Congregation Or Shalom – May 2021 • News Orange Town

To register for a Zoom event, please see the event information below.

Join us for weekly services

Morning Minyan

  • Sunday 9:00 am – Zoomed
  • Monday 8:30 am – Zoomed
  • Thursday 8:30 am – Zoomed

Shabbat Services

  • Friday 7:30 p.m. – Zoomed

The first Friday of the month, we will provide in-person service with limited participation *. It will also be available through Zoom every Friday evening.

  • Saturday 9:30 am – Zoomed

Starting May 1, we will be offering in-person services every Saturday with limited attendance. It will also be available via Zoom every Saturday *.

(* Please call the synagogue office at 203-799-2341 for more information ‘)

Shavuot Services

Shavuot May 16 – May 18

Shavuot, the “anniversary” of the Torah, commemorates the night, 50 days after Passover, when the Ten Commandments were first revealed. We will inaugurate the holiday Sunday evening, May 16e at 7:30 p.m. with a short Shavuot service, followed by a traditional study session. (see below)

Shavuot’s services continue:

  • Monday morning May 17e at 9:30 am -Zoomed
  • Monday evening May 17e, at 7:30 p.m. – Zoom
  • Tuesday morning May 18e at 9:30 am, Yizkor in approx. 10:30 -Zoomed and in person, (please call the synagogue office at 203-799-2341 for more information).

Annual “Shomrei-Or, Guardians of the Light” Award (photo)

Each year, our board of directors selects a member of the congregation to receive our Shomrei-Or award. The award is presented to a person whose dedication to our synagogue has been exemplary. This year the board decided to give this honor to our own staff, explaining “Shomrei-Or means Guardians of the Light,” and our staff have superbly guarded the light of our congregation during this past year of trials and challenges… Mazel Tov to all of you! ” In the photo from left to right: Lauren Sachs (teacher), Wendy Severs, (teacher) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, Ileane Kaczynski (administrative assistant), James Petit (guard), Rachel Steigleder (administrator). Not in the photo: Marie Razzaia (food service specialist).

Virtual learning this month



SUNDAY EVENING MAY 16e, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Directed by Diane Litwin

Request the Zoom link to register at: [email protected]

Diane Litwin teaches people of all ages the links between agriculture and Judaism. She is a staff member of Common Ground Farm, an environmental education center and high school in New Haven, CT. Diane is at the forefront of a movement to create contemporary Jewish food ethics.

Zoom and Learn in May


3 Wednesdays: May 5, 12 and 19, 11-12 p.m.

Led by: Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Request a Zoom link at: [email protected]

Where were our souls before we were born? When will the Messiah finally come? (Has the Messiah ever come?) What happened to the “lost tribes of Israel?” How to do an exorcism? How to create a Golem? Are there Jewish healers? What are avocados doing in heaven?

Over the centuries, legends have appeared to answer these questions and many more!

Come, learn, discuss!


“The Woman at the Window” by AJ Finn

Thursday, May 20e @ 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Ileane Kaczynski

“The Woman in the Window” is a seductive and unpredictable novel, like the Hitchcock films to which author AJ Finn pays homage. Finn’s protagonist, Anna Fox, is a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating that she hasn’t left home for months. To occupy her time, Anna watches film noir classics from her vast collection, interacts with Internet users and sometimes spies on her neighbors. Author AJ Finn throws curved balls where you least expect them. Email the office for the Zoom registration link, [email protected]

Social Action


Our monthly mitzvah for May is to collect diapers and baby wipes for families in need.

Please call the synagogue office at 203-799-2341 for more information.


Annual golf tournament

The Or Shalom Golf Tournament returns to Orange Hills Country Club on Monday August 2nd. Eighteen holes of golf, courses, raffle prizes and food are provided. If you would like to play or be a sponsor, please call the office at 203.799.2341.

205 Old Grassy Hill Road • Orange, CT 06477 • 203-799-2341 •

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