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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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TOR Hava Havana Gala,

February 20th at 6:30 PM

Come party with a purpose at our annual fundraising gala!  

Purchase your tickets today!  $45/per person or $80 per couple.

Here’s just a sample of the evening:

  •    Great food from great area restaurants (some with a tropical flair) included in your ticket price.
  •    A transformed sanctuary will look just like pre-Castro Cuba (kinda sorta).
  •    Great wine and drinks (Marvelous Mojitos!) for a small additional charge.
  •    A great chance to bid for items you can’t get anywhere else – including tickets to another gourmet throw-      down between Cheryll Goldschied and Rabbi Rabishaw.
  •   Amazing cuisine from Latin American gourmet chef Jim Newmaño.

We also have some great sponsorship opportunities!  Please click here for more details.

To purchase tickets, or for more information: Please contact the Temple Or Rishon office at  916-988-4100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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-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 adult learning courses are upcoming in December and January, including:  Israeli Folk Dancing on Thursday, December 10th, Sacred Jewish Parenting (and Grand Parenting) on Wednesdays (1/27, 2/10) at 6:30 p.m., and   "Private/Semi Private Begining Hebrew".    More information about these upcoming courses can be found here.

TOR logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, February 8th, 2016

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


February 2016 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 Mitzvah Committee 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

Aliyah Carrillo Bat MitzvahHello, I am Aliyah Carrillo and I have been attending Hebrew school at TOR since I was four. I will be celebrating my Bat Mitzvah on February 27. For fun, my hobbies include being with my family, traveling and hanging out with my friends. For my Bat Mitzvah project I will be hosting a pancake breakfast on February 7th in order to raise money for our Hebrew school. Hope to see you there! This summer I'm looking forward to traveling to Israel with my parents. I know it will be a great adventure!

1 riley froominMy name is Riley Froomin and my bat mitzvah is on January 30, 2016. I taught kids with disabilities to play soccer for my bat mitzvah project through the organization called Top Soccer in Granite Bay. I play competitive soccer for GBFC and I also play basketball. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and playing with my two dogs, Ginger and Breezy. I'm looking forward to my bat mitzvah.

Sebastian FlynnHi my name is Sebastian Flynn I am a 7th grader at Folsom Middle School. I like to make small movies, paint Lego figures, and I love making origami. I live with my mom, dad, and brother Gabriel. I have a dog named Kirby. I'm looking forward to my Bar Mitzvah Jan. 23, 2016.

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My name is Lucy Rothbardt and my Bat Mitzvah is on March 5th and I’m so excited to celebrate it with my friends and family. When I’m not at Hebrew school, I enjoy violin, playing video games, hanging out with friends, reading, and much more. I like going to school and my favorite subject is history. I’m a super adventurous person who loves to take risks and explore whenever I am able to. I hope to see you all at my Bat Mitzvah!

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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)

TOR Upcoming Events


02.10.2016 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


02.12.2016 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


02.13.2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am


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