College Connection

Keeping our college kids connected

At Congregation Or Atid, our goal is to continue to engage with our Youth once they leave the nest and go off to college. We want our students to know that Or Atid provides a place for them to turn and return to.  

What we do

Or Atid parents of college-age children will gather together at different times during the year to assemble student packages. Parents can also share their children's college-age experiences and concerns so we can support each other!

Packages sent will have a message from the Rabbi and may include synagogue news, novelties, timely articles, jewish humor and special treats with a holiday theme such as during Rosh Hashanah, Chanukkah and Passover.  

A fun, relaxed gathering will be planned during a typical college vacation break (most likely January) for our students to re-connect with their old classmates and Or Atid friends.  

We'll also have a College Connection Directory with our students' contact info so they can keep in touch with each other - and for our community to stay in touch with them.

(For our High School graduates, an Or Atid celebration will be planned for the Spring to show them our appreciation and support for the next phase in their lives).

How to sign up

Submit your student's college address and e-mail by filling out this form We'll re-confirm your child’s address and e-mail annually.  If your student is studying abroad, we'll make sure to keep in touch by email.  

$36 per student helps to defray the cost of materials and shipping and is greatly appreciated. Additional donations are always welcome. Donations should be sent to the synagogue office, checks payable to Congregation Or Atid memo line: College Connection.

Get involved
For questions or more info email Amy Rose at [email protected].

Social Action

Family Promise Volunteer Orientations
Sept. 19, 7pm, St Zepharin’s Church, 99 Main St., Wayland
Oct. 17, 7pm, Shir Tikvah, 141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland

If you are concerned about the issue of family homelessness in your community and want to make a difference, considering attending one of these volunteer orientations. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 20 We will cook in our own homes. Please volunteers to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Oct 6 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation, Chanting & Text Study
Sept. 12 (Or Atid), Sept. 19 (Beth El) & Oct. 19 (Temple Israel, Natick)

Join the Metrowest Jewish Mindfulness Community for three sessions focusing on meditation, chant, text study and prayer. Details here.

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.


World Tour of Jewish Music

Thursdays 10/17 & 10/24, 7:30-9 pm, Or Atid
Join Rabbi Polisson for a tour of Jewish music throughout the world and history. Email [email protected] to register.