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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Sabbath Morning Youth Programs
Purim Celebration at O"Z
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:33 am Fast of Esther Begins
7:15 am Regular minyan at 7:15 am (no breakfast)
5:00 pm Kids' Purim Party
Join us for a magical Purim celebration, featuring Magic Al! Add to the magic by dressing up as characters from the Harry Potter universe!
7:30 pm Fast Ends
7:40 pm • Ma'ariv and Megillat Esther reading - in Sanctuary
followed by "Persia Land" (or "Shushan Town") by the O"Z Purimspielers
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 am • Shaharit and Megillah reading
Or Zarua Talmud Class 2018-2019  
Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking Through the Rain: Masekhet Ta'anit
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Library.
This year we'll be studying Masekhet Ta'anit. In four chapters (30 pages), the Talmud explores ancient ideas about individual prayers, fasts, and communal practices to influence Heaven. Material addressed includes: prayers for rain, our relationship to the natural world (that is, rain, seasons, and agriculture), our power as “pray-ers,” and the Kohanic blessings that were performed in ancient days. A discussion of public fast days allows for a presentation and review of Jewish history. The Rabbis begin the discussion asking which is more important: a focus on tragedies or a focus on moments of success and triumph? We will see some of the earliest material in the Talmud that deals with communal prayer, which, according to some scholarship, coalesced around public fast days that were declared for the purpose of beseeching God for communal needs.
Join us for our 30th 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 Masekhet Ta'anit. 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 TTAA for the full-size version, and DTTAA 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.
To the Finish Line: Prayers at the End of our Service
On Thursday mornings the Siddur Class meets to explore the richness and depth of our liturgy and to consider what meaning we make of our Jewish prayer practices.
Discussions center on the language of the prayerbook, as well as comparisons to siddur manuscripts from throughout the Jewish ages. We also discuss the lived experience of prayer - how to engage, when it feels empty, infusing the minyan experience with meaning. Those wondering about how prayer life can be developed find a place around the table, as much as those whose interests lie in the Hebrew of the siddur and a historical look at our liturgy.
Our focus this coming year will be on the prayers at the end of our services. We will look again at Ashrei, and talk about psalms that have been included; the selection "U'va L’Tzion," with ideas of holiness and redemption at its core, and Aleinu and Mourner's Kaddish. When are we ever done praying?!
Prior attendance is not required.
Registration is NOT required for this class.
Rabbi Wechsler Teaches
Two Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb. 6: "Piety and Place: Psalms 145 and 84"   (Audio)
Feb. 13: "Can Belief in God be Commanded?"   (Audio)
In the first of two classes, Rabbi Wechsler explores Ashrei and why it has such a central place in the liturgy. In the second, we'll discuss if belief in God can reasonably be commanded or whether it should be the result of a personal search. Studying Ramban and Rambam, we'll explore the limit of such a command, and its meaning.
Lucy Dawidowicz Memorial Lecture
Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm   (Audio)
This year's Lucy Dawidowicz lecture, honoring the memory of a great historian of the Holocaust and an early Or Zarua member, will be given by Christine Hayes, PhD, the Robert F. & Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University.
Professor Hayes, a scholar of ancient Judaism specializing in Talmudic and midrashic studies, traces the evolution of scriptural and legal authority in Jewish intellectual history. She will show that the Talmudic rabbis construed divine law in ways that would forever distinguish classical Judaism from Hellenistic and Christian conceptions, in an ancient debate that continues to shape and inform the foundations of Western thought.
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
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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