What's for me at Congregation Ohr Shalom?

 
 

Early Learning Center (12 months - 5 years old)

For over 45 years, our program has been a pillar in the Summit community and has had a continued reputation for excellence. We recognize the importance of the early years of a child’s development and growth and strive to instill a love of learning. In recognition of this important time in a child’s life, we offer programs based on the best early childhood practices. Learn more about the ELC

 

Jewish Learning Center (K - 12th graders)

Congregation Ohr Shalom’s Jewish Learning Center (JLC) provides meaningful opportunities for young learners to access, explore, and encounter Judaism in diverse, immersive, and socially dynamic learning environments. This mission is achieved through Jewish encounters in real time by providing “camp” style days, Shabbat experiences, and opportunities for students to meet and build relationships with their peers both here and in Israel. We welcome your family to our community and look forward to becoming your partner in creating strong Jewish roots. Learn more about the COS Jewish Learning Center

“More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel” -Ahad Ha-Am, Hebrew Essayist

Every grade level has a special, family-friendly Shabbat dinner and service.

Dinners begin at 6:30pm and Services begin at 7:30pm.

Teen Program (7th - 12th graders)

The Congregation Ohr Shalom Teen Program has become one of the largest programs for Jewish teens in the MetroWest community. It is an opportunity for students in 7th-10th grade to commit to weekly continuation of their Jewish experiences within a religious school framework. The Teen Program comes at a particular time when most teens, post-B’nai Mitzvah, opt not to join a formal Jewish program. Having said that, the growth and impact of the Teen Program at COS is surely impressive, and at the root are the Rabbi, teachers, and staff who make it an individual and communal experience for each of our members. The Teen Program is an important gateway to Jewish engagement following the formal religious school experience and has the potential to be a significant milestone in the Jewish journey of our students.

 

Shabbat Under the Stars (Everyone)

Every so often, the congregation leaves the sanctuary to celebrate Shabbat. We congregate on the lawn. Please join us...

  • The Cantor and the Nevelim band lead us in Shabbat songs

  • Cooks prepare hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and all the fixins' nearby

  • Soft drinks, beer, and wine are available

  • The atmosphere is informal (and so are the clothes)

  • The Rabbi makes us all feel welcome

 

Mincha - Ma'ariv - Havdalah (Everyone) 

Every Saturday afternoon during the school year, there is a 1-1/2 hour service that is perfect for families to attend together. Each week the service begins at candle lighting time from the night before. The Mincha service is followed by a break to eat and socialize. The evening concludes with the Maariv and Havdalah services. All children are invited onto the bimah for Havdalah.

Families

 

Teens

United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima

Hay rides and pumpkin slingshoting, writing letters to Lone Soldiers, the famous Chocolate Seder, Cupcake Wars, Hanukkah celebrations, Mystery Bus Ride, and so much more! Where can you find it all? SUMMIT USY and SUMMIT KADIMA!

USY is a youth organization for Jewish kids in 9th - 12th grade.  Kadima is a youth organization for Jewish kids in 6th -8th grade. These youth groups are great ways for our kids to enjoy social, and social-action oriented activities with other Jewish youth, both in and out of COS-SJCC. 

 

Click here to learn more about our USY and Kadima programs.  

Teen Program

Our approach to Teen Jewish education focuses on how Jewish teachings and practices can make our teens’ lives better and the world better. We create opportunities for our 21st century teens to live Jewish lives and help them flourish as human beings...to help them be "happy" in the fullest Jewish sense of that term. Our Director, Stacey David, is a noteworthy and award-winning educator, and she has created the premier teen program of the Greater MetroWest community. Our program is an opportunity for students in 7th-10th grade to commit to weekly continuation of their Jewish experiences which includes: 

  • Overnight trips

  • Weekly learning with our Rabbi, Teen Educators, and our Rishon (Israeli Teen)

  • Community Service and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) 

  • Confirmation (10th Grade)  

  • Post-Confirmation Employment for 11th and 12th graders 

 

Ra’anana Teens

We are proud to be the host congregation for the Ra’anana Teen Delegation: a group of Tenth Graders from our partner city of Ra’anana, Israel together with their two teachers. Teen Program teens are given the opportunity to host the Israeli Teens during their visit in the Spring. All Teens are invited to participate in the programs during the week of hosting.

We are proud to announce our first Teen Program trip to Ra'anana, Israel in December 2017 where our teens will be hosted by Ra'anana families.

