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Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Two years ago, I stepped into a role that was completely new to me - President of the Board of Trustees at Or Chadash. This role has provided me with a new perspective on what happens at Or Chadash, and with new opportunities to contribute to the temple’s success.

We had our annual Congregational Meeting last week, and shared highlights from the past year. The slideshow of photos really brought back wonderful memories from my term as president that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

I can close my eyes, and clearly see the faces of our members in Zoom services. They are connecting with each other and with their Jewish identity by participating in the service.

Next, I see our Board of Trustees meeting virtually, working diligently, and collaborating on temple activities and how we can further adapt to the challenges of life during the pandemic. I have such a respect for this dedicated group of volunteers, it is hard for me to adequately communicate it. The time and effort these amazing people have committed to making Or Chadash what it is, is just inspiring.

I blink and can see a girl at the Bima reading from the Torah for the first time, with her parents behind her, Rabbi Forman on one side, and Cantor Kathy on the other. I see the joy of a Bat Mitzvah being shared with the family and our congregation, and I had the privilege of presenting gifts from our Board to the bat mitzvah.

Another blink and it’s Passover. We have our virtual Seder, and we are in each other’s houses again, sharing the occasion with each other.

Next, I see the children of our congregation, in the classrooms at Or Chadash, learning Hebrew and learning about their Jewish heritage.

The memories keep coming. Mitzvah Day, author visits, Hanukkah services, adult education, High Holy Days… There are so many more images I have in my head – so many memories I will take away from my time as president. I am proud and humbled that I have played a role in making Or Chadash the welcoming synagogue that it is. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this wonderful, supportive community.

We have a new president taking over now, Dan Freedman. I have no doubt he will do a great job in leading our Board of Trustees to grow and nurture Or Chadash. Our Board of Trustees, led by Dan, will continue to help us accomplish our mission, which is to be a temple that offers a caring and inclusive congregation that prays together, builds Jewish community through acts of Tikkun Olam, shares life's events and provides education for all ages.

Thank you for being a part of Or Chadash and for giving me this opportunity to contribute.

- Glenn Wasserman

“Immediate Past President”

2022-23 Board and Officers

As voted on at the OC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th

  • President: Dan Freedman
  • Vice President: Victor Sloan
  • Treasurer: Jeff Berg
  • Past President: Glenn Wasserman
  • Trustees: Larry Abrams, Ken Becker, Ken Hillman, Jack Kurlansik, Steven Margolis, Barbara Schlessinger, Louis Speizer, Kim Turner, Ross Weinick, Betsy Zalaznick

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Friday, Jun. 24th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbat Services with Cantor Kathy Gohr

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On this Sabbath, join us exactly as you feel most comfortable on Zoom. A few things to note about our service:

  • For those on Zoom, 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 Cantor Kathy Gohr ( no later than 5:00 PM on Friday with the names you would like him to read during the Mi Shebeirach.
  • If you need support or assistance using Zoom, please reach out to Betsy Zalaznick 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 sharing Shabbat with our Or Chadash community no matter how you attend.

Yahrzeits to be observed:

Ethel Pearl

Vincent Tirinato

Ted Pytlar Sr

Marliese Hirsch

Minnie Singer

Diane Kurtzberg Vaughan

Richard E. Ingram

Bert Ivry

Eileen Gong Weiner

Selma Simon Ingram


Friday, Jul. 1st


Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family and Friends


Friday, Jul. 8th

Yahrzeits to be observed:

Rose Rabiner

Boris Rabiner

Irving Senator

Eileen Ohlinger

Carl Christensen

Lorryne Lane

Edith Hack

Paul Adelman

Wayne Wolfson

Marcus Leon

Friday, Jul. 22nd

Yahrzeits to be observed:

Diane Sigel

Joe Zalaznick

Ilmari Bernard Erkkila

Hattie Hillman

Ellen Gold

Ida Wolfson

Irving Crystal

Israel Louis Levin


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Gun Violence and Domestic Terrorism

Members of Or Chadash,

Fortunately in NJ, our two senators are strongly committed to passing appropriate gun control legislation, which was already passed by the house. However, senators in other states who do not feel this way, need to hear from their constituents expressing their views on this subject. This is the way our system is supposed to function. You may have relatives and/or friends in these states (Florida, South Carolina for example). can provide more detailed information.

You can help by asking your relatives and/or friends in these states, to urge their senators (by phone, or email) to vote for this important legislation. Many thanks for your help.


Best regards,

Larry Abrams - Social Action Committee

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Saturday, June 11th - Mazel Tov to Jack Levison on his Bar Mitzvah

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We are coming to the final month of the '21-'22 fiscal year and looking to wrap up this year-long scrip campaign with a bang! Thank you so much for your continued support of the Scrip Program! 

Every order counts! Every order makes a difference!

We had 22 orders for the month of May, with earnings of $353.

That brings our total earned thus far to just over $5,000.

Let's see if we can get to $5,500 with orders for this month of June!

Read more about the Scrip program...


Thinking of a career in Digital Marketing?

Get experience by producing the weekly Or Chadash newsletter - and support your temple at the same time!

You would gather and edit content, make it look "spiffy" in our Constant Contact template and send it out to the congregation.

Interested? Questions? Contact Dan Freedman at

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 link when you go to shop.

To learn more about AmazonSmile, click HERE.

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How to Reach Us

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman (Rabbi)

Cantor Kathy Gohr (Cantor)

Betsy Zalaznick (Educator)

Dan Freedman (President)

Victor Sloan (Vice President)

Jeff Berg (Treasurer)


Phone: 908-806-2122


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