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Dear Members of the Or Chadash Community,

RABBI TARFON SAID: "It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to avoid it." Pirke Avot 2:21

Please join us and participate in Mitzvah Day 2021 on SUNDAY, MAY 16th, both at Or Chadash and also at home. (Mitzvah Day will be held rain or shine - all food preparation activities will be held under our porches).

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the Or Chadash community and have a huge impact on our world. The entire Or Chadash community is encouraged to donate just a few hours of time.

We are delighted to be able to deliver meaningful and safe activities for Mitzvah Day 2021 both at Or Chadash and also at home. Come join in an outdoor session, or choose from the many wonderful mitzvah opportunities that you can complete in your own homes and then drop off at Or Chadash on Mitzvah Day, May 16th. (Or make arrangements for drop off at another time.) Or Chadash will take be delighted to deliver your thoughtful gifts to the appropriate organizations.

Can I participate remotely?

Ugh! I have a conflict on the 16th.

I would like to help.

Yes! We have lots of ideas on how you can participate and make a meaningful contribution to Or Chadash's Mitzvah Day. Please take a look at the form for creative and meaningful ways to participate from your homes.

Thank you in advance for your commitment of time and generous contributions to support the many activities of Mitzvah Day 2021.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, May 16th!


Rabbi Joseph M. Forman
Cantor Kathy Gohr
Betsy Zalaznick
Glenn Wasserman - President

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Thursday, May 6th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Religious School: Grades 7/8/9/10
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

Friday, May 7th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shabbat Services with Rabbi Forman and Cantor Kathy Gohr
Meeting ID
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:
Anna Wolf
William Rush
Ellen Sabio
Robert Hann
Deborah Schwartz
Esther Adelman
Louis Brodsky
Lillian Golden
Kate Hirsch
Dorothy Sacks
David Abrams

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Friday, May 21st
Morris Kurtzberg
Bernard H. Hillman
Isidore Wolf
Bernie Matkov
Larry Seligman
Joseph Hillman

Friday, Jun. 4th
Robert Gorin
Leo Heller
Sunny Garfield
Richard Jost
Celia Zalaznick
Mildred Albert
Beatrice Heller
Morty Lehrer
Richard Levy
Bernard Sigel
Sheldon Connor
Bessie Sinoway

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.
2021 Legislative Campaign
"Ban the Box in Housing"

Zoom Event
Thursday, May 6th
7:30 PM

Join RAC-NJ's campaign kickoff for our 2021 Legislative Campaign: 
"Ban the Box in Housing" on May 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

RAC-NJ is working with lead partner Fair Share Housing Center on this racial and economic justice legislative campaign. This is a campaign to help push the "Fair Chance in Housing Act" (S250/A1919) over the finish line. The Act will help to reduce recidivism for New Jersey residents by making safe and secure housing more accessible. At a 12:1 rate for adults, New Jersey has the highest black/white disparity for rates of incarceration in the country, which makes this legislation a racial justice issue. Working together, our 45 New Jersey Reform congregations can put our values into action by partnering with Fair Share Housing Center to make a difference for justice in the Garden State.

Register to join RAC-NJ, the bill's primary sponsor in the NJ State Senate, Sen. Troy Singleton, and Fair Share Housing Center on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET for RAC-NJ's 2021 issue campaign kickoff.

Senator Singleton and our partners from Fair Share Housing Center will share more about this campaign and why it's important for racial and economic justice. RAC-NJ leaders will provide resources for legislative advocacy, a Jewish-values framing, and map out a campaign strategy developed with our partners - with concrete actions you can take - to help get this legislation enacted into law.

"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, May 6th
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: $6.00 ($25.00 with copy of book)

Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. Join us as she discusses her latest will-be blockbuster, The Woman with the Blue Star.

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents amidst the horrors of the Krakow Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Krakow restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it's a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds.

As with all her books, Jenoff took a small, little-known nugget from history and created a gripping and powerful story of survival against unimaginable odds. Inspired by the harrowing true stories of people who hid in the sewers beneath the streets of Europe in order to escape the Nazis, Jenoff blends vivid historical detail with a riveting and emotional story, shedding new light on this dark time in history.

Date: Monday, May 10th
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price: FREE ($36.00 with copy of book)

Of the legions of stories of World War II and the Holocaust that shape our understanding of those history-changing events, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the daring resistance efforts of Jewish women in the ghettos of the Nazi occupation. In The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos, Judy Batalion shares the acts of defiance and rebellion of women who saw and acknowledged the truth of their time, worked together, and risked their lives in the fight for justice and liberty. The Light of Days is a meticulously researched and grippingly told David-and-Goliath history that sheds light on the invaluable role these unsung heroines played in fighting against and surviving Hitler's Final Solution.

Batalion first learned of the "ghetto girls" and their achievements when she stumbled upon a Yiddish-language memoir in the British Library more than a decade ago. Delving deeply into myriad Jewish archives and making numerous research trips to Poland and Israel, she painstakingly uncovered their stories through long-overlooked memoirs as well as other surviving documents and personal interviews with their families. The rebellious acts Batalion discovered ran the gamut from spontaneous, simple acts of defiance to complex, planned initiatives. The ghetto girls tricked the Gestapo into carrying their luggage filled with contraband, hid revolvers in teddy bears, flung Molotov cocktails, and bombed German train lines. They flirted with Nazis; bought them off with wine, whiskey, and pastry; and then shot and killed them.

Batalion shares the hope and daring of these remarkable women, focusing on Renia Kukielka, a young Jewish woman who disguised herself as a Catholic girl and broke through ghetto borders with weapons and cash strapped to her torso. She smuggled sick youth, planned rescue operations, and masterminded her own escape from a Gestapo prison. She lived to 90, known by friends and family for her sense of humor, her love of fashion, and her kindness.

 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising

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: Sunday, May 16

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!


April 25th brought our youth group together for a bunch of activities, almost like a mini-Mitzvah Day!  OCTY planted pansies, prepped food drive bags, readied post-bloom daffodils for next season, and helped with some Bar and Bat Mitzvah materials.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and the group could be busy, happy, helpful, and together.

Thank you to:

Shayna Kantor
Harrison Langer
Kate MacIsaac
Kadence Melamud
Anna Metelitsa
Noah Metelitsa
Hayden Moscowitz
Jordyn Moscowitz
Samantha Orr
And special thanks to our graduating high school seniors:

Tali Parliyan
Cassondra Stoter
Ben Weiss

We're so proud of them and wish them so much luck!

Mazel Tov! B'not Mitzvah of
Aviva Khusid and Raychel Khusid
on Saturday, May 1st
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.