Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Sara Stone, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc
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Or Zarua Talmud Class 2017-2018  
The Gates Are Unlocked: The Yom Kippur Experience in the Talmud
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Library.
Study of 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.
Join us for our 29th 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.
If you 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.
If it's possible for you to do so, although you need not do so to attend the class, it's recommended that you acquire the ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud volume containing the last chapter of Masekhet Yoma. The volume is available in both the full size and Daf Yomi size (content is identical but type is smaller in the Daf Yomi version). The ArtScroll item number is TYO2 for the full-size version, and DTYO2 for the Daf Yomi size. The volume can be acquired directly from ArtScroll at or any one of a variety of other online sources.
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.
Purim Celebration at O"Z
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:19 am Fast of Esther Begins
7:00 am Regular minyan at 7:00 am (no breakfast)
5:00 pm Kids' Purim Party
Kids of all ages, come learn all about the story of Purim and all our Purim Mitzvot with stories, songs, games and more! Then, face off in Or L'Atid's PURIM DOUBLE DARE! Put your knowledge to the test in a quick game of trivia and physical challenges. RSVP to Sigal HIrsch by Monday, February 26, so we can put your child on a team.
6:18 pm Fast Ends
6:40 pm • Ma'ariv and Megillat Esther reading - in Sanctuary
7:45 pm Jazzy Purim Bash - Jazz music with the Crescent City Ramblers
Purim Parody by Bir'nana, OZ's a cappella group and Lip Smackin' Cajun Fare!
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:00 am • Shaharit and Megillah reading
No fee but Register here for security and to help us in ordering food.
A Special Additional Purim Celebration
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
at Project ORE - 331 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd Aves.)
Come and join us as we celebrate Purim with the participants of Project ORE! We will retell the story of the Megillah, shake some groggers, sing, eat (of course), and enjoy spending time with some of the members of Project ORE. Purim is the happiest of all Jewish holidays, when having fun is not only permitted, it is commanded. We hope that OZ members and their families can join us in creating a fun and meaningful celebration with the Project ORE community.
Since 1987, Project ORE has served emergency kosher meals and provided counseling, case management, and other support services to isolated, poor, homeless, and mentally ill Jews. It is the only program of its kind in New York City. Project ORE provides kosher, family-style community meals including a buffet breakfast, hot lunch, and food packages for Shabbat. Project ORE offers classes in art, poetry, mental health issues, educational trips, and health and wellness, and provides a Jewish experience through a weekly Oneg Shabbat.
Contact Susan Lorin with any questions or to volunteer.
Hevra Kadisha Annual Zayin Adar Dinner - Honoring History and Tradition
Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 6:30 pm
Zayin Adar, the traditional yahrzeit of Moses, is observed annually as a time to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Hevra Kadisha. This year's Zayin Adar dinner, sponsored by Phyllis and Gerry Solomon in loving memory of their families, will feature speaker Isaac Pollak and a historical and visual journey through surprising facts of the Hevra Kadisha.
What is a Hevra Kadisha? What is its textual basis? What is tradition and what is halakhically mandated? How has its tradition changed based on local cultural and anthropological aspects? What were the earliest Hevra Kadisha societies like and how have they changed over time?
Isaac Pollak, a lifelong New Yorker, is the Rosh Mathar at KJ and OC and has been doing taharas in the Upper East Side for 39 years, working with all movements within Judaism. He is completing a doctoral degree in Anthropological Aspects of Modern Jewish Studies. He is Chairman of the Acquisition Committee at the Jewish Museum and owns the largest collection of Hevra Kadisha material culture in the world. He has given classes, lectures and seminars on Cultural and Anthropological Aspects of Hevra Kadisha at YU for rabbinical students, and at JTS, HUC, University of Amsterdam, University of Vienna and Tel Aviv University.
RSVP: There is no charge for the dinner, but contributions to the Hevra Kadisha are greatly appreciated. To ensure that we order enough food RSVP by Thursday, February 15, 2018, at or leave a message at (212) 452-2310 x39.
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.
Or Zarua's literary journal for the High Holidays
  Read the 5774 edition of Orot
  Read the 5768 edition of Orot
  Read the 5767 edition of Orot
  Read the 5766 edition of Orot
Kids: Learn Anim Z'mirot! -  Help Lead the Singing on Shabbat!
It's a tradition that kids lead the singing of Anim Z'mirot - so here's a great way to learn it (even if you're an adult!): Download it from the Or Zarua website and learn it at your own pace!
Here are the links:
wma Format
mp3 Format
"Rabbi Wechsler Teaches" on Sirius/XM Radio -  Sundays at 4:00 am and 8:00 - Channel 106 pm
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 Sirius Radio can obtain a free three day trial at .
Songs and Niggunim -  Including Joey Weisenberg niggunim. Link x
This week at O"Z
Service Times
February 18 - 24, 2018
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!
Shabbat Zakhor
FRIDAY, February 23, 2018
Candlelighting 5:22 pm
Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat
& Ma'ariv
   5:22 pm
SATURDAY, February 24, 2018
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Tetzaveh
Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
Second Scroll:
Exodus 30:11 - 30:16
This week's Haftarah:
I Samuel 15:2 - 15:34
Shabbat Ends
6:27 pm

Rosh Hodesh Adar I
Thursday and Friday
February 15 & 16
Ta'anit Esther
Wednesday, February 28
5:19 am - 6:18 pm
Wednesday, February 28
Beginning at 6:40 pm
Ma'ariv & Megillah Reading Singing and Merriment
Thursday, March 1
Shaharit & Megillah reading 7:00am
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