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Congregation Or Shalom Events from February 2023

February 14, 2023
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Congregation Or Shalom Events from February 2023

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). 

Join us on February 10th at 7:00 pm for a kids “Pajama Shabbat” wear your favorite pajamas, bring a stuffed animal or your favorite blanket.  After a brief service, come to the Oneg and enjoy “sleep over favorites, ice cream, popcorn and hot chocolate.  Please RSVP to the office 203.799.2341. 

Monday evening, March 6th, 7-8pm!  All are invited to celebrate this most joyous of holidays: the

Festival of Purim. We’ll read the first three chapters of the Megillah of Esther in Hebrew (booing our heads off at “you- know-who !”), summarize the rest of the miraculous story in humorous English and follow with songs and yummy Hamantash-cookies. Come solo or with your family. Feel free to wear a costume!



On Wednesday mornings, people gather to explore the ancient texts of our tradition and the light they shed on the issues of our own day.  Past topics have included: “Three Ideas that Changed the World;” “Bible Stories Your Rabbi/Minister Hoped You Wouldn't Notice;” “Is the Tower of Babel Story a parable for Modern-Day America?” “Understanding Judaism - & Life - through the lens of the Kabbalah.”  Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, in person or via zoom - either the entire series or specific the topics.  Please call 203.799.2341 for more information. There is no class on February 22. 

Book Club 

Thursday February 16th at 7:00 pm

Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow  by Gabrielle Zevin

Discussion led by Sarah Darer

In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom.  They borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo: a game where players can escape the confines of a body and the betrayals of a heart, and where death means nothing more than a chance to restart and play again. This is the story of the perfect worlds Sam and Sadie build, the imperfect world they live in, and of everything that comes after success: Money. Fame. Duplicity. Tragedy.  Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, games as artform, technology and the human experience, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. All are welcome. Please call the office  203.799.2341  for Zoom Link.

Come back to Mah Jong......'Cause Mah Jong's back!

Thursday's 1:30-3:30pm 

All levels of players, including beginners! Please call the office 203.799.2341 and let her know you are playing. If you have a 2022 Mah Jong card, please bring it with you.

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.  


Mitzvah of the Month

We are collecting socks & mittens for the Down Town Soup Kitchen in New Haven. You can call the office to schedule drop off.  

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! 


The Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement needs new volunteers! 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE: To make an online donation, go to:  Or send checks, payable to The Jewish Federation, with JCARR in the memo line, to The Jewish Federation 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, 06525.  Attention Amy Holtz.  JCARR is also accepting gift cards. Gift cards can be sent to Jean Silk at 125 McKinley Ave. New Haven, 0651.

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