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Congregation Or Shalom for November & December 2023

November 16, 2023
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Congregation Or Shalom for November & December 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).

Hanukkah Happy Hour & Shabbat Service

Join us on Friday, December 8th for Hanukkah Happy Hour, latkes and more…5:45pm-7:00pm, followed by a Shabbat Service & Menorah Lighting.  We will finish up with an Oneg featuring sufganiyot, “Hanukkah donuts”.  RSVP is a must by December 1st, 203.799.2341.

Virtual Learning This Month

Congregation Or Shalom Book Discussion

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.


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.


Join the Orange Community at their annual Orange Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 19th at 7pm.  This year it will be held at St. Joseph of Arimathea, The Church of the Good Shepherd 680 Racebrook Road, Orange.

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 at the Synagogue Monday-Thursday from 10-4 and Friday 10-3.  Collect them from family and friends, too!

Mitzvah of the Month

We are collecting non-perishable food for November.  Please call the office at 203.799.2341 to schedule drop off.

Coffee and Learn

Our weekly program with Rabbi Wainhaus will begin on December 6th from 11-noon.  Each week 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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