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Congregation Or Shalom for December 2023 & January 2024

December 14, 2023
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Congregation Or Shalom for December 2023 & January 2024

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).

Congregation Or Shalom Book Discussion 

Thursday December 21 @ 7:00 pm

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Discussion led by Fern Tausig


Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of generations ago.  Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens' anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can't imagine leaving behind. 

All are welcome. Please call the office @ 203-799-2341 for Zoom Link  


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 for December, blankets and socks.  Please call the office at 203.799.2341 to schedule drop off.

Coffee and Learn

Our weekly program with Rabbi Wainhaus meets every Wednesday 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

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