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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)


vcherrycakeDeath by Dessert!!!   Saturday, November 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

It's happening again...but...this time we are pulling out all the stops!    Indulge your sweet tooth with delicious desserts then relax and enjoy entertainment provided by Vox Musica and our very own children's choir!   We will have six incredible tasting categories:  Cookies, Candy, Cake, Breads & Pastries, Pies, Cobblers, & Tarts, and Brownies & Bars.  There will also be a fantastic raffle as well.   For more information, view the flyer here.     RSVP to the Temple office at 916-988-4100.

Death and Dying

Aging Gracefully/Jewish Way of Death and Dying, Nov. 9th and Nov. 16th

Temple Or Rishon, in sacred partnership with our friends at Congregation Beth Shalom, is proud to present a two part Symposium we are calling "A Symposium of Life." This Symposium will provide spiritual and practical resources, along with insights from our Jewish tradition that will provide guidance and inspiration-whether we are preparing for our own "golden" years, or are caring for others.  November 9th at Temple Or Rishon will focus on Aging with Grace. November 16th at Congregation Beth Shalom will focus on Tackling the Tough Stuff: The Jewish Way of Death and Dying. Both programs will begin at 9am and conclude by 2:30pm. Please contact Verde in the Temple office to sign up for one or both of these sessions.


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 - October 20th, 2014

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


October 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.




Taylor no_bracesMy name is Taylor Willenborg, and my Bat Mitzvah will take place on September 13, 2014. My Torah portion is Ki Tavo from the book of Deuteronomy. I am an 8th grader at Caregie Middle School. My favorite things to do are to hang out with friends, go to gymnastics and shop! My Mitzvah project was to help fundraise for and promote awareness of Families of SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). This organization is especially meaningful for me as my Aunt and Uncle's Great nephew was diagnosed with SMA around the age of 1 year. It is difficult to see very young babies and children sick with any disease, and I hope that my contribution can help those children and their families.
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.

DBDessert Full Page 2014

Death and Dying

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


Oct.25.2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Torah Study


Oct.25.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Shabbat Morning Service


Pre-K Family Day at Zoo


Oct.26.2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Religious School


Oct.26.2014 10:30am - 12:30pm
Baking with Silvia


Oct.26.2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
7th grd. Class in Sanctuary

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!