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Congregation Or Shalom Welcomes You for Weekly Services, Passover Events, and More

April 4, 2024
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 Congregation Or Shalom Welcomes You for Weekly Services, Passover Events, and More

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).

Passover Services 

  • April 22, Monday, Fast of the First Born 8:30 am
  • April 23, Tuesday 9:30 am 
  • April 24, Wednesday 9:30 am
  • April 28, Sunday 7:00 pm
  • April 29, Monday 9:30 am 
  • April 29, Monday 7:00 pm 
  • April 30, Tuesday 9:30 am (Yizkor approx. 10:30 am) 

Coffee and Learn

Our weekly program with Rabbi Wainhaus meets every Wednesday at 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. (Classes will meet April 3rd and 10th) 

Congregation Or Shalom Book Discussion 

Thursday April 18th at 7:00 pm

The MatchMaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Discussion led by Ileane Kaczynski

Lynda Cohen Loigman's The Matchmaker's Gift is a heartwarming story of two extraordinary women from two different eras who defy expectations to realize their unique talent of seeing soulmates in the most unexpected places.  Is finding true love a calling or a curse?

Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman knows her gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s vocation is dominated by devout older men—men who see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. After making matches in secret for more than a decade, Sara must fight to take her rightful place among her peers, and to demand the recognition she deserves.

Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. But among the faded volumes, Abby finds more questions than answers. Why did Abby’s grandmother leave this library to her and what did she hope? Abby would discover within its pages? Why does the work Abby once found so compelling suddenly feel inconsequential and flawed? Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight? All are welcome. Please call the office @ 203-799-2341 for Zoom Link

A Taste of Passover  

Join Congregation Or Shalom for A Taste of Passover with Rabbi Zoe B Zak. Sunday April 14 10am -11:30 am. A delicious exploration of the Jewish holidays, with illuminating conversations and meals to enrich both your spirit and your seder this Pesach. Enjoy tasting two delicious recipes from the book. Books are available for purchase and signing. Please rsvp to the office by April 8th, 203.799.2341 or register at online @


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 toiletries this month. Please call the office at 203.799.2341 to schedule drop off.


Do you play mahjong or want to learn? Join us Thursdays at 1:30pm.  Please call the office to rsvp203.799.2341.

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