Taylor Gourdier to Receive Scholarship

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Aug 272018

This Friday, August 31, The Or Shalom Social Action Committee will present the Warren Weiswasser Social Action Fund Scholarship to Taylor Gourdier.

Come to Shabbat services at the Orange Town Gazebo at 7 p.m. when Taylor Gourdier will receive the Scholarship.

Taylor is being honored because of her very strong involvement with social action activities since childhood, including raising money for “The Smile Train” by selling flowers and selling hot cocoa for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Taylor also created a group called “The Caroling Kids,” that sang at local nursing homes for four years during holiday time, and she performed on the piano at nursing homes for three years.

Taylor’s more recent social action activities include being a dance mentor for children and teens with special needs, acting as a liaison between the Or Shalom Social Action Committee and the Or Shalom Hebrew School, and volunteering at Relay for Life to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Register Today To Give The Gift Of Life On Wednesday

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Jul 242018

There are certain times of year when blood banks see a shortage in inventory and the only way to replenish the supply is through the generosity of donors. Currently, there is an emergency need for all types of blood.

On Wednesday, July 25, Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There are requirements one must follow for donating blood:
  • Donation frequency: Every 56 days*
  • You must be in good health and feeling well**
  • You must be at least 16 years old in most states
  • You must weigh at least 110 lbs

Click HERE for more information.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.
Each presenting donor will receive a FREE SIX FLAGS TICKET, while supplies last

Tisha B’av Programs This Weekend

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Jul 172018

A message from Congregation Or Shalom: 
On Saturday night, July 21, the Jewish world will observe the saddest day in our calendar, the Ninth Day of Av.  Known in Hebrew as Tisha B’Av, it marks the anniversary of the destruction of the ancient State of Israel.
(The scene here depicts the Holy Temple of Jerusalem going up in flames in the year 70, as Roman soldiers carry off the Temple’s golden Menorah.)
For two thousand years, our people tearfully prayed on Tisha B’Av for an end to Jewish homelessness and persecution.
The rebirth of the Jewish State, 70 years ago, however, signaled for many an end to our people’s exile and victimhood.  Modern Jews, therefore, often pray on Tisha B’Av for an end to global cruelty and inhumanity, as well as the advent, at last, of peace in the Holy Land.
Saturday, July 21 Service 9:30 a.m. Kiddush sponsored by Linda Towbin.
Tisha B’av Program followed by service: 8:00 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge.

Sunday, July 22  Tisha-B’av Service at 9:00 a.m. at Congregation Or Shalom. 

Gather Up Your Gently Used Items For The Congregation Or Shalom Rummage Sale

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Apr 302018

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange is hosting a Rummage Sale on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday & Sunday, July 13, 15, 20, & 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Organizers need you to start collecting clean and usable household items and gently worn clothing for the sale.
A rummage sale committee person will be present at Or Shalom to collect all your items Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and MondayTuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If you are unable to drop off your items at the above times call Bernice Konowitz at 203-305-1051.
The committee is in need of rolling racks for clothing, either as a donation or to borrow.
Note all donated items must fit inside a car – no large furniture!
Important: They will not except any undergarments, computers/ hardware.

Celebrate Yiddish With The Rabbi Today

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Apr 102018

CELEBRATE YIDDISH! with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, on Wednesday, April 11, 11 a.m. – noon
Come, celebrate Yiddish! You don’t have to speak Yiddish to enjoy this event! You’ll be amazed at how much Yiddish you already know! Before long, you’ll be laughing at Yiddish jokes and singing Yiddish songs with the Rabbi and his guitar.
“…I hate to kvetch, but why schlep all the way there when we can nosh and schmooze right here? (Besides, I’m Schvitzing like a Chazer!) … Anyway, as I was saying: I thought my bobe knew bupkis about music, but she played like a maven last night! Go figure!  And you know, everyone in the mishpoche regards her as a real mensch!…”  
Did you know that all the italicized words and expressions above, and hundreds like them, are considered correct English usage, found in American dictionaries?
Especially during this week of Holocaust remembrance, let’s celebrate Yiddish!
This is a joint event co-sponsored by Congregation Or Shalom & The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

Coffee & Learn on Wednesday

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Apr 032018

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host its popular Coffee & Learn series with Rabbi Wainhaus on Wednesday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Guest speaker is Rabbi Mark Elber, author of the newly published “The Sacred Now.”

The topic of this session is Biblical Meditational Techniques For Feeling More Alive!

All are welcome to attend.

