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Thursday, October 3rd   - Religious School
4:30 - 6:00 PM - Grade 7
6:30 - 8:15 PM - Grades 8/9/10

Friday, October 4th
Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Family & Friends

Sunday, October 6th  - Religious School
9:00 AM - Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
10:15 AM - Noon - Grades K/1/2

Tuesday, October 8th - Kol Nidre
8:00 PM - Evening Services

Wednesday, October 9th - Yom Kippur
10:00 AM - Morning Services
2:00 PM - Children's Services
3:00 PM - Study Session
4:00 PM - Yizkor Memorial Service
4:45 PM - Neila Concluding Service
5:30 PM - Break the Fast

View our full calendar here .

Friday, October 11th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Sadie Eisenberg
Thelma Levey
Ilya Vayn
Jennifer Weller
Israel Rabiner
Loris Rosskam
Harvey Werstein
Marion Ederr
Norma Schwartz
Nathan Wagner
Angela Mazzocchi
Charles Eisler
Norman Fetner
Regina Leon
Russell Sinoway

Friday, October 18th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Alexander Heller
Hyman Gorin
Matthew Ringel
Seymour Hersch
Morton Kail
Jack Kluft

Friday, October 25th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Irving Frankel
Helen Kass

Click HERE to complete the High Holy Days Information Form and order tickets.

Everyone ( INCLUDING MEMBERS)   needs to fill out this form in order to assist us in preparing for the High Holy Days and ticket distribution.

Sunday, September 29th
8:00 PM
- Evening Services
Monday, September 30th
10:00 AM
- Morning Services
3:00 PM
- Children's Services
Tuesday, October 8th
8:00 PM
- Evening Services
Wednesday, October 9th
10:00 AM - Morning Services
2:00 PM - Children's Services
3:00 PM - Study Session
4:00 PM - Yizkor Services
4:45 PM - Neila Concluding Services
5:30 PM
- Break the Fast
My Rosh Hashanah Bag
Teardrop - Something I could have done better
Cloud - Something nice I did
Goal Posts - Goals for the year
OC Shofar
Children's Shofar Choir
Or Chadash is a community. We strive to plan different events to provide something of interest to everyone. We encourage you to be become involved either by attending an event, or even better, by helping to plan one. Here are the  upcoming synagogue events that were announced by some of our fellow congregants when they "popped up" at our Rosh Hashanah morning service:

Cooking Class - Canal House Station Restaurant, Milford, NJ

Winter 2020
Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton opened the charming Canal House Station restaurant this summer in a former train depot in Milford, NJ. Christopher and Melissa are also the authors of Cook Something, which was named one of the New York Times best Fall 2019 cookbooks. The New York Times described Hirshheimer and Hamilton as "home cooks first" and to take advantage of that we have arranged a cooking class followed by dinner at the Canal House Station restaurant.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Cindy Stoter]
Build the Sukkah / America's Grow-A-Row Harvest

Sunday, October 13th
Time: 9:00 AM
There are lots of opportunities to participate in the holiday of Sukkot. Please join the Brotherhood to build and decorate the Sukkah, help us harvest at America's Grow-A-Row in Pittstown later that morning, or join us for a Shabbat brown bag dinner in our Sukkah later that week.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Jeff Berg]

Play - Fidler Afn Dakh - Yiddish Version of Fiddler on the Roof

Fidler Afn Dakh. No you are not Farblondget, (confused). We will be going to New York City to see the off Broadway version of Fidler Afn Dakh, the Yiddish language version of Fiddler on the Roof.  Complete with Traditsye (tradition), Gevalt  (a shock of fright), Bubbe Meise (grandmother's fable), Tsimmes  (a sweet carrot stew) and azoyns un azelekhes (such and such) with English Supertitles displayed on large screens flanking the stage.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Evelyn Kurtzberg]
Sisterhood Walk and Talk

Sunday, October 6th
10:15 AM
We are walkers, doers and schmoozers.  Please consider joining Sisterhood for a casual neighborhood walk on Foothill Road, and/or meet us afterwards at OC for some talking and schmoozing.  We meet monthly on Sunday mornings.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Judi Levine]
Jewish American Literature Class

First Class:
Saturday, October 19th
 9:30 AM
Jennifer Gilmore, author and Professor of English at Lafayette College will be leading a seminar on Jewish American Literature here at Or Chadash on four Shabbat mornings. We will be introduced to American Jewish writing, and have the opportunity to analyze the American Jewish experience and its connection to immigration, acculturation and alienation, through readings of Philip Roth, Bernard Melamud, Art Spiegelman to name a few.  We hope you will consider joining the twenty folks that are already registered for this class!
[Pop-Up Announcer: Wendy Solomon]
Brewery Hop

First Hop
Friday, November 15th
7:30 PM
Did you know that Hunterdon County will soon be host to four breweries? They are located in High Bridge, Asbury, Flemington, and coming soon, one on Rt. 22 in Lebanon. We will be "hopping" to a few of them this Fall.
The first "hop" will be a Beer Oneg at the
Lone Eagle in Flemington, NJ, following a Shabbat Experience at Or Chadash.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Glenn Wasserman]
Hands-on Car Workshop

Sunday, October 27th
Who amongst us really knows how to change a tire, jump a car, or how to check the oil? Rebecca Schindler does! Her employer, Girls Auto Clinic, was recently featured in TIME magazine, and she will be leading a hands-on car workshop, outside in Or Chadash's parking lot on Sunday morning, October 27th. Wear play clothes and prepare to get dirty!
[Pop-Up Announcer: Rebecca Schindler]

ArtYard & Historic Frenchtown Tour

 Saturday, November 9th
Time: 1:00 PM
ArtYard is a contemporary art center founded by a group of artists, filmmakers curators and writers. Located in Frenchtown, directly behind the restaurant Lovin' Oven, Art Yard's current exhibition is getting rave reviews. Titled "Janet Ruttenberg: Beholder", the exhibit features eleven of Ruttenberg's recent ten-by-fifteen foot canvases and watercolors celebrating Central Park's famous Sheep Meadow. We will explore the exhibition and also historic Frenchtown.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Aaron Schwartz]

Locktown Stone Church Concert

Sunday, October 27th
4:00 PM
The Locktown Stone Church, built in 1819 has incredible acoustics for musical performances. We will be enjoying The Broadway Chamber Players Wind Doublers Trio, on Sunday October 27th at 4:00 PM. After the hour-long concert we will go out for a casual dinner.
[Pop-Up Announcer: Harvey Gold]
First day of Religious School enthusiasm!

Thursday, October 3rd
  • 4:30-6:00 PM - Grade 7
  • 6:30-8:15 PM - Grades 8/9/10
Sunday, October 6th
  • 9:00 AM - Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
  • 10:15 AM - Noon - Grades K/1/2
Thursday, October 10th

No Religious School

Sunday, October 13th
  • 9:00 AM - Noon - Grades 3/4/5/6
  • 10:15 AM - Noon - Grades K/1/2

Click HERE for the full 2019-20 Religious School Calendar

Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the annual Jewish festival of giving thanks for a bountiful fall harvest and commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai.

For more on the history of Sukkot, click HERE.

Sunday, October 13th
9:00 AM - Build the Sukkah -  Please join the Brotherhood to help build and decorate the Sukkah
10:30 AM - Annual Sukkot Celebration @ America's Grow-A-Row - Join us for our annual trip to Grow-A-Row in Pittstown, NJ in celebration of Sukkot. We will depart Or Chadash at 10:15 AM or meet us at the farm at 10:30AM. Everyone is welcome! In past years we have harvested green beans, tomatoes and apples!

Friday, October 18th
7:00 PM - Sukkot Dinner in the Sukkah  - Join Rabbi Forman for a relaxed Shabbat Experience with blessings over the candles, wine and challah. Don't forget to BYO Brown Bag Dinner to enjoy in our Sukkah. Drinks and s'mores will be provided. In the event of rain, the event will be held indoors.

Sunday, November 3rd
9:00 AM - Dismantle the Sukkah - Thanks to all who helped us build the Sukkah! However, as the saying goes, "what goes up, must come down". Join us to help take down our Sukkah.

