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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Rabbi Alan Rabishaw and Cantorial Soloist Carol Gunnerson invite you to join our family as we celebrate the New Year 5777/2016. Our Selichot service will take place on Saturday, September 24th, followed by Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday evening, October 2nd. Rosh Hashanah day services will take place on Monday, October 3rd, and will be followed by our afternoon Taslich service at the American River. Second day Rosh Hashanah services will take place on Tuesday, October 4th. TOR's Kol Nidre service will take place on Tuesday, October 11th, followed by Yom Kippur Services on Wednesday, October 12th. In addition to our Cantorial Soloist Carol Gunnerson's beautiful voice, our high holiday services will also be enhanced by our Or Rishon Choir.
For a detailed schedule of our High Holiday services, please click here.
As noted by Rabbi Rabishaw, "The synagogue is a place where I join my people in creating holy community; a community that shares a system of values, a community that seeks intellectual and spiritual challenge, a community that shares in one another's celebrations and sorrows." Our New Year's celebration is a wonderful time to experience the benefits and joy of being part of our Or Rishon community.
Temple Or Rishon offers children's programs at Rosh Hashanah morning service as well as at Yom Kippur morning service.
For ticket prices for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please contact the Temple office at (916) 988-4100.
Erev Sukkot is one of our most Joyous holidays of the Jewish year. Sukkot commemorates the forty years when the children of Israel wandered in the desert and lived in temporary dwellings. Sukkot is also a harvest festival. Come join TOR as we celebrate Sukkot at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th, with horse-drawn wagon rides, music and stories, and other special activities. A dinner with burgers, dogs, drinks & dessert is part of the celebration. Dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family. Please bring a side dish to share with others. For more information on our Erev Sukkot Celebration, click here.
Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah". This joyous holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Join TOR's Simchat Torah celebration with singing, dancing, and unrolling the Torah on Monday, October 24th from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be sweet treats and other fun things for families. We will also enjoy the awesome sounds of DJ Matt from Galaxy Mobile DJs. For more information on our Simchat Torah celebration, click here.
The beginning of the new Jewish year is also the beginning for this year's Adult Education program. There are many adult learning opportunties available this year and we hope you will join us. For a detailed catalog of learning opportunities, click here.
Travel to Israel with TOR and Rabbi Rabishaw
Next February 18 – March 2, 2017 (overlapping with the President’s Day holiday), Rabbi Rabishaw will lead an extraordinary TOR experience in Israel, introducing participants to the land and people of our Jewish homeland. This trip is designed to create a multi-generational Israeli experience for anyone looking to be inspired by the sights, sounds, and emotions that come with being in Israel. Click here to download all the important details, including the itinerary and pricing.
The TOR Weekly News Bulletin contains a detailed listing of what's happening at TOR .
Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about our upcoming events and happenings during the upcoming month.
TOR 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.
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.
Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!
Our Mitzvah Committee is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.