* Our Teen Program is made possible by the Jay and Ruth Toor Fund *

Religious School (K - 12th graders)

Congregation Ohr Shalom’s Jewish Learning Center (JLC) immerses all students in a learner-directed environment focusing on experiential learning, which takes place both in the classroom and in the outdoor environment. JLC is a place to appreciate the fullness of Judaism and gain a strong Jewish identity while enveloped in our warm, caring community. We welcome your family to our community and look forward to becoming your partner in creating strong Jewish roots.

JLC provides meaningful opportunities for young learners to access, explore, and encounter Judaism in diverse, immersive, and socially dynamic learning environments.

This mission is achieved through Jewish encounters in real time by providing “camp” style days, Shabbat experiences, and online platforms in which students build relationships with their peers both here and in Israel. 

Click Here for more information on our Religious School

College Connection

Graduation from high school and USY doesn't mean the end of a young person's connection with COS-SJCC. Although many of our young adults go off to college in other cities and states, we stay in touch with them through the College Connection. Several times a year students receive small packages with holiday-themed gifts, along with a letter from Rabbi Friedman. It's a fun surprise and lovely reminder of their synagogue family. If you would like to have your student included, please contact Nicky Chin.

Adults

 

Seniors 55+

Women's Group

Formerly known as Sisterhood, the Women’s Group is an organization whose primary mission is to bring the woman of COS-SJCC together to build and strengthen relationships.  Women of all ages and life stages can share experiences, socialize, learn and enjoy each other’s company during events that promote Jewish education, culture and service to the community.

 

With wholehearted hope that you will join us. Click here for more information on our Women's Group, including an updated event schedule.

Men's Club

The COS-SJCC Men's Club provides a wonderful opportunity to interact on many different levels with other members of the synagogue community, usually with the intent of having fun. We’re known for promoting enjoyable events and friendship among the members. Whether it’s through sponsorship of Scotch & Siddur or a Monday Night Football viewing at a local pub, the Men’s Club is all about bringing people together. We also contribute to the community through participation in Earth Day events, building the congregation’s sukkah every year, transporting people who are physically unable to come to services on their own and generally helping out behind the scenes at numerous synagogue events.  Click here to learn more about our Men's Club.

Social Programs & Events

 

Scotch & Sidur  What better way to learn about and discuss the Jewish perspective on modern issues than with a glass of single malt?  Several evenings a year members of the Men’s Club gather with the Rabbi at one of the member’s homes to sample new and old favorite scotches, socialize and hear what the traditional Jewish texts have to say about what’s in the news.

Wine & Wisdom  So the men don’t have all the fun, Sisterhood sponsors evenings of Wine and Wisdom at member’s homes where the Jewish perspective is shared over glasses of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varietals.

Latkes & Vodkas Annual Holiday Gala  A new tradition at COS-SJCC.  This is a festive opportunity to come together with fellow members to enjoy holiday-inspired food and drink while listening to great music from renowned musicians. The inaugural event starred the Grammy-winning jazz ensemble Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks who have been featured in movies, TV and numerous clubs throughout NYC.

Cabaret & Cabernet  An annual Saturday night event that showcases the many talents of our community.  Members sing, play instruments and tell jokes all while attendees get to sample and order wines carefully chosen by a noted local wine store – definitely NOT Manischewitz!

Annual Social Galas  COS-SJCC also strives to connect its members and offer social opportunities that go beyond religion.  Over the years COS-SJCC has hosted concerts by Grammy-winning artists like Catherine Russell and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.  We have run multi-table casino nights with silent auction prizes such as stays at French chalets and Colorado ski houses.  We have hosted the “Big Quiz Thing,“ NYC’s long-running trivia and entertainment spectacular.

Casino Nights  Play Black Jack, roulette, craps and other games to earn credits that can be used to bid on vacations, jewelry, sports tickets and other prizes.  All while enjoying good company, food and adult beverages.

Shabbat Under the Stars  Every so often, the congregation leaves the sanctuary to celebrate Shabbat. We congregate on the lawn. Please join us...

  • The Cantor and the Nevelim band lead us in Shabbat songs

  • Cooks prepare hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and all the fixins' nearby

  • Soft drinks, beer, and wine are available

  • The atmosphere is informal  (and so are the clothes)

  • The Rabbi makes us all feel welcome

Adult Education & Enrichment Programs

Adult Education Program  Adult Education offers lectures and classes on topics of interest for the adult members of the community.  The lectures address Current Concerns in the Jewish World. They are offered as a series of 6 the fall and 6 in the spring on Wednesday mornings at 9:30.  There is a fee since we need to pay the speakers, who often are noted journalists and university professors from the area.  The lectures are followed by a class offered by Rabbi Friedman about issues in Conservative Judaism.  This class runs from 10:30 until 11:30, and there is no charge.

