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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Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
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Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Ilana Burgess
Andrew Plevin
  • 2015 Annual Meeting


    "Tar Beach" Picnic Dinner on the Roof
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 / Dinner begins at 6:30 pm
    The meeting will include important Congregational voting.
    Please make every effort to attend!
    Sign up online by Tuesday, May 12  or Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.

  • Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot


    The Aleppo Codex - The Creation, Preservation, Loss & Rediscovery
         of a Crucial Biblical Text

    Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 9:00 pm
    Join us for Ma'ariv and a community book discussion, led by Rabbi Bolton and congregant Michael Schwartz, of The Aleppo Codex, followed by a dairy dessert reception.

  • 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

  • East Side Torah Learning Coalition


    Pirkei Avot Sessions - 5775
    Six Tuesdays | April 14 - May 19
    Be part of this exciting series of multi-denominational study of Pirke Avot, a Mishnaic tractate traditionally studied between Passover and Shavuot.
         More information.

  • Hebrew School


    Grades K through Teen
    Register today -
    Contact Ilana Burgess, Youth Education Director,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    Studies in Perek HaHelek
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm (there will not be class on 4.15, 4.22, and 5.6.15)
    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 at 8:30 am following morning minyan. (There will not be class on 4.9.15)

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
    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
Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot
Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 9:00 pm
On Erev Shavu'ot following Ma'ariv services at 9:00 pm, join in a community book discussion of The Aleppo Codex. Followed by cheesecake and ice cream!
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.
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
May 30 - Dr. Judith Hauptman
Protest, or You're Guilty: An Exploration of a Talmudic Principle
Suggested readings for Dr. Judith Hauptman:
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
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".
• East Side Torah Learning Coalition - Pirkei Avot Sessions 5775:  Six Tuesdays | April 14 - May 19
• Annual Meeting -   Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 8:00 pm  following Tar Beach Picnic Dinner at 6:30 pm
• KulturfestNYC - 8 days & evenings of the arts | NY Theatre/Folksbiene's Centennial Season: June 14 - 22, 2015
• Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot: Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 9:00 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
May 17 - 23, 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!
Remember to
April 4 - May 22, 2015
CHART with brachot
FRIDAY, May 22, 2015
Candlelighting 7:54 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, May 23, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashah Bemidbar
   Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
This week's Haftarah:
Hosea 2:1 - 2:22
Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot
Ma'ariv at 9:00 pm
Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot
Dairy Desserts
Candlelighting after 8:59 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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