We need your updated 2019/2020 information
for our "Kids at School" program

As fall approaches, the Student Outreach Program of Or Chadash is about to swing into full gear. The purpose of this program is to maintain a Jewish connection for our students away from home at preparatory, college or graduate schools. Students will be mailed a treat symbolic for some of the Jewish holidays. Students tell us each year how much they look forward to these packages and how comforting it is to know that they are still important to our Or Chadash Family.

We create a new "Student Address List" each year, so all interested parents should send in their child's address, email and cell phone for the coming year by September 1, 2019. You must submit this each year, even if there has not been a change.

Please consider taking one moment now to complete the information collection form by clicking HERE. Hope your "move-in" days are easy for all.

Any questions, please contact Betsy Zalaznick (908-806-2122 /  bzalaznick@gmail.com)
We are delighted to welcome back author Jennifer Gilmore to Or Chadash. Jennifer joined us on a cold winter February Shabbat to discuss her recent Young Adult novel, If Only, and the conversation expanded to include Jewish literature, contemporary authors, and her family's relocation from Brooklyn to Easton, PA! Jennifer's visit was so well received we reached out to her to explore the potential of a deeper dive into Jewish American Literature through fiction, essays, film and television. We are thrilled to invite you to register for four special Shabbat morning learning opportunities led by Professor Jennifer Gilmore. We hope you will join us! 

A little about Jennifer Gilmore

Jennifer Gilmore is the author of The Mothers, (Scribner 2013), currently being adapted to film, which she is Executive Producing, Something Red, (Scribner 2010), a New York Times Notable Book, and Golden Country (Scribner 2006), a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, an Amazon Top Ten Debut Fiction of 2006, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, on the long-list for the International IMPAC Dublin Prize, a finalist for the Harold U Ribalow Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also the author of two novels for teens, We Were Never Here and If Only.

Her work has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies including The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue and the Washington Post. She has been a McDowell Fellow, and taught creative writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, New York University, the New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University and Harvard University.

Currently Gilmore is a Professor in the English Department at Lafayette College in Easton, PA where she lives with her husband and son.

Jewish American Literature: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

American Jewish writing has been shaped as much by social, cultural and political considerations as by literary ones. We will consider the Jewish American experience in American literature by focusing on a variety of Jewish American texts-fiction, essays, film and television-to continue the discussion of what makes a Jewish American and what are the themes that define Jewish American literature.

As we examine what makes an "American Identity" we will look at the stereotypes that are confronted and upheld in these texts. We will explore the various ways the Jewish American experience has been defined and examine its connection to immigration, acculturation, alienation and the rise of material wealth. We will investigate a fundamental question: Is there such a thing as "Jewish Fiction" and if so, will it continue to evolve?

We will read texts chronologically, from a range of writers that might include Anzia Yezierska, Abraham Cahan, Saul Bellow, Delmore Schwarts, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Art Spiegelman, Joan Silber, Lara Vapnyar and Nathan Englander.

Class Dates and Times:

Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for challah and coffee - 9:00 AM

October 19
November 16
January 11
February 8


A prerequisite for attending the first class (October 19th) is to watch the movie Hester Street. Hester Street is available for free on Tubi (click HERE). Hester Street is also available on Kanopy and at the library.

Class Location:

Or Chadash
149 Foothill Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Fee and RSVP Date:

The cost of the seminar is $136 per person.
Please note that we cannot prorate the seminar cost for absences. We need a minimum of ten people for the class to run. Please RSVP by September 15 by clicking HERE.

We are so looking forward to you joining us in this exploration of Jewish American Literature. All Or Chadash programs are open to the community and we hope you invite your friends, too.

Thanks to everyone who placed a Rosh Hashanah Honey order!

So far we have sold 63 bottles,
raising $283.50 for Or Chadash!

It's not too late!
You can order through the end of the Yom Kippur.

You can still place an order to send the gift of sweetness to your family and friends - and help support Or Chadash - it just may not get there before the holiday starts.


