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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Executive DirectorHelene Santo
Education DirectorSigal Hirsch
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,
Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.
Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton
The Passover Seder in the Talmud
On February 1, 2017, we begin our study of the last chapter of Tractate Passover, dealing with the haggadah and Passover rituals, as well as everything from demons to desserts to Shabbat rituals!
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.
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 after morning minyan, from 8:40 - 9:40 am in the Library.
Complete list of events
Taste of Talmud
Rabbi Mordecai Schwartz, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Moses and Ramses: Recovering the Unwritten Rivalry
Complete list of events
Scholarly Shabbat in Honor of Yom Ha'Atzma'ut
Professor Fred Lazin
Saturday, April 29, 2017
At services: Making the Desert Bloom 2.0
After Kiddush: Israel in China - A Visiting Scholar presents Israel to the Far East
Oral Law Seminar - Elisha's Apostasy: Reward and Punishment in Jewish Thought
Four Sundays at 10:00 am: April 23 & 30; May 7 & 21
In this year's
Oral Law Seminar we will examine Jewish thought on the important topic of reward and punishment.
No prior knowledge is required; everyone is encouraged to attend.
Registration is not required.
More information on the 2017 Oral Law Seminar
Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:
The Development of a Jewish Iconography
In the O"Z Gallery
Using illustrations from his five decade career, the art of Archie Rand, Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, is meant to
show "how the inventions of a textually obedient and midrash-based use of Jewish symbols became transformed."
Complete list of events
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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Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to celebrate Shabbat!
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.
Join us for a special Pesah & Me on:
Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00 pm
Make Kabbalat Shabbat a Priority!
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
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
if just for one time. The current week's service time is listed at the far right side of each
page of our website.
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
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!
Mercaz USA -
The Voice of Masorti Judaism in Israel
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.
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!
Helping a Neighbor, Supporting Literacy
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.
- 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.
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Details and complete list of events
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.
Zayin Adar Dinner and Program: Shiva - in Reel Life and Real Life: Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 6:30 pm
Drawing is a Form of Prayer - The Art of Mark Podwal: Current Exhibit in the Or Zarua Gallery
This week at O"Z
March 26 - April 1, 2017
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
Check Calendar for
to starting time, if any
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017
Candlelighting 7:02 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm
SATURDAY, April 1, 2017
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23