Start Gathering Up Those Non-Perishable Items for Kol Nidre

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Sep 032015

groceriesEach year, on Rosh Hashanah, after the Rabbi’s sermon, brown paper shopping bags are distributed for Operation Isaiah, the annual Kol Nidre food drive appeal. It is a tradition at Or Shalom to hand out the bags as people leave on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept. 13.

Members take the bags home and then return them filled with non-perishable grocery items during the week prior to Yom Kippur [Sept 14-18] or as they come to synagogue for Kol Nidre, Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Financial donations also are accepted, and checks can be made out to “Congregation Or Shalom” and note in the memo Operation Isaiah.

Last year Congregation Or Shalom collected 5,300 pounds of food, that equates to 4,416 meals.

Congregation Or Shalom Reminds Parents To Add Students Names To List

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Sep 022015

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

ATTENTION: All Parents Of College Students:

The Koach Committee of Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, sends out holiday packages to Or Shalom’s college students during the year.

Members are asked to send their college student’s address and e-mail so that they can be included and remembered at the holidays. E-mail Robin Fox at [email protected].

Or Shalom Plans Shabbat Service On The Beach

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.53.19 PMCongregation Or Shalom will hold its first ever Shabbat service at the beach on Friday evening, July 31 at 7 p.m.

This gathering, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club, will take place at Gulf Beach, 460 Gulf Street, Milford.

(Coming from the Synagogue, drive to the Shop-Rite on the corner of Cherry St & Gulf St …turn left onto Gulf St… Proceed till you arrive at the beach. Set your GPS for 460 Gulf St) Look for us on the beach alongside the the inlet, to the right of the Goody’s concession.

Sisterhood and Men’s Club members will welcome you and point to where we’ll be. If you would like to join a carpool from the synagogue to the beach please be at the synagogue by 6:15 pm or call Allen Cohen at 203.288.5011 (Men’s Club is coordinating).

The service will begin at the usual 7 pm time.  (Feel free to arrive earlier – bring a picnic if you’d like and dress casually (The rabbi promises not to wear a tie)


Call  203 605-9318 if you can’t find us.

Originally Published on: Jul 22, 2015 @ 00:07

Obituary: Mortimore H. Saffran, 91, Beloved Father,Grandfather, WWII Veteran

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Jul 242015

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 8.23.57 PMMortimore H. Saffran, 91, of Orange, died on July 21, 2015 at Yale-New Haven Hospital-St. Raphael Campus.

Born in Naugatuck, on December 1, 1923, the son of the late Philip and Eva Saffran. Beloved Father of Mindy Saffran Russo (Peter Sanchez), Jeffrey Saffran, Robert Saffran, and Larry (Linda) Saffran and the late Paul Saffran.

Dear Brother of the late Anita (Jules) Gutterman of Sherman Oaks, CA and Marjorie (Morton) Denker of Encino, CA.

Cherished Grandfather of Scott, Sage, and Saunder.

Mortimore was a 1941 graduate of Naugatuck High School.

Mort was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army-Air Force from 1943-46 as a Gunner Engineer and Mechanic. He earned his collegiate degree from what is now known as Quinnipiac University.

After college Mort helped run the family-owned dry goods store in Naugatuck before moving on to become Financial Controller/GM of H.C. Cook Co. in Ansonia in the early 60’s.

He owned and operated a retail store in Branford CT in the mid 60’s, then went to work for Stelray Plastic Products, Inc. (Shelton, CT.) in the late 1960’s.

By 1974, Mort was named President of Stelray and eventually took over ownership of the business and continued to grow the business over the past several decades, acquiring E.H. Kneen Company (Ansonia, CT) in 1987, and Aero-Med Molding Technologies, Inc. (Orleans, MA) in 1997 before his semi-retirement in 2013.

Mort has served board positions with the Society of Plastics Engineers, and as President of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby CT, as well numerous other volunteer roles over the years.

The family would also like to recognize Daniel Numberg, and other personal caregivers that took such wonderful care of Mort over the past 16 months.

A Memorial Service was held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Shiva will be observed at 89 Bethany Farms Road, Bethany on Saturday from 5–8 p.m.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, directed to the Saffran Family Fund which serves to help promote the advancement of medical treatment and patient care at the Hospital.

Blood Drive In Orange On July 22

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Jul 202015

blood_driveCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross in the Social Hall on Wednesday, July 22 from 1 to 6:15 p.m.

