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Message from the President

Dear OC Members,

In the next couple of weeks, our home will be undergoing a couple of significant repairs. This week a large portion of our rear roof is being replaced. If you recall, we've had a problem with leaks for quite some time so we had to finally address this issue.

Also, if you've been in the building this summer, you are aware that we have had no air conditioning. The units are beyond repair and need to be replaced. We have been in the process of gathering estimates from several different contractors and are pleased to announce that the AC units will be replaced the week of August 26th.

The combined total cost for these projects will be approximately $30,000. Of course, any increased monetary donations to help offset these expenditures would be greatly appreciated. If that is not within your budget, you can still help by purchasing scrip, supporting our fundraisers and/or volunteering your time for a variety of tasks.

Please feel free to reach out to me or any of our Board Members if you have any questions regarding these projects or any other matter here at OC.

Debbie Weiss, President

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Friday, August 23rd - 7:00 PM
  Lay Led Shabbat Service with Annette Ivry

View our full calendar here .
Friday, August 23rd - 7:00 PM
Lay Led Shabbat Service with Annette Ivry
Yahrzeits to be observed:
Sophie Rabiner
Jessie Mazzocchi
Estelle Frankel
Lily Jacobsen
John Stoter
Eugene Bobnar
Helen Viola
Joseph DeMaria
Helen Halper
We need your updated 2019/2020 information
for our "Kids at School" program

As fall approaches, the Student Outreach Program of Or Chadash is about to swing into full gear. The purpose of this program is to maintain a Jewish connection for our students away from home at preparatory, college or graduate schools. Students will be mailed a treat symbolic for some of the Jewish holidays. Students tell us each year how much they look forward to these packages and how comforting it is to know that they are still important to our Or Chadash Family.

We create a new "Student Address List" each year, so all interested parents should send in their child's address, email and cell phone for the coming year by September 1, 2019. You must submit this each year, even if there has not been a change.

Please consider taking one moment now to complete the information collection form by clicking HERE. Hope your "move-in" days are easy for all.

Any questions, please contact Betsy Zalaznick (908-806-2122 /  bzalaznick@gmail.com)
We are delighted to welcome back author Jennifer Gilmore to Or Chadash. Jennifer joined us on a cold winter February Shabbat to discuss her recent Young Adult novel, If Only, and the conversation expanded to include Jewish literature, contemporary authors, and her family's relocation from Brooklyn to Easton, PA! Jennifer's visit was so well received we reached out to her to explore the potential of a deeper dive into Jewish American Literature through fiction, essays, film and television. We are thrilled to invite you to register for four special Shabbat morning learning opportunities led by Professor Jennifer Gilmore. We hope you will join us! 

A little about Jennifer Gilmore

Jennifer Gilmore is the author of The Mothers, (Scribner 2013), currently being adapted to film, which she is Executive Producing, Something Red, (Scribner 2010), a New York Times Notable Book, and Golden Country (Scribner 2006), a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, an Amazon Top Ten Debut Fiction of 2006, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, on the long-list for the International IMPAC Dublin Prize, a finalist for the Harold U Ribalow Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also the author of two novels for teens, We Were Never Here and If Only.

Her work has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies including The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue and the Washington Post. She has been a McDowell Fellow, and taught creative writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, New York University, the New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University and Harvard University.

Currently Gilmore is a Professor in the English Department at Lafayette College in Easton, PA where she lives with her husband and son.

Jewish American Literature: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

American Jewish writing has been shaped as much by social, cultural and political considerations as by literary ones. We will consider the Jewish American experience in American literature by focusing on a variety of Jewish American texts-fiction, essays, film and television-to continue the discussion of what makes a Jewish American and what are the themes that define Jewish American literature.

As we examine what makes an "American Identity" we will look at the stereotypes that are confronted and upheld in these texts. We will explore the various ways the Jewish American experience has been defined and examine its connection to immigration, acculturation, alienation and the rise of material wealth. We will investigate a fundamental question: Is there such a thing as "Jewish Fiction" and if so, will it continue to evolve?

We will read texts chronologically, from a range of writers that might include Anzia Yezierska, Abraham Cahan, Saul Bellow, Delmore Schwarts, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Art Spiegelman, Joan Silber, Lara Vapnyar and Nathan Englander.

Class Dates and Times:

Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for challah and coffee - 9:00 AM

October 19
November 16
January 11
February 8


A prerequisite for attending the first class (October 19th) is to watch the movie Hester Street. Hester Street is available for free on Tubi (click HERE). Hester Street is also available on Kanopy and at the library.

Class Location:

Or Chadash
149 Foothill Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Fee and RSVP Date:

The cost of the seminar is $136 per person.
Please note that we cannot prorate the seminar cost for absences. We need a minimum of ten people for the class to run. Please RSVP by September 15 by clicking HERE.

We are so looking forward to you joining us in this exploration of Jewish American Literature. All Or Chadash programs are open to the community and we hope you invite your friends, too.

Or Chadash is pleased to announce that it is offering free Religious School to all children in grades Kindergarten, First and Second Grade. Additionally, Or Chadash has  created a new membership category called "Young Family Members." Families whose eldest child is in Second grade or below can participate in all the activities and programming at Or Chadash, as "Young Family Members" for a nominal annual fee of $180. 

Or Chadash, The Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, welcomes people from all faiths, Jewish and non-Jewish, and encourages everyone to participate in Jewish life. For more information about Or Chadash, please contact David Moutner, Membership Chair dmoutner@hotmail.com or call 908-806-2122.
Thanks to everyone who placed a Rosh Hashanah Honey order!

So far we have sold 61 bottles,
raising $274.50 for Or Chadash!

If you haven't place your order yet, it's not too late.
You can still guarantee your friends and family will have a sweet New Year if you order by  September 4th.

Don't wait till the last minute - order today!


Announcing a new RAFFLE!  Enter to win by placing orders for ScripNow in the each of the months of July, August, and September.  If you have Presto Pay, give ScripNow a try!  It's instant!  Going to the movies?  Going to Home Depot?  Going to Starbucks?  For these retailers and so many more, simply log into your scrip account and select "ScripNow ecard" when you order.  Within minutes of placing your order, you'll see the scrip listed in your "wallet." Easy!

If you don't have Presto Pay, you can still try this!  You'd place an order for the "ScripNow ecard" and you can pay by check or credit card when checking out.  The difference is that it will be available to you when I place the group order.

Scrip is all kinds of FUN for summer!  AMC movies, Regal Cinemas, Dunkin Donuts, Wawa, Disney, Delta Airlines, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Barnes&Noble, Coldstone Creamery, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Bath&Body Works, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Dave&Busters, Maggiano's, TJ Maxx, The NorthFace, and the list goes on!

Check out the scrip site before you shop - any orders you place make such a difference and all add up!

Simply put, Or Chadash could use all the help you can give with this monthly fundraiser. There is a pile of free money out there that we can bring in to Or Chadash if we take a couple steps and use scrip to buy what we would anyway.

We have 48 members signed up in our Scrip Program.  If you are a member, make the commitment to ordering every month!

If you are not yet a member, it's never too late to get in on this fundraising gem!  Scrip is another name for gift cards, and when you sign up to buy them on the ShopWithScrip website, every purchase you make earns Or Chadash much-needed (free) funds.  There are hundreds of retailers, offering varying percentages back to Or Chadash.  And Or Chadash shares the benefits with you as credit on your dues.  This is truly a win-win opportunity!

Here is how members of the Scrip Program are helping Or Chadash each month:


TOTAL dollars Or Chadash is giving back to members as dues credit:  $729!

Can we count on you to place an order in August? Our August deadline is Thursday, August 15th.

Buying scrip each month is a wonderful mitzvah you can do all year long! Check this out:
  • $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = $240 earnings for OC
  • 50 families ordering $500 of ShopRite scrip each month for a year = adds up to $12,000 earnings for OC!!!

We can do this!

Take a look at the ShopWithScrip website, and please contact Christine Berg with any questions:  cberg3@comcast.net

Happy Shopping -- Happy Earning!


Did you know that your Amazon purchases can benefit Or Chadash with a charitable donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation  when you shop at AmazonSmile? Or Chadash is a registered charitable organization with AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Or Chadash every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Or Chadash.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages..

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select Or Chadash as the charitable organization I want to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com , you select Or Chadash to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

P.S.:  Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and designate Or Chadash as your charity of choice!!

Or Chadash Summer Childcare Listing

We now have a list of high school students available for summer childcare.
If anyone is interested in seeing the list of names, please contact Betsy Zalaznick (bzalaznick@gmail.com).

775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Howard Shapiro (father of Joy Gray)
Donald Kantor (father of Craig Kantor) 
Elliot Rosen
Robert Ackerman (cousin of Fran Hack)
Rhoda Kantor
Al Berman

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Rabbi Joseph M. Forman ( Rabbi)
Cantor Kathy Gohr ( Cantor)
Betsy Zalaznick ( Educator)
Debbie Weiss ( President)
Glenn Wasserman ( Vice President)
Jeff Berg ( Treasurer)
Laura Senator ( Secretary)

Phone: 908-806-2122

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