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High Holy Days 2021


If you are planning to attend an INDOOR service,
you need to register by completing our
High Holy Day Registration Form:

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New Year Greetings from
The Governor and First Lady

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Governor and First Lady Murphy, it is my pleasure to share with you their greeting for the High Holidays. With this video greeting, which you can share with congregants and communities, we hope you know that the Governor and First Lady are thinking of you all during this holy time of year. This past year has had its challenges - from the ongoing pandemic to the recent storm which we know impacted many of you. We are so grateful for your partnership throughout it all and your generosity of spirit and actions that make us New Jersey proud.

We join you in prayer for a safe, sweet and healthy New Year. Shana Tova.

The video is found here.



Deborah E. Cornavaca, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Governor

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Friday, Sep. 10th

Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Friends and Family

Wednesday, Sep. 15th

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kol Nidrei Service with Cello [INDOORS]

Meeting ID
This service will be indoors for vaccinated individuals only. Masks are required.

If you will be joining us on Zoom and you did not pick up a copy of the Gates of Repentance prayer book, click HERE for an on-line flipbook version - just scroll down and click on the image of the book.
Thursday, Sep. 16th

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Yom Kippur - Morning Service [INDOORS]

Meeting ID
This service will be indoors for vaccinated individuals only. Masks are required.

If you will be joining us on Zoom and you did not pick up a copy of the Gates of Repentance prayer book, click HERE for an on-line flipbook version - just scroll down and click on the image of the book.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Yom Kippur - Family Service [OUTDOORS]

Attire is casual for the Family Service. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are optional but encouraged. There will be no Zoom call for the Family Service.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Yom Kippur - Study Program [INDOORS]

This program will be indoors for vaccinated individuals only. Masks are required. The will be no Zoom call for the Study Program.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Yizkor - Neila Service [INDOORS]
Meeting ID
This service will be indoors for vaccinated individuals only. Masks are required.

If you will be joining us on Zoom and you did not pick up a copy of the Gates of Repentance prayer book, click HERE for an on-line flipbook version - just scroll down and click on the image of the book.

Friday, Sep. 17th

Celebrate Shabbat at Home with Friends and Family

Upcoming Yahrzeits
Friday, Sep. 24th
Dena Harwin
Edward Lynch
Stanley Frankel
Harvey Werstein
Janet S. Loewy
Carol Isaacs
Nathan Wagner
Seth L. Weiss
Joan Ferrone
Gussie Brodsky
Nelson Kornstein

View our full calendar HERE.
COVID_PolicyPolicy for activities at Or Chadash during the COVID-19 Pandemic
[Revised July 28, 2021]
  1. Only fully vaccinated persons may attend indoor services. Those at risk for serious consequences of illness, even if vaccinated, should be encouraged to attend remotely.
  2. Rituals such as passing of the Torah and Aliyah, as well as the Tallit ritual, are permitted.
  3. At indoor events, everyone except presenting participants such as, Rabbi and Cantor (or B'nai Mitzvah in the those instances) must wear a mask.
  4. Anyone with exposure to COVID-19, or with symptoms that could represent active COVID-19 infection (fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, muscle or body aches, or headache) MUST not attend. The above are subject to change at any time, as the state regulations and/or CDC guidelines change or the infection rate or frequency of variants in the community increases.
  5. Indoor adult food activities such as Oneg or Breakfast are not allowed.
  6. Religious school will follow state Department of Education guidelines.
  7. Bathrooms are open.
  8. Outdoor activities such as services or religious school are encouraged to practice social distancing and the wearing of facemasks, although not required and dictated by the circumstances to be decided by the Board member or employee sponsor of the activity.


Saturday, August 28th - 
Grounds Clean Up and Prayerbook Pick-Up

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 
Join us to help clean up our grounds, drop off Food Pantry donations, pick up a prayerbook and song sheets for those joining on Zoom or purchase a Shabbat prayerbook to have throughout the year.

Monday, September 6th - 

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - 
Evening Service INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.
Tuesday, September 7th

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - 
Morning Service INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - 
Family Service OUTDOORS. Casual attire. Masks are optional.
Wednesday, September 15

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - 
Kol Nidrei Service with cello INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.
Thursday, September 16

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - 
Morning Service INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - 
Family Service OUTDOORS. Casual attire. Masks are optional.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - 
Study Program INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - 
Yizkor-Neila Service INDOORS for vaccinated individuals only. Masks required.


Our youth group had a great time at Or Chadash on Sunday! Together they made light work of weeding at the entrance. They helped with prayer book distribution and handed out High Holy Day food drive bags. They did some cleaning projects for Rabbi Joe. And they enjoyed sharing some pizza together! Thank you for sending your teens to connect at our first OCTY event!

High Holy Days Food Drive: This is a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow Or Chadash teens and make a meaningful contribution to our local food pantries. It's such a special and worthwhile endeavor! Please come help distribute food drive bags at the conclusion of each of the services for Rosh Hashana. And then be on hand to collect donations at Yom Kippur services and also at Or Chadash on Sunday, September 19.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 19
  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Outdoors at Or Chadash - Collect Food Drive donations
  • 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Gravity Vault in Flemington -- rock climbing as a group, no experience necessary!

New this year: come be a member of the OCTY Teen Board! Interested in a leadership position with OCTY? Students from 8th to 12th grade can get involved in determining and planning OCTY events. Work with the OCTY co-presidents to organize activities, design our calendar of events, help with communications, photograph events, and more!

To get involved with the OCTY Teen Board, or to get on our email/text list for information about upcoming events, contact Christine Berg at cberg3@comcast.net.

We love our opportunities for social activities
and service projects!
We love teen community-making! 

OCTY co-presidents: Jordyn Moscowitz and Noah Metelitsa


An Update from the RAC

On Saturday, RAC director Rabbi Jonah Pesner spoke to the crowd gathered on the National Mall for the March On for Voting Rights. Just as on the High Holy Days, Rabbi Pesner declared, "Hineni -- here I am -- showing up for voting rights and democracy."
  • Hineni - because in the last election, 15,000 Reform Jewish leaders mobilized and reached 875,000 voters, working in coalition with communities historically targeted for voter suppression.
  • Hineni - because the Supreme Court gutted the VRA in Shelby v. Holder, unleashing waves of voter suppression laws across the country. A federal court spoke of one as "target[ing] African-Americans with almost surgical precision."
  • Hineni because on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with the late Rep. John Lewis - whose memory is for a blessing and whose voice cries out from the heavens to "make good trouble" and demand the Congress restore voting rights.
Watch or read Rabbi Pesner's full speech HERE.

An Update from RAC-NJ

RAC-NJ has had a busy week! First, we have been working with our congregational teams and our contacts across the state to make sure that our special opportunity to help with the Afghan refugees arriving at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) in Burlington County, New Jersey is as strategic as possible. We will continue to update this post in The Tent with ways congregations can help.

Second, hot off the presses in time for Rosh Hashanah is the RAC-NJ 2021 Double Your Impact Civic Engagement Toolkit (available at this link in The Tent), which includes the best thinking from congregations across the state with a track record of doing savvy congregational civic engagement work.

Stay tuned for news from RAC-NJ as our teams work to finalize our candidate forums for the upcoming General Election!

Wishing everyone a shanah tovah in which we continue to build our capacity to act for justice.

The Nosher Presents Our High
Holiday Cooking Classes 2021
Join us for brisket, leek fritters, challah braiding and more.
My Jewish Learning is excited to share their High Holiday Nosher class schedule for 2021! They have a range of cooking and baking classes that will diversify your menus, take your challah shaping game to the next level, and give you the confidence to create a perfect meal whether its for 2 people or 20.

All classes will take place at 7:30 pm ET.

Just fill in your email address HERE to get reminders before each class with the Zoom link.


Khoreshte Beh with Tannaz Sassooni
On Sunday, September 12th at 7:30 pm ET food writer Tannaz Sassoni will demonstrate how to make khoreshte beh, a Persian stew traditionally enjoyed before fasting on Yom Kippur.
 SCRIP & FUNDRAISINGScrip_Fundraising

During the month of August, we had 27 scrip orders and earned $450 for Or Chadash.  Thank you!

Next Deadline
Deadline for ordering plastic gift cards: Wednesday, September 15

Target, Walmart, Staples, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Famous Footwear... lots of options for your back-to-school needs. Thank you for considering the added benefit to Or Chadash when you use scrip!

With food pantries more and more grateful for gift card donations, why not consider a double mitzvah:  order Stop & Shop or ShopRite scrip for the High Holy Days food drive organized by the Or Chadash Temple Youth Group.  A wonderful way to help the community!

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.
  • 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 for your support during the 20-21 fiscal year!


Thank you so much to our Or Chadash families, the Meltz, Hann and Schipper families, who raised $375 for groceries in our role as "support congregation"! The FJCC is the "host congregation" and will be grocery shopping for 5 families from August 1 - 8.

Our next opportunity to assist will be October 31 - November 14th. Family Promise is hoping to move to a permanent location in Flemington; if that happens, we will be able to support by bringing meals and providing fellowship to families. If it doesn't, we will continue to assist by collecting donations for grocery shopping.

I will keep you posted!
Thank you!

Alexa ParliyanOr Chadash FamilyPromise Liaison

Or Chadash has been a "supporting congregation" for FamilyPromise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) for many years, a wonderful organization that helps homeless families in Hunterdon County as they rotate through about a dozen different Hunterdon County congregations which have accommodations. Each "host congregation" provided shelter and food for approximately 1-2 weeks, and then the family moved to the next congregation. Our role involved sending volunteers from our congregation to bring a meal and stay with the families in shifts; we have been supporting Flemington Presbyterian Church for years and in 2019, we added support to the FJCC as well.

As you can imagine, COVID threw all of this out the window. Throughout the pandemic, FamilyPromise has been hosting families in motels, and getting donations from the public for the motel stays and food. Throughout this time, they had been looking into leasing a property; that has not worked out unfortunately, and congregations are still not physically hosting families at this time. However, congregations are once again becoming involved. At this time, the two congregations we support, Flemington Presbyterian Church and the Flemington JCC, are on a 1-2 week schedule; rather than physically hosting, they are doing all the grocery shopping while families continue to shelter in motels.
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.