Our spiritual leader is Rabbi Jacob Rosner who joined Or Shalom on August 1, 2010.
Whether reading a bedtime story at the recent PajamaRama or delivering a whimsical sermon, Rabbi Rosner is a skilled communicator.
He delights in teaching all ages — children, teens and adults. Rabbi Rosner brings a unique mix of influences ranging from a Hassidic upbringing to active involvement in the Havurah/ Renewal Movement.
A native New Yorker, the Rabbi most recently served the congregations of Temple Israel of Manchester, New Hampshire (1998-2005) and Temple Emanuel of Virginia Beach (2005-2008).
Shabbat Services begin every Friday at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Our services are egalitarian, and participatory. Congregation members chant Haftorah, and assist with the leading of services. In a pinch, congregants chant Torah, but this is usually done (excellently, we may add) by our Rabbi.
Following the Saturday morning service, Rabbi Jacob conducts a weekly Torah discussion which focuses on the week’s portion.
We hold a family service, geared to families with young children, once a month on Friday nights.
Junior Congregation is designed for students in grades Gimmel, Dalet, Hey and Vav, (3rd-6th grades). However, younger students in Gan, Alef, and Bet (K-2) are always welcome to attend.
Students in the Zayin class (7th grade) are expected to attend the adult service in the Sanctuary to prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. If the student is already a Bar/Bat Mitzvah then they are encouraged to fully participate in adult services and on occasion to help lead services with the Rabbi.
Junior Congregation is conducted once a month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. See our calendar for specific dates and times.
Students take an active part in Junior Congregation by leading or participating in designated prayers, reading from the Torah or being Gabbaim. Often classes are assigned a specific Shabbat morning to present a D’var Torah or a Parasha play.
Parents are also welcome to sit in. Please come and join us!
A minyan is held every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., whenever the religious school is in session. It is attended by the children from the upper grades of our school. hool.
A minyan is also held every Tuesday evening at 5:45 p.m., whenever the religious school is in session. Again, it is attended by the children from the upper grades of our school.
Parents and other are invited to attend these services, to perform a mitzvah by helping to form a minyan for anyone who is saying Kaddish.
The Ritual Committee is lead by our Rabbi and by our Gabbai Murray Klug. It determines the “Minhag” or ritual customs of the synagogue. The committee meets periodically to address issues and concerns of our diverse membership. We usually take a liberal position but one which does not conflict with the “Responsa” or the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee of Law and Standards.