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 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
    We'll begin study of Talmudic texts about Tzedakah on November 9, 2016, and in the Spring we'll learn Arvei Pesahim, the last chapter of Masekhet Pesahim in the Talmud Bavli (the final chapter of the tractate of the Babylonian Talmud dealing with Passover).
    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

  • Talmudic Takes on Hanukkah


    Rabbi Mordechai Schwartz, Ph.D.
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 7:30 pm
    Violent Victory: Did the Rabbis Beat the Maccabees? Examines the tensions between Rabbinic Judaism and the Hasmonean dynasty.
    Complete list of events

  • Jewish History with Barry Feldman


    Four Sundays 10 am - 12 pm: Nov. 13 & 20, and Dec. 11 & 18
    O"Z Congregant, historian and educator Barry Feldman leads a 4 session ethnographic and historical inquiry into institutions and incidents that shaped American Jewry during the iconic period of immigration at the turn of the 20th century.
    Registration is not required.
    More information on the 2016 Oral Law Seminar

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    Drawing is a Form of Prayer
    In the O"Z Gallery
    Artist Mark Podwal, renowned artist, author, illustrator, filmmaker, and political cartoonist: "Drawing is a Form of Prayer." The exhibition coincides with the publication of an extensive monography by Glitterati, Inc.: Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art by Mark Podwal.
    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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Daily Minyan
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.
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
Memorial Wall
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!
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.
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!
- 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.
Hands, Vans, and Hearts Needed!
As we've done for many years, O"Z congregants will again avail ourselves of Eli Zabar's generosity and collect food from his retail stores, Eli's (80th St and Third Ave) and Vinegar Factory (91st St and York Ave) on Erev Thanksgiving (November 23) and on Erev Christmas (December 24) from 8:30 pm to approximately 9:45 pm.
O"Z members volunteer to pack up and deliver donated food for those in need. This annual Hesed project involves packing up the donated foods and delivering them to Ronald McDonald House (for families with children undergoing cancer treatment on East 73rd St), the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter Residence for the formerly homeless (on East 81st St), New York Common Pantry (on East 109th St), and the Salvation and Deliverance Church (on Marmion Avenue in The Bronx). It's a mitzvah and a rewarding team project, especially for kids, by which we help those less fortunate than most of us at particularly emotionally difficult times.
Erev Thanksgiving was a great success, but drivers (SUVs are needed!) and other volunteers are still needed for Erev Christmas. Please contact Jeff Haberman at or (917) 697-1677.
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.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Tzedakah 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.
• Drawing is a Form of Prayer - The Art of Mark Podwal: Current Exhibit in the Or Zarua Gallery
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This week at O"Z
Service Times
December 4 - 10, 2016
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, December 9, 2016
Candlelighting 4:10 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 4:10 pm
SATURDAY, December 10, 2016
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Vayetse
   Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
This week's Haftarah:
Hosea 12:13 - 14:10
Shabbat Ends
5:15 pm
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