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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-MenorahCelebrate the High Holidays with Temple Or Rishon

TOR's High Holiday season begins this year with our Selichot service on Saturday, September 5th.   Selichot is a time of soul searching and reflection as we begin preparation for the High Holidays.   Our observance of Selichot will begin with a Community BBQ dinner at 6:30 p.m.   Our Selichot service with Rabbit Rabishaw, Cantorial Solist Carol Gunnerson and the Temple Choir will take place at 8:00 p.m.  More details about the BBQ and service are available in our Selichot flyer.

Our Erev Rosh HaShanah service begins on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.   A full schedule of our High Holiday Services is located here.   For those of you who are new to Temple Or Rishon, we have a very beautiful Taslich service on the American River at 4 p.m. on Monday, September 14th.   For more details about Taslich, please see our Taslich Flyer.

During our High Holiday season, we especially remember our loved ones who are no longer with us.   During TOR's Yizkor Service, a special Memorial Book is published which contains the names of everyone in our Yizkor database.   If you would like to include the names of other loved ones in our Memorial Book, please fill out this form and mail or email it to the Temple office.


As a Reform Jewish Congregation, Temple Or Rishon is a member of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). In a statement released on August 19th, 2015, the leaders of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and ARZA – concluded that “there is simply no clarity that would support taking a position ‘for’ or ‘against’ the JCPOA itself.” A complete copy of the UJR statement can be found here.

In addition, Rabbi Rabishaw recently announced that he will not be speaking about the merits of the Iran deal during our Shabbat or High Holy Day services. Rabbi Rabishaw has indicated that he wants to guard the sacred spirit of our holy space. “As we enter the month of Elul, and prepare for our Rosh Hashanah, I do not want the contentious spirit of this debate to come between us.” Quoting from his colleague Rabbi Josh Aronson, Rabbi Rabishaw concluded: “I say to every person seeking to worship with us in the next few weeks, you will be welcome and you will be embraced. I don’t care whether you support the deal or you don’t. Come and learn. Come and pray.”   

For other viewpoints on the JCPOA from other Jewish organizations, please see: Jewish Federations of North America , American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and JStreet

 TOR-MenorahSign up for our TOR School Improvement Program!  

TOR's Religious School will be starting soon, however, our classrooms and school buildings are in need of some TLC.   We would like to invite the entire temple community to help us freshen up our school (volunteers must be 13 years and older.)  Click here to confirm your email address and to sign up.

 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 logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, August 24th, 2015

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


September 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.


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.



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 Our Menorah Heads!

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TOR's 1st Ever Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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 Photography by Artistic Focus (916)276-2500)

TOR Upcoming Events


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