Due to the hazardous early morning road conditions predicted for tomorrow, Jan. 12, Monday Morning Minyan at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, is CANCELED
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.
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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.)
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.
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
Congregation 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.
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.
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.)