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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Sabbath Morning Youth Programs
Parents' Night Out: Cocktails & Canapés on the Roof
Monday, July 10, 6:00 pm
Join us for our annual Parents' Night Out on the O"Z roof! Enjoy an evening of fun and socializing with other parents in the O"Z community with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and games.
Be sure to arrive by 6:15 pm for our special program, featuring demonstrations from Smokey Joe on how to make one of the specialty hors d'oeuvres and a summer cocktail! Invite friends to join us. All are welcome!
Bring your kids along for pizza, ice cream and a movie!
RSVP to Sigal Hirsch
Where the Talmud Meets the Zohar
Wednesdays, July 12, 26, and August 2, 7:00 pm
It is always fascinating to discover how one Jewish masterwork makes great use of other Jewish texts. With the Zohar, the great Middle Ages compendium of mystical commentary and exploration, it is evident that the authors knew, respected, loved and integrated the Talmud into their work. Time and again references to Talmudic passages and principles enliven the pages of the Zohar, in order to create bridges to the ancient world of the Rabbis.
O"Z Poetry Club
Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
Rabbi Bolton and Nir Yarden will host the second meeting of the OZ Poetry Group, with the theme “The Good Life: Striving for Meaning.” What do the great poets teach us about how to live meaningful life? How should we react to setbacks and emotions such as irresolution and confusion? Why is action so important? Join us for a stimulating evening of readings and discussion, or just come to listen and be inspired. All poems to be read will be distributed at the meeting so no need to bring anything.
RSVP to Deborah Wenger or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 39.
Movie: "The Women's Balcony"
Monday, August 14, 6:00 pm
Enjoy "The Women's Balcony".
Information about the movie
RSVP to Deborah or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 39.
In the Belly of a Big Fish: Exploring the Book of Jonah
Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 pm
The Book of Jonah is chanted on Yom Kippur afternoon as the haftarah at minhah. The basic story may be well known - a reluctant prophet, a storm at sea, 3 days in a whale, but important details about Jonah's refusal to be a prophet, the sea voyage and his companions reactions, and his time in the belly of a big fish (not a whale!) help us learn the lessons that stand at the center of this great work. Among the themes we will explore are: Jonah's relationship, and thus Jews' relationships, to the nations of the world; Jonah's prayer life and the possibilities of prayer; linguistic connections between Jonah and other important stories in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). We will also look at some art that relates to the Jonah tale.
Jews and Genes: Editing, Ethics and New Frontiers
With Congregant Dr. Barry Coller and Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Audio from the Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Event
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 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.
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.
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, 8:00 am, and 8:00 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
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Service Times
July 23 - 29, 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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Our Morning Minyan is
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365 days per year!
FRIDAY, July 28, 2017
Candlelighting 7:57 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:45 pm
SATURDAY, July 29, 2017
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Devarim
   Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 1:1 - 1:27
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9:02 pm
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