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.

Jan 302014

Barbie TefellinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn 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.

The Rabbi’s topic will be “Why Tefillin?”

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.

Jan 212014

Screen shot 2014-01-21 at 7.55.51 PMCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, is hosting a talent show in the social hall Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. (Snow date: Saturday, Feb. 22)

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]

Jan 072014

unnamedDuring the regular Friday night Service, at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will honor Past President Ron Novick.  (Please note this was rescheduled from October).
Join in  as they recognize Novick for his two year tenure as President of Congregation Or Shalom.
Following the Service, join the Tu B’Shevat Party
Locally renowned DJ Charles of Boppers will help celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the first flowering of Israel’s trees.
DJ Charles will lead you in Tu B’Shevat themed games and fun.