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Dec 092014
 

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, has many things planned for the holiday season.

— If you ordered latkes, they may be picked up beginning Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during office hours Monday – Thursday, 10-4, Friday 10-2. Pick up must be by Wednesday, Dec. 17.

— This month they are collecting blankets and tarps for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

— Or Shalom receives a commission when you shop AmazonSmile using this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-0874061 . You don’t have to enter a code or sign up for anything, just click the link before you shop.

Coffee & Learn

This week’s Coffee & Learn, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m.  will feature Guest Speaker Rabbi Hesch Sommer, D.Min., Director of the Jewish Wellness and Healing Center, Jewish Family Service, Greater New Haven on the topic: “Genesis: Just a soap opera about a dysfunctional family?”

Hanukkah Haven Gift Drive

Last year the Shevis Family, with the help of Jewish Family Services started a Hanukkah gift drive, and successfully provided presents fro a number of Jewish children in the Greater New Haven area.

This year there are three times as many children to provide for.

If you are interested in helping to give these children a happier Hanukkah, contact the Shevis Family for the age and gender of a child.

For information about making a donation, contact [email protected]

Latkes & Magic

On Friday, Dec. 19, the menorah will be lit in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by a brief Friday night service, and then the Oneg Shabbat, featuring a magic show, latkes and gelt.

Food Stamp Challenge

Or Shalom Social Action Committee members encourage all synagogue members to consider taking the Annual National Food Stamp Challenge.

The challenge originally was issued to lawmakers, urging them to consider whether they could survive on the policies and budgets they set for others. Each year the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) encourages individuals to participate in this program. Rabbis from all four denominations and community members across the country are taking the Food Stamp Challenge to help them better understand the impact of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.)

Guidelines:

Each person should spend only $29.40 on food and beverages during the week. This is the average food stamp benefit. Although this amount is meant to supplement budgets, many times individuals living in poverty have little more available funds to spend on food.

During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase for the project.

Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at meetings or social events.

You can register at www.foodstampchallenge.com

People approved to receive SNAP benefits can only use their (credit) card for food which has exclusions, such as prepared foods, i.e. rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, and brewed coffee. The cards can be used in supermarkets and many other stores, including Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi.

Nov 242014
 

1TempleThe Institute for Learning in Retirement will offer a class at the Congregation Or Shalom synagogue, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. till noon.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will lead the class titled: “4,000 years of Jewish History in 90 minutes!”

 

Oct 292014
 

The "50 Children" arrive in New York.

The “50 Children” arrive in New York.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 9 a.m.All are welcome to attend.

This year’s program is in honor of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus.”

In early 1939, few Americans were doing anything about the darkening storm clouds over Europe’s Jews. But one ordinary Jewish-American couple decided something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles – both in Europe and the United States – Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel to Nazi Germany and Austria in an effort to save 50 Jewish children from mortal danger.

The program features guest speakers:

Steven Pressman,producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary film “50 Children”  and author of the recently published book by that title

Dr. Robert Braun one of the “50 children” rescued by Mr. & Mrs. Kraus

Ginger Kraus, granddaughter of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus

And Senator Richard Blumenthal

Save the date to hear this inspiring story of bravery, selflessness and compassion.

Kristallnacht: “The Night Of Broken Glass” — A brief explanation for non-Jewish readers

On November 9, 1938, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced a government-sanctioned reprisal against the Jews. Synagogues were ravaged and then burned. Jewish shop windows were broken. Jews were beaten, raped, arrested, and murdered. Throughout Germany and Austria, the pogrom rampaged.

Police and firefighters stood by as synagogues burned and Jews were beaten, only taking action to prevent the spread of fire to non-Jew owned property and to stop looters – upon SS officer Reinhard Heydrich’s order

The pogrom spanned the night of November 9 to 10. During this night 191 synagogues were set on fire.

The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million U.S. dollars. 91 Jews were murdered while 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to camps such as Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.

— source: Jennifer Rosenberg on About Education (read more HERE)

Originally Published on: Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:21

Sep 302014
 

unnamedCongregation Or Shalom, is offering all non-members an opportunity to come to a free community-wide Yizkor (A Jewish service for commemorating the dead) Memorial Service on Yom Kippur Day (Oct. 4) at 4:00 p.m.

This service, which will last less than an hour, is open to the public without any membership obligation.

The Service will be led by the synagogue’s Ritual Committee Chair, Robert Spaulding and his wife Tova Clayman.

Sep 052014
 

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Congregation Or Shalom will host its annual Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Friday evening, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful “sing-along” service.
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce prospective members to Or Shalom and Rabbi Wainhaus.

About 100 people attend this Service each year.

Some chairs are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

(Note: the grounds will be available prior to the Or Shalom event, if you would like to bring a blanket and picnic.)

Jul 212014
 

unnamedEach year, Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, hosts a blood drive.
This year the Social Action Committee has agreed to chair the drive on Wednesday, July 23.
Save the date to either donate blood or your time to help with signing people in or manning the canteen.
More information to come.

Apr 272014
 

Hungarian rallyThis Sunday morning, Holocaust Memorial Day, Kati Baltimore will speak on: “HUNGARY: THE CAPITAL OF NAZISM IN EUROPE”

 
Kati, a member of our congregation, was born in Hungary, and came to his country as a refugee.  She is greatly concerned, as we all are, about the results of the recent parliamentary election in Hungary. That election resulted in a parliament which is now 20% avowedly anti-Semitic.  
 
Please come to hear Kati’s presentation, following our Sunday morning service.  The service begins at 9:00 am. Kati’s talk will begin at 9:45 am, over breakfast (all invited). If possible, please call the office and let us know if you are coming, so we can adequately prepare.
 
Then join the community-wide Commemoration of the Holocaust at the JCC in Woodbridge at 4:00 pm
With Shalom,
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus 

Apr 202014
 

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom

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.