Presidents' Message

February 2024

Fellow Congregants,

It has been over 16 weeks since the attacks by Hamas. Each day, it becomes more and more critical that you call your representatives to register your support for Israel. Please don’t put it off. Visit our website for resources and links you can use to be proactive.

If you weren’t able see Uri Cohen speak at Or Hadash about the situation for Jewish students on college campuses, a video of his presentation is available on our website. Uri is our Shaliach Tzibur for the High Holidays, but his full-time job is as the Executive Director of the Hillel affiliate at Yale University.  His talk was eye-opening, and we urge you to watch the video. We are scheduling other interesting guest speakers to be joining us in the coming months – keep an eye on our website, monthly bulletin & weekly e-news for updates!

We are still in the quiet period on the Jewish calendar. The next holiday isn’t until late March when we will celebrate Purim. Of course, that doesn’t mean that things are quiet at Or Hadash.

Our Family Friday Night Experience will be happening on February 9th. It will be the fourth time we are doing it, and it has been getting better and better each time. It features a half-hour inclusive service, with prayers in both English and Hebrew, and lots of familiar melodies. After services, we have great conversation around the Shabbat dinner table, with both adult- and kid-friendly food on the menu. It’s perfect for kids and also for adults that are looking for a shorter, more accessible service and the opportunity to build connections in our Jewish community. Visit our website or contact the Temple office to register!

The Rabbi’s class on the weekly Torah portion continues each Thursday at noon, and his interactive discussion of the Jewish perspective on current events, “Ripped from the Headlines,” (now mostly about the situation in Israel) happens on February 8th.

Next month, on March 9th, we will be having a Kosher wine tasting event. Discover some new and interesting Kosher wines in time for Pesach. At the event, we will kick off a new Passover wine fundraiser, featuring discounts for our members. Watch for details in the weekly e-news and on our website.

We are in the final stretch of Or Hadash’s fiscal year, and we are starting to recruit new members for the Board of Trustees for the next year. Please consider volunteering to help make Or Hadash even better.  The Board meetings themselves are only once a month, but almost everyone on the board helps out in other capacities as well, as their time availability allows.  Of course, our regular Board meetings are open to all members; you are always welcome to come hear about what is going on behind the scenes at the temple. 

We currently are in need of someone with mechanical aptitude to join the House Committee, to help take care of our building. The role mostly involves working with our caretaker, John, and the various outside contractors that we use to make repairs and improvements to our building.

And speaking of Purim, it’s never too early to get your order in for Mishloach Manot! Visit our website for details and place your order. We look forward to seeing you around shul!

Bernie Rosenfeld & Howard Sislin

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], or leave a message for us with the office, and we will call you back.