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Dinner for Eight's 2015 Season

The 2015 season of the Dinner for Eight program was attended by over 70 people. The season began with a kick off event held at the temple. This ongoing event was the inspiration of past temple member, Louise Fass, and Dot Anderson. The concept is simple: Bring together 8 people, (sometimes more/sometimes less) known and unknown for a more intimate potluck-style dinner at a "host family's" house. Traditionally, the "host family" prepares the main dish, and attendees fill in the menu. However, the group of eight may plan the menu in any way they like. Often menus are dictated by season; BBQs in the summer, "comfort foods" in the winter.

The DF8 provides the opportunity to meet new people, and renew acquaintances in a smaller setting. As always, the key to such a successful event relies on member participation - hosts are ALWAYS needed, so be sure to volunteer to be one of the hosts for the July 11, or the October 24, Dinner for Eight.

Interested?   Please call Leslie Cohen (916) 652-4107 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An Oneg Shabbat is the opportunity to give blessing for the food we receive and to show appreciation for all G-d has done for us. One of the honors of Temple Or Rishon (TOR) membership is to host one Oneg annually, and we want to make the experience fun for everyone involved! As a result, we try to connect families by member age group, chauvarahs, or shared interested such as Torah Study or Men's Club.

Three families are assigned each week and are equally responsible for ensuring a successful One. We also assign a number of "alternatie" families each month to help ensure a full team. Click here to view the 2012 Oneg schedule.

In general, the event requires about 2 to 2 1/2 hours on one Friday night and typically $10-$20 in food contributions. Simply coordinate the food selection, arrive a little early to pour the wine and cut the challah, and then clean-up after the event has concluded. Easy!

If families are unable to participate, they simply contact their assigned monthly alternates to check for availability. Members can also switch with another family. If someone is unable to find a replacement, we ask that they consider making a small financial contribution to cover the cost of food and event prepareations. Please inform the TOR office of any substitutions so we can update our online calendar.

Feel free to reference this site at any time during the year to check, or recheck, your assigned date. Click here to view the Hosting Brochure for more information on how to conduct an Oneg Shabbat.

By members sharing their time and talent with the entire congregation, this act of loving-kindness ensures everyone has a warm and cordial environment in which to connect after services.

NOTE: Tot Shabbat will continue as usual, with two families assigned per month. Please click here for the Tot Shabbat Oneg Schedule

Questions? Contact Verde, TOR office manager, at 916-988-4100 or Janine Preston, Oneg Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


2013 Oneg Shabbat Schedule


2013 Tot Shabbat Oneg Schedule


Add more friendship to your membership!

What is a Chavurah?

The word "Chavurah" comes from the Hebrew word "chaver" which means "friend." Being part of a Chavurah – a designated circle of friends – is a great way to develop a sense of more focused belonging within the wider Or Rishon community. Chavurot offer a way for newcomers and members of long standing to develop and strengthen friendships with others who share similar interests and, as a result, these groups of friends help to strengthen the whole synagogue community.

What does a Chavurot do?

Chavurot are self-directed and typically plan activities that build community and celebrate Jewish life. Based on their shared interests, each group defines its own goals and means for socializing, learning, and sharing time together.

A Chavurah may consist of singles, couples, families or any combination of the above. Groups can be as small as just five or six people or as large as that particular group wishes to grow. Some Chavurot meet as often as once a month while others will choose to meet less frequently. Groups sometimes choose to meet in members' homes or in other places such as museums, parks, restaurants or a theater. In the past, Or Rishon Chavurot have shared some of the following activities or reasons to gather:


  • Holidays and lifecycle events
  • Social activities such as dinners, theater, trips to museums
  • Attending services and Temple functions as a group
  • Joining together in projects to serve the synagogue
  • Providing comfort and support for one another during difficult times


How do I join a Chavurah?

A Chavurah is formed based on the interests and similarities of its members. Prospective Chavurah members will let the Chavurah chairperson know what kind of group they might prefer and then the chairperson will attempt to find space in existing Chavurot or put you on a waiting list until a new group can be organized. Whether you are a new member to TOR or just looking for new and deeper friendships, a Chavurah is your way to create a new extended family here at Temple Or Rishon. Chavurah membership is open only to TOR members.

If you are interested in joining a Chavurah, please click this link to complete an application.

For more information, please contact the Temple Office at 916-988-4100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

mitzvah1The Mitzvah Committee of Temple Or Rishon is made up of a group of wonderful TOR volunteers who help others. The volunteers visit and bring food to congregants in need during the Jewish holidays, oversee the TOR food closet and hold a food drive during the High Holidays. In 
addition, members of the Mitzvah Committee help others in the community by preparing and serving dinner to the homeless at the mitzvah2Salvation Army, collecting donations of clothes and food for at risk families,  and hosting special activities for women suffering domestic abuse. The Mitzvah Committee members are hoping to help build a community garden at Temple Or Rishon and will be collecting donations for gift packages to send to our troops overseas.

For more information about the Mitzvah Committee, please contact Andrea Seminer at (916) 786-3368 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Vivian Marguleas at (916) 771-2041 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, in partnership with the Trust Fund for the Jewish Elderly, offers two senior programs called Leisure League each month in Orangevale and Sacramento, and a quarterly program in Davis. Leisure League at Temple Or Rishon is the second Wednesday of the month and Leisure League at the Albert Einstein Residence Center is the fourth Thursday of the month (barring Jewish and other holidays). The Davis programs are on Tuesdays. Leisure League offers entertainment/discussions and lunch for $5/person. All programs are from Noon-2:00pm. Occasional day trips are also planned. For more information or to sign up to receive information about upcoming programs, contact Federation at 916-486-0906 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.jewishsac.org/seniorprograms.


2017 DATES

At: Temple Or Rishon
7755 Hazel Ave., Orangevale

March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
July 12, 2017
August 8, 2017

At: Albert Einstein Residence Center

1935 Wright St., Sacramento

March 23, 2017
April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017
June 22, 2017
July 27, 2017
August 24, 2017

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