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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

Temple Or Rishon
2016 Legacy Team Members

• Carol Catinari –
 (916) 726-4912
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• Jim Ganulin –
 (916) 253-9021
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• Cheryll Goldscheid –
 (916) 791-9245
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• Larry Mandelberg –
 (916) 722-5347
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• Jamie Mulkey –
 (916) 765-8838
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• Seth Rosenthal –
 (916) 781-1225 (work)
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If you have questions, contact any team member.


(as of October 2016)


Mary and Ted Blumenstein

Phil and Alison Braverman

Larry Brownston

Robert Burger

Linda and Gerald Carsman

Carol Catinari

Leslie and Ned Cohen

Harry M. and Pearl C. Cohen

Glenn Cooper*

Mike and Lynn Dean

Stephen P. and Rita Dorris

Stephen and Beth Fassler

Marty Frankel

Jim and Judy Ganulin

Andy* & Cheryll Goldscheid

Marcia Green

Myrna Gumpert*

Neil H. Harris

Pam Herman

Cecily and Allen Kane

Brian and Sheri Katz

Jack Laskin*

Robert and Nancy Lenoil

Larry and Nancy Mandelberg

Vivian Marguleas

Jamie and Roger Mulkey

Dave and Kimberley Olker

Barbara Dunn Pope

Janine Preston

Mike and Linda Prusak

Alan and Laura Rabishaw

Steve and Sherry Raffin

Saul and Donna Rapkin

Doug and Rhonda Robins

Seth  Rosenthal & Joi Barrett

Cal Sachs

Mark and Rachel Silber

William and Kathleen Sloan

Paul & Viki Spector

Cecille Taylor

David and Nicki Wampold

Kelly and Harry Weinberg

Richard and Karen Ziman

…and those who prefer to remain anonymous

*of blessed memory

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Now is the time to join a dedicated group of those, who, like you, believe in the future of Temple Or Rishon. Please become a member of the TOR Legacy Society. By building an endowment, this program will help ensure that our Jewish presence in the greater Sacramento area will shine brightly for our children, grandchildren and the generations to come.

In 1983, five families had the imagination to dream, and the ability to make that dream come alive! Temple Or Rishon (originally Sunrise Jewish Congregation) was born. We want your help to keep it alive for years to come.

Over the last 30 years, Temple Or Rishon has provided unyielding support to our Jewish community in the eastern Sacramento Valley. Our congregation is a central gathering place for Jews, their Jewish or non-Jewish partners, as well as new-comers to Judaism. Our doors are open to all – to worship, to learn, to provide acts of loving-kindness, both within our congregational family and to the community at large.

Temple Or Rishon is a place for worship, a place to be Jewish, a place where our children learn about being Jewish – a place to study, pray and live our Jewish values. At Temple Or Rishon we care for each other, we care for our community and we care for the community at large. Our religious education program creates the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Temple Or Rishon, First Light, is committed to continually strengthen its presence as a beacon in Sacramento/Placer/El Dorado Counties and the nearby foothill communities.

The future is ours to create. By establishing legacy streams of income, we will help secure the financial stability of Temple Or Rishon. Let’s make tomorrow’s dreams a reality – include Temple Or Rishon in your estate planning.

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Temple Or Rishon
Legacy Program FAQ

What is a legacy gift?
It is a gift of an asset after you pass away.

Who should sign up?
Everyone. This is not just for the wealthy or the seniors. There is no minimum gift required, and no expectation of payment while you are living.

Why wouldn’t I leave all of my estate to my children?
Legacy gifts are usually only a percentage of your estate and demonstrate to your heirs your commitment to Jewish values.

Does the gift have to be money or can other things be given?
Legacy gifts can take many forms: stocks, bonds, real estate, retirement assets, cash, life insurance proceeds, etc.

How much should I bequeath?
There is no correct amount – it varies from person to person – and must be what is right for you. Any amount is appreciated. Some people will choose to give a set dollar amount, some will specify a percentage of their estate, or all or part of a particular asset.

Can I change my gift later?
Yes - if your circumstances change you can adjust the amount of your gift.

