifting.
Will be attending Elon University, located in Elon NC. Plans to study psychology and criminal justice with the goal to work as a profiler for the FBI.
Olivia Buchholz
[Granddaughter of Fran & Ed Hack]
Gov. Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights on June 19.
Will be going to Cornell University this Fall.
Matthew Lifshitz
North Hunterdon High School
Will be attending the University of Miami, majoring in business.
Tali Parliyan
North Hunterdon High School, Biomedical Academy program, Graduated with high honors
Will be attending American University in the fall studying biology.
Emily Schlessinger
Warren Hills Regional High School
Will be heading to Fairleigh Dickenson University.
An-lin Sloan
The Pennington School
Will be attending Tufts University this fall.
Cassondra Stoter
Voorhees High School
Will be attending NC State University, interested in studying Business/Accounting
Evan  Tomljanovich
North Hunterdon High School
Will be attending Maryland Institute College of Art
Matthew Turner
Phillips Exeter Academy, graduation Summa Cum Laude with a Classics Diploma
Will be attending University of Chicago next year.
Ben Weiss
North Hunterdon High School
Will be attending University of Delaware


Graduated From...
What's Next...
Jacob Berg
Case Western Reserve University
Masters of Accountancy program at Case Western Reserve University
Kimberly Graybeal
Will be attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine in August
Cole Grumbach
Colgate University with a BA in International Relations & Middle Eastern Islamic Studies 

Brianna Lifshitz
Georgetown University, with a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Jenna Lifshitz
Brandeis University, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Jordan Sinoway 
The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Jordan accepted a job offer from M.I.T. He will be moving up to the Boston area in the next few weeks.
Mei-lin Sloan
Muhlenberg College with a BA in Comparative Languages (a self-designed major).

Sydney Stoter
Appalachian State University in North Carolina - Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Spanish and a concentration in American Sign Language.
Will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a Doctorate of Audiology.
Dan Tiber
Rutgers College of Engineering Bachelors or Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
Graduated with high honors
Will be attending University of Maryland for graduate school

Graduated From...
What's Next
Christina Buchholz
[Granddaughter of Fran & Ed Hack]
Western Governors University in May with a Masters in Mathematics. She completed the degree while working full time teaching in Manhattan.

If you didn't complete the form in time for this week's newsletter,
just click HERE to submit it now and we will add it to the list for next week.

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
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

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