Oct 232013

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

A reminder from Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus:

No one liked the holidays being so early but one positive side-bar is that I can begin my annual Coffee & Learn program earlier!
Join me on Wednesday, October 23 from 11:00 am – Noon for:
Our opening Coffee & Learn session will feature distinguished guest, Dr. Paul Barash, Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale and author of the renowned text, Clinical Anesthesia. I will lead the discussion .

All are welcome.

Feb 142013

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host a Shabbat Family Dinner, Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.

Shabbat Across America

The 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 Wednesday, Feb. 20.  The dinner must be paid for at the time of the reservation.

Make the check out to: Congregation Or Shalom
Provide the following with your paid reservation:
  • family name
  • names and ages of children
Musical Shabbat starts at 7 p.m.

Dec 122012

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the first day of Hanukkah, Congregation Or Shalom had a quiet indoor menorah lighting after sunset.

Afterward, everyone went outside with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus to light an outdoor menorah, sing and dance.

The celebration continued indoors with games, chocolate coins, singing and dancing.

Hebrew Academy

On Tuesday night, Dec. 11, hundreds gathered at the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy with Rabbi Shaya Hecht for a special Menorah lighting on the fourth day of Hanukkah.

In the past, the Hebrew Academy has had some really unique Menorahs — Ice Carved, Chocolate, and Lego, all 8-feet tall or more. Then First Selectman Mitch Goldblatt had the honor of lighting each of them.

On Tuesday night Selectman Goldblatt was back to light this year’s candy Menorah. The tall Menorah was constructed of plastic tubes which the children filled with  dum dum lollipops, twizzlers and a variety of other candies.

The hall was decorated like a candyland board game with different game stations for added family fun.

An inflatable fun house kept younger children entertained in the middle of the room and Rabbi Hecht served up fresh buttered pop corn.





Dec 102012

Congregation Or Shalom is now taking reservations for its annual Ski with the Rabbi trip.
For this outing, you are off to Mt Snow and now that the weather has gotten colder, they are convinced the skiing will be great.
New in 2013, they are teaming up with Kadima to include snow tubing as well.
Here’s the skinny

Date: Sunday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend)

Where: Mt Snow

Time: Bus leaves Or Shalom at 6:15 a.m., leaves the mountain at 4:30 p.m.  to return to Or Shalom

Cost: $35 per person deposit required by Dec. 23 ($15 for children ages 6 & under)

The final cost will be based on the number of people.

Sign up today!

For more information, contact Irwin Barstein at [email protected] or 203-488-1030.

Sign Up Sheet Below

Dec 062012

An important notice from Congregation Or Shalom:

Now is the time to seriously consider our upcoming trip to Israel. The cutoff date for submitting applications is Jan. 1, 2013. We need 15 people to get the reduced airfare. We currently have 9 people who have submitted applications. Remember, the $200 per person deposit is fully refundable up to 90 days before departure. If you are considering this wonderful opportunity, SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS NOW. Applications and a full itinerary are available at the synagogue.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonders of ancient and modern Israel. From the Western Wall to Yad Vashem. From the mystical city of Tsefat to the fortress of Masada. From the Dead Sea to Israel’s Riviera Eilat.

Pick up a complete itinerary and application at the synagogue or on the Or Shalom web site (www.orshalomct.org).

Remember, only a $200 deposit per person is required and is fully refundable up to 90 days before departure.

Don’t wait. Reserve your place NOW!

The more people who go, the cheaper the price.


Information can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on this link Or Shalom Israel Trip. If you have any questions or need more information, contact ITC (our tour operator) at 1-800-247-7235 or Herb Marsh 203-430-8845 ([email protected]).

Nov 242012

From the Congregation Or Shalom Social Action Committee:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy we are all wondering what to do and how we can help.

Congregation Beth Elohim, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has opened its doors as a gathering and organizing place for the community.  They are accepting items for collection, preparing and distributing food daily to Far Rockaway and Red Hook, Brooklyn and mobilizing volunteers.

Social Action Committee is requesting donations to this synagogue to help them in this extraordinary and selfless effort.

Please either donate directly to their website congregationbethelohim.org or donate through Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, writing your check to Congregation Beth Elohim with the notation “Area of Greatest need/General fund.”

Oct 282012

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

The latest predictions for our area indicate wide spread power outages and downed trees.

If Or Shalom does not lose power and the office staff is able to get to the building, Or Shalom will be open for people to come in and get water, charge cell phones, check emails, etc.

Unfortunately, we cannot store perishable food items because of our Kosher status.

We hope that everyone stays safe and the predictions are worse than the actual event.

— Congregation Or Shalom Staff