What are the ways I can leave a legacy gift?
There are many ways, including making a bequest in a will or trust, naming TOR as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or an IRA or pension fund, giving a gift of cash or assets, setting up a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust. Please consult your professional advisor to determine which method of giving is best for you.

I live paycheck to paycheck and I don’t have any money to give now. Can I still participate?
The advantage of legacy giving is that no money is paid now. The gift is paid after your passing, from what is left in your estate.

How can I give without spending money on a will or trust?
A good option for you would be to name TOR as a beneficiary of an account you already have. You might also consider a life insurance policy, with TOR as a beneficiary.

Where does the money go?
Legacy gifts to TOR are divided as follows: 80% will be deposited into the Temple Or Rishon Endowment Fund at the JCFW. The other 20% may be made available to the TOR general fund, or the Board can decide to deposit more than 80% into the TOR Endowment Fund, at their discretion Or, a legacy gift can be made directly to the TOR Endowment Fund, in which case 100% will go to the Endowment Fund. If someone leaves money for a specific purpose, those wishes will be honored.

What is the JCFW?
The Jewish Community Foundation of the West (JCFW) was created in 2000 to establish a highly visible, self-sustaining community organization that encourages long-term giving to benefit institutions and organizations that promote Jewish identity, Jewish ideals, and the quality of Jewish life. The Foundation provides the Jewish communities of Northern California and Western Nevada with philanthropic services and the opportunity to create long-term financial stability for their designated Jewish and non-Jewish charities. The Foundation works with individuals, families, and organizations to create endowment and donor advised philanthropic funds to best meet their charitable objectives. (www.jcfwest.org )

What is the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY program?
Established in 1993, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation is a philanthropic organization deeply committed to charitable giving, primarily in the Jewish world. LIFE & LEGACY is a 4-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. Through training, support, and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. For more information, check out: www.hgf.org and jewishlifelegacy.org.

How does TOR get money from the Endowment Fund?
Based on current policy, TOR will annually receive 4% of the prior 3-years’ average balance of the TOR Endowment Fund. The distribution is available for use at the TOR Board’s discretion. The Board could opt to not take a distribution in any year and thus allow the Endowment to grow further.

Who invests the money in the Endowment Fund?
The Jewish Community Foundation of the West (JCFW) manages our Endowment Fund, along with many others in the community. They have been doing so for many years and have an excellent performance record.

What rate of return does the JCFW average annually?
Average returns have been 4-5% annually.

How do I sign up?
The first step is to fill out a Letter of Intent. Download one from this website, or contact a team member.



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Assuring a Jewish Tomorrow For our Community


Temple Or Rishon has created a Legacy Program to facilitate after-lifetime giving at TOR. We are partnered in this effort with the Jewish Community Foundation of the West (JCFW), and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE AND LEGACY program.

The purpose of the program is to promote a culture of philanthropy in our community, and to establish a steady stream of income for the future of TOR by building an endowment fund through legacy giving.  The endowment fund is already in place, and managed by the JCFW.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility to secure the future of our Jewish community.  All of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to leave a legacy.  Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family, and financial needs.  Leaving a legacy is simple.  Some options include:


Bequest in a Will Gift of Cash or Assets
Gift of Life Insurance Charitable Gift Annuity
Gift of IRA or Pension Fund Charitable Remainder Trust


The first step is signing a Letter Of Intent.   This is simply a form that declares your intent to establish a legacy gift.  You do not have to have your gift already set up.  You do not have to specify an amount.  You do not have to give any money now.

Once you have signed a Letter Of Intent, you become a member of the TOR Legacy Society, a visionary group that is rapidly growing.  Read some testimonials of other members to see what inspired them to give a legacy gift.

Have questions?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact a team member to find out more.


“As my fathers planted for me, so do I plant for my children”  - Talmud

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!

April 2017


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TOR Upcoming Events

Tish'a B'Av
07.23.2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Book Club
07.26.2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leisure League at Einstein Center
07.27.2018 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Shabbat Service
07.27.2018 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Shabbat Dinner
07.28.2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study
07.28.2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Service (when minyan is present)
07.28.2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dinner for 8
08.03.2018 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Shabbat Service
08.04.2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study

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