A Warm and Diverse Reform Jewish Community
Bringing the Light of Judaism into Our Lives and the World
We Are Located in the Eastern Sacramento Foothills serving the Jewish Communities of Placer, El Dorado, and East Sacramento Counties
Temple Or Rishon has the largest Religious/Hebrew School in the Sacramento area
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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Novelist Gina Nahai Nahai, who was born in Iran and wrote position papers for the Rand Corporation think tank after coming to the United States, briefed more than 60 Or Rishon members on Saturday evening, November 14th, about the “Enigma of Iran.” Nahai, who is also a creative writing professor at the University of Southern California, stressed that Iran is a nation in which two factions – the secular and the religious mullahs – have alternately ruled over the region. She noted that Persians themselves have a 2500-year history, predating the origin of Islam by about 1100 years. Nahai suggested that the Iranian revolution that led to the deposing of the Shah in 1973 ended the belief among Persians and Arabs that Western nations – France, Great Britain, and the United States --- were in control of the region. The Iranian revolution and the rise of the Sunni mullahs to political power marked the beginning of the modern terrorist age, she said. According to Nahai, Iran may be the only organized nation among Arab countries that has the power to counter the spread of terrorist organizations like Isis.
Temple Or Rishon's Adult Education Program offers classes that are intellectually and spiritually satisfying - and fun. They appeal to the different backgrounds and interests of congregation members and are open to all members of the community. Whether you have been immersed in Jewish learning for years, or are just beginning, you are sure to find something that will satisfy your interests and curiosity and support your spiritual and religious life. Please see our new 2016-16 Adult Education Course Catalog here!
A number of exciting courses will begin in the month of October, including: The Mystical Imagery of Kabbalat Shabbat, "Advanced" Beginner/Intermediate Hebrew, Conversational Hebrew, Judaism's 10 Best Ideas for Those Who Wonder, "Why Be Jewish"? and Understanding Israel: Perspectives on the "Settlement" Issue. More information about these upcoming courses can be found here.
The TOR Weekly News Bulletin contains a detailed listing of what's happening at TOR .
Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about our upcoming events and happenings during the upcoming month.
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.
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.
Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!
Our community is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.