NEW - Intro to Scrip Class! Come sit with a "professional" (Christine) for hands-on instructions and guidance. You'll be placing orders in no time!

What: Intro to Scrip Class
When: Sunday, October 20th at 10:30 AM
Where: Or Chadash
Sign Up: Email Christine Berg at cberg3@comcast.net

Bring a cell phone or tablet!

GOOD NEWS to share! Announcing our July-Aug-Sept raffle WINNER! Thank you to our 3 families who participated in this raffle by placing ScripNow orders in each month: Berg, Schipper, Senator. And the winner is... Emily Schipper! Emily wins a $25 Panera gift card! Congratulations, Emily!

NEW!  Announcing the scrip proxy order option! Simply fill out the order form and send that plus a check to Or Chadash, and your order will be placed for you!  Find order forms in the OC office, or email Christine Berg. Get orders and checks in before the 15th of the month when orders are placed. Easy!

One more RAFFLE for 2019! Place orders online, or with our new paper order forms, in each of the months of October, November, and December, and be entered to win a $25 gift card!

BIG THANKS! We asked, and you stepped up! In September, we achieved our BEST participation and our BEST earnings ever!  A record-breaking 23 of you placed orders for scrip in September, and our earnings from those orders is nearly $600! You did it.  Please keep ordering scrip as a part of your monthly routine because this fundraising is adding up for Or Chadash in a substantial way!

It's never too late to get in on this fundraising gem!  Scrip is another name for gift cards, and when you sign up to buy them on the ShopWithScrip website, every purchase you make earns Or Chadash much-needed (free) funds. There are hundreds of retailers, offering varying percentages back to Or Chadash. And Or Chadash shares the benefits with you as credit on your dues. This is truly a win-win opportunity!

Here is how members of the Scrip Program are helping Or Chadash each month:


TOTAL dollars Or Chadash is giving back to members as dues credit:  $973!

Can we count on you to place an order? Our next deadline is Tuesday, October 15th.

Buying scrip each month is a wonderful mitzvah you can do all year long! Check this out:
  • $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = $240 earnings for OC
  • 50 families ordering $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = adds up to $12,000 earnings for OC!!!

We can do this!

Take a look at the ShopWithScrip website, and please contact Christine Berg with any questions:  cberg3@comcast.net

Happy Shopping -- Happy Earning!


Did you know that your Amazon purchases can benefit Or Chadash with a charitable donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation  when you shop at AmazonSmile? Or Chadash is a registered charitable organization with AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Or Chadash every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Or Chadash.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages..

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select Or Chadash as the charitable organization I want to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com , you select Or Chadash to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

P.S.:  Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and designate Or Chadash as your charity of choice!!



TODAH RABAH (Thank You very much)...

  • OC Cleanup Day Volunteers: Jeff Berg, Dan Freedman, Harvey Gold, Sandra Gong, Craig Kantor, Barbara Schlessinger, Dave Turner
  • Sudha & Craig Kantor for gifting the synagogue with a Keurig coffee machine.
  • Barbara & Donald Meltz for planting mums in our flower pots and assisting with the preparation for the High Holy Days.
  • Sherrie Mazzocchi and Judi Levine for organizing our kitchen.
  • Christine Berg, Amy MacIssac and Eve Wasserman for organizing the Welcome Back BBQ.
  • Ellen Pytlar for making hospital/nursing home visits.
  • Jane Stein for volunteering in the Or Chadash office. 


Howard Shapiro (father of Joy Gray)
Donald Kantor (father of Craig Kantor) 
Elliot Rosen
Robert Ackerman (cousin of Fran Hack)
Rhoda Kantor
Al Berman
Gregg Solomon (brother of Wendy Solomon)
Fran Hack

In order to help us be a more caring community, 
please share your lifecycle events with Rabbi Forman

Rabbi Joseph M. Forman ( Rabbi)
Cantor Kathy Gohr ( Cantor)
Betsy Zalaznick ( Educator)
Debbie Weiss ( President)
Glenn Wasserman ( Vice President)
Jeff Berg ( Treasurer)
Laura Senator ( Secretary)

Phone: 908-806-2122

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