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!
Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
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Executive DirectorHelene Santo
Education DirectorIlana Burgess
25th Year Celebration Continues...
Rejoicing in 25 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 25
Music by the Andy Statman Band
Study with Rabbi Scott Bolton
Join us for sessions on water as discussed in the Talmud and Midrash.
Open to the public.
Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm - August 14, and 21
Complete list of events
Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton
Or Zarua's Rabbi
Grades K through Teen
Contact Ilana Burgess, Youth Education Director,
Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.
Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:
"Additional Meanings - The Art of Summantics"
In the Or Zarua Social Hall
Artist Karen Shaw explores the intersection of visual imagery, allusive words, and numeric systems.
Complete list of events
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 at 8:30 am following morning minyan.
Resumes October 23, 2014
Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
Israel Conversation for Teens
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
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.
And it's a good time to start to prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!
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.
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
There will be a conversation with Rabbi Bolton for high school and college students about the situation in Israel that will give them the tools to talk with their peers when they go back to school should the topic arise. Friends who are not members of Or Zarua are welcome. RSVPs are required
. Please email Deborah Wenger
to RSVP and for location information.
Hevruta: Or Zarua Talmud Seminar
Adults Who Want to Study Talmud On Their Own
Parlor Meeting - Meet Rabbi Mort Schwartz and
Learn about the Class
September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Location to be Announced
Enhance your Jewish literacy! Whether it is deciphering the complex English translations or gaining the vocabulary and technical expertise to dissect a page of Talmud 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.
If you know the Aleif-Beit and can sound out words phonetically you are in! Backward engineering from the now three English translations available back to the Hebrew might be one approach used in your learning dyad and in class while others may be able to work with the Hebrew text (with or without vowels) and some of the commentaries in the original language. All will benefit from being together no matter what the language background.
This dynamic two-year course of study will be held on Monday evenings over the course of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Members of Congregation Or Zarua are being asked to invest $2,000 for the two-year program. The rate for non-members is $2,500 for the two-year program. Two-hour 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
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Conversation with Teens about Israel: Tuesday, September 2, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Details and complete list of events
Talmud Hevruta Class Parlor Meeting | Location to be Announced - Meet Rabbi Mort Schwartz: September 11, 2014
Garden Party Membership Celebration - RSVP to Office: Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 pm
Annual High Holiday Aseret Y'mey T'shuvah Lecture - Chancellor Arnold Eisen speaks: October 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm
Curator Talk - Michael Seymour on "Assyria to Iberia": October 14, 2014, at 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
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: January 22, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Aug. 31 - Sep. 6, 2014
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, September 5, 2014
Candlelighting 7:05 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm
SATURDAY, September 6, 2014
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Ki Tetze
Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10