Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Sara Stone, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc
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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Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Sigal Hirsch
Melissa Kashan Lader
  • Parents' Night Out: Cocktails & Canapés on the Roof


    Monday, July 10, at 6:00 pm
    Join us for our annual Parents' Night Out on the OZ roof! Enjoy an evening of fun and socializing with other parents in the OZ community with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and games.
    Be sure to arrive by 6:15 pm for our special program, featuring demonstrations from Smokey Joe on how to make one of the specialty hors d'oeuvres and a summer cocktail! Invite friends to join us. All are welcome!
    Bring your kids along for pizza, ice cream and a movie!

    RSVP to Sigal Hirsch

  • Where the Talmud Meets the Zohar


    Wednesdays, July 12, 26, and August 2, 7:00 pm
    It is always fascinating to discover how one Jewish masterwork makes great use of other Jewish texts. With the Zohar, the great Middle Ages compendium of mystical commentary and exploration, it is evident that the authors knew, respected, loved and integrated the Talmud into their work. Time and again references to Talmudic passages and principles enliven the pages of the Zohar, in order to create bridges to the ancient world of the Rabbis.
    Complete list of events

  • In the Belly of a Big Fish: Exploring the Book of Jonah


    Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 pm
    The Book of Jonah is chanted on Yom Kippur afternoon as the haftarah at minhah. The basic story may be well known - a reluctant prophet, a storm at sea, 3 days in a whale, but important details about Jonah's refusal to be a prophet, the sea voyage and his companions reactions, and his time in the belly of a big fish (not a whale!) help us learn the lessons that stand at the center of this great work. Among the themes we will explore are: Jonah's relationship, and thus Jews' relationships, to the nations of the world; Jonah's prayer life and the possibilities of prayer; linguistic connections between Jonah and other important stories in the Bible.
    Complete list of events

  • Audio: Jews & Genes: Editing, Ethics & New Frontiers


    With Congregant Dr. Barry Coller and Rabbi Elliot Dorff
    Listen to the Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Event
    Congregant Dr. Barry Coller, the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Rockefeller University Hospital, and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Professor of Jewish Theology at the American Jewish University (California), discussed the promises and ethical challenges of gene biology.

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit


    Or Zarua Gallery
    This exhibit showcases our Hebrew School students' learning and achievements throughout this school year.

  • Hebrew School Registration is Open!


    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.

  • 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.

  • Our Rabbi, Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

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Daily Minyan
Join us for daily minyan Mon-Fri 7:15am, Sundays 8:45am, Rosh Hodesh 7am.
There is power, joy and a great sense of calm in starting the day with daily prayers. Our sanctuary provides inspiration, and it's uplifting to make the strong move to be part of the minyan. Those who are saying kaddish rely on our community. Join us for wonderful breakfast and conversation afterwards or get to your next event of the day better prepared! Our tradition teaches that one of the pillars of the world is prayer, so please add yours at Or Zarua.
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
Memorial Wall
Have you seen our beautiful Memorial Wall in the Or Zarua Sanctuary? For those who would like to purchase a plaque to memorialize a loved one, here's the Order Form. We'll be ordering more plaques in November, so fill out your order form now to be included!
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.
NY Common Pantry
On Shabbat Vayera, November 19, O"Z celebrated our partnership with the New York Common Pantry. The city's largest community-based food program, NY Common Pantry assists thousands of hungry New Yorkers each year. NY Common Pantry Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi will join us at the end of services to discuss the Pantry's fight against hunger and food insecurity in the city, as well as new Pantry endeavors including nutrition education.
A proud sponsor of the NY Common Pantry, Or Zarua and its congregants provide valuable financial and volunteer assistance to the Pantry:
- O"Z volunteers help out at the Pantry the first Wednesday of every month - over 40 to date!
- O"Z youth volunteer a few times each year to make bag lunches and help out at the Pantry.
- O"Z members donate food throughout the year - both staples and seasonal foods - in collection bins in the Social Hall, and
- Many O"Z donors also contribute financially.
Helping a Neighbor, Supporting Literacy
Book Drive
Or Zarua's bookdrive for our neighbor, the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a settlement house serving families in need in East Harlem and Yorkville, has been a great success. One of the center's library rooms recently had a flood and its contents were destroyed; O"Z congregants donated children's and young adult books and large print books (for seniors) to help replace that which was lost.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - The Passover Seder in the Talmud: Wednesdays at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
• Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays from 8:40 - 9:40 am, in the Library following minyan.
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This week at O"Z
Service Times
July 23 - 29, 2017
Morning Minyan:
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
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   to starting time, if any
Our Morning Minyan is
open to the Community
365 days per year!
FRIDAY, July 28, 2017
Candlelighting 7:57 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:45 pm
SATURDAY, July 29, 2017
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Devarim
   Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 1:1 - 1:27
Shabbat Ends
9:02 pm
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