Oct 142014

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)

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.

Apr 092014

congregation or shalomA Message from Congregation Or Shalom:

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!

Please come to honor our Sefer Haftorah!  The service will begin at 9:30 am.

Feb 182014

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

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.

Feb 012014

Pasta DinnerCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host its annual Havdalah Service & Pasta Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 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.