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

Hesed Committee

USY members hosting a Hanukkah Hesed Program, offering a range of hands-on activities including sorting clothing and coats donated by OZ members, preparing 138 sandwiches, and creating holiday cards, all to help New Yorkers. Participating nonprofits include Urban Pathways, New York Cares and the Educational Alliance. The event included an educational session on tzedakah featuring Ilene Scholnick Ausubel from the Educational Alliance. Park East Kosher Butchers donated food for the sandwich preparation. Many thanks to all who helped!
In the spirit of gemilut hasadim, the Or Zarua Hesed Committee coordinates the congregation's efforts to help those within our local community who are in need.
Below is a list of some of the synagogue's recent Hesed activities. For more information, please contact the Or Zarua office by email at or by telephone at 212.452.2310, Ext. 10 unless alternative contact information is provided.
Hesed Programs
Help the Hungry & Support NY Common Pantry!
Or Zarua collects food year round for New York's hungry and your help is needed! A basket has been placed in the social hall for food donations of healthy (low-sodium, whole wheat, low-fat or nonfat), packaged grocery items, which will be distributed through the New York Common Pantry, the City's largest community-based food pantry.
The Common Pantry distributes grocery packages to thousands of families year-round, and relies on volunteers to get the work done. Or Zarua sends a team of three to five volunteers the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month to volunteer in the pantry's distribution center, located off Fifth Avenue at 8 East 109th Street. Volunteers fill bags with items selected by the pantry's clients, and it's a great way to see firsthand how the organization works.
Please email Lesley Palmer for more information or to sign up. Please join us!

Home Visit Volunteers
Volunteer to visit and cheer ill or homebound Or Zarua Congregants.
Please email Roberta Hufnagel with any questions or to volunteer.

Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve Food Deliveries
During certain holidays, Or Zarua volunteers pack up and deliver food donated by Eli's to the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter Residence, the Ronald McDonald House and other organizations serving people in need.
Contact Jeffrey Haberman

Monday Night Pasta and Salad at NCS
Or Zarua congregants serve hot food and good cheer at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter's East 81st Street Residence from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. on the last two Mondays of each month. Volunteers needed as well as donations to the Hesed Fund.
For more information, contact Jeffrey Haberman

Volunteer for Dorot's Holiday Package Delivery for Seniors
Twice a year Or Zarua families take part in Dorot's holiday package deliveries, bringing seniors some joy and companionship, along with holiday treats!
For more information, contact Jeffrey Haberman

Or Zarua Volunteers Support Literacy
OZ volunteers read each week to first graders via TutorMate, an online program for promoting literacy skills. Developed by Innovations for Learning, the program brings together our volunteers with school children via their computers and phone.
For more information, contact Lesley Palmer

Donate Surplus Clothing and Furniture
Donations of "pre-owned" adult and children's clothing, toys, dolls, games and other items are provided to Salvation Deliverance Church in the South Bronx for distribution to those in need in their community. Contact Richard Stadin, or (212) 879-0448, to arrange drop-off or (in the case of significant donations) pick-up.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking Through the Rain
     Masekhet Ta'anit: Wednesdays at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
• Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays from 8:40 - 9:40 am, in the Library following minyan
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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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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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