 

Additionally there are occasional Sunday evening lectures on a wide range of topics.  Recent talks have ranged from “Jewish Humor” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to “Army Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian situation” by Lt. Colonel Tiran Attia.

Click Here to learn more about our current Adult Education Program offerings.

 

Artist in Residence  Several times a year, the SJCC holds "In-Residence" weekends, each of which provides three opportunities – Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon – to learn from a top scholar or hear a great cantor or composer of Jewish music. Artist-in-Residence Weekends provide in-depth exposure to great people, provocative ideas, and spiritual music. Recent artists have included Dr. Ramon Tasat (Sephardic), Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson (spirituality), composer Zalmen Mlotek (Yiddish), Pizmon, the a cappella group of Columbia University, and Drory Yehoshua, a Kurdish Jew from Israel. 

 

For more information on Artist-in-Residence, contact Cantor Roth.

Chorus  Come lend your voice to our beautiful choir! We practice together every Thursday evening.

Bible Study Class  The Sisterhood Bible Study Class generally meets on the second Tuesday of each monthly in the COS-SJCC library. Contact Lisa Walzer for further information.

Jewish Living & Learning  Jewish Living & Learning focuses on Jewish ritual and custom in the home, and can lead to adult Bat Mitzvah (optional). This class meets once a month in the COS-SJCC library. Contact Judy Lax for more details.

In-Residence Weekends  Several times a year, COS-SJCC holds "In-Residence" weekends, each of which provides three opportunities – Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon – to learn from a top scholar or hear a great cantor or composer of Jewish music.

Artist-in-Residence Weekends provide in-depth exposure to great people, provocative ideas, and spiritual music. Recent artists have included Dr. Ramon Tasat (Sephardic), Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson (spirituality), composer Zalmen Mlotek (Yiddish), Pizmon, the a cappella group of Columbia University, and Drory Yehoshua, a Kurdish Jew from Israel. 


For more information on Artist-in-Residence, contact Cantor Roth.

Joint Programs  Not only does COS-SJCC have a reputation for friendliness within the congregation, but it also reaches out to other congregations in the area. Once a year we have a Shabbat service together with Temple Beth Hatikvah, the reconstructionist synagogue in Summit, and Temple Sinai, the reform synagogue in Summit. The rabbis and cantors of both synagogues jointly conduct the evening service with musical selections sung by the combined choirs of both congregations.

GreenFaith

Congregation Ohr Shalom is proud to be a part of the GreenFaith movement. GreenFaith is an interfaith program that inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.  Click here to learn more about COS-SJCC and GreenFaith.

Community Service

Tikkun Olam (repair the world) is an important part of what we do at COS-SJCC.  Throughout the year there are many opportunities to volunteer your time to assist others in our community. Click here to learn more.

 
 

Hazak

LOOKING AHEAD WITH WISDOM AND MATURITY

HAZAK is a group dedicated to mature adults. The name HAZAK is an acronym. The het stands for Hokhmah (wisdom), thezayan for Ziknah (maturity) and the kuph for Kadima (looking ahead).

Hazak celebrates Hanukkah with a dinner and entertainment! Watch the video!


HAZAK complements the traditional adult education programs with specially designed social, spiritual and educational components geared to and for the senior population. Hazak members have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis not only with peers from COS-SJCC, but also with fellow Jews from other affiliated Conservative congregations in the community, region and nation. Annual dues are $10 per person.


For more information or to become involved, please contact Judy Lax or Yola Levine.

Click here to see the latest HAZAK Calendar.

 

Membership Inquiry

Congregation Ohr Shalom (The Summit JCC) is a dynamic center of Jewish life for over 250 families from Summit and surrounding towns in Union, Morris, Essex and Somerset Counties. We are more than a synagogue. We are a true community, offering a wide range of ritual, social, cultural, recreational, educational, preschool and youth activities that engage our membership and nurture a community built on lasting relationships. We are committed to sharing the joys of our simchas together, as well as supporting one another during life’s challenges.

We are thrilled that you are interested in being a part of our warm and welcoming culture, where all our members can learn, pray and become an integral part of our extended family. For more information on membership, you may email Stacey Sacks or fill our our Prospective Membership Form here. We look forward to meeting you! 

CONTACT US:

67 Kent Place Blvd

Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-8130

Congregation Ohr Shalom is a proud participant in the GreenFaith program