In the Belly of a Big Fish: Exploring the Book of Jonah
Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 pm
The Book of Jonah is chanted on Yom Kippur afternoon as the haftarah at
minhah. The basic story may be well known - a reluctant prophet, a storm at sea,
3 days in a whale, but important details about Jonah's refusal to be a prophet,
the sea voyage and his companions reactions, and his time in the belly of a big
fish (not a whale!) help us learn the lessons that stand at the center of this great
work. Among the themes we will explore are: Jonah's
relationship, and thus Jews' relationships, to the nations of the
world; Jonah's prayer life and the possibilities of prayer; linguistic
connections between Jonah and other important stories in the
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Annual Tshuvah Lecture: Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss
Sunday, September 24, 6:00 pm
Rabbinic Irreverence: Imagining a Repentant God
Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates, arguing with God. Unlike Christianity and Islam,
it is said, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the biblical stories of Abraham, Job, and Jeremiah.
Less well known, however, are those Jewish texts that imagine God conceding error. Strikingly, in several of them, God even
admits transgressing Torah law. In this lecture, Rabbi Weiss examines these Midrashim, and asks: Why would some Rabbis envision
God as performing Tshuvah? Is God not perfect? What religious value or insight might be expressed in these radical texts?
As we enter Yom Kippur, how could these images reinvigorate our own Tshuvah?
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Audio: Jews & Genes: Editing, Ethics & New Frontiers
With Congregant Dr. Barry Coller and Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Listen to the Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Event
Congregant Dr. Barry Coller, the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Rockefeller University Hospital,
and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Professor of Jewish Theology at the American Jewish University (California), discussed the promises and ethical
challenges of gene biology.
Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit
Or Zarua Gallery
This exhibit showcases our Hebrew School students' learning and achievements throughout this school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Movie: "The Women's Balcony": Monday, August 14, at 8:00 pm
In the Belly of a Big Fish - Learning with Rabbi Bolton: Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00 pm
Annual T'shuvah Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss:
"Rabbinic Irreverence: Imagining a Repentant God": Sunday, September 24, at 6:00 pm