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THE CATCHER WAS A SPY! The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg … Today at 2 p.m.

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Apr 032016
 

unnamedCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, hosts its annual Landwirth Memorial Lecture today at 2 p.m.
Guest speaker Nicholas Dawidoff will share the story of Moe Berg, a son of Jewish immigrants, was a back-up catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox. Berg’s true claim to fame, however, came from a hidden part of his life: He was a spy for the American Government.

Moe Berg was a brilliant linguist who was fluent in 11 languages, including Japanese. Before leaving for Japan with an exhibition baseball team that included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Berg was asked by the U.S. military to secretly film the industrial section of Tokyo.

The footage he brought back would later prove to be invaluable in America’s war effort.
 
During the war, Moe Berg went on to perform a variety of espionage missions in Europe. One of his assignments involved a trip to Switzerland, where he was asked to attend a lecture given by prominent German physicist, Werner Heisenberg. Berg’s orders were to determine if Heisenberg’nuclear research indicted that the Germans were close to developing an atomic bomb.
If they were, Berg’s orders were to kill him. Moe Berg attended the lecture with a pistol and… the rest will be revealed by our guest speaker, Nicholas Dawidoff!
This year’s annual Landwirth Memorial Lecture at Congregation Or-Shalom will feature noted writer Nicholas Dawidoff, author of the best seller, The Catcher Was A Spy. Mr. Dawidoff also has authored a number of acclaimed books, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He is the author of many articles that have appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. A Branford Fellow at Yale University, Dawidoff resides in New Haven. 

Or Shalom Celebrates Purim On Wednesday Night

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Mar 222016
 

purimOn Wednesday evening Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will celebrate the Holiday of Purim.
A brief 15-minute service at 6:45 p.m. will be followed by the reading of the Megillah at 7 p.m.
Afterward at around 7:45 p.m., Hamantaschen will be served in the social hall.
For our christian readers: 
The festival of Purim is celebrated to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”

Congregation Or Shalom Hosts Shabbat Across America Dinner

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Feb 212016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.30.42 PMCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host a catered dinner for Shabbat Across America on March 4 at 5:45 p.m.

Or Shalom members, friends, family and the rest of the Jewish Community are welcome to attend.

Services will follow at 7 p.m.

Dinner catered by Abel Catering.
$15. per person/$45 for families up to 4 people
RSVP by February 29 to the office 203-799-2341
Special Guests: Chapel Haven Shalom Group (Jewish Disabled Adult Group)

Or Shalom Cancels Sunday Morning Activities

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Jan 242016
 

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

The Jan. 24 Sunday Morning Minyan and Hebrew School at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, are Cancelled due to the weather.

Please be safe out there.

 

 

Happy Hanukah, This Week’s Schedule At Or Shalom

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Dec 092015
 

hanuakah-menorah-2015-1Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, offers the following events this week:

Wednesday, December 9

Healing Circle 7:45 am

 “Coffee &… Learn!” 

Enjoy this class lead by the Rabbi. Class starts at 11 a.m. and ends at noon
December will include: “What Does Genesis Say About…”
Circumcision, Wine & Intoxicants, Nebbishes,Mixing Meat and Milk, The First Born Child, Forgiveness.

Hebrew School (Grades 3-7 attend)

Thursday, December 10

Service 7:30 am
Zumba 7-8 pm

Friday, December 11

Service 7:00 pm  followed by “Latkes & Magic!”

Join us on Friday, Dec. 11 for a fun-filled evening for Hanukah celebration. We will light the menorah in the lobby at 7 PM and then gather in the Sanctuary for a brief Friday night service. An Oneg Shabbat will follow featuring a magic show, latkes, and gelt!

Saturday, December 12

Service 9:30 am (B.Mitzvah class leads services)

Sunday, December 13

Service 9 am
Sunday school 9 am

Hanukah Celebration 9:30 am

Monday, December 14

Service 7:30 am
Adult Education Meeting 7:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: if you are planning on attending a service to say Kaddish, kindly inform us ahead of time, so we can assure you of a Minyan …203.799.2341

Thanksgiving Week Schedule At Or Shalom

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Nov 242015
 

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road released this week’s holiday schedule:

Wednesday
November 25
No Healing Circle
No Coffee & Learn
No Hebrew School
Thursday 
November 26
Happy Thanksgiving !
Office Closed
No Zumba
Friday 
November 27
Office Closed
Service 7:00 pm
Saturday
November 28
Service 9:30 am
Sunday
November 29
Service 9 am
No Sunday School

VIDEO: First Selectmen’s Debate at Congregation Or Shalom — #1 Need In Town

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Oct 122015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 1.50.08 AMCongregation Or Shalom Men’s Club hosted a First Selectmen’s Debate on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Here is a VIDEO of Democratic challenger Ken Lenz and Republican First Selectman Jim Zeoli responding to the question, “What do you think is the #1 need in Orange?”

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)

IMPORTANT: BRING A BLANKET OR A BEACH CHAIR! PLEASE BRING HATS (Yarmulkas fly away!) 

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

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