Or Zarua is a warm, welcoming, caring and spiritual community that strives to create traditional, joyous and authentic multi-generational Jewish life, eager to extend its love of Judaism and Jewish learning through study, prayer, varied programming, support of the State of Israel, and the pursuit of acts of kindness within and beyond our community.
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm | Starting again in the Fall
This year we're studying the last chapter of Tractate Yom Kippur, delving into philosophical reflections on repentance, as well as practical questions dealing with the observance of the fast.
No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
More information on O"Z's Talmud Class
Exploring the Siddur with Rabbi Bolton
Thursday at 8:40 - 9:40 am after minyan
Explore the history of the siddur, the meaning & experience of prayer, and the rituals & laws of prayer.
Complete list of events
Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit
Major League Mensches
Meet the "team" of our favorite Jewish Stars of baseball in the Or Zarua Gallery, located in the Social Hall.
Audio: Taste of Talmud
Mixing Meat and Milk on Shavu'ot
Rabbi Mordecai Schwartz, Ph.D.
Audio from Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Is the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot older than you think? It may be linked to the sacrificial calendar of Ancient Israel
and the origin of the prohibition on cooking milk and meat together. Hear, and decide for yourself!
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.
Rosh HaShanah Dorot Package Delivery
Or Zarua volunteers participated in Dorot's annual Rosh Hashanah package delivery on Sunday, September 17, bringing holiday treats and home visits to seniors on the East Side.
Participants included: Rabbi Bolton and his sons Shiya and Yonah, Adam Gardner and his daughter Callie, Michelle Gorenstein and her daughter Sarah, Linda Greenblatt and her daughter Lindsay, Susan Katz, Aaron and Hannah Kranich and their children Jacob, Sonia and Dahlia, Lesley Palmer and her daughter Jordanna.
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:
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - The Yom Kippur Experience in the Talmud: Wednesdays at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays from 8:40 - 9:40 am, in the Library following minyan