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Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

A warm and diverse Reform Jewish Community

A Warm and Diverse Reform Jewish Community

Or Rishon - First Light

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're those revisiting the comfort of our childhood rituals and those searching for something that might have been missing since then.

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 TOR-MenorahErev Purim:  Dinner and "A Frozen Purim" Show on Weds, March 4th at 6 p.m. 

Come join in the Purim Fun and help raise the Ruach!   TOR's Purim Celebration will be something special this year with a Dinner. catered by Panda Express at 6 p.m., followed by "A Frozen Purim" presented by TOR's Purim Spiel Payers at 6:45 p.m..  "A Frozen Purim" is the Purim story told and sung like you have never heard before.   At 7:30 we will have Hamentaschen for everyone.  Our Erev Purim celebration will be fun for all ages.   Come in a Costume and you may win a prize!  Dinner is $5 person or $20 per family.   Please RSVP by March 2nd  via EVITE or by calling the Temple Office.    For more information, please click here

 TOR-MenorahTOR Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 1st from 10 a.m. to Noon

TOR's annual Purim Carnival will take place on Sunday, March 1st, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.   $12 will let you play all the games and jump in the bounce houses to your hear's content.   (All food is extra)   Here is a taste of what you can expect:  Queen Ester's Boutique, Homemade Hamenstaschen, a Foot Ball Throw, a Ring Toss, Face Painting, Delicious baked goods for sale, Mini Golf, a Fishing Pond, a cake walk, a dart throw, and a "Minute To Win It"   There will be great prizes too!   For more information,   click here

 TOR-MenorahOR Rishon Women Presents "The Women's Seder 2015" on Sunday, March 15th

Please join us in a special Seder focusing on the important women in our history and in our lives.   Carol Gunnerson will again be leading us through the beautiful Debbie Friedman songs that are coordinated with the Ma'yan Haggadah!   The seder will take place at Temple Or Rishon on Sunday, March 15th, at 3 p.m.   It is open to women ages 12 and up.  Bring your Friends!    Tickets are $20 for TOR members and $25 for non-members.   Copies of the Ma'yan Haggadah are available for $10.   Please RSVP by March 8th by filling out this form.

 TOR-MenorahTOR Men's Retreat in South Lake Tahoe from April 10th to April 12

What Really Matters: An Exploration of Friendship, Leadership and Learning in South Lake Tahoe.   Temple Or Rishon is planning a Men's Retreat with Temple Bat Yam & Adventure Rabbi Evon Yakar on Friday, April 10th thru Sunday, April 12th. Spend an enjoyable Shabbat in the beautiful Tahoe area focused around friendship, leadership, and learning with other TOR men. Our plans include a reflective and entertaining weekend including outdoor activities, discussions, fun, and fellowship..   This shabbaton will be creative opportunity to engage on the topic of "What Really Matters" while enjoying the wonder of the Tahoe wilderness with some of our fellow TOR men. The event will be facilitated by Rabbi Alan Rabishaw and Rabbi Evon Yakar (Temple Bat Yam, South Tahoe). Accommodations will be provided by Lakeland Village, in 4+ bedroom condos. The rooms include 2 full size beds. The events dates include the end of Passover, and dietary restrictions will accommodated.   For more information, please click here.

 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.


TOR Weekly News Bulletin  February 23rd, 2015

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


February Newsletter

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


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 community 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.




Taylor no_bracesMy name is Taylor Willenborg, and my Bat Mitzvah will take place on September 13, 2014. My Torah portion is Ki Tavo from the book of Deuteronomy. I am an 8th grader at Caregie Middle School. My favorite things to do are to hang out with friends, go to gymnastics and shop! My Mitzvah project was to help fundraise for and promote awareness of Families of SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). This organization is especially meaningful for me as my Aunt and Uncle's Great nephew was diagnosed with SMA around the age of 1 year. It is difficult to see very young babies and children sick with any disease, and I hope that my contribution can help those children and their families.
Gabriel FlynnMy name is Gabriel Flynn and my Bar Mitzvah date is September 6, 2014. My Torah portion is Ki Teitzei in the book of Deuteronomy. My favorite things to do is rock climb, make lego stop motion videos, being in the outdoors, and spending time with my family. My mitzvah project is volunteering at a shelter by giving loves, hugs and walking the animals, I am also collecting blankets, collars, leashes, food, toys and beds for the animals. I am a student at Folsom middle school and I am going into 8th grade. I am excitedseeing all my friends, family, and the congregation at the temple on my
special day.

1-Purim 2015 weekend


 Our Menorah Heads!

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TOR's 1st Ever Adult Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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 Photography by Artistic Focus (916)276-2500)

TOR Upcoming Events


03.02.2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm






03.04.2015 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm


03.04.2015 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm


03.05.2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our 3013 Celebration...

Photograph courtesy of Kimberly Olker, Artistic Focus Photography, http://www.artisticfocusphotography.com ,916-276-2500

Temple Or Rishon Videos

5 year old Congregant Lily Jacobs sings Modeh Ani - Thank G-d I'm Alive!