Our service schedule during Passover is as follows:
Regular Shabbat Services on March 31 and on April 7 are cancelled. Yizkor Service will take place on April 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Check out our new Passover Page, where you can find everything you always wanted to know about Pesach. History, Customs, Songs, Family Activities, Recipes, How-to-Videos and much more. Chag Pesach sameach from OR HADASH SYNAGOGUE and the Union for Reform Judaism!
Join us on Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:00 p.m. for the READING OF THE MEGILLAH, also known as the Book of Esther.
In order to fulfill this first and foremost Purim mitzvah, one must hear every word of the reading, except of course, when we mention the name of the evil Haman and make as much noise as possible to blot out his name! If you like, dress up in a costume. Either way, come, have fun, enjoy the community and nosh some Hamantaschen.
The second mitzvah on Purim is MISHLOACH MANOT, or the sending of food gifts. When you come to the MEGILLAH READING, please bring along a small bag or other container, filled with two or more different types of ready-to-eat foods. We will exchange these little gift bags so that at the end of the evening, every person who attends is able to take one of them home. Keep it simple, this is about fun and not about spending a lot of money. It is the thought that counts! Need some ideas? Check out this link: https://kosheronabudget.com/101-mishloach-manot-ideas/
Our evening of the Megillah Reading is mainly geared towards adults, but children are certainly most welcome to attend too.
On Sunday, October 8th, 2017, Or Hadash Synagogue will celebrate Sukkot as usual in style at the Balaban Farm. During this truly special event amongst the Jewish Community, adults and children alike will be able to experience the spirit of the holiday by connecting with its agricultural themes. We will enjoy a hayride, pick vegetables, visit the farm animals and of course, will decorate the sukkah, wave the lulav and smell the etrog!
We meet at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingto the weather! There will be a pot luck BBQ. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be supplied (meat is kosher style only, no dairy is permitted). Additional Details
We were distinctly honoured last year to have Cantor/Rabbi Brian Reich lead us through our High Holy Day Services 5778/2017. Cantor Reich will again be leading our services for 2018/2019. Cantor Brian, aka the “Singing Rabbi”, is an amazing person. He has everything it takes to make our celebrations meaningful, spiritual, musical and purposeful. His rich life experience, his great knowledge, remarkable skills and talents, and most of all, his warm personality and kindness will make him a delight to have among us.
If you are looking for a place to spend High Holy Days this year, we’d love to have you. Please secure your seats early! Questions? Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
TICKETS: $175.00 (Adults, 18 years and older) $ 80.00 (B’nai Mitzvah, age 13 to 17 years old) Children under the age of 13 are admitted free of charge
The meal for the “Break-the-Fast” is included in the ticket price. In addition, if you decide to join the congregation shortly after the holidays have ended, we will apply the ticket costs toward your membership dues!
As every year, admission to the High Holy Day Services is included in our membership fee. If you are not yet a memberof our congregation, please consider becoming one. Or Hadash would like to offer this year the following very special membership arrangement:
Family: $ 600.00 (2 adults and max. 2 children up to the age of 18)
Individual: $ 300.00
B’nei Mitzvah: $ 80.00 (age 13 – 17, if not included in Family Mmbership)
We are also honouring the Union for Reform Judaism’s suggestion, which recommends that those members (in good standing at Union congregations) who are in another community during the High Holy Days, be welcomed to worship at URJ member synagogues (where space allows). Therefore, if you are travelling during the High Holy Days and wish to attend our Services at Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur, please contact us.
We are looking forward to celebrating with you spiritually meaningful High Holy Days!
We are again delighted (as in 5778/2017) to introduce to you our service leader for the High Holy Days 5779/2018 Cantor BRIAN REICH, Rabbi.
As usual, HHD tickets are included in our Or Hadash membership. Membership/HHD information packages (incl. new membership fee) will be sent out shortly. Stay tuned.
Individual HHD seats for non-members are $175 per person (18 years or older) or $80 (B’nei Mitzvah age up to 17 years). Children under 13 years are free. Tickets can be ordered via email@example.com
We are truly blessed to have Cantor Brian on board. His greatest joy comes from inspiring the community he is serving and from encouraging participation whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Cantor Brian is an amazing person. He has everything it takes to make our celebrations meaningful, spiritual, musical and purposeful. His rich life experience, his great knowledge, remarkable skills and talents, and most of all, his warm personality and kindness will make him a delight to have among us.
We are closing this HHD pre-announcement with the greetings Cantor Brian has sent to our congregation:
“LIFE IS FULL OF BLESSINGS AND I AM SO GLAD TO SERVE THE OR HADASH SYNAGOGUE AND COMMUNITY IN NEWMARKET AS PART OF THE JOURNEY THESE UPCOMING HIGH HOLY DAYS”.
26-Jun-2017 – Please read this newsletter by Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC):
“The Israeli government has just slapped world Jewry in the face.
In the past 24 hours Netanyahu’s government has made two decisions which are a great insult to progressive Jews worldwide. First, they decided to cancel the Kotel deal, four years in the making, promising an egalitarian prayer space, which was working towards a compromise that all sides were happy with. Then, the coaltion approved the Conversion Bill – which will give the Rabbinate full control over conversions – and is steamrolling towards its passage, giving them a further monopoly over Jewish life in Israel.
PM Netanyahu cannot play politics with the Kotel and diaspora Jews. Judaism’s secret of survival has always been its diversity and adaptability. We refuse to allow Israel to put all aspects of Jewish life and practice in the hands of the ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate. They will not define who is a Jew and how to be Jewish.
Because of these offensive decisions, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism, cancelled his meeting this Thursday in favor of visiting the Kotel.
In Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ words: “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to say ‘no’ to his previous ‘yes’ is an unconscionable insult to the majority of world Jewry. We are assessing all next steps. The Israeli Supreme Court will rule, but even in waiting for the court we will not be still or silent. The stranglehold that the Chief Rabbinate and the ultra-Orthodox parties have on Israel and the enfranchisement of the majority of Jews in Israel and the world must – and will – be ended.”
The Reform Movement will continue to fight back against the ultra-Orthodox monopoly. We will continue fighting for these issues in the Supreme Court.
Explore this trilingual Torah in Hebrew, English and Russian!
This interactive electronic version contains the Masoretic text of the Leningrad Codex, the Classic Jewish English Translation, and a new Russian translation. It is the result of more than 25 years of work done by some of the greatest Bible scholars from Russia, the USA and Israel.
On Friday, February 3, 2017, members of Or Hadash joined hundreds of Newmarket residents at an Interfaith prayer vigil for the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting. One of our members – Peter Ginsberg – spoke to the gathering on behalf of the Jewish community and read the Kaddish prayer of mourning for our Muslim brothers and sisters.