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or online at Redcrossblood.org

To volunteer, contact Nancy Kline at [email protected] or 203.915.7799

Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2015 @ 12:27

Rabbi Wainhaus Announces Once In A Lifetime Opportunity At Congregation Or Shalom

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Jun 162015

Trinity Ashkenazi Torah Scroll, adr1409300197A message from Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus:
On Thursday, June 18th, from 8:30am until 9:30am, and from 5:30pm until 6:30pm, members of our Congregation  (and 2 invited guests per member) will have the privilege of witnessing the analysis of what could  possibly be the oldest complete Ashkenazik Torah in the world!
By means of an advanced procedure known as multi-spectral imaging, this Torah scroll will examined by  Professor Gregory Heyworth of the University of Mississippi (son of our member, Dr. Rosette Liberman) to definitively determine its authenticity.  Working alongside Prof. Heyworth, will be David Wachtel, Senior Consultant for Judaica at Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auctioneers of rare collectibles, including rare Judaic manuscripts.  Additionally, a noted sofer (scribe), Yitzhak Winer, representing the owners of the scroll (who have chosen to  remain anonymous), will participate in this examination.
R.S.V.P is important so we have an idea of how many people we will have to accommodate.
1) Our 7:30am weekday Minyan Thursday morning will be immediately followed (at approximately 8:30am) by a brief explanatory talk given by Prof. Heyworth, Mr. Wachtel and Sofer Winer. Following their presentation, we will move downstairs to view the scroll and imaging procedure.  Sofer Winer, David Wachtel and Prof. Heyworth will be on hand, to answer questions regarding this Torah and the use of scientific processes in modern study of ancient texts.
2) From 5:30-6:30pm Thursday evening, members of the Synagogue (& up to 2 guests per member)are invited to listen to another brief presentation by DavidWachtel & Prof. Heyworth, and then view the scroll and spectral-imaging procedure downstairs. They, along with Sofer (Scribe) Winer, will take questionsregarding this Torah and the use of scientific processes in modern study of ancient texts.Children are welcome as well!

Hoping to see you then,
With Shalom,
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus
Congregation Or Shalom

205 Old Grassy Hill Road

Orange, CT 06477


Longtime Orange School Speech Pathologist Passes Away

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Jun 112015

Lisa StoneLisa Stone, a speech and language pathologist in the Orange Elementary School District passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening.

Ms. Stone was a teacher for 37 years and worked in all three elementary schools.

A Celebration of her life and her dedication to the children, families and Orange community is planned for this Sunday, June 14, at the Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, at 10:00 a.m.

All are invited.

Congregation Or Shalom Presents A Landwirth Lecture

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May 162015

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 6.45.33 PMCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents a Landwirth Lecture Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

The subject is Hollywood’s Portrayal of the Jew with Guest Speaker Dr. Eric Goldman.

“…How many rabbis can say that they had a bank robber for a best man?” (The Frisco Kid, 1979)
Did you know that the first “talkie” in history was a Jewish film?
Did you know that most of Hollywood’s founders were Jews?
Did you know that Hollywood’s portrayal of the Jew has evolved dramatically over the last 100 years?
Using thought-provoking film clips, Dr. Eric Goldman will retell The American Jewish Story Through Cinema.
Rabbi Wainhaus and Dr. Goldman were professionally involved “in a previous life.”  Their interaction during this program marks their 30-year reunion!
Eric A. Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University.
He is Adjunct Professor of Cinema at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media, a video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video.
Widely known as a captivating educator, he has served as a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Dr. Goldman’s book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema, published last spring, has garnered critical acclaim. All are welcome to this annual event!
This program is free and open to the public.


Congregation Or Shalom hosts “Nora’s Will” Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Apr 262015

thCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its Adult Education Movie Of the Month (today) Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.
“Nora’s Will” is a heart-warming, humorous, award-winning  film.
When Joseph’s ex-wife Nora passes away before Passover, Joseph gradually realizes that he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her estranged family together, posthumously, for a Passover Seder. This, in turn, leads him to re-discover their undying friendship.
(1 hour 32 minutes; Mexican film with subtitles)
Nora’s Will” will be followed by a brief discussion led by Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus


Passover Event At Or Shalom Friday Morning

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Apr 022015

PassoverFollowing is a message from Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus:
Please join us tomorrow (Friday) morning  at 7:30 a.m. for a brief 25 minute service which will climax when Dr. Paul Barash happily completes a volume of the Talmud! Why has Dr. Barash timed this joyous event to coincide with Passover eve? Here’s the answer:
The Bible informs us that the firstborn of Egypt were “passed over” in the final plague before our Exodus from slavery.  In the course of time, a custom arose among Jewish firstborn to fast and atone on the anniversary of that dreadful plague, as a demonstration to G-d that we were indeed worthy of being passed over! 
The rabbis, however, were fearful that this practice – though noble in intent – might inadvertently cause disrespect to the holiday by inclining the firstborn to rush through the Passover Seder.  An ingenious compromise was therefore struck between the rabbis and the firstborn: A joyous occasion would be created annually, with the clear intention of canceling the fast of the firstborn! 
But how does one simply “create” a joyous occasion?  The answer: Every year a member of the community is called upon  to complete a volume of the Talmud!  Such a happy event, they held, would be reason enough to cancel the fast.   
And thus: tomorrow (Friday) morning, Passover Eve, Dr. Paul Barash will do exactly that! Please come to celebrate, and thereby enable our firstborn to cancel their fast (with the last “Chametz”in our kitchen!  Speaking of which, tomorrow morning is the deadline for selling Chametz – another good reason to attend!) 
A Sweet & Healthy Pesach
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus