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
Annual Tshuvah Lecture: Alyssa M. Gray, JD, PhD
Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 7:00 pm
T'shuvah, T'fillah, Tz'dakah: What's the Connection?
Rosh Hashanah is imminent, and with the Jewish new year come daunting challenges. The majesty and awe of the High Holy Days demand that we take affirmative action to seek to shape our own destinies. Our tradition mandates that, although our fate may ultimately be in God's hands, we can also take steps in the coming days and beyond to influence the contours of our future.
The centerpiece of the High Holy Day liturgy, the U-Netaneh Tokef prayer, dramatically and optimistically declares that "repentance, prayer and charitable acts (tz'dakah) avert the severity of the decree." Yet how did these three religious concepts come to be juxtaposed within this poignant liturgical proclamation? And what is the precise role of tz'dakah in this formula - and its relationship to repentance and prayer - that can help determine our fate? Please join our T'shuvah Lecture with Professor Alyssa M. Gray on Sunday, September 16 at 7 pm - "T'shuvah, T'fillah, Tz'dakah: What's the Connection?" - as we explore significant questions surrounding these crucial High Holy Day themes. Dr. Gray will investigate some nearly forgotten pathways of Jewish religious thought, from the Talmudic period through modernity, that will illuminate the importance of tz'dakah in this annual period of rededication and renewal.
Dr. Gray, a foremost scholar of Rabbinic texts and theology, is the Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and currently serves as Chair of the New York faculty. She received her PhD with distinction in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS, and also earned an LLM in Mishpat Ivri (Jewish law) from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and a JD from the Columbia University School of Law.
Dr. Gray's current research interests are Talmud criticism, with a special focus on comparative study of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; wealth, poverty and charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature; and the application of new theoretical perspectives on law, literature and history to the reading of medieval Jewish legal literature. She has been a visiting professor at Yale University and JTS, and has also lectured in a variety of other academic and non-academic settings.
Please join us at this pivotal time - when your fate for the coming year may hang in the balance - for an informative and inspirational lecture about the dynamics of repentance, prayer and charity. You will emerge with a deeper appreciation of traditional Jewish perspectives on that life-changing trio of concepts and actions. And U-Netaneh Tokef will never again be the same for you.
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. Starting after Sukkot.
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. Starting after Sukkot.
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.
Order Lulav and Etrog Sets
Order your Lulav and Etrog sets now. Choose from:
Standard sets - $55.00 each
Muvchar sets - $65.00 each
Mehudar sets - $75.00 each
Don't forget this important mitzvah for Sukkot!
Lulav and etrog sets must be purchased in advance;
Order deadline is 12:00 noon on Monday, September 17, 2018.
  •  To order online, click here  -or-
  •  Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 12;  -or-
  •  Email Debra Wenger at
Erev Sukkot Dinner in the Sukkah
Dinner, Erev Sukkot, Sunday, September 23, 2018
Services at 6:15 pm; Dinner following at 7:15 pm

Enjoy the mitzvah of eating in the Sukkah!
Cost $45 per adult, $25 per child ages 5 to 12, no charge for children under 5.

Registration is required by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 17, 2018.
  •  To sign up, online, click  here     -or-
  •  Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39
Kiddush Luncheons in the Sukkah
Monday, September 24 / Tuesday, September 25 / Saturday, September 29
Enjoy the mitzvah of eating in the Sukkah at these kiddush luncheons following services on the first two days of Sukkot and on the Shabbat of Hol haMoed.
There is no charge for these meals.

Registration is not required.
"Bring Your Own" Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah
Dinner, Erev Shabbat Hol HaMo'ed Sukkot, Friday, September 28, 2018
Services at 6:15 pm; Dinner following services.

Enjoy the mitzvah of eating in the Sukkah!
You bring dinner and all service items, including beverages, plates, cups, napkins and utensils; O"Z will provide the challah and dessert. Remember, all food brought to the Sukkah must be kosher. We ask that you conclude your evening meal by 9:00 pm.

Reservations are required; please notify the Synagogue office by Wednesday, September 26, 2018, to reserve space.
  •  Email Debra Wenger at -or-
  •  Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39
Sleep in the Sukkah! -  Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 7:30 pm, after the end of Shabbat
All Or Zarua children are invited to participate in the mitzvah of sleeping in the Sukkah starting after Motza'ey Shabbat at 7:30 pm on the Saturday during Sukkot. Dinner will not be served, so please make sure your child eats before arriving. There will also be ping-pong, foosball, board games, and a movie.
Sushi in the Sukkah -  Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7:00 pm
O"Z's Young Professionals and their friends are invited to gather in the rooftop sukkah to enjoy conversation and various culinary treats while lounging in the shade of the s'chach. "Sushi in the Sukkah" attracts young families, singles, and couples. Although the majority of the participants are Or Zarua members, many attendees are first-time visitors to O"Z who later join our community for other events and holiday celebrations. This is part of our effort to make Congregation Or Zarua known as a vibrant center of Jewish life amoung the young Jewish residents of the Upper East Side.
We're looking forward to this year's "Sushi in the Sukkah" event this year and encourage you to spread the word and to invite your friends to join you!

Registration is required.
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
September 23 - 29, 2018
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!
Shabbat Hol HaMoe'd Sukkot
FRIDAY, September 28, 2018
Candlelighting 6:25 pm
Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat
& Ma'ariv
   6:15 pm
SATURDAY, September 29, 2018
Shaharit at 8:45 am
This week's Torah reading:
from Parashat Ki Tissa
Exodus 33:12 - 34:26
Second Scroll:
Numbers 29:26 - 29:31
This week's Haftarah:
Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16
Shabbat Ends
7:17 pm
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