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Holding the Torah for Simchat Torah Celebration

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Wednesday, Oct. 14th

7:00 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 15th

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Religious School: Grade 7
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

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

Friday, Oct. 16th

7:00 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:
Alexander Heller
Hyman Gorin
Matthew Ringel
Adrianne Safier
Seymour Hersch
Morton Kail

Sunday, Oct. 18th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Religious School: Grades 3/4/5/6
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Religious School: Grades K/1/2
Zoom link will be sent to participants via email

View our full calendar here.

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Holden Schipper shares thoughts about his Mitzvah Project and gives you an opportunity to participate.
My original Mitzvah Project was helping a unified basketball team at my mom's school. Unified basketball means that general and special education students play
and practice on the same team. I was going to help one of the special education students on the team. I did get to help him at one practice but because of everything going on in the world, that would be my one and only time. I was extremely disappointed when they cancelled this program because it felt great to give back and help someone who has different abilities than I do. It really made me appreciate that we are all important no matter what our abilities are and all the things I'm able to do with my life. 

In one of my Zoom meetings with Rabbi Joe, he suggested that it would be thoughtful to write letters to people who are feeling down for a number of different reasons during these difficult times. For example, I wrote a couple of condolence letters, but I also just wrote letters to people who needed a little smile. I wrote a condolence letter to one of our past members of Or Chadash who is currently living in Ohio. He had just lost his wife. A couple days after I wrote to him, he ended up writing back to me saying thank you. He also said that this year will be the 75th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah. Whatever kind of letter it is, they are meant to make someone feel happy or thought of. I'm sure all of you have received at least one letter in your life. And if you have, you know how good it feels to receive a handwritten letter addressed with your name on it. 

I think it is important to write letters to people because of what's going on in the world. In Reform Judaism a big idea is Tikkun Olam. Or repairing the world. I think my new mitzvah project (writing letters) applies to the idea of Tikkun Olam because spreading happiness and joy seems like it would help to repair the world. People, especially in these times, can get lonely and sad because they can't see their family. Letters are a great way to cheer someone up because it shows them that they aren't alone and people do care about them. Also, if I felt sad and lonely, I would want the feeling that someone cares about me.

My next letter is going to be to the oldest living WWII veteran. Please join me if you'd like by clicking HERE.
By Holden Schipper, 7th Grade Or Chadash Religious School Student

The RAC (Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism) "Every Voice, Every Vote" seeks 100% voter turn-out within Reform Jewish Communities. Voting is our main way of showing that Reform Jews will speak out and must be heard and heeded. Our Board of Trustees and Social Action Committee support this recommendation.

You should have received your Vote by Mail ballot by now. Voting in NJ is easy and safe and here are two videos to help explain the process:
  • In this first video, Filling Out the Ballot, Mary Melfi, the Hunterdon County Clerk, shows how to vote.
  • In the second video,Security Measures, Beth Thompson of the Hunterdon County Board of Elections describes measures to ensure safe, fair elections.
Please watch the above video tutorials, follow the instructions carefully, and VOTE.

Many thanks and Shalom!
 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising
Thank you to everyone who placed a Rosh Hashanah Honey order.

With an almost 16% increase over last year,
we sold 73 jars and raised $328.50 for Or Chadash!
Well Done!

October greetings!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards:Thursday, October 15

OC members donated $775 in ShopRite scrip cards to our local food pantries as part of the High Holy Day food drive. And that brought in $31 for Or Chadash as well. Thank you for being so generous!

It's not too early to think about holidays approaching. Why not get a head start now, before the rush of the season, to consider any gift cards you might need. Holiday meals, holiday gifts -- shopwithscrip has you covered! Check out the list of participating retailers, and consider the extra gift that your order makes for Or Chadash. Thank you!



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 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 more than ever for your support!


A message from congregant Liz Loew...

Last September, Hunterdon Healthcare teamed up with Home Health Services andSocial Services to offer home food delivery to local residents who, for medical reasons, aren't able to travel to the Food Pantry.

The Director of the program, Chris Gorton, is looking for adult volunteers who are able to drive, but who also have the ability to spend some time getting to know their clients. The individuals (and sometimes families) that are receiving this assistance are often lonely and looking for some companionship and friendship, and in many of the relationships that have been established since the inception of this program, the client has asked the volunteer to select their food from them, often with comments of "please just pick out what you know I'll eat." It's a little bit like forming a relationship with your Instacart Shopper, but the "store" is the Food Pantry and the client is ordering not because of COVID, but because they really can't leave their home.

The clients do have the ability to order their own items, so you wouldn't necessarily be tasked with selecting someone's meals! But - it would also be more than just picking up at the Pantry and dropping off to the clients. Deliveries would be twice/month, per client you're assisting.

In the past year, Food2You has made 234 deliveries to 31 clients. There are currently 22 clients being assisted, but that is variable.

If you are interested, please reach out to Chris Gorton directly at gortonc@comcast.net and please tell her that Liz Loew from the Food Pantry referred you.

Thank you for reading, and for sharing with a friend who you believe may be interested in assisting.

Hope you're well!

 - Liz Loew

October 11th OCTY Pumpkin Carving Event
Safety Rules for In-Person OC Services

Here are the safety precautions that must be followed for all who attend Services in person:
  • Clinically high risk people, or anyone who is sick, should continue to attend via Zoom
  • Everyone must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the duration of the service
  • Wash/sanitize hands frequently
  • Social distancing (6 feet minimum)
  • We are not allowed to serve food, so there will be no Oneg Shabbat. Reminder during "mingling" that social distancing rules are still in effect
  • Bathrooms WILL be open, but please "go before you go" to minimize use
  • Prayer books have not been touched in months, so are OK to share
  • Please bring your own chair and observe the seating areas designated on the lawn
  • If you answer "YES" to any of the screening questions below, we ask that you do not attend the service in person:
    1. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
    2. Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 21 days?
    3. Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 30 days?
    4. Have you or anyone in your household traveled to one of the states on the NJ Travel Advisory List in the past 21 days?
    5. Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
    6. Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or contracted COVID-19?
    7. To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?
Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat  - A Reform Siddur

A Kindle version of our prayer book is available on Amazon for only $4.99.

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.