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

Past Events

Past events and programs at Or Zarua include:
Rated R: Repentance in American Film and Jewish Cinema
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7:30 pm
Eric Goldman, Ph.D., will be discussing his book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema, at Or Zarua.
Dr. Goldman, who received his doctorate in cinema studies from New York University, is founder and president of Ergo Media, a publishing company which specializes in Jewish and Israeli video. An adjunct professor of film studies at Yeshiva University and a film reviewer for The Jewish Standard, he specializes in Yiddish, Israeli, and Jewish film. His past experiences include serving as director of the Jewish Media Service and curator of film at YIVO, the Center for Jewish History, and Yeshiva University. He was a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Goldman's latest book discusses the relationship of American Jews with the cinema. American film production has been both strongly influenced by Jews and has portrayed Jews in a variety of ways during the twentieth century, a relationship that continues to this day. The title of Dr. Goldman's presentation, "Rated R: Repentance in American Film and Jewish Cinema" is in keeping with the theme of the Days of Awe.
For your convenience, OZ will be selling Dr. Goldman's book for the publisher's list price, which includes a donation to Congregation Or Zarua, in collabration with the East 86th Street Barnes and Noble. Books will be available for purchase approximately two weeks prior to, and at, Dr. Goldman's presentation.
Or Zarua invites everyone to this High Holy Day T'shuvah program. Members are encouraged to invite interested non-members to this event.
Sushi in the Sukkah
Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 4:00 pm
Young members 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 the fourth annual "Sushi in the Sukkah" event this year and encourage you to spread the word and to invite your friends to join you!
Abraham Foxman Lecture for Hol HaMo'ed Sukkot  
Monday, September 23, 2013, at 8:00 pm
Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, will be speaking at Or Zarua during Hol Hamoed Sukkot on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. in the O"Z sanctuary. A lawyer, he is well known in the fight against anti-Semitism. He has challenged - with reason, speech, writing, and endless energy - government leaders, entertainers, and other people of note around the world who have been involved in acts, policies, and words of anti-Semitism. Born in Poland, and raised Catholic by his nursemaid while his parents were forced to live in a ghetto, Mr. Foxman and his parents moved to Brooklyn in 1950. He graduated from Yeshiva of Flatbush, City University (B.S. in political science), and received a J.D. from the NYU School of Law. He did graduate work at JTS in Judaic studies and the New School in international economics. He is fluent in several languages. Mr. Foxman has won many awards; had numerous audiences with three Popes, most recently with the newly installed Pope Francis; and met and consulted with many world leaders, including U.S. presidents.
His presentation, "Addressing Today's Hot Topics" was open to all and was preceded by a dinner that requires reservations.
Member of K'nesset Ruth Calderon at O"Z  
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 7:30 pm
M.K. Dr. Ruth Calderon is one of Israel's leading figures, spearheading efforts to revive the Jewish bookshelf, Hebrew culture, and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989, Dr. Calderon was a pioneer when she established the first Israeli secular, pluralistic, and egalitarian Beit Midrash for women and men, with an Orthodox colleague. She then went on to host a TV show on classic and modern Jewish texts, publish several writings and books, and in 1996 founded ALMA - Home for Hebrew Culture. In the early 2000s, Dr. Calderon served as the scholar-in-residence for UJA-Federation of New York. Until January 2013, Dr. Calderon served as the chairperson of ALMA, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, which serves as a center for Hebrew culture and the Jewish text. Today, Dr. Calderon serves as member of Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Dr. Ruth Calderon is the author of The Market, the Home, the Heart, a personal homiletic reading of Talmudic legends. Dr. Calderon got her Ph.D. in Talmudic Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the first class of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and a recipient of the prestigious AVI CHAI Prize, in recognition of her contribution to the propagation of the legacy of Israel.
"Author Speaks" Series
Shirley Graetz
"She Wrote on Clay"
Sunday, October 27, 7:30 pm
About Shirley Graetz, Ph.D
Ruth Wisse
"No Joke"
Sunday, November 3, 7:30 pm
About author Ruth Wisse.
O"Z Shares a Hanukkah Celebration with Ronald McDonald House Kids!
Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 5:30 pm
Needed: Musicians, Israeli-Dancers & Host-Servers 15 years of age and over! Guests also welcome! This year's Annual Share-a-Night will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House. Tours of the house will include retrospectives from resident families and volunteers. Entertainment and refreshments throughout the house will feature performances by well-known celebrities. In addition to the Lighting of the Christmas Tree, a Post-Hanukkah Menorah will be lit by Rabbis Scott and Amy Bolton, followed by Bir'nana, Or Zarua's new A Capella Group, performing Ma'oz Tzur. Or Zarua,in partnership with Temple Emanuel, will provide entertainment and serve latkes with apple sauce, sufganiyot, and Israeli Wine. Dreidels and Hanukkah Gelt to all visiting us in the 9th-floor solarium!
Top Latke! -  Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2:00 pm
Join us for this post-Hanukkah cook-off as we choose the best latke recipe!
Field a team, share a favorite recipe, or come to cheer on your favorites! O"Z needs four or five teams of up to four individuals each to take part in a latke cooking competition. Sign up and submit the entrance fee (to cover the costs of basic ingredients) of $40 by Monday, December 6, 2013.
To field a team, or to attend to cheer on the competitors, contact David Bergman or Helene Santo.
Yeshiva University Museum Tour -  Monday, January 6, 2014, at 6:00 pm
In conjunction with our 25th anniversary Lucy Davidowicz lecture about the Cairo Geniza, come join us for a tour of Yeshiva University Museum's Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue exhibition led by the museum's director, Dr. Jacob Wisse. We have set up this opportunity for Or Zarua congregants only, and our group is limited to 40 people.
Registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis.
  •  To sign up online, click here or Call 212-452-2310, Ext 39.
SHABBAT SHIRAH - Shabbaton with Tizmoret
Shabbat Dinner - Friday, January 10, 2014
Join Or Zarua for the warmth and camaraderie of a Shabbat evening together to kick off our Shabbat Shirah Shabbaton. Bring your friends, too - this will be an especially great opportunity to introduce potential new members to Or Zarua.
TIZMORET, will perform at Or Zarua for Shabbat Shirah, January 10-11, 2014. This professional Jewish a cappella group from Queens College Hillel, which has toured the East Coast and won several music awards, sings classic Jewish melodies, contemporary Israeli tunes, and American pop songs. We will welcome Shabbat Shirah with the members of Tizmoret, beginning with Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by dinner. Festivities will continue Saturday morning with services for Shabbat, followed by lunch, Minhah, Seudat Shlishit, Ma'ariv, and Havdalah.
There will be children's activities and babysitting.
Dinner: Adults, $30; Children 5-12, $10; Children under 5: No charge
Tizmoret sings:
Im Eshkachekh
Bless the Broken Road
Fifth Commandment: Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Three Mondays from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, beginning March 4, 2013
This three-part discussion series will focus on elder-care and caring for aging family members. Rabbi Amy Bolton will start things off on Monday, March 4, 7:30-9:00 pm, with "Giving Care and Caring for Ourselves: The Spiritual Odyssey of the Mitzvah of Respecting Your Parents." Open to the public.
This week at O"Z
Service Times
April 14 - 20, 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, April 19, 2019
Erev Pesah - First Seder
Candlelighting 7:21 pm
Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat
& Ma'ariv will not be held
SATURDAY, April 20, 2019
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
from Parashat Bo
Shemot 12:21 - 12:51
This week's Haftarah:
Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27
Congregational 2nd Seder
8:30 pm
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