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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Scheduled

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Nov 182017
 

The annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service takes place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host the Service this year.

All are welcome to attend.

Clergy from all local churches and synagogues participate in the service.

Stick around at the end for refreshments and fellowship.

The “Other” Debate, Or Shalom First Selectmen’s Debate This Morning

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Oct 292017
 

Just as the election nears, the Men’s Club of Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will sponsor a debate among the candidates for First Selectman of Orange on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. 

All three of this year’s candidates, Democrat Margaret Novicki, Republican James Zeoli, and Independent Alex DeAngelo will participate.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please join us and hear where the candidates stand on the most pressing issues this year.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.  Coffee and cake will be served.

“3 Guys Walk Into A Bar” To Benefit Or Shalom

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Oct 102017
 

Curtains with microphone

Treehouse Comedy Productions Funny 4 Fund$ Present the “…3 Guys Walk Into A Bar…” Third Annual Comedy Night at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Doors open at 7 p.m., Cocktail Reception is at 7:15 and the show, starring Joey Novick, Pat Oates, and Goumba Johnny, begins at 8:30 p.m.

The event features a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are $36, VIP seating is $54 and include Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, choice of (2) beer, wine or soft drink.

For tickets, call 203-799-2341, e-mail info@orshalomct.org or visit www.OrShalomCT.org.

Shabbat Under The Gazebo Friday Night

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Sep 082017
 

Join Congregation Or Shalom of Orange for its annual outdoor Friday night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, FridaySeptember 8 at 7 p.m.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will bring his guitar and lead everyone in a joyful “sing-along” service.

All are welcome.

Shabbat At The Beach Postponed Again

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Jul 142017
 

Another rainy Friday, and hence, another cancellation of the annual “Or Shalom at the Beach” service.

The event is re-scheduled for FridayJuly 28 at 7 p.m. 

Tonight’s Shabbat service will take place in the Congregation Or Shalom sanctuary, at 7 p.m.

Shabbat At The Beach Postponed

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Jul 072017
 

Congregation Or Shalom has been planning tonight’s Shabbat at the Beach for some time, but due to the expected rainstorms, the event has been rescheduled for next Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s service will take place in the sanctuary, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road at 7 p.m.

Here’s hoping for better weather next week.

Or Shalom Presents A Jewish Believe It Or Not!

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Mar 282017
 

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road for a very interesting program on Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to noon.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will present “A Jewish Believe It or Not!” In cooperation with the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Come, Learn, Discuss… ALL ARE WELCOME!

The program will include the following facts:

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
“Kosher salt” is not Kosher salt!
Adam and Eve didn’t eat an apple! 
Lesbianism is not prohibited in the bible!
Alexander Hamilton went to Hebrew school!
People with tattoos may be buried in a Jewish cemetery!
Grasshoppers are Kosher!
A Jewish nurse may baptize a Christian baby!
The Star of David is not an ancient Jewish symbol!
Ultra-Orthodox couples do not have relations through a sheet! 
There is an age-old Jewish tradition of a Jewish pope!  
Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, is not a “Jewish” tune!
Jewish children may be named for the living! 
Jews once knelt when they prayed! 
Giraffes are Kosher!

Kristallnacht Commemoration At Or Shalom Features Special Guest Speakers

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Nov 162016
 

 A street scene in Berlin, Nov. 17, 1938 shattered fronts of Jewish-owned stores.

A street scene in Berlin, Nov. 17, 1938 showing shattered fronts of Jewish-owned stores.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange will host its 10th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Guest Speakers include Ron Meier, Executive Director, Yad Vashem, Senator Richard Blumenthal and special guest,

Pastor Chris Edmonds, Piney Grove Baptist Church, Maryville, TN
Eyewitnesses well remember the day the Nazi commandant of the Stalag IXA Nazi prisoner of war camp ordered all Jewish-American prisoners to step forward and identify themselves. They remember the moment Master Sgt. Edmonds, the highest ranking soldier in the U.S. section of the camp, whispered: “We’re not doing that”.  Instead, Edmonds ordered his men to “stand together with the Jewish soldiers.”
screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-50-07-amWhen the Nazi commandant turned to Edmonds and bellowed: “These men cannot all be Jews!” Edmonds defiantly retorted: “We are all Jews here.”  The commandant then pointed his pistol at Edmonds’ head, demanding that he order his Jewish soldiers to identify themselves, to which Edmonds responded: “We know who you are; and when we win this war, you’ll be tried for war crimes.”  
It is estimated that Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, through his bravery, saved the lives of about 200 Jewish-American soldiers that day.

Last January, on the anniversary of Edmonds’ courageous act, Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of the late Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, received Israel’s “Yad Vashem” award on behalf of his father. President Barack Obama, along with Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, participated in that event at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.

Come celebrate the life-saving courage of one who chose to stand up to evil.

Eyewitnesses to Master Sgt. Edmonds’ courageous deeds will be in attendance.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, call: 203.799.2341  or e-mail: info@orshalom.org  
 
 

A Taste Of Rosh Hashanah On Wednesday

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Sep 192016
 

a8Congregation Or Shalom invites you to A Taste of Rosh Hashanah at Shop Rite of Milford, 935 Boston Post Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m.
Come to the second-floor (elevator access) to watch Shop Rite’s Chief Dietician Kristen Martin prepare Rosh Hashanah dishes.
Access is limited to the first 75 people who RSVP; call 203-799-2341 to be included in this delicious night of demonstration and tasting.
Note: Organizers are asking for a $10 contribution for this event, which they’ll forward to the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.

Or Shalom’s Annual Outdoor Service Scheduled

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Aug 252016
 

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its annual Outdoor Friday Night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, 225 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Aug. 26 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 to Rabbi Wainhaus.

About 100 people attend this popular Service. 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.

The congregation will recognize its new members during the Service.