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Congregation Or Shalom for September 2023

August 31, 2023
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Congregation Or Shalom for September 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). 

Virtual Learning This Month


Thursday October 19th at 7:00 pm

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Discussion led by Caryl Winter

New York Times Bestseller • Oprah’s Book Club Pick • From the author of Dear Edward comes a “powerfully affecting” (People) family story that asks:  Can love make a broken person whole?  William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him.  With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable:  Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all.  With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another.  The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations.  Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?  An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

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

Special Services

Friday, September 1, 7:00pm:  Join us as we hold our annual outdoor Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.  The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful “sing-along” service.  Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.  Feel free to bring dinner to eat before the service.  An Oneg will follow the service.


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.

High Holidays

We welcome non-members to the following services.  Please call our office in order to attend.

Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 15th @ 7:30 pm;

Kol Nidre

September 24th @ 6:30 pm.

Community Yizkor

Congregation Or Shalom, the only Conservative synagogue in Orange, is offering all non-members an opportunity to come to a free community-wide Yizkor Memorial Service on Yom Kippur Day (October 5, 2023) at 4:00 PM.  We will also offer this service over Zoom.  Please call the office.  This service, which will last under an hour, is open to the public without any membership obligation.  The Service will be led by our congregants, Robert Spaulding and his wife Tova Clayman.

Sukkot Services

  • Friday, September 29th, Erev Sukkot 7:00 pm;
  • Saturday, September 30th 1st Day of Sukkot 9:30 am & 7:00 pm;
  • Sunday, October 1st, Second Day of Sukkot 9:30 am;
  • Friday, October 6th, Erev Shemini Atzeret, 7:00 pm;
  • Saturday, October 7th, Shemini Atzeret, 9:30 am (Yizkor @approx 10:30 am);
  • Saturday, October 7th, Simchat Torah, 7:00 pm;
  • Sunday, October 8th, Simchat Torah, 9:30 am.


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 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.  2032.799.2341

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