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Coffee, Latkes & Learn at Or Shalom on Wednesday

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Dec 042018
 

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Coffee, Latkes & Learn session.

The topic is “Will the Real Hanukah, please stand up?”

The Rabbi hosts a weekly Coffee and Learn event here each week.

Security Will Be Strong At Or Shalom Kristallnacht Program

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Nov 142018
 

The Or Shalom Men’s Club will host the annual Kristallnacht Program at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year’s Yellow Candle event honors Joseph DuBois who convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to help rescue thousands of Jews held captive by the Nazis during World War II.
The entire story will be told to all in attendance. Joseph’s son, Robert DuBois, will be among the dignitaries in attendance along with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Please Note:  
. Security will be checking small bags, small pocketbooks and small backpacks. All other bags will need to be brought back to your car! 
. Our guest speaker’s book will be available for $25.00, check or cash only. 

Coffee & Learn At Or Shalom On Wednesday

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Nov 072018
 

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, begins its Coffee & Learn series again this Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Every Wednesday, beginning on November 7, (please call the office for schedule) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus teaches an hour-long class focusing on the ancient texts of our heritage and the light they shed on current issues. The class begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 12 noon sharp!
The Opening Topic is: The Tower of Babel & The Election
All are Welcome
Synagogue office: 203 799.2341
website: orshalomct.org

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.
Services:
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.