Holocaust Remembrance Yellow Candles Now Available

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Mar 272018

The Congregation Or Shalom Men’s Club is making Holocaust Remembrance Yellow Candles available to the public. The Yellow Candle is a special memorial candle that is lit on Yom HaShoah, which begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Almost two generations have passed since the Allied Armies liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1945, which ended the greatest mass slaughter in history. The Jews who were murdered in Europe must never be forgotten. Entire families were extinguished and there was no one to say memorial prayers for them. So that these millions do not suffer a double loss — the loss of their lives and the loss of their memory, the Yellow Candle Program was developed to fulfill this mission.

The lighting of the Yellow Candle on April 11th will also remind our children, our future, and all who see it, that the Holocaust did happen and that it will never be forgotten!

Yellow candles are available by visiting the Or Shalom office between 10-3 on weekdays or by contacting the Yellow Candle Chair Mitch Goldblatt at mitchgoldblatt@aol.com or by calling 203-795-4337.

While the candle is free, contributions help support Or Shalom’s Annual Kristallnacht Program, the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven’s Yom HaShoah program, New Haven’s Holocaust Memorial, and other meaningful remembrance programs.

No Morning Minyan Due To Weather

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Mar 212018

Congregation Or Shalom

Due to the weather, Thursday Morning Minyan at Congregation Or Shalom, Old Grassy Hill Road, is canceled.

Calendar Of Events From Congregation Or Shalom

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Feb 222018

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Administrators at Congregation Or Shalom205 Old Grassy Hill Road announced the following upcoming events:

Weekly Services

Minyan Services

Sunday 9:00 AM

Monday 7:30 AM

Thursday 7:30 AM

Healing Circle

Wednesday 7:30 AM

Shabbat Services

Friday 7:00 PM

Saturday 9:30 PM

Coffee and Learn with the Rabbi

Every Wednesday (please call the office for schedule) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus teaches an hour-long class devoted to the ancient texts of our heritage and the light they shed on the current issues. The class begins at 11:00 am and ends at 12 noon sharp.  All Welcome. Please call the office to confirm class is meeting. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Shabbat Across America, Friday, March 9, 7 p.m. focusing this year on: A TASTE OF KUGEL!

In the course of the service we’ll nibble on a variety of kugels in the Social Hall, as the rabbi explains their history! Why is Kugel eaten on Shabbat? Why is it called “Kugel”? Do you call it “Kigel” or Kugel? Why the different pronunciations? Did you grow up with a “Galicianer” kugel or a “Litvisher” kugel? What’s “Jerusalem” kugel? Why are some kugels sweet, while others are savory?  It’s all food for thought!   

Come & taste & learn! Must RSVP to our office 203-799-2341 by March 2. 

Come, Celebrate and… Laugh!   The Godfather’s Meshuggener Wedding! Presented by New York Dinner Theater The Godfather has invited you to  his daughter’s wedding; (you don’t want to refuse!)  Saturday March 24, Guests arrive at 7:30 pm Ceremony begins promptly @ 8:00 pm Singing, Dancing & “Viennese Dessert Table” BYOB (wine must be Kosher) Come, join the celebration!!… Get your tickets now Tickets $39 RSVP online at www.orshalomct.org  or call the office at 203.799.2341

Our Annual Landwirth Memorial Lecture: THE JAZZ SINGER SINGS ON! Celebrating the 90th Birthday of a Jewish-American Classic Sunday, March 18, 3:30 pm.  Did you know that the original “Jazz Singer”, starring Al Jolson, was Hollywood’s first talking motion picture?  Did you know that Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis and Neil Diamond starred as “Jazz Singers” as well?  What is the enduring allure of this story? What was its origin? How does it speak to us today? Watch Jerry Lewis’ 1959 50-minute NBC performance of the Jazz Singer, as well as clips from other incarnations of this Jewish American classic. Discuss its significance with our guest speaker! Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Goldman

Dr. Eric Goldman, who received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University, is a much sought-after lecturer on Jewish film. Dr. Goldman has served as a member of the Educational

Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is currently an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University. He co-hosted on the Turner Movie Classics television network and is the film critic for “The Jewish Standard.” His most recent book is The American Jewish Story through Cinema (University of Texas Press). Come, Learn, Reminisce & Enjoy!


Congregation Or Shalom announces the continuation of ZUMBA GOLD on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m.  ZUMBA Gold is an easy to follow dance movement program that incorporates music from every decade to create an upbeat and fun exercise class.  Burn lots of calories, meet new friends, and have a blast.   No experience needed and classes are on a drop-in basis.  Contact Robin at zumbarobin@gmail.com or call 203-314-8176 or temple office at 203-799-2341

A Message From Congregation Or Shalom (Snow Cancelation)

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Dec 092017

Due to the weather, tomorrow’s (Sunday, Dec. 10) Minyan is canceled.

However, the YAHAD Hebrew School at the JCC will take place.