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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
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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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Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
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Rabbi
Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Ilana Burgess
Membership
Andrew Plevin
  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:

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    "A Young and Hopeful Land"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Israel's early days through the lens of photographer Rudi Weissenstein.
    Complete list of events

  • Hebrew School

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

  • Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner with Bir'nana

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    Friday, December 19, 2014, dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services
    Join us for candlelighting, Shabbat dinner, and singing with OZ's a capella group.

    Sign up online by Monday, December 15, 2014, here  or Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
    Complete list of events

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton

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    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton

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    Studies in Tractate Megillah
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
    Note: Talmud Class will not meet on November 12 or 26.

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

  • Exploring the Siddur:


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    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.
    Note: The class will not meet on Nov. 20 or 27.

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


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    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
    October 25 - Parashat Noach - Rabbi Daniel Nevins
    January 10 - Parashat Shemot - Rabbi Dr. David Kraemer
    March 28 - Parashat Tzav - Rabbi Dr. David Hoffman
    May 30 - Parashat Naso - Dr. Judith Hauptman

    The scholars will remain for informal discussion during Kiddush
    More information about this series

Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
PJ Library - Hanukkah Havdalah
Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5:45 pm
Shabbat Shirah
Join O"Z as guest hazzan Cantor Jen Rolnick leads and teaches on this Shabbat of song.
Friday/Saturday, January 30/31, 2015
Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to welcome Shabbat!
Next meeting is March 27, 2015, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
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.
Musicality
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 Capella
Look for the next meeting of our a capella group, Bir'nana. Contact Aliza Kaplan if you'd like to join.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
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.
Hanukkah Celebrations at O"Z
2nd Night - Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00 pm
O"Z Young Professionals
Bring your friends! Enjoy an evening of candle lighting, Hanukkah food, drinks and music - and learn a bit more about this favorite holiday!
3rd Night - Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 pm
Keep the Fires Burning
Candle lighting, jelly doughnuts, and learning with the East Side Torah Learning Coalition. Call the office for location information.
4th Night - Friday, December 19 | Kabbalat Shabbat 5:15 pm
Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner with Bir'nana
Sign up and enjoy dinner and singing with O"Z's a capella group.
5th Night - Saturday, December 20, at 5:45 pm
PJ Library Family Havdalah
For families with children 0-7. Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our youngest families in song, story, and simple prayers. Bring your Hanukkah menorah and candles and enjoy a light dinner and snacks!
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
January 10 - Rabbi Dr. David Kraemer
Jewish Eating and Jewish Identity: What's the Relationship?
Suggested readings for Dr. David Kraemer:
March 28 - Rabbi Dr. David Hoffman
21st Century Talmud-Nineteen Hundred Years Young
May 30 - Dr. Judith Hauptman
Protest, or You're Guilty: An Exploration of a Talmudic Principle
Suggested readings for Dr. Judith Hauptman:
The scholars will remain for informal discussion during Kiddush
More information about this series
Special Presentations
For members and non-members:
Curator Series
Presentations on museum exhibitions
Lucy Dawidowicz Memorial Lecture
Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 7:30 pm. Recommended reading: Neal Kozodoy's 1982 memorial essay about Mrs. Dawidowicz and her work, "In Memoriam: Lucy S. Dawidowicz".
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
• OZ Young Professionals Hanukkah party: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 7:00 pm
• Hanukkah and the East Side Torah Learning Coalition: Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 7:00 pm
• Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner with Bir'nana: Friday, December 19, 2014
• PJ Library Havdalah: Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 5:45 pm
• Shabbat Dinner and Talk - Helen Nash, author of Kosher cookbooks: Friday, January 9, 2015
• Lucy Dawidowicz Lecture - Dr. Nancy Sinkoff and Francine Klagsbrun: January 22, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
December 14 - 20, 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!
SHABBAT:
FRIDAY, December 19, 2014
Candlelighting 4:12 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat 5:15 pm
Followed at 6:15 pm by
Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner
with Bir'nana
for those signed up
SATURDAY, December 20, 2014
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Miketz
   Genesis 41:1 - 44:17
Maftir Reading:
Numbers 7:30 - 7:35
This week's Haftarah:
Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7
Shabbat Ends
5:15 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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