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
  • First Seder Meal-Match and Congregational Second Seder


    Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4, 2014
    First Seder: Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39, to be a host or a guest for the first Seder.
    Second Seder: Register to attend the congregational seder on the second night.

    Passover Service Times
    Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "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

    Complete list of events

  • Oral Law Seminar - For You Have Chosen Us:
    The Blessing and Burden of Chosenness


    Four Sundays at 10:00 am: April 12, 19, 26; and May 3 (10:30 am on 4.19)
    In this year's Oral Law Seminar we will examine Jewish sources and perspectives on the idea of the Chosen People.
    No prior knowledge is required; everyone is encouraged to attend.
    Registration is not required.
    More information on the Oral Law Seminar

  • 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
    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.

  • 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
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 March 27, 2015, from 5:15 - 6:30 pm
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.
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
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
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
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".
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.
• Career Opportunity - O"Z is looking for a dynamic leader to be the Director of Youth Education & Programming
• A Life in Stills - a rescreening, with Wine & Cheese reception: Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 7:00 pm
• Congregational 2nd Seder | A Midrashic Pesah: The Haggadah & Beyond - led by Rabbi Bolton: Saturday, 4.4.15 at 8:00 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
March 29 - April 5, 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!
Thursday, April 2, 2015:
Bedikat Hametz
in evening
Friday, April 3, 2015:
Don't eat after 10:31 am
Destroy remaining by 11:37 am
First seder: start after 7:04 pm
Saturday, April 4, 2015
1st Day Shaharit 9:00 am
Candlelighting: 8:09 pm
O"Z Second Seder: 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 5, 2015:
2nd Day Shaharit 9:00 am
Yom Tov ends at 8:09 pm
Friday, April 10, 2015:
Seventh Day Shaharit at 9:00 am
Saturday, April 11, 2015:
Eighth Day Shaharit at 8:45 am
6:30 pm - Minhah/Se'udah Shlishit
Lecture by Rabbi Bolton

Pesah ends at 8:16 pm
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Congregation Or Zarua
127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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