Calendar Of Events From Congregation Or Shalom

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Feb 222018

Congregation Or Shalom

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

Girls Hockey: SCC South Division Semifinal Hamden 3, Blades 2 In Double Overtime

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Feb 222018

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Hockey team had a phenomenal season with only a handful of losses in a very demanding schedule, this talented group of athletes always played to win.

They made it all the way to the SCC South Division Semifinal on Wednesday night when they went up against Hamden.

The First Period was all Blades, the way we like it, with Cally Dixon scoring off an assist from Megan Spring.

Then Shannon Reilly made an unassisted goal, putting our girls in a nice 2-0 lead for two full periods.

Then came the third period when Hamden sought its revenge in the form of Demeri Carangelo.

Carangelo made a goal off an assist from Taylor Klesyk, then the tied the game, assisted by Maggie Gould and Megan McKiernab.

With that, the game went into overtime, but no one scored, forcing a second overtime.

Sadly for our solid, hard-working girls, Hamden’s Maggie Gould made an unassisted goal, securing the win for the Green Dragons and their advancement in the SCC Tournament.

Wait! It’s not over yet! The State Tournaments start next week and the Blades will play against Hand on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Rinks in Shelton.

NOTE: We are so proud of you girls for your excellent work this year. Your passion, sportsmanship, and teamwork are top notch. You’ve beaten Hand twice this month 3-2 and 5-3 You CAN do it again!

Congratulations to Coach John Peschell on a great season. GO BLADES!

(File Photos from this season)


State Rep. Staneski Stands with Animal Advocates

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Feb 212018

State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) joined her fellow members of the Animal Welfare Caucus and the Connecticut Humane Society announced their legislative priorities for the 2018 session.

Some of the proposals the Animal Welfare Caucus endorsed are:

  • A bill requiring adequate shelter for animals in extreme weather
  • A bill prohibiting the use of Accelerated Rehabilitation in cases of felony animal cruelty
  • A bill to indemnify those who rescue animals locked in hot or freezing cars
  • A bill specifying that bestiality be considered a felony crime

“Although the focus of the session will be on fixing the state budget, the committees of cognizance will be taking up these animal welfare proposals. I, along with the other animal advocates believe these are serious state issues, as many who abuse animals move onto violent crimes against humans,” said Rep. Staneski, who is the proud and loving owner of two dachshunds.

There’s Trouble In River City — Get Your Tickets For The Music Man Jr. Today

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Feb 212018

Amity residents are more than familiar with the masterful, award-winning spring musical productions at Amity High School (this year it’s the Addams Family), but what about the “other” school musicals?

Next month, the Spartan Players at Amity Middle School Orange will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr.

Here’s a synopsis of this play from the mtishows website:

“Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!”

“Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.”

“The Music Man JR. is the perfect vehicle for a young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser that features a soaring soprano ingénue part and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level.”

CAST LIST In order of appearance:

CONDUCTOR Marco A. Lopez
SALESMAN #1 Jayden Benichak
SALESMAN #2 Ashley Daneshfar
SALESMAN #4 Allison Bowler
SALESMAN #5 Molly Blair
NEWSPAPER READER #2 Aanchal Poddar
NEWSPAPER READER #3 Claudia Homiski
CHARLIE COWELL Christopher Chizmadia
HAROLD HILL Nolan T. Young
MAYOR SHINN Michael Perrone
ALMA HIX Katherine Sim
FARMER Corey Richards
FARMERíS WIFE Caitlyn Shanley
JACEY SQUIRES Arielle M. Chetwynd
OLIN BRITT Annika Lyngdal
OLIVER HIX Grace Mahon
EWART DUNLOP Holly Thorndike
MARIAN PAROO Zola M. Kneeland
MRS. PAROO Ashley Daneshfar
AMARYLLIS Greta Pedenski
GRACIE SHINN Jenna Chizmadia
MAUD DUNLOP Olivia Sceppa
MRS. SQUIRES Annabella Gefen-Alves
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES Aanchal Poddar, Molly Blair, Mia Destival, Marisa F. Scotti,
WA TAN YE GIRLS Emma Curis, Claudia Homiski, Abigail Tirollo, Ana DeBassio, Athanasia Zikos, Sydney Melchoir
BOYSí BAND Marco A. Lopez, Jayden Benichak, Allison Bowler, Leah Katz
RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE Sophia Cossitt-Levy, Jackie Tice, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Bridget Lillis
KIDS Molly Blair


The production is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

The show takes place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are a bargain at only $8 and $10. Visit www.squarefoottheatre.tix.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Five Amity Wrestlers Medal in the Class L State Wrestling Tournament

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Feb 202018

The Amity Wrestling team competed in the Class L State Wrestling Tournament on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Bristol Central High School.

With a young squad of wrestlers and only three seniors in the starting lineup, Amity set a goal to place in the top ten teams in the Class L Tournament. With the tournament spanning two days, wrestlers need to be both mentally and physically ready to compete in this long and arduous competition.

After the first day, Amity had seven wrestlers advance to the round of 16.

Junior Cole Johnson and Freshman Josh Foote had crucial victories for the Spartans to help add to their team point total. Saturday saw Christian Chadwick, Aiden Hebert, Matt Rothman, Sam Keylock and Justin Griffin continue to win and advance to the state open qualifying rounds.

Senior Captain Matt Rothman advanced to the finals in the 152lbs. weight class eventually losing a hard-fought match 4-3. Junior Justin Griffin wrestled his way back to win third place in the 285 lbs. weight class. Senior Captains Christian Chadwick (113 lbs.) and Sam Keylock (160 lbs.) placed fifth along with Sophomore Aiden Hebert who also placed fifth at 120 lbs.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “Coach Todd Patterson, Coach Nate Shilling and I are thrilled with how well our team wrestled this weekend. We exceeded our goal by placing 8th as a team. Individually we had 5 medal winners; Matt Rothman placed 2nd, Justin Griffin placed 3rd and Christian Chadwick, Aiden Hebert, and Sam Keylock each placed 5th. We are excited to see what these 5 wrestlers can do this coming weekend at the State Open Tournament in New Haven. I believe each wrestler has unfinished business and will look to exceed his Class L placement.”

All five of these wrestlers qualified for the State Open Championships on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Floyd Little Center in New Haven.


Blades Defeat Hand in SCC South Quarter Final

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Feb 202018

The Blades Girls Ice Hockey team (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) defeated the Daniel Hand Tigers 3-2 in the SCC South Division quarter-final matchup at the Rinks of Shelton on Monday, Feb. 19.

First Period

The Blades’ Shannon Reilly got things started with an unassisted goal.

Hand tied things up with Jacqueline Sandor’s goal, assisted by Clara Halloran.

Cally Dixon shot one in on an assist from Meghan Hogan, pulling the Blades ahead by one.

Not to be left behind, Anna Sather scored for the Tigers, assisted by Lily D’Ancicco.

End of period score 2-2

Second Period

Goalies Juliana Daddio (Blades) and Carina Mancini (Hand) prevented anything from passing by them.

Third Period

Tess Csejka, on an assist from Melissa Montesi, scored the game-winning goal.

Final Score: Blades 3, Hand 2

Saves: Blades- Juliana Daddio 15; Hand – Carina Mancini 31

Congratulations Girls, Keep up the good work!

Police Blotter: Man Charged with Sexual Assault

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Feb 202018

On February 9 at 10:43 a.m., Orange police received a complaint of sexual assault from two employees at a local adult-oriented retail establishment.

During the investigation, officers learned that Ryan O’Leary, 27, of Derby, entered the store and engaged two different employees at different times. Each time, however, he acted inappropriately with the workers.

According to the report, O’Leary used his hand to touch one of the employees, and later he used a display item to touch the other employee.

Both employees reported O’Leary’s to management, who then ordered him out of the store and contacted police.

Officers located O’Leary a short time later at his residence, where he was taken into custody and charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of breach of peace.

O’Leary was held on $10,000 bond for court Feb. 13.


Boys Hockey: Joey Schittina’s Awesome Shot Wins It For Amity In Overtime

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Feb 202018

The Amity Spartans hosted the Tri-Town Knights in West Haven on Monday, Feb. 19.

The game got off to a slow start, oh, everyone tried to score, but no one managed to get one past either of the goalies.

In the second period, Tri-Town was first on the scoreboard at 3:30 with a Zack Roy making a goal, assisted by Andrew Gaines and Jacob Ellis

Seven minutes later, at 11:11 Amity’s Joey Schittina tied the game, assisted by Jamie Blum and Jacob Silliman.

The third period saw a lot of furious action, with Amity far outshooting Tri-Town, yet it mirrored the first period with no advance in the score on either side.

In overtime, the teams had 8 minutes to make it or break it.

Both teams had about equal possession time, then, with just 2:49 remaining, Schittina magically tipped the puck into the net past a stunned Payton Emrick. This was Schittina’s second goal of the game. He was assisted by Michael Miller and Brian Early.

Score by Periods

Amity         0  1  0  1  Total 2

Tri-Town    0  1  0  0  Total 1

Congratulations to Joey Schittina for a job well done, and to the two goalies, Amity’s Michael Holloway and Tri-Town’s Payton Emrick, for all of their hard work throughout the game.

Next Up: Amity has three more games remaining in the regular season. Thursday, Feb. 22 Away vs Trinity Catholic at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, Home vs Watertown-Pomperaug at 3 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 26 Away vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at 8 p.m.


Boys Swimming and Diving: A Great Senior Day Victory For The Spartans

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Feb 202018

The Amity Spartans Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Xavier Falcons from Middletown in Orange on Monday, Feb. 19.

This was a special night for the six Amity seniors: Uranik Klobucishta, Colin Roy, Joe Sugarmann, Blake Wetter, Kevin Yanagisawa and Weichu Yu, who were honored during a brief ceremony before the meet marking their final year on the high school team.

It also was special for Coach Todd Rainey and the rest of the Spartans who celebrated an impressive 101-74 victory.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:47.89 Joseph Sugarmann, Blake Wetter, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy

200 Ind. Med: A- 2:06.57 Arsenio Bustos

50 freestyle: A- 22.05 Colin Roy

Diving: A- 224.95 Uranik Klobucishta

100 Butterfly: A- 53.78 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Freestyle: A- 52.65 Shiva Gowda

500 Freestyle: A- 4:58.97 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 59.54 Shiva Gowda

Xavier’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: X- 1:53.59 Andrew Reagan

200 Freestyle Relay: X- 1:37.16 Julen Lujambio, Andrew Reagan, Chett Vogt, Donald Frost

100 Breaststroke: X- 1:08.18 Andrew Mitchill

400 Freestyle Relay: X- 3:37.40 Adam Anziano, Andrew Reagan, Julen Lujambio, Andrew Mitchill

Records: Amity 11-2, Xavier 8-6

Up Next: The boys will be practicing and preparing for the CIAC Tourney in March. Keep Doing What you do best Amity! and Congratulations Seniors! (you will be missed next year)

Tip-A-Cop At Chip’s This Friday

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Feb 192018

Come to Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, this Friday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the annual Orange Police Department’s Tip-A-Cop event.

Orange police officers will be volunteering their time to wait on tables and raise money in support of the Connecticut Special Olympics.

The Orange police have long been dedicated to the Special Olympics and participate yearly in the Torch Run leading to the start of the Special Olympics games in New Haven.