Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Marc D. Ashley, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc
Or Zarua is a traditional, participatory, and egalitarian Conservative synagogue. Visit us for Shabbat services, on Yom Tov, or at our weekday morning minyan, 365 days per year!
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Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Sigal Hirsch
Andrew Plevin
  • Hebrew School


    Teens: Try Something New This Fall!
    For more information, visit our Or L'Atid Youth Education & Programming area, or
    contact Sigal Hirsch, Director of Youth Education & Programming,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Family Havdalah...


    ...and Maccabbee Mishegoss!
    Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 5:20 pm.
    Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner and his dummies perform their acclaimed show.
    Light dinner will be served.

    More information about this event

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
    May 21 - Dr. Alan Mintz
    The scholars welcome informal discussion during Kiddush
    More information about this series Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "Greetings from the Golden Age of Jewish Postcards"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    More tha 140 postcards from 1890-1920 with Jewish themes.
    Complete list of events

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    For the Sake of the Community: The Talmudic Backstory of
        Tikkun Olam - "Repairing the World"

    Chapter 4 of Masekhet Gittin
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
    No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
    More information on O"Z's Talmud Class

  • O"Z Volunteers


    New York Common Pantry
    Two ways to help Or Zarua support the NY Common Pantry:
        - Bring donations of canned food to O"Z on an ongoing basis
        - Volunteer to help stock the pantry on the first Wednesday morning each month.

    To sign up, or request more information, please contact Lesley Palmer.

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Exploring the Siddur:


    History, Meaning and Commentaries on the Jewish Prayerbook
    Study the siddur with Rabbi Scott Bolton
    Explore the meaning & experience of prayer, and the rituals & laws of prayer.
    Thursday mornings at 8:30 am following morning minyan

    Complete list of events

Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to celebrate Shabbat!
Saturday, October 31 from 10:30 - 11:45 am
Make Kabbalat Shabbat a Priority!
Enjoy the transition from chol (the weekday) to the kedushah (holiness) of Shabbat during Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv services. It can be truly transformative - but only if you're here to experience it!
Make the commitment to attend by signing up, even if just for one time. The current week's service time is listed at the far right side of each page of our website.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
Song permeates Or Zarua - during prayer services, before and after meals, and at celebratory events. The spirit we generate through singing together can be enhanced through familiarity with some of the tunes we frequently use; click here to listen.
Or Zarua A Cappella
Look for the next meeting of our a cappella group, Bir'nana. Contact Aliza Kaplan if you'd like to join.
Make a Donation to an Or Zarua Fund
Or Zarua has a wide range of funds to which donations can be made. Pledge a contribution to the fund or funds which interest you the most or are which are the most fitting for someone you wish to honor. Donations allow Or Zarua to perform acts of kindness - gemilut hasadim - for those in need, to increase the level of programming, and to defray the costs of various synagogue functions.
Mercaz USA - The Voice of Masorti Judaism in Israel
Stay on top of events in Israel and learn about the work of Mercaz, the Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement.
Or Zarua's own a cappella group Birnana performing, amidst falling balloons, at the community Yom HaAtzma'ut event on April 22, 2015, celebrating the 67th anniverary of the founding of the State of Israel.
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah
October 24, 2015 - Dr. David G. Roskies
Jewspeak: How We Became the People of the Spoken Word
First, the Jews created a Jewish vernacular called Yiddish. Then they produced a few playwrights, prose writers and poets who figured out how to represent the way Jews - male and female, old and young, rich and poor, alive and dead - spoke, cursed, joked, played, sang and cried. Then the greatest of these writers, Sholem Aleichem, took this written-as-spoken language on the road. Reaching North America, he discovered how much the Yiddish language could absorb from English before it became thoroughly un-Jewed.
Dr. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish Literature of The Jewish Theological Seminary  Dr. Roskies' bio
May 21, 2016 - Dr. Alan Mintz
It's Not About Eternity: Rosh Hodesh and the Shape of Jewish Time
On the occasion of Rosh Hodesh Nisan, we will explore the profound way in which Judaism shapes our lives by regulating the rhythms time. The biblical invention of the pattern of 6 +1 had an enormous impact on all Western religions. Yet we now live within a culture in which time has been flattened. What do Judaism's insights about time teach about how to live our lives?
Dr. Mintz is the Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature in the Department of Jewish Literature of the The Jewish Theological Seminary   Dr. Mintz' bio
More information about this series
• Rabbi Bolton's Talmud Class: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
• Exploring the Siddur with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays at 8:30 am
• Shabbaton - Dr. Benjamin D. Sommer: Friday/Saturday, April 8/9, 2016
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
November 22 - 28, 2015
Morning Minyan:
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Thursday, Nov. 26
  at 8:45 am
Musaf days at 7:00 am
Shabbat at 9:00 am
Sundays at 8:45 am
Check Calendar for changes
   to starting time, if any
Our Morning Minyan is
open to the Community
365 days per year!
FRIDAY, November 27, 2015
Candlelighting 4:12 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 4:12 pm
SATURDAY, November 28, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Vayishlach
   Genesis 32:4 - 36:43
This week's Haftarah:
Ovadiah 1:1 - 1:21
Shabbat Ends
5:17 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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