"Tar Beach" Dinner and Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 7:30 pm
It's important to attend the Or Zarua Annual Meeting so that we have enough members - approximately 200 - for the meeting to be valid, so please come! The evening begins with a picnic dinner on our beautiful roof, starting at 6:00 pm.
If you can't attend in person, please make certain to sign and send in the Proxy Card that will be mailed to you.
Please email reservations for the dinner and the meeting
Or call the office at 212.452.2310, Ext. 39
by Thursday, May 16, 2017
Tikkun Leyl Shavu'ot
Our Meaningful Megillot
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 8:30 pm after 8:00 pm Ma'ariv
Join us as congregants Sarah Klagsbrun and Louis Barash, and Rabbi Bolton, reflect on finding meaning in the 5 scrolls
that are included during our holidays but that often pass us by without comment or much notice. At Shavuot we read Ruth;
at Sukkot we include Ecclesiastes. On Passover, we chant Song of Songs. Purim requires us to read Esther twice, and on Tisha
b'Av we chant Lamentations. Join us after Ma'ariv to engage with these texts that travel with us throughout the Jewish year!
Cheesecake and ice cream, of course, after the study!
Jews and Genes: Editing, Ethics and New Frontiers
With Congregant Dr. Barry Coller and Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Advances in knowledge and technology have brought molecular and cellular biology to the point where genes can be sequenced and manipulated easily and rapidly. Such abilities have opened the door to a variety of approaches for the treatment of human disease. With that potential benefit, however, comes a variety of ethical concerns, which, given the history of eugenics and other nefarious approaches to control human biology, make many people wary of our biological future.
To help us understand the promises and ethical challenges of gene biology, Or Zarua has invited congregant Dr. Barry Coller, the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Rockefeller University Hospital, and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Professor of Jewish Theology at the American Jewish University (California), to discuss this topic.
Dr. Coller recently co-authored a new report on human gene editing as part of the Committee on Human Gene Editing sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. A past president of the American Society for Hematology and a leading researcher in platelet physiology, he has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of disorders of the blood. Among these contributions is the development of a monoclonal antibody that is used clinically to inhibit platelet function in order to prevent blood clots. He has received many awards and honors including the Stratton Medal (2005); Karl Landsteiner Award (2013) and The Gill Heart Institute Award (2006). He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.
Rabbi Dorff is a leading thinker in the Conservative Movement on medical ethics. He has studied Judaism's approach to science. He is co-editor of a new book, "Jews and Genes," (2015; Jewish Publication Society) which contains three essays that suggest varying answers as to why Jewish input on genetic developments should matter to both Jews and non-Jews. He has served on the ethics committee of Hillary Clinton's Health Care Task Force, testified on ethical considerations for human cloning and stem cell research before the president's National Bioethics Advisory Commission, served on the National Human Resources Protections Advisory Commission, charged with reviewing and revising the federal guidelines on research on human beings. He is now on the California Ethics Advisory Commission for embryonic stem cell research done within the state.
Dr. Coller will discuss the Human Gene Editing report and share reflections about the science and medical ethics questions that were grappled with. Rabbi Dorff will then reflect on what the Jewish tradition has to say about new genetic technologies. A moderated discussion, led by Rabbi Bolton, will ensue after the presenters share their perspectives and insights. Join us on Tuesday, June 6 for what will be a dynamic evening. This presentation is open to all.
Or Zarua Talmud Class 2017
The Passover Seder in the Talmud
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Library.
On February 1, 2017, we begin our study of the last chapter of Tractate Passover, dealing with the haggadah and Passover rituals, as well as everything from demons to desserts to Shabbat rituals!
Join us for our 28th year studying Talmud together! No previous participation is needed.
Anyone may join the class at any time. No prior knowledge of Talmud, Hebrew, or Aramaic is required.
can't make every class, please join when you can; it's easier than you think to be a Talmud learner and to enjoy the material. Contact Rabbi Bolton
directly with any questions. All you need to bring is your life experience. Bring your family, friends, and
associates, and share the news.
Registration is NOT required for this class.
Exploring the Siddur: History, Meaning and Commentaries on the Jewish Prayerbook
Thursday mornings, following minyan, from 8:40 - 9:40 am in the Library.
Explore the history of our prayer book, the meaning of the prayers, and Jewish law and teachings about prayer in a new class led by Rabbi Scott Bolton. Prior attendance is not required.
Registration is NOT required for this class.
Or Zarua History Wanted
Or Zarua is recording its oral history and creating an archive. If you have information, memorabilia, photos, or other material to be included, please contact the Oral History Committee by email to either Phyllis Solomon or Caroline Golden.
Refu'ah Shleymah, Comfort and Caring Calls
It's not always easy to reach out at times when we are ill or facing personal challenges. Nevertheless, our Hesed Committee and Hevra Kadisha Committee, as well as Rabbi Bolton, seek to extend our community's caring network. We would like all Congregants to know that if you are ailing or going through a particularly challenging time, our community would like to offer encouragement and words of support. For home-bound Congregants, or those with limited abilities to attend classes and programs at Or Zarua, let us help connect you, say hello, arrange a time for phone study, or set up visits. To get the connection started, call Deborah at 212.452.2310, Extension 12.
Rabbi Wechsler is on Sirius XM Stars Radio each Sunday.
Subscribers to Sirius Radio can access this program on Channel 102,
and XM subscribers can tune in to Channel 155 on XM Radio. Non-subscribers to
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day trial at www.sirius.com .
Songs and Niggunim -
Including Joey Weisenberg niggunim.