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Congregation Or Shalom Services & Events – 12/11/15

Congregation Or Shalom Services & Events – 12/11/15

Weekly Services

Minyan Services

  • Sunday 9:00 am
  • Monday 7:30 am
  • Thursday 7:30 am

Healing Circle

  • Wednesday 7:30 am

Shabbat Services

  • Friday 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am


Congregation Or Shalom announces the continuation of ZUMBA GOLD on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. ZUMBA Gold is an easy to follow dance movement program that incorporates music from every decade to create an upbeat and fun class. Burn hundreds of calories, meet new friends and have a blast. No experience needed and classes are on a drop in basis. Contact Robin at or call 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.

Youth Group

The Youth group is open to kids grade 5-8, contact the office 203.799.2341. If you would like to find out more about our exciting and engaging program for young people.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477, 203.799.2341,

On Sunday morning, November 8th, over 300 people, Jews & non-Jews from all parts of the country, gathered at Congregation Or Shalom in Orange to witness a program entitled “HOLLYWOOD, HITLER & CARL LAEMMLE: The Story of an Unsung Hero”. The synagogue’s program was dedicated to the life-saving deeds of Carl Laemmle, one of Hollywood’s most famous Jewish pioneers. In the late 1930s, on the eve of WWII, Laemmle retired from his position as founder of Universal Pictures and threw himself into the work of rescuing Jews from the clutches of the Nazi regime. He accomplished this by providing desperate German Jews with affidavits, guaranteeing the U.S. State Department that he would personally feed, clothe and shelter them on American shores. Laemmle was thereby able to circumvent this country’s notoriously heartless immigration laws. Pressed by Secretary of State Cordell Hull to explain his generosity on behalf of “complete strangers”, Laemmle wrote, “…It is simply a matter that touches me deeply and I, for one, am willing to go to the limit in helping these poor unfortunates…”.

Congregation Or Shalom planned this event to coincide with its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration. Rabbi Wainhaus, spiritual leader of the synagogue explained, “On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, which was in many ways the opening scene of the Holocaust, we at Congregation Or Shalom focus on individuals – ordinary people – who suddenly became extraordinary; individuals whose deeds were beacons of conscience in a world that had gone dark. Their life saving deeds will never be forgotten.”

Pictured: The Laemmle family receives a U.S Senate Commendation from senator Blumenthal on behalf of their “Uncle Carl”, as Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus looks on

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