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Celebrate Shabbat, Learn, and Connect at Congregation Or Shalom

July 2, 2024
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Join Us For Weekly Services

Morning Minyan

  • Sunday 9:00 AM – In person and Zoom’d
  • Monday 8:30 AM – Zoom’d
  • Thursday 8:30 AM – Zoom’d

Shabbat Services

  • Friday 7:30 PM – In person and Zoom’d
  • Saturday 9:30 AM – In person and Zoom’d

Please call the synagogue office at 203-799-2341 or email for more information).

Purim Megillah Reading 

  • Saturday 7:00 PM 

Coffee and Learn

Our weekly program with Rabbi Wainhaus meets every Wednesday at 11-noon.  We explore the ancient texts of our tradition and the light they shed on the issues of our day.  You may attend in person or via zoom - either the entire series or specific topics.  Call the office for details. 203.799.2341. (Classes will meet on all Wednesdays in March) 

Congregation Or Shalom Book Discussion 

Thursday March 21st at 7:00 pm

The Personal Librarian by Marie

Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Discussion led by Caryl Winter

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick!  In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.  But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives. All are welcome. Please call the office for details.  

Protecting the Freedom to Read 

The freedom to read is under attack in the United States, restricting students’ freedom to explore words and ideas, and creating a hostile learning environment for young people whose identity is the subject of targeted titles. Yet a 2023 NPR/Ipsos poll found that a majority of Americans oppose such measures. Join Pen America, CT authors Chad Sell and Alan Katz, & “The Book Lady” Pia Ledina for a timely discussion of the legal issues and learn how we can help protect the freedom to read, moderated by Adult Ed chair and author Sarah Darer Littman. March 17, 2024.  3-5pm in person and on Zoom.  Register on our website. 

Yahad Hebrew School 

Yahad is a community Hebrew school, a joint project of Congregations Or Shalom and B'nai Jacob in Woodbridge.  At Yahad, meaning "together," students form their Jewish identities through amazing experiential programming, while building foundational skills in prayer, Hebrew, Bible and much more. Together, as students, parents, teachers, and as a community, we will create our Jewish future! Please call Rachel @ Or Shalom if you are interested 203.799.2341.  

Pull Tabs

Our Social Action Committee collects pull tabs from soda cans for the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven. The house hosts families of children who are being cared for at Yale New Haven Hospital and allows families to stay close to their children during hospitalization. The pull tabs can come from cans of soda, beer, cat or dog food, sardines, soup, beans, fruit, etc. - any size tabs, any color, any metal.  You can drop them to the Synagogue M-Th from 10-4 and Friday 10-3. Collect them from family and friends, too! 

Mitzvah of the Month

We are collecting Non-Perishable food items, Prom Dresses & Gowns, Men;s Tuxedos & Suits.  Please call the office at 203.799.2341 to schedule drop off.   


Do you play mahjong or want to learn? Join us Thursdays at 1:30pm.  Please call the office to rsvp203.799.2341

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