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There is a traditional Jewish prayer that is recited daily upon waking -- the Modeh Ani, literally: I give thanks. As the memories of my sabbatical begin to fade, replaced with a focus on the many tasks that now hold my attention as Or Chadash prepares for the new year (new members joining, Religious School, the High Holy Days and myriad other programs and details), I want to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to the many individuals who enabled me to be away and to refresh myself. It was only possible with the help of so many
dedicated members of our congregation:
  • Shabbat services throughout the summer were wonderfully led by Steven Margolis, Max Kassler, Cantor Kathy Gohr, Kate Metelitsa, Annette Ivry and Harrison Langer.
  • Betsy Zalaznick made sure that every detail was attended to -- not only at services but throughout the summer for the inevitable issues that arise.
  • Dan Freedman, our new Webmaster, has been preparing and sending out our weekly Upcoming at Or Chadash. (I am so grateful that he is staying on in this capacity!)
  • Jeff Berg and Craig Kantor managed the projects of replacing both our failing A/C units and portions of our roof.
  • And Deb Weiss, our President, has been keeping OC together as she has so ably done before.
Modeh Ani  Lefahnecha -- I thank all of you for all your help!!

I look forward to seeing you all in the coming days and weeks as our fall calendar gets underway. Wishing you an early Shana Tova.


Rabbi Joe Forman

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Friday, September 6th - 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 7th - 10:00 AM
Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Elijah Schindler

Elijah Schindler will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, September 7th and his Torah portion is Shoftim. Elij ah has just entered 8th grade at Fisher Middle School in Ewing, New Jersey and has many interests including bowling, fis hing, camping RC car building and racing. He also enjoys the field of STEM, and was nominated by his middle school to participate in the Envision Experience 2019 summer camp "Explore STEM" at Villanova this past summer.  Elijah's Mitzvah project leveraged his engineering interests as he taught engineering using legos to students at the Trenton Youth Core's after school program. Elijah is the son of Rebecca Schindler and older brother to M arlee.

View our full calendar here .

Friday, September 6th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Murial Sinoway
Albert Solomon
Yetta Fettner
Lawrence Glass
Morris Aaron Smith
Dena Harwin
Grace Riddle

Saturday, September 7th - 10:00 AM

Shabbat Morning Service and Bar Mitzvah of Elijah Schindler

Friday, September 13th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Stanley Frankel
Iris Rittenberg Willey
Janet S. Loewy
Carol Isaacs

Friday, September 20th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Joan Ferrone
Annette Crystal
Barbara Wasserman

Friday, September 27th - 7:00 PM

Yahrzeits to be observed:
Gussie Brodsky
Ross Weinick
Natalie Gorin


Welcome Back!!!

Please join us for a welcome back barbecue event for the entire congregation. Great opportunity to get to know each other in an informal setting. 

Sunday, September 22nd 12:00-3:00pm (after Religious School)
Where: Or Chadash patio and backyard
Who: All are welcomed to attend
What: Please sign up to bring something on the using the Sign-Up Genius link below. Bring an outdoor game if you have one.

Bring you checkbook as well - Scrip will be available for sale.

If you have any questions, concerns about allergies, etc., please contact:
Eve Wasserman ( eve_wasserman@hotmail.com )
Christine Berg ( cberg3@comcast.net )
Amy MacIssac ( amy_macisaac@hotmail.com )

Cleanup Day - Sunday, September 15th - 9:00 AM

Please help us prepare for the High Holy Days and spruce up our building - inside and out. We will be replacing ceiling tiles, organizing the kitchen and straightening up the inside, as well as pruning bushes and weeding the outside. Don't forget to bring your gardening tools!

Sunday, September 22nd
  • 9:00 AM  - Grades 3-6
  • 10:15 AM - Grades K/1/2
  • Noon - Dismissal
  • Noon - Welcome Back BBQ

Thursday, September 26th
  • 6:30-8:15 PM - Grades 7/8/9/10

Click HERE for 2019-20 Religious School Calendar

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.

Or Chadash is pleased to announce that it is offering free Religious School to all children in grades Kindergarten, First and Second Grade. Additionally, Or Chadash has  created a new membership category called "Young Family Members." Families whose eldest child is in Second grade or below can participate in all the activities and programming at Or Chadash, as "Young Family Members" for a nominal annual fee of $180. 

Or Chadash, The Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, welcomes people from all faiths, Jewish and non-Jewish, and encourages everyone to participate in Jewish life. For more information about Or Chadash, please contact David Moutner, Membership Chair dmoutner@hotmail.com or call 908-806-2122.
Thanks to everyone who placed a Rosh Hashanah Honey order!

So far we have sold 61 bottles,
raising $274.50 for Or Chadash!

If you haven't place your order yet, it's not too late.

You can still guarantee your friends and family will have a sweet New Year if you order by 
TODAY - September 4th.

Don't wait till the last minute - order today!


One more month to get in on the July-August-September raffle! Members who place scripNow orders in each of those months are entered in our drawing to win a $25 giftcard!

If you have Presto Pay, give ScripNow a try -- It's instant! Going to the movies?  Going to Home Depot?  Going to Starbucks? For these retailers and so many more, simply log into your scrip account and select "ScripNow ecard" when you order.  Within minutes of placing your order, you'll see the scrip listed in your "wallet." Easy!

Or Chadash would be grateful if you would consider using scrip for any back-to-school purchases. Check out the scrip site before you shop - any orders you place make such a difference and all add up!

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:  $825!

Can we count on you to place an order in August? Our August deadline is Sunday, September 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!!



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)

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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)

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