The latter days of the Passover Holiday continue at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.
Following is the schedule of Yontef services:
Monday morning - 9:30am
Monday evening - 7pm
Final Yontef service - Tuesday morning, 9:30am, with Yizkor at approximately 11am.
The climax of every Bar/Bat Mitzvah arrives when the 13 year-old celebrant stands and chants the Haftorah. A hush descends upon the congregation as he/she opens a book and begins to chant its ancient words.
But did you ever wonder why the Haftorah is read from a book, and not a scroll? The answer is that while Jewish law requires that the Torah be beautifully inscribed on parchment; there is no such requirement with regard to the Haftorah. And yet, wouldn’t a handsome “Haftorah-scroll” enhance and elevate the service? Of course it would!
Then why not read from a Haftorah scroll? Well, in fact that’s exactly why, through the ages, many Jewish communities created such a scroll. In so doing, they were declaring:”Although a beautiful Haftorah scroll is not “required’, this Haftorah scroll honors my Judaism; it honors G-d!”
Well, it’s for that reason that approximately ten years ago, the Men’s Clubs of Conservative Judaism created an attractive Haftorah scroll, designed to travel from community to community around the world. And on April 19, Saturday/Shabbat morning, it will be Or Shalom’s turn and privilege to read from it!
Congregation Or Shalom 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host a Shabbat Family Dinner, Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
Cost is $18 per Or Shalom immediate family unit; $10 for single Or Shalom members; Non-members are invited as guests.
Reservations are required and are due by Monday, Feb. 24. The dinner must be paid for at the time of the reservation.
Make check out to Congregation Or Shalom and provide the following information with your reservation: Family name, names and ages of all children.
A Musical Shabbat, including joyous and inspiring service featuring Rabbi Wainhaus, begins at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, reservations are required.
Call the office at 203-799-2341 by Tuesday, Feb. 4
Feel free to BYOB, but be sure all wines and cordials are Kosher.
After dinner, stay for the third annual Or Shalom Talent Show.
On Sunday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. Congregation Or Shalom Men’s Club will join thousands of Jews around the world to celebrate the Mitzvah of Tefillin, featuring guest speaker Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus.
Why a Barbie doll in Tefillin?
Why does Chabad wear two sets of Tefillin every morning?
Why did some immigrants throw their Tefillin overboard upon arrival in America?
And more Whys about Tefillin….
Get the answers to these Whys at breakfast following World Wide Wrap with Rabbi Wainhaus this Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
There will be extra sets of Tefillin, or bring your own, and someone to help you put them on.
Currently, they are seeking more performers to entertain that evening.
If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes or have another hidden talent, now is your time to shine.
Fill out a registration form and get in the lineup. All ages are encouraged to perform.
Tickets for the show are $5. The evening includes a Havadalah Service, dinner, make-your-own sundaes and the talent show.
For information, contact Lisa Gourdier at [email protected]
In a recent statement, committee members said, “The donations you have made have helped hundreds of people throughout the New Haven Community and we are really making a difference.”
The Committee will be collecting toiletry items for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen now through Tuesday, Jan. 28.