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Dear Members of Or Chadash,

Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs this weekend on the 27th of Nisan - May 5th. Shoah means "catastrophe" or "utter destruction" in Hebrew. It refers to the Holocaust (a Greek word meaning "sacrifice by fire") and the atrocities that were committed specifically against the Jewish community during World War II.

We will have a special Shabbat service this week to commemorate this day - I hope you will join us for this moving service.

For more info on Yom Hashoah, click HERE

Mitzvah Day 2024

Sunday, May 19th

RABBI TARFON SAID: "It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to avoid it." Pirke Avot 2:21

Please join us for Mitzvah Day 2024 on SUNDAY, MAY 19th at Or Chadash. (Mitzvah Day will be held rain or shine--activities will be held under our porches as well as inside.)

Mitzvah Day at Or Chadash begins at 9:30 AM SHARP.

Click the button below to sign up for Mitzvah Day 2024:

Click HERE to sign up for Mitzvah Day!

This year we are proud to offer service and collection projects, advocacy and community activities, and opportunities to create for others. We hope you will find Mitzvah Day a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the Or Chadash community and make a huge impact on our world. The entire Or Chadash community is encouraged to donate just a few hours of time. If you are unable to attend in person, we still have opportunities for you to help the community. Please take a look at those below. New this year is a Trail Stewardship Program from Hunterdon Land Trust.

Please remember that there are many opportunities to participate In Mitzvah Day even if you have a conflict on May 19th. The Food Pantry has very specific items it is requesting for a focused May distribution to its clientele. Please take a moment to read about the many opportunities to participate in Mitzvah Day 2024.

Thank you in advance for your commitment of time and your generous contributions to support Or Chadash's Mitzvah Day 2024 .


Betsy Zalaznick, bzalaznick@gmail.com

Friday, April 26th - Congregational Seder



Sisterhood Enjoyed the April 21st Walk & Talk

This time we had Spring flowers to greet us along Foothill Road! And always we're so happy to get us together to catch up!

Next Up: Sunday, May 5th. Walk & Talk in Clinton.

  • 10:15am Meet at Landsdown Trail in Clinton
  • 11:00am Meet at Citispot Tea & Coffee in Clinton

Save the Date: May 19th - Mitzvah Day!

We are a friendly and welcoming group! Hope to see you!

For more details on Sisterhood - click HERE

Here's your 2024 Sisterhood calendar! Save the dates!

Lots of opportunities to join in!

If you have an idea for an event, we'd love to hear from you!

Please reach out to:

Eileen Freda eileenmfreda@gmail.com

Christine Berg cberg3@comcast.net

Or Chadash Temple Youth Group (OCTY)

Sunday, April 14th - OCTY Passover Celebration

Next up:

  • Sunday, May 19th @ OC - Mitzvah Day!

OCTY co-presidents:

Dylan Berg djberg14@gmail.com

Izzie Hodkinson izziesam11@gmail.com

Harrison Langer hblanger21@gmail.com

Kate MacIsaac kvmac2007@gmail.com

More Pictures & Details on OCTY...


May 2


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Religious School: Grades 7, 8, 9, 10

Closing Day - In person at Or Chadash

May 3


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shabbat Services and Yom HaShoah Observance

Join us for this service in person and on Zoom.

  • Please email Rabbi Forman (josephforman@gmail.com) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday with the names you would like him to read during the Mi Shebeirach.


Sarah H. Levin

Dorothy Lynch

Joseph Sacks

Ralph Amodio

Evelyn Zwerling

Leonard Pearl

Amy Graybeal

Ruth Moutner

Sheldon Rotter

Sheldon Weinick

May 5


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Sisterhood Walk

Meet at Landsdown Trail in Clinton

11:00 AM - Noon Sisterhood Talk

Meet at Citispot Tea & Coffee in Clinton

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM Confirmation Rehearsal

May 10


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Shabbat Services and Confirmation

Join us for this service in person and on Zoom.

  • Please email Rabbi Forman (josephforman@gmail.com) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday with the names you would like him to read during the Mi Shebeirach.


Robert Hann

Shirley Pearl

Esther Adelman

Louis Brodsky

Lillian Golden

Dorothy Sacks

Kate Hirsch

Morris Kurtzberg

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Help shape the future of Or Chadash!

OC Board of Trustees Has Two Openings

We need you! We need your thoughts, your creativity and your insights. We need you to be a part of our group of committed people, dedicated to improving Or Chadash.

Board members manage the general operations of the synagogue and ensure that the spiritual, educational, financial and other needs of the congregation are being met. It is here that you can truly help to shape the future of Or Chadash. (Our meetings are on Zoom and held every 4-5 weeks.)

If you are interested in supporting our community and making a difference at Or Chadash, please reach out to either Dan Freedman (president@orchadash-nj.org) or Ross Weinick ( rweinick@orchadash-nj.org).


Thank you for supporting Or Chadash!

Happy Spring to all, and Happy continued earnings for Or Chadash!

Thank you for your 21 scrip orders in April, earning Or Chadash $557!

This is brings our total earnings for July to March to $4,609.

Next deadline for ordering plastic gift cards is Wednesday, May 15th.

More info on Scrip & Gift Cards HERE!

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