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Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

Welcome to Temple Or Rishon

A warm and diverse Reform Jewish Community

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.

We are teachers and students... (read more)


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Celebrate the Jewish New Year at Temple Or Rishon

Rabbi Alan Rabishaw and Cantorial Soloist Carol Gunnerson invite you to join our TOR Family as we celebrate the New Year 5775/2014.   TOR's choir will help lift our spirits at many of the services during the High Holidays.  Our Selichot services will take place on Saturday, 9/20.   First day Rosh Hashanah services begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/24.   Kol Nidre services will take place on Friday, October 3rd, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.    For a more detailed list of dates and times of our High Holy Day services, please click here.

TaslichJoin TOR for Taslich on the American River

Taslich is a Rosh HaShanah tradition where Jews to go to a nearby body of water to symbolically cast away their sins from the past year in preparation for Yom Kippur.  As part of our "Taslich" ceremony, Rabbi Rabishaw will lead us in a short prayer and then we will toss bread crumbs representing our past sins into the water as we pray for forgiveness.  The ceremony can be very moving and usually takes less  than thirty minutes; a short video of last year's Taslich ceremony can be viewed here.  Please call the Temple Office for more details about the Ceremony.  This year Temple Or Rishon would like to express appreciation to Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and to  Sacramento County Regional Parks for their assistance in complying with new permitting requirements. 


Temple Or Rishon's Tree of Life Plaque

Temple Or Rishon has a beautiful Tree of Life plaque. This plaque provides an oportunity for us to honor special people in our lives as well to honor those who have touched our lives but are no longer with us. You can also honor life cycle events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings as well.   To purchase a Tree of Life leaf, please fill out our Tree of Life form 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 Weekly News Bulletin -September 1st, 2014

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


September 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.




Emma Jacobs picture compressedShalom! My name is Emma Jacobs and my Bat Mitzvah is on August 16, 2014. My Torah portion is called Eikev, and is from the book of Deuteronomy. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and playing sports. For my mitzvah project, I cleaned up the parks that I most enjoyed when I was a younger kid. My family has always bonded and had fun at parks, and I wanted to help other families have the same experience. I hope all of my fellow TOR community, family, and friends will join me on this special day.
1-Daniel Katz photoMy name is Danny Katz. My bar mitzvah is on 8/23/14. My Torah portion is called Re'ih and it is in the book called Deuteronomy. I enjoy swimming in my pool, watching Netflix and playing my favorite sport baseball. I also like to play basketball. For my mitzvah project, I was a peer mentor for mentally disabled students at my school. Every day I would walk into their classroom and see their big smiles when I helped them learn new things. As a thank you to me, around Hanukkah time, all the students from the class made me special Hanukkah cards. That was so nice of them and I'm so glad that I decided to be a peer mentor. Thank you and I hope to see you at my bar mitzvah this August.
Gabriel FlynnMy name is Gabriel Flynn and my Bar Mitzvah date is September 6, 2014. My Torah portion is Ki Teitzei in the book of Deuteronomy. My favorite things to do is rock climb, make lego stop motion videos, being in the outdoors, and spending time with my family. My mitzvah project is volunteering at a shelter by giving loves, hugs and walking the animals, I am also collecting blankets, collars, leashes, food, toys and beds for the animals. I am a student at Folsom middle school and I am going into 8th grade. I am excitedseeing all my friends, family, and the congregation at the temple on my
special day.
1-joeshabermanMy name is Joseph Shaberman and my bar mitzvah date is August 9, 2014. My torah portion is V'etchanan in the book of Deuteronomy. My favorite things to do are playing games with my friends, spending time with family, playing baseball, and reading books. For my bar mitzvah project, I am collecting backpacks and school supplies using money collected from recycling and donating them to children who can not afford them. I would like to invite the congregation to attend this important milestone in my life.

Jason Woods and Alyse Tractenberg Wedding

August 30th, 2014

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TOR's 1st Ever Adult Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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 Photography by Artistic Focus (916)276-2500)

Upcoming TOR Events


Sep.16.2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Board Meeting


Sep.17.2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Teen Or


Sep.17.2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hebrew School


Sep.17.2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mitzvah Committee Meeting


Sep.17.2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beginning Hebrew


Sep.18.2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Leisure League at Einstein Center

Our 3013 Celebration...

Photograph courtesy of Kimberly Olker, Artistic Focus Photography, http://www.artisticfocusphotography.com ,916-276-2500

Temple Or Rishon Videos

5 year old Congregant Lily Jacobs sings Modeh Ani - Thank G-d I'm Alive!