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
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
Andrew Plevin
  • Hebrew School


    Grades K through Teen
    Hebrew School  Register by September 8th to receive our Early Bird Tuition!"
    For more informatio, contact Sigal Hirsch, Director of Youth Education & Programming,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Annual T'shuvah Lecture


    Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm
    This year's annual T'shuvah lecture will be offered by The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik. A staff writer since 1986, Gopnik's expansive range includes non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism.
    Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "One Family"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Photographs by Vardi Kahana - four generations of post-Holocaust Israelis.
    Complete list of events

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
    September 30 - Rabbi Robert Harris
    October 24 - Dr. David G. Roskies
    April 16 - Dr. Alan Mintz

    The scholars welcome informal discussion during Kiddush
    More information about this series Complete list of events

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Selihot & Sinful Desserts
Selihot Services will be preceded by a "Sinful Dessert" reception at 8:20 pm and then studying and singing with Rabbi Bolton and Service Leaders at 9:00 pm. Our pre-Selihot study session this year will be "The Messages and Melodies of the Mahzor." Explore the High Holy Day liturgy and join in communal singing to prepare for the High Holy Days.
Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 7:30pm
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. Pledge a contribution 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.
Or Zarua's own a cappella group Birnana performing, amidst falling balloons, at the community Yom HaAtzma'ut event on April 22, 2015, celebrating the 67th anniverary of the founding of the State of Israel.
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
September 30, 2015 - Rabbi Robert Harris
A Sukkot Like None Ever Celebrated Before: Ezra, the Torah Book, and the Return from Exile
During the 5th century BCE, amidst a second wave of Jewish return from Babylonian exile, Ezra the Scribe (a magistrate of the Persian Empire) read from the Torah to the assembled Judean community in Jerusalem. He did so under the watchful tutelage of Nehemiah, the Persian Governor and fellow Judean. Reading about the festival calendar in what we now call Leviticus 23, they made a startling discovery. We will explore this discovery - and how the Judeans reacted - and will discuss its implications for Judaism, down to our present day.
Following "Bring Your Own" Dinner in the Sukkah
Rabbi Harris is an Associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary   Rabbi Harris' bio
October 24, 2015 - Dr. David G. Roskies
Jewspeak: How We Became the People of the Spoken Word
First, the Jews created a Jewish vernacular called Yiddish. Then they produced a few playwrights, prose writers and poets who figured out how to represent the way Jews - male and female, old and young, rich and poor, alive and dead - spoke, cursed, joked, played, sang and cried. Then the greatest of these writers, Sholem Aleichem, took this written-as-spoken language on the road. Reaching North America, he discovered how much the Yiddish language could absorb from English before it became thoroughly un-Jewed.
Dr. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish Literature of The Jewish Theological Seminary  Dr. Roskies' bio
April 9, 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
• Annual T'shuvah Talk - Adam Gopnik: Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
August 23 - 29, 2015
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, August 28, 2015
Candlelighting 7:18 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, August 29, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Ki Tetze
   Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5
Shabbat Ends
8:23 pm
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