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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Call 212.452.2310 to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
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Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Ilana Burgess
Andrew Plevin
  • Shabbat Shirah Dinner


    Friday, January 30, 2015, following Kabbalat Shabbat services
    After dinner learn with Cantor Jen Rolnick about the roots of Jewish songs without words: The Niggun and Its History.

    Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39. to inquire about waiting list.
    Complete list of events

  • Family Shabbat Dinner


    Friday, February 6, 2015, dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services
    Join us for candlelighting and Shabbat dinner.

    Sign up online by Monday, February 2, 2015, here  or Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
    Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "A Young and Hopeful Land"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Israel's early days through the lens of photographer Rudi Weissenstein.
    Complete list of events

  • Hebrew School


    Grades K through Teen
    Register today -
    Contact Ilana Burgess, Youth Education Director,
    by Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.

  • Shabbat Dinner - Jews and Jazz


    Friday, February 20, 2015, dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services
    Join us for candlelighting, Shabbat dinner, and a talk by Loren Schoenberg,
    Artistic Director of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

    Sign up online by Tuesday, February 17 , 2015, here  or Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
    Complete list of events

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    Studies in Tractate Megillah
    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

  • 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.

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


    Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
    March 28 - Parashat Tzav - Rabbi Dr. David Hoffman
    May 30 - Parashat Naso - Dr. Judith Hauptman

    The scholars will remain for informal discussion during Kiddush
    More information about this series

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Israel News and Ways to Help
Shabbat Family Learning Experience
Join Rabbi Amy Bolton in this opportunity for families with children to learn new tunes and explanations for key Shabbat morning prayers, and to explore themes and stories related to the Torah portion of the week and Shabbat rituals.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Shabbat & Me
Join Rabbi Bolton as he leads our very youngest in song, stories, and simple prayers to welcome Shabbat!
Next meeting is March 27, 2015, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
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.
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.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
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.
Speakers and Presentations
Shabbat Shirah
Come learn with Cantor Jen Rolnick about the roots of Jewish songs without words: The Niggun and Its History.
We will hear about song in the Tanakh on Shabbat morning and enjoy a community zimriyah, singing together, at the Or Zarua Birthday Kiddush after services.
Friday/Saturday, January 30/31, 2015
It's a good time to start to prepare for Shabbat Shirah!
Enjoy some of the tunes that Cantor Rolnick will incorporate into prayer and study:
Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z
Visiting Scholars Teach Torah and Share Their Expertise
March 28 - Rabbi Dr. David Hoffman
21st Century Talmud-Nineