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
Ilana Burgess
Andrew Plevin
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    25th Year Celebration Continues...
    Rejoicing in 25 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 25
    Music by the Andy Statman Band
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  • Summer Talmud


    Study with Rabbi Scott Bolton
    Join us for sessions on water as discussed in the Talmud and Midrash.
    Open to the public.
    Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm - August 14, and 21

    Complete list of events

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Hebrew School


    Grades K through Teen
    Contact Ilana Burgess, Youth Education Director,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "Additional Meanings - The Art of Summantics"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Artist Karen Shaw explores the intersection of visual imagery, allusive words, and numeric systems.
    Complete list of events

  • 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.
    Resumes October 23, 2014

Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
Israel Conversation for Teens  
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
There will be a conversation with Rabbi Bolton for high school and college students about the situation in Israel that will give them the tools to talk with their peers when they go back to school should the topic arise. Friends who are not members of Or Zarua are welcome. RSVPs are required. Please email Deborah Wenger to RSVP and for location information.
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.
And it's a good time to start to prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!
Or Zarua A Capella
Look for the next meeting of our a capella group, Bir'nana. Contact Aliza Kaplan if you'd like to join.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Enjoy the transition from the work week to the beauty of Shabbat by attending Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat services. The experience can be truly transformative - but only if you're present!
Make the commitment to attend by signing up, even if just for one time.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
Hevruta: Or Zarua Talmud Seminar
Adults Who Want to Study Talmud On Their Own
Parlor Meeting - Meet Rabbi Mort Schwartz and
     Learn about the Class
September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Location to be Announced
Enhance your Jewish literacy! Whether it is deciphering the complex English translations or gaining the vocabulary and technical expertise to dissect a page of Talmud the time has come to grow your own ability to be a Talmud reader.
Bring your life experience and motivation to crack the code of the Talmud. Get the insider's view of Talmudic philosophy, logic, perspective on Jewish history and development of the law. Whether your Hebrew background is deep or just at the phonetic readers' level, experience learning with partners and being in seminar with an expert instructor who helps you progress at a pace that is right for you. Students will spend time in hevruta, a learning dyad or triad, with fellow learners and be guided during that time by teachers who know how to help adult learners develop the vocabulary and conceptual approaches they need to unlocking the Talmud's language and structure.
If you know the Aleif-Beit and can sound out words phonetically you are in! Backward engineering from the now three English translations available back to the Hebrew might be one approach used in your learning dyad and in class while others may be able to work with the Hebrew text (with or without vowels) and some of the commentaries in the original language. All will benefit from being together no matter what the language background.
Registration Information
This dynamic two-year course of study will be held on Monday evenings over the course of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Members of Congregation Or Zarua are being asked to invest $2,000 for the two-year program. The rate for non-members is $2,500 for the two-year program. Two-hour sessions will include guided beit midrash time (studying in partnership) and lecture/seminar time. All are welcome to join. Please invite your friends. Contact Rabbi Bolton with any questions or to explore your readiness. Register.
Suggested reading to learn about Talmud
• Conversation with Teens about Israel: Tuesday, September 2, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
• Talmud Hevruta Class Parlor Meeting | Location to be Announced - Meet Rabbi Mort Schwartz: September 11, 2014
• Annual High Holiday Aseret Y'mey T'shuvah Lecture - Chancellor Arnold Eisen speaks: October 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• Curator Talk - Michael Seymour on "Assyria to Iberia": October 14, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• ConText Class Begins: October 21, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Talmud Class Begins: October 22, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Siddur Class Begins: October 23, 2014
• New Talmud Hevruta Class Begins - Rabbi Mort Schwartz: October 27, 2014
• Or Zarua 25th Year Gala - Save the date!: November 12, 2014
• Emigration to Immigration - Barry Feldman: Sundays after 8:45 am Minyan - Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 23
• Cubism and the Leonard A. Lauder Collection - Dr. Mimi Braun: December 7, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• Shabbat Dinner and Talk - Helen Nash, author of Kosher cookbooks: January 9, 2015
• Lucy Dawidowicz Lecture - Dr. Nancy Sinkoff: January 22, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
August 24 - 30, 2014
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!
FRIDAY, August 29, 2014
Candlelighting 7:16 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, August 30, 2014
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Shoftim
   Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12
Bar Mitzvah
Shiya Bolton
Shabbat Ends
8:21 pm
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Congregation Or Zarua
127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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