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Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

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-MenorahOr Rishon Members Ponder "The Enigma of Iran" with Help of USC Professor

  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.

 TOR-MenorahNew TOR Adult Education Course Catalog for 2015-16

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.

TOR logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, November 23rd, 2015

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


December 2015 Newsletter

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

 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 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.



Or Rishon Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

David BlayvasMy name is David Blayvas and on October the 10th I will be celebrating my Bar Mitzvah. I am now a freshman at Oakmont High School, and I'm also a boy scout. I enjoy spending time with my friends and I love learning and don't mind school. My mitzvah project is tutoring a boy whose name is also David, who is also a good friend of mine. I am very honored to be reading the very first words of the Torah, Bereshit. It's the story of the seven days of creation, and I will discuss the meaning of the word Bereshit in my speech. I hope to see you there.

Sara RosenblattMy name is Sara Rosenblatt and I’m very excited to celebrate Bat Mitzvah on August 1st. I just finished 6th grade, so I’m the first one from my class to have one. In just a few short weeks, I’ll be heading back to school at Olympus Junior High School in Roseville.  For fun, I love to play competitive soccer, and spend time with my friends and family. Between Bat Mitzvah preparations and a family vacation to Seattle, I have not yet finished my Mitzvah project. I’ll be working with the Placer County SPCA to raise money for dogs and cats, as well as making them toys and beds. Preparing for Bat Mitzvah was challenging, but I was well prepared with the help of several people, especially my tutor, Michelle Silver, and my Bimah Trainer, Paul Spector. I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way. I hope you can make it to my Bat Mitzvah!



Unrolling the Torah at Simchat Torah 2015

Unrolling the Torah 2015

TOR's 1st Ever Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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 Photography by Artistic Focus (916)276-2500)

 Our Menorah Heads!

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TOR Upcoming Events




11.30.2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


12.02.2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


12.03.2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


12.04.2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am