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September 20, 2019
Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, welcomes all to its annual High Holy Days observances. Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. It is a time to review our actions during the past year, and look for ways to improve ourselves,our communities and our work in the year to come. The holiday marks the beginning of a 10-day period, known as the Yamim Nora-im (“Days of Awe” or “High Holidays”) ushered in by Rosh HaShanah and culminating with Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”). Rosh Hashanah is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, often with prayer and reflection in a synagogue.
Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This year services at Or Chadash begin on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 29th, at 8:00 PM.Monday, and continue on September 30th with morning services at 10:00 AM. The Children’s Service begins at 3:00 PM and is open to the community. The Children’s Service combines music, stories and art and is designed for those young and young at heart.
Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday, October 8th, with Evening services at 8:00 PM and continues on Wednesday, October 9th, beginning with Morning services at 10:00 AM. The Children’s Service starts at 2:00 PM and is open to the community. Following that is the Study Session at 3:00 PM, the Yizkor Service at 4:00 PM, and Break the Fast at 5:30 PM. If anyone wishes to join the congregation at Break the Fast, please RSVP to the synagogue.
Or Chadash’s tradition is to perform acts of Tikkun O’lam, “repairing the world” whenever they gather as a community. During Rosh Hashanah the synagogue teenagers distribute bags to collect non-perishable food items, and on Yom Kippur, the community arrives with food and other essential items for needy families. All of the donated food items will be delivered to local food pantries.
Tickets for non-members can be purchased by visiting Or Chadash’s website, www.orchadash-nj.org, and following the links on the home page.
Located at 149 Foothill Road in Flemington, Or Chadash is a member of Big Tent Judaism, where all are welcome, and the Union For Reform Judaism, which has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt, and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship.