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
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.
Shabbat Shirah Shabbaton
Friday and Saturday, January 26 & 27, 2018
Pizmon, the a Cappella Group of JTS, Columbia University, and Barnard College
Pizmon (Hebrew for 'chorus' or 'refrain') is a Jewish a cappella singing group whose energetic music has travelled the globe touching communities of all ages. Now finishing its 20th year, Pizmon was established by four friends wanting to perform Jewish music in nursing homes. In recent years the group and its purpose have grown and the ensemble is now 12 members strong.
On Shabbat Shirah we read Parashat Beshallah, which includes Shirat HaYam, the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1 - 15:18). We'll welcome Shabbat Shirah with Pizmon on Friday evening; after Kabbalat Shabbat services Pizmon will join us for Shabbat dinner. Pizmon will join us again for Shabbat morning services and will present a Sermon in Song. A special kiddush will follow Shabbat services, after which Pizmon will perform once again. We'll end Shabbat with a musical family havdalah and a light dinner.
Friday Night: Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:30 pm, followed by Shabbat dinner and music program.
Each meal cost is $50 for adults; $30 for children 5 - 12; and no cost for children under 5.
Saturday: Shaharit at 9:00 am; Pizmon presents a Sermon in Song.
Thank you to Dr. Allen and Valerie Hyman for their ongoing support of musicality at OZ.
Musical Family Havdalah at 6:15 pm
Sign up by Tuesday, February 6, 2018, for Friday Shabbat Dinner (the other events don't require registration):
  •   Online
  •   Call 212-452-2310, Ext 39
Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 4, 2018, starting at 4:45 pm
Come daven Minhah/Ma'ariv at 4:45 pm and then enjoy our annual Super Bowl party!
OZ members and their guests are invited to our 16th Annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 4, beginning at 4:45 p.m. with Minhah. Viewing the game on a large-screen HDTV and eating kosher food from Dougie's BBQ in Teaneck, NJ, while socializing in a family-friendly atmosphere is a great way to enjoy the Super Bowl.
As is our tradition, the OZ Super Bowl Party is free to OZ members and their guests, but we rely on your generous contributions to raise funds for charities that serve the Jewish poor and elderly. If you'd like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Congregation Or Zarua, designate "Super Bowl" on the memo line.
This year, our designated charity is Project ORE. 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. Project ORE is the only program of its kind in New York City and offers kosher, family-style community meals, including a buffet breakfast, and a hot lunch, as well as food packages for Shabbat.
Project ORE holds classes in art, poetry, and health and wellness; organizes educational trips, and provides a Jewish experience through a weekly Oneg Shabbat. Licensed clinical social workers provide assistance with housing referrals, entitlements and benefits, referrals for psychiatric counseling and medical treatment, and crisis intervention for emergency situations.
If you want to learn more about Project ORE from the people who directly benefit from its programs, use this link:
The party is sponsored by Sheldon and Marcel Adler in memory of his parents.
Registration is required by noon on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
  •  To sign up send an email or Call Deborah Wenger at 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
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
January 14 - 20, 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!
FRIDAY, January 19, 2018
Candlelighting 4:40 pm
Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat
& Ma'ariv
   4:40 pm
SATURDAY, January 20, 2018
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Bo
Exodus 10:1 - 13:16
This week's Haftarah:
Jeremiah 46:13 - 46:28
Shabbat Ends
5:45 pm
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