Congregation Or Shalom for November 2023
Join Us For Weekly Services
- Sunday 9:00 AM – In person and Zoom’d
- Monday 8:30 AM – Zoom’d
- Thursday 8:30 AM – Zoom’d
- Friday 7:30 PM – In person and Zoom’d
- Saturday 9:30 AM – In person and Zoom’d
JOIN A NEW BOOK GROUP IN 2023!
Thursday November 16th at 7:00 pm
No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister
Discussion led by Ileane Kaczynski
One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives. New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister’s No Two Persons is “a gloriously original celebration of fiction, and the ways it deepens our lives. That was the beauty of books, wasn’t it? They took you places you didn’t know you needed to go… Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief. Each one is drawn into Alice’s novel; each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives. Together, their stories reveal how books can affect us in the most beautiful and unexpected of ways―and how we are all more closely connected to one another than we might think.
All are welcome. Please call the office @ 203-799-2341 for Zoom Link
COFFEE & LEARN RETURNS
Wednesdays, 11-noon. A weekly gathering to 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 start November 29 and run through the spring. Please check our website for exact schedule. The first three classes will be, THREE TIMELESS MESSAGES WITHIN THE BOOK OF GENESIS:
November 29: THE POWER OF KINDNESS
December 6: THE POWER OF GOING HOME
December 13: THE POWER OF ACTIVE HOPE
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.
ANNUAL KRISTALLNACHT EVENT
Sunday November 12th, 9:00am-11:00am On the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Rome we will hold our 17th annual Kristallnacht program. We will honor the late Dr. Adriano Ossicini. Ossicini, a Catholic doctor and anti-fascist activist, invented a fake, allegedly highly infectious disease he called “Syndrome K” to protect Jews seeking shelter at Rome’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital. In a 2016 interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Dr. Ossicini, then 96 years-old, said “The lesson of my experience was that we have to act not for the sake of self-interest, but for principles. Anything else is a shame.” “It’s an inspiring story for people of all ages,” said Sarah Darer, Adult Education chair at Or Shalom. “How during one of the darkest times in human history, courageous individuals made a difference and saved lives.”
Congregation Or Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, with substantial
support from the Or Shalom Men’s Club, are proud to honor Dr. Ossicini’s legacy.
Sunday November 12th, 2023 9:00 am-11:00 am
Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd, Orange, CT, 06477
The event is free to all, but kindly RSVP at: jewishnewhaven.org/kristallnacht
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!
Save the Date- Are you a Fanilow? “Can’t Smile Without You”, A musical tribute to Barry Manilow. (Vocal impressionist Anthony Singer) November 4th doors open at 7:15 pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Call the office for ticket information. 203.799.2341