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.
Jan 052014

unnamedThe Social Action Committee of  Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road would like to thank the congregation for all their generosity throughout the year.

In a recent statement, committee members said, “The donations you have made have helped hundreds of people throughout the New Haven Community and we are really making a difference.”

The Committee will be collecting toiletry items for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen now through Tuesday, Jan. 28.


Dec 132013
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

A message from Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus from Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.

During tonight’s Shabbat service at 7 p.m. we’ll pause several times to remember the victims of the atrocities committed one year ago in neighboring Newtown.

May the love and precious memories of the departed continue to bring blessing.

And may their tragic deaths redouble our determination to remove the scourge of violence from our lives.

With Shalom
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus
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