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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.

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

TOR logo GOODPasta and Paint- TOR's Annual School Fundraiser on Sat., Dec. 10th

Discover the artist within you at Temple Or Rishon's Annual School Fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 10th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Join us for a unique evening of painting, dinner, and fun with friends as we raise funds for our incredible school programs.   Enjoy Havdallah, Pasta Dinner, Wine, Painting, and Raffles.   The cost is $40 per participant (10 and older) and $25 per participant (9 and under).   Dinner only is $15.  Contact the temple office by December 5th to reserve your spot @ (916) 988-4100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Sponsorship opportunities are available.

TOR logo GOODGood Luck, Verde! We Will Miss You…

On Tuesday, November 1st, our beloved office manager, Verde Richardson, answered her last phone call for Temple Or Rishon. Verde’s kind and cheerful voice greeted us for 18 years when we called or came to visit the Synagogue. She was the author of our weekly bulletins, our monthly newsletters, and of flyers too numerous to count. During her eighteen year tenure, Verde shared in the joys of our births, our bar/bat mitzvahs, and our other simchas. She shared in the sorrow of our losses, and she provided able assistance to many generations of Rabbis. She was an organizational whiz and an absolute genius with generation after generation of copy machine.   (And she was the best editor a webmaster could every ask for!   Alan F.)

Our TOR family is grateful for her 18 years of service to our Congregation. We wish Verde the best of luck. We will miss her!

TOR logo GOODTOR Adult Learning Opportunities 2016-2017

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.

TOR-MenorahTravel 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.

If you have questions, or would like more information, Rabbi Rabishaw is eager to speak with you, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TOR logo GOODTOR Weekly Bulletin, December 5th, 2016

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


December 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

Molly PictureMolly Guerzon is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah on December 17th, 2016. Molly loves animals, wolves especially, and is a very talented artist. When she isn’t going to school or reading, she loves to ride horses and take care of Po, the pig, at Blackberry Creek Animal Farm Sanctuary. Molly is a great addition to the seventh grade class, always offering thoughtful opinions to class discussions. When she gets older, her goal is to be a published writer of fiction. We congratulate Molly as she becomes a Bat Mitzvah.

Cade and Cody DePeel Bar MitzvahHi! We are Cade and Cody DePeel. We are twins and live with our mom, dad, and older brother Joshua. We go to Gold River Discovery Center and just started the 8th grade. Our B'nai Mitzvah is October 29th. We enjoy playing video games, visiting civil war battlefields and traveling. In our spare time we like hanging out with our pets and watching Star Trek movies. We are excited about our upcoming B'nai Mitzvah and hope you can join us!

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My name is Jadon Wexler. I live with my mom, dad, and my awesome brother Hunter. I go to Sutter Middle School in Folsom, California. Some of my hobbies include soccer, reading, and chess. I will be turning 13 on August 28th and my Bar Mitzvah is on the 10th of September. My Bar Mitzvah work has been challenging as well as time consuming in the middle of summer when there was a lot of fun stuff I'd rather be doing. Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah has made me discipline myself to achieve a big goal. After my Bar Mitzvah, I think I will feel a great sense of accomplishment. This perserverence will come in handy everywhere in my life, from school, my future career, and on the soccer field. I hope you will join me at my Bar Mitzvah!!!

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Unrolling the Torah at Simchat Torah 2015

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TOR Upcoming Events


12.09.2016 10:00 am - 11:30 am


12.09.2016 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


12.10.2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am


12.10.2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


12.10.2016 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


12.11.2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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