Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Diane Okrent, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc


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Text study. Active questioning. Community building. Personal enrichment.
Welcome to Context, a two-year intensive and innovative program of adult Jewish learning.
It is Or Zarua's good fortune to have been selected to participate in the Context program. Participants will be immersed in reading core Jewish texts, including the Bible, and will grapple with the historical, political and cultural aspects of four eras - biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern. During approximately 100 hours of class time over a two-year period, participants will study the major works and ideas of each period within its unique historical context and discover interrelationships among the periods. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required.
Context instructors are accomplished Judaic scholars with communication skills appropriate for adult education and the ability to adapt both to the Context curriculum and to a variety of learning styles. What makes Context a unique adult education experience is the opportunity to study a wide range of materials with the same group of learners over a two-year period, a contemporary adaptation of the classical Jewish method of learning with a partner - "Chavrutah."
An exciting journey, Context offers a powerful way to bring knowledge and insight into your personal life and community as you build your understanding of what Jewish texts and ideas meant historically and what they mean for Jews today.
Each class will be based on assigned readings, including passages from both primary sources and supplemental scholarly materials that reveal the richness of Jewish literature and thought. These sources are at the heart of the Jewish "conversation" - a conversation that stretches over 3,000 years as Jews have interpreted and re-interpreted the central texts that define the Jewish tradition. As a participant in Context, you will become part of that conversation.
Context, which is purposefully designed to be an intellectual journey, is guided by leading Judaic Studies scholar-teachers from a variety of academic institutions, and provides a sophisticated understanding of Jewish history and thought. It offers students a context within which to understand the Jewish past, refine their personal approach to the challenges of contemporary Jewish life, and develop their unique and informed outlook toward the Jewish future.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking Through the Rain
     Masekhet Ta'anit: 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
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This week at O"Z
Service Times
May 12 - 18, 2019
Morning Minyan:
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
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   to starting time, if any
Our Morning Minyan is
open to the Community
365 days per year!
FRIDAY, May 17, 2019
Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat
& Ma'ariv
   6:30 pm Candlelighting 7:50 pm
SATURDAY, May 18, 2019
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Emor
Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
This week's Haftarah:
Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31
Shabbat Ends
8:49 pm
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