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
  • Author Ron Lieber


    The Opposite of Spoiled
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm
    NYT columnist Ron Lieber will discuss his book The Opposite of Spoiled, a guide for parents who want to have conversations with their children regarding money and good values.
    Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "One Family"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Photographs by Vardi Kahana - four generations of post-Holocaust Israelis.
    Complete list of events

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    Summer Talmud
    Four standalone Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    July 8, 22, 29 and August 12, 2015

    INSIGHT TO INSULTS: Talmudic One-Liners. How can an entire passage be summed up in one quip, teaching, insult, or blessing?
    No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.

    More information on O"Z's Talmud Class

Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to welcome Shabbat!
Next meeting is May 22, 2015, at 5:30pm
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. 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.
Speakers and Presentations
Or Zarua's own a cappella group Birnana performing, amidst falling balloons, at the community Yom HaAtzma'ut event on April 22, 2015, celebrating the 67th anniverary of the founding of the State of Israel.
Visiting Author
NYT Columnist Ron Lieber
July 1, 2015, at 7:30 pm
The Opposite of Spoiled
Ron Lieber will discuss his book The Opposite of Spoiled, a guide for parents who want to have conversations with their children regarding money and good values.
Special Presentations
For members and non-members:
Curator Series
Presentations on museum exhibitions
Lucy Dawidowicz Memorial Lecture
This year's Lucy Dawidowicz lecture, given by Professor Nancy Sinkoff and O"Z's own Francine Klagsbrun, took place on Thursday, January 22, 2015. You can listen to the presentation here.
Make sure to read Neal Kozodoy's 1982 memorial essay about Mrs. Dawidowicz and her work, "In Memoriam: Lucy S. Dawidowicz".
• Rabbi Bolton's Summer Talmud Class: July 8, 15, 22 and August 5, 2015
• KulturfestNYC - 8 days & evenings of the arts | NY Theatre/Folksbiene's Centennial Season: June 14 - 22, 2015
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
June 28 - July 4, 2015
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, July 3, 2015
Candlelighting 8:13 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:45 pm
SATURDAY, July 4, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Balak
   Numbers 22:2 - 25:9
This week's Haftarah:
Micah 5:6 - 6:8
Shabbat Ends
9:17 pm
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Congregation Or Zarua
127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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