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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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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-MenorahJewish Heritage Festival, May 15th, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Raley Field

This year's Jewish Heritage Festival features Mikey Pauker, who has shared the stage with Trevor Hall, Matthew Santos, Matisyahu, Idan Raichel, and The Local Natives, among other artists. With captivating performances at Burning Man, SXSW (South by Southwest Conference), a prime time spot at Jacob's Ladder Festival in Israel, and a headliner the Steven Gottleib Music Festival, Pauker is making big waves that will only get bigger! The Festival is free. 1:00-5:00pm. Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento. Sponsorship, organizational support, and vendor opportunities available. Pre-register at www.jewishsac.org/register and receive a free download of Mikey Pauker music! Sign-up to volunteer at www.jewishsac.org/volunteer and receive a free T-shirt! For more information, visit www.jewishsac.org/jewishheritagefestival.

TOR logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, May 9th, 2016

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


May 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

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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!

1 Benjamin Schwartz bar mitzvah

Hello, my name is Benjamin Schwartz. I live in the small, foothill town of Colfax. Due to my exposure to the outdoors and the availability of snow, I have become a very adventurous person. I enjoy all things outdoors: climbing, hiking, camping, and skiing. I really enjoy skiing and try to get up to the nearby slopes every week. I am currently on a soccer team that goes from the beginning of March to the end of November, this is a serious commitment and I am fully engaged and devoted to my soccer team. I really enjoy academics, especially, science and math. I pursue these two subjects whenever available and am always open to learn. My family and friends are very important to me. I am excited to become Bar MItzvah and to become a larger part of the community.

Eliana Chaiken photoEliana Chaiken lives in Placerville, CA. She started Hebrew School at TOR in 5th grade. She has enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful and friendly Jewish teens her age at TOR. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Eliana volunteered at Fat Kitty City, a rescue organization, and would like to thank those of you who contributed wet cat food for her food drive. Eliana loves everything supernatural, from ghosts to Leviathan. She enjoys singing and playing piano. Thank you all for being part of Eliana’s Jewish community. We hope you will join us the her Bat Mitzvah Service on May 7th.

daniela lureyMy name is Daniela Lurey, and I am about to become a Bat Mitzvah within the next few weeks. Yes, I’m nervous. Yes, I’m anxious. But I know that I’m prepared for it because I’ve been studying for more than three years here at Temple Or Rishon with amazingly-educated teachers and great classmates. I’ve really enjoyed my time here with our Jewish community. At Hebrew school, I feel welcomed and safe with my friends and my teachers who have all taught me well. Not only do I love it here at Hebrew school, I also adore my “normal” school, Marble Valley Academy. There, my favorite subjects are English, history, and technology. The one main reason I love those subjects so much is because they can be changed, rethought, and altered over time. For example, English has changed as a language many, many times over the hundreds of years that it’s been spoken. There’s the study of Old English, the development of grammatical rules, and of course, the good-old debate over whether or not we should use the Oxford comma. Then there’s history, the study of what has happened and what we can learn from it as a society. As someone who completely immerses herself in politics and, quite honestly, nearly obsesses upon it, history is endlessly entertaining. It changes over time, obviously, and can really teach us about what could happen in the future. I feel like history class is often underrated. But when it comes to technology, my favorite thing to do is create websites and program games. The technology of our world changes every day and changes each of our lives with every new invention. If you couldn’t tell from the way I write, I get very carried away when it comes to talking about the things I love. I could go on and on, but sadly, I can’t take up the entire newsletter! I hope you will join my family and I for my Bat Mitzvah Service on May 21st.

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Unrolling the Torah at Simchat Torah 2015

Unrolling the Torah 2015

 Our Menorah Heads!

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TOR Upcoming Events


05.27.2016 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm


05.28.2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am


05.28.2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


05.30.2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am


05.30.2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


05.31.2016 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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