Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Marc D. Ashley, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Or Zarua is a traditional, participatory, and egalitarian Conservative synagogue. Visit us for Shabbat services, on Yom Tov, or at our weekday morning minyan, 365 days per year!
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Learn more about Or Zarua.
Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
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Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Sigal Hirsch
Andrew Plevin
  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    For the Sake of the Community: The Talmudic Backstory of
        Tikkun Olam - "Repairing the World"

    Chapter 4 of Masekhet Gittin
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm (no class on April 27, or May 4, 11, and 25)
    Special Date: There will be class on Thursday, May 5

    No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
    More information on O"Z's Talmud Class

  • Hebrew School


    For more information, visit our Or L'Atid Youth Education & Programming area, or
    contact Sigal Hirsch, Director of Youth Education & Programming,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Oral Law Seminar - Jewish Conceptions of the Afterlife


    Four Sundays at 10:00 am: May 1, 15, and 22; and June 5
    In this year's Oral Law Seminar we will examine Jewish sources and perspectives on the afterlife.
    No prior knowledge is required; everyone is encouraged to attend.
    Registration is not required.
    More information on the 2016 Oral Law Seminar

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "Greetings from the Golden Age of Jewish Postcards"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    More tha 140 postcards from 1890-1920 with Jewish themes.
    Complete list of events

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
    May 21 - Dr. Alan Mintz
    The scholars welcome informal discussion during Kiddush
    More information about this series Complete list of events

  • O"Z Volunteers


    New York Common Pantry
    Two ways to help Or Zarua support the NY Common Pantry:
        - Bring donations of canned food to O"Z on an ongoing basis
        - Volunteer to help stock the pantry on the first Wednesday morning each month.

    To sign up, or request more information, please contact Lesley Palmer.

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Exploring the Siddur:


    History, Meaning and Commentaries on the Jewish Prayerbook
    Study the siddur with Rabbi Scott Bolton
    Explore the meaning & experience of prayer, and the rituals & laws of prayer.
    Thursday mornings at 8:30 am following morning minyan

    Complete list of events

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A Taste of Spring
Or Zarua's spring fundraising event
Thursday, May 12, 2016
A private dinner followed by a kosher evening at the Asia Society, where attendees will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, wine pairings selected by Chef Jonathan Waxman, and the chef's presentation focused on cooking. Followed by a lively auction and raffle to supplement fundraising.
Complete Information on the event.
Make Kabbalat Shabbat a Priority!
Enjoy the transition from chol (the weekday) to the kedushah (holiness) of Shabbat during Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv services. It can be truly transformative - but only if you're here to experience it!
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.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
Song permeates Or Zarua - during prayer services, before and after meals, and at celebratory events. The spirit we generate through singing together can be enhanced through familiarity with some of the tunes we frequently use; click here to listen.
Or Zarua A Cappella
Look for the next meeting of our a cappella group, Bir'nana. Contact Aliza Kaplan if you'd like to join.
Make a Donation to an Or Zarua Fund
Or Zarua has a wide range of funds to which donations can be made. You can make a donation through your ChaverWeb account or, if you don't have a ChaverWeb account, here, to the fund or funds which interest you the most or are which are the most fitting for someone you wish to honor. Donations allow Or Zarua to perform acts of kindness - gemilut hasadim - for those in need, to increase the level of programming, and to defray the costs of various synagogue functions.
Mercaz USA - The Voice of Masorti Judaism in Israel
Stay on top of events in Israel and learn about the work of Mercaz, the Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement.
O"Z - G'milut Hasadim
Or Zarua members volunteered at the Vinegar Factory on Christmas Eve to pack up and deliver donated food for those in need. Our collection of food and tzedakah for the New York Common Pantry and other nonprofits continues year round.
Two ways to help:
Bring food donations to O"Z
Help stock the pantry.
Email for information.
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
May 21, 2016 - Dr. Alan Mintz
It's Not About Eternity: Rosh Hodesh and the Shape of Jewish Time
On the occasion of Rosh Hodesh Nisan, we will explore the profound way in which Judaism shapes our lives by regulating the rhythms time. The biblical invention of the pattern of 6 +1 had an enormous impact on all Western religions. Yet we now live within a culture in which time has been flattened. What do Judaism's insights about time teach about how to live our lives?
Dr. Mintz is the Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature in the Department of Jewish Literature of the The Jewish Theological Seminary   Dr. Mintz' bio
More information about this series
• Rabbi Bolton's Talmud Class: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
• Exploring the Siddur with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays at 8:30 am
• A Taste of Spring Fundraiser: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
April 24 - 30, 2016
Morning Minyan:
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
Check Calendar for changes
   to starting time, if any
Our Morning Minyan is
open to the Community
365 days per year!
Mon - Thurs, Apr 25 - 28, 2016:
Shaharit at 7:00 am
Friday, April 29, 2016:
Seventh Day Shaharit at 9:00 am
Kabbalat Shabbat
and Ma'ariv at 6:15 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016:
Eighth Day Shaharit at 8:45 am
6:45 pm - Minhah/Se'udah Shlishit
Lecture by Rabbi Bolton
Pesah ends at 8:38 pm
Remember to
April 23 - June 10, 2016
CHART with brachot
FRIDAY, April 29, 2016
Candlelighting 7:33 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016
Shaharit at 8:45 am
Note early starting time
Torah reading:
1st Scroll:
  Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17
Maftir: Numbers 28:19 - 28:25
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 10:32 - 12:6
Se'udah Shlishit
Minhah at 6:45 pm
followed by Se'udah Shlishit
and Ma'ariv
Shabbat Ends
8:38 pm
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