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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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
  • G'mar hatimah tovah!


    May you be sealed for a sweet 5777!
    Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Services Schedule
    Complete list of events

  • 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.

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    Living Generously! Tzedakah in the Talmud
    For the first semester of 2016 - 2017 we'll study Talmudic passages discussing
    tzedakah (charity), g'milut hasadim (bestowing kindness), and righteousness.

    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Note: No Class September 28
    No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
    More information on O"Z's Talmud Class

  • 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; starting again in September 2016...

    Complete list of events

  • Sukkot


    Meals in the Sukkah!
    Erev Sukkot: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Catered Meal
    Erev Sukkot II: Monday, October 17, 2016 - Call the office
    Erev Shabbat Hol haMo'ed: Friday, October 21, 2016 - Bring Your Own Dinner
    Free lunches after Shaharit on Monday and Tuesday - October 17 & 18
    Sign up for October 16, 2016, dinner by logging into your ChaverWeb account.

    Call the office at 212.452.2310, Ext. 12, for information

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk
    In the O"Z Gallery
    The art of Jewish illustrator and political satirist Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jew who escaped Europe in the wake of the Holocaust and emigrated to the U.S. in December 1940 - called "the greatest 20th century master illuminator" - is the new presentation in the O"Z Gallery.
    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.

  • Our Rabbi, Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

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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.
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.
Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk
In the Or Zarua Gallery
Jewish illustrator, artist, and political satirist Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jew who escaped Europe in the wake of the Holocaust and emigrated to the U.S. in December 1940 - called "the greatest 20th century master illuminator" - is the new presentation in the O"Z Gallery.
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.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Tzedakah in the Talmud: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, starting September 21
• Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays at 8:30 am, following minyan, resuming in the fall.
Details and complete list of events
This week at O"Z
Service Times
October 16 - 22, 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!
Begins Sunday, Oct. 16
Dinner in the Sukkah
FRIDAY, October 21, 2016
Candlelighting 5:48 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 5:48 pm
Followed by:
Bring Your Own Shabbat Dinner
in the Sukkah for those signed up
SATURDAY, October 22, 2016
Shaharit at 8:45 am
Note early starting time
This week's Torah reading:
From Parashat Ki Tissa
   Exodus 33:12 - 34:26
This week's Haftarah:
Ezekiel 33:18 - 39:16
Shabbat Ends
6:53 pm
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