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Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Sara Stone, President
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Rabbi Harlan J. Wechsler
We founded Or Zarua in 1989 to create a new model for the synagogue, especially the urban synagogue.
Contrary to the goals of most congregations, we want Or Zarua to be a small congregation - a place in the heart of the big city where a person can get to know other people and can get to be known, as well. We created Or Zarua to forge a religious environment where study and prayer would be thoughtful challenges, rather than passive experiences or perfunctory events.
Traditional texts provide profoundly rich resources which must be explored anew and our synagogue should be a place where serious searching, accompanied by serious commitment, takes place. The Torah should come alive, revelation should be an experience and not just a concept, and God should make a difference in all of our lives.
We welcome your presence in our community,
Dr. Harlan J. Wechsler is founding Rabbi of Congregation Or Zarua, a Conservative, participatory, traditional and egalitarian synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Rabbi Wechsler is an alumnus of Harvard College and received his ordination and Ph.D. degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Author of What's So Bad About Guilt?, published by Simon and Schuster, Rabbi Wechsler's many articles on theology and ethics have appeared in numerous journals. Rabbi Wechsler taught Jewish ethics and the history of Jewish thought for over thirty years in the Department of Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
In seeking new methods of healing the seriously ill - in spirit as well as in body - Rabbi Wechsler has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital Chaplaincy, an interfaith center which provides chaplains for the major hospitals of New York City and which teaches seminary students of all faiths to administer effective pastoral care. He is a Life Trustee of the Chaplaincy.
Rabbi Wechsler currently hosts the weekly national radio program "Rabbi Wechsler Teaches" on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, Sundays at 4:00 am, 8:00 am, and 8:00 pm.
Harvard College, BA 1965
Hebrew University, Graduate work, Department of Jewish Studies.
Studied bible with Nehama Leibowitz and Talmud with Yonah Frankel.
Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Rabbinical ordination, 1971
Jewish Theological Seminary of America, PhD, 1982
Concentrating in the history of Jewish philosophy and ethics. Dissertation: "Broken Tablets in the Ark: Ideas of Aging in Talmudic Literature." During his graduate work Rabbi Wechsler was "Fellow in Moral Theology" at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His study was jointly also in the department of religion at Princeton University where he was a student of the late great theologian of Christian medical ethics, Prof. Paul Ramsey.
Rabbi Harlan J. Wechsler
Phone: 212.452.2310, Ext. 12
Email: rabbiwechsler@orzarua.org
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Or Zarua's Core Ideas
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
• Movie: "The Women's Balcony": Monday, August 14, at 8:00 pm
• In the Belly of a Big Fish - Learning with Rabbi Bolton: Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00 pm
• Annual T'shuvah Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss:
     "Rabbinic Irreverence: Imagining a Repentant God": Sunday, September 24, at 6:00 pm
Details and complete list of events
This week at O"Z
Service Times
August 13 - 19, 2017
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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SHABBAT:
FRIDAY, August 18, 2017
Candlelighting 7:31 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, August 19, 2017
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Re'eh
   Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 54:11 - 55:5
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