is a traditional, participatory, and egalitarian Conservative synagogue. Visit us for Shabbat services, on Yom Tov, or at our weekday morning minyan.
Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
Click to email:
Executive DirectorHarvey Brenner
Education DirectorIlana Burgess
Membership CommitteeSarah Klagsbrun
Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton
Or Zarua's Rabbi
2013 Annual Meeting
"Tar Beach" Dinner in the Social Hall - with Klezmer Music
Monday, May 20, 2013 / Dinner begins at 7:00 pm
The business meeting will include important Congregational voting.
Please make every effort to attend!
Sign up online by Monday, May 13 or Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
Complete list of events
Keva and Kavannah - the Siddur as a Source of Inspiration
Study with Rabbi Scott Bolton
Explore the siddur, the meaning and experience of prayer, and
the rituals and laws of prayer.
Thursday mornings following morning minyan.
Complete list of events
Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:
Rudi Wolff's "Our Colorful Bible"
22 digital serigraphs by artist Rudi Wolff constitute the artist's visual commentary on the Ten Commandments and the 12 parshiyot of Genesis.
Complete list of events
Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
The Sandwich Generation and
the Fifth Commandment:
Honor thy Father and thy Mother
Three Monday evenings on eldercare, Jewish Law, intergenerational relationships and conflicting responsibilities. From 7:30 - 9:00 pm on March 4, April 8, and April 29. Open to the public.
Song permeates much of what we
do at Or Zarua - during prayer services, before and
after meals, and at celebratory
events. Yet the spirit we generate through
singing together can always be enhanced;
and we must recognize that creating a
community of sacred song takes time and
With that in mind, we held a series of
musicality workshops at which Rabbi Julia Andelman, an
experienced musical mentor and service
leader, led us in learning accessible
melodies to revitalize our Hallel and Musaf
You can listen to recordings from the workshops
Enjoy the transition from the work week to the beauty of Shabbat during Minhah and Kabbalat
Shabbat/Ma'ariv services. The services can be truly transformative - but only
if you're here to experience them!
Make the commitment to attend by signing up, even
if just for one time. The current week's service time is listed at the far right side of each
page of our website.
Keva and Kavannah:
Our Fixed Prayers and Windows of Inspiration
On Thursday mornings at 8:35 am following minyan, explore the history of our prayer book, the meaning of the
prayers, and Jewish law and teachings about prayer in a new class led by Rabbi Scott Bolton. Prior attendance is not required.
My Pilgrimage to Eastern Europe and Israel
Aliza Yaillen, Senior, Bard High School Early College
This past summer I participated in a program with USY (United Synagogue Youth) called Eastern Europe Israel Pilgrimage. I traveled with 41 other teens and six staff. We had the opportunity to go to the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Israel. The point of the trip was to teach us about what these places were like both before and during the Holocaust, as well as what these countries are like today.
During our travels in Europe we were able to pray with different Masorti (Conservative) congregations. Our stay in Krakow coincided with the annual Jewish Culture Festival. The last night of the Festival was Saturday, and we participated in the Havdalah service, which was held in an outdoor square. We danced and sang at the center of the large crowd of attendees. Another interesting place that we visited was the Yeshiva in Lublin where the concept of Daf Yomi (a daily page of Talmud study) was created. That Yeshiva is still a place of Jewish learning. These experiences gave us a taste of what life was like there before the Holocaust, and what Jewish communities still exist there. These experiences were a stark contrast to our visits to the concentration camps that we also went to on the trip.
A critical fact that our tour guide made clear was that while the Holocaust deportations were occurring, most people, including Jews, had no idea what was truly going on around them. They did not realize what we know today: that many of those who were deported were going to their deaths.
The concentration camps were like nothing I had ever seen before. (I do not have any pictures of them because it was too hard for me to take them.) In Lublin, Poland, the sun was shining, and the sky was blue. Looking out on a pretty green field...
May 12 - 18, 2013
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
Check Calendar for
to starting time, if any
Morning Minyan is
open to the Community.
COUNT the OMER!
March 26 - May 14
Friday, May 17, 2013:
Candlelighting 7:50 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Numbers 4:21 - 7:89
This week's Haftarah:
Judges 13:2 - 13:25
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Candlelighting 7:47 pm
Ma'ariv 8:00 pm
Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
First Day Shavu'ot
Shaharit: 9:00 am
Candlelighting: 8:52 pm
Minhah/Ma'ariv: 8:30 pm
Thurssday, May 16, 2013
Second Day Shavu'ot
Shaharit: 8:45 am
Festival ends 8:54 pm