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Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

A Warm and Diverse Reform Jewish Community

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Or Rishon - First Light

Bringing the Light of Judaism into Our Lives and the World

Bringing the Light of Judaism into Our Lives and the World 

Where We Are

Where We Are

Located in the Eastern Sacramento Foothills

We Are Located in the Eastern Sacramento Foothills serving the Jewish Communities of Placer, El Dorado, and East Sacramento Counties

TOR Education

TOR Education

The Largest Hebrew School in the Sacramento Area

Temple Or Rishon has the largest Religious/Hebrew School in the Sacramento area

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We are a spirited and spiritual community of people whose lives are enriched by our connection to Judaism and to one another. For nearly 30 years, we've gathered in the eastern Sacramento valley to learn, celebrate, pray and grow together.

We are newly-weds and empty-nesters, toddlers and elders, doubters and the devout. We are the non-Jewish partners and the newcomers to Judaism.  We are LGBTQ.  We are those revisiting the comfort of our childhood rituals and those searching for something that might have been missing since then.

We are teachers and students... (read more)


TOR logo GOODWorking TOGETHER to Help Lives Affected by Mental Illness, Part II,  Sunday Feb. 11th, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM  

Where does a person start searching for treatment of Mental Illness?  Come hear the answer to this question and more.    Join us for Part II of our Together NOT ALONE Machalot HaNefesh (Diseases of the Soul) series .   This important program will be moderated by Rabbi Alan Rabishaw and will feature Dr. Mark Snyder, a clinical psychiatrist, as our special guest.   This is a free event but RSVPs are requested at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the TOR office at 916.988.4100.   Join us for this informative event and enjoy a nosh with your TOR community friends. 

TOR logo GOODCreating Connections: Learning & Engagement at Temple Or Rishon - 2017 Catalog

TOR is excited to publish its new 2017/5778 Catalog for Creating Connections: Learning & Engagement at Temple Or Rishon. This new catablog/brochure is a tool that will help you discover the adult education, monthly healing groups, social opportunities, and wellness classes that you can join here at Temple Or Rishon.   Please join us as we try to make the world a better place.  We want you to learn with us, find connections and become a part of our greater Jewish family.  There are many group activities and adult learning opportunties available this year and we hope you will join us.   For a detailed catalog of learning opportunities, click here.. To register for an activity or class, please click here.

TOR logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, February 5th, 2018

The TOR Weekly News Bulletin contains a detailed listing of what's happening at TOR .


February 2018 Newsletter 2018 Newsletter

Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community.   Read about our upcoming events and happenings during the upcoming month.


March Educator's Message

Keep up-to-date about TOR's Religious School, Hebrew School, and Adult Education programs by reading our monthly Educator's message.   

 TOR-MenorahTOR Tree of Life

Temple Or Rishon has a beautiful Tree of LIfe Plaque.   This plaque provides an opportunity for us to honor special people in our lives and memories or to honor life cycle events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings.   You can honor a loved one or celebrate a special event for a donation of $125 per leaf.   The leaves are engraved locally and will be ready in only a few days.   To purchase a Tree of LIfe leaf, please fill out our Tree of LIfe Form, enclose a check for $125, and mail it to the Temple Office.


TOR's Yahrzeit Memorial Wall

Temple Or Rishon also has a beautiful Yahrzeit Memorial Wall in our Synagogue. Our Yahrzeit Memorial Wall provides an opportunity to remember those who have touched our lives but who are no longer with us. When you light a light on the memorial wall, you are rekindling the light of their spirit. Each plaque has its own light, and the light will be lit once on the Friday before the annual Yahrzeit and on Yom Kippur Day. Orders for reserved spaces on our Memorial Wall are now being taken. To purchase a Yahrzeit Memorial Wall Plaque, please fill our our Yahrzeit Memorial Wall Plaque form and mail it to the Temple Office.


Photo Gallery

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!


Social Action

Our Mitzvah Committee is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.


Youth Groups

Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.



Or Rishon Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Oliver Smith

On June 10, 2017 Oliver Smith (Hebrew name: Baruch Aviv ben Leah) will be called-up to read from the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Oliver is a 7th grade student at Sutter Middle School in Folsom, where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He has a variety of interests and hobbies including camping, coin collecting, and magic. He enjoys learning about the latest advances in technology and built his own computer from parts. As a member of TOR and a Star rank in Boy Scouts, he participates in community service throughout the year. For his Bar Mitzvah service project he worked to clean litter from our local trails. Oliver is excited to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah with his TOR family and friends.


Hannah MarminsWe look forward to taking part in the celebration of Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah on August 19th, 2017. Hannah’s preparation for this significant day has been admirable. We’ve seen her determination and persistence grow along with our pride and joy. Hannah is an amazing young woman. She is an eclectic creative with a kind soul. Hannah loves art, music, dance, fashion, design and anything that happens on or near the water. Her Mitzvah Project is raising awareness and fundraising with Girlup.org to give girls access to education where they have none. She is a fierce advocate for those who don’t have a voice or that face discrimination. Hannah's mitzvah project embodies her passion. Mazel tov, Hannah Rose!

February 2018


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Ongoing programs


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TOR Upcoming Events

02.22.2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leisure League at Einstein Center
02.22.2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rosh Chodesh
02.23.2018 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Shabbat Service
02.23.2018 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Shabbat Dinner
02.24.2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study
02.24.2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Service
02.25.2018 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Bagels with the Board
02.25.2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Religious School

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