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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.
    Join us for the opening, and screening of "A Life in Stills"
    Sunday, October 25, at 5:00 pm

  • 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.

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    25th Year Celebration Continues...
    Rejoicing in 25 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 25
    Music by the Andy Statman Band
    More Information

  • 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
    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.

  • 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
Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to welcome Shabbat!
Next meeting is October 24, from 5:00 - 5:45 pm
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.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Enjoy the transition from the work week to the beauty of Shabbat by attending Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat services. The experience can be truly transformative - but only if you're present!
Make the commitment to attend by signing up, even if just for one time.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
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.
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.
Hevruta: Or Zarua Talmud Seminar
Adults Who Want to Study Talmud On Their Own
The time has come to grow your own ability to be a Talmud reader!
Bring your life experience and motivation to crack the code of the Talmud. Get the insider's view of Talmudic philosophy, logic, perspective on Jewish history and development of the law. Whether your Hebrew background is deep or just at the phonetic readers' level, experience learning with partners and being in seminar with an expert instructor who helps you progress at a pace that is right for you. Students will spend time in hevruta, a learning dyad or triad, with fellow learners and be guided during that time by teachers who know how to help adult learners develop the vocabulary and conceptual approaches they need to unlocking the Talmud's language and structure.
Registration Information
This 2-year course will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 pm on Monday evenings. The cost for O"Z members is $2,000 ($2,500 for non-members). Sessions will include guided beit midrash time (studying in partnership) and lecture/seminar time. All are welcome to join. Please invite your friends. Contact Rabbi Bolton with any questions or to explore your readiness. Register.
Suggested reading to learn about Talmud
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
October 25 - Rabbi Daniel Nevins
Biotech and the Bible: Are Transgenic Organisms Kosher?
For those interested to learn more about this topic in advance of the talk, Rabbi Nevins recommends "Frankenstein's Cat" by Emily Anthes (copies available at the NYPL)
January 10 - Rabbi Dr. David Kraemer
Jewish Eating and Jewish Identity: What's the Relationship?
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
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
Jewish History
A mini-course in Jewish History.
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
• O"Z Gallery Exhibit - Rudi Weissenstein's "A Young and Hopeful Land": Opening, October 25, 2014, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
• ConText Class Begins: October 21, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Talmud Class Begins: October 22, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Siddur Class Begins: October 23, 2014
• New Talmud Hevruta Class Begins - Rabbi Mort Schwartz: October 27, 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
• Or Zarua 25th Year Gala - Save the date!: November 12, 2014
• Emigration to Immigration - Barry Feldman: Sundays after 8:45 am Minyan - Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 23
• Cubism and the Leonard A. Lauder Collection - Dr. Mimi Braun: December 7, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• Shabbat Dinner and Talk - Helen Nash, author of Kosher cookbooks: 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
October 19 - 25, 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:
Shabbat Rosh Hodesh
FRIDAY, October 24, 2014
Shabbat & Me at 5:00 pm
Candlelighting 5:46 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 5:56 pm
SATURDAY, October 25, 2014
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Noach
   Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
Maftir
Second Scroll:
Rosh Hodesh
Numbers 28:9 - 28:15
Rosh Hodesh Haftarah:
Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24
Shabbat Ends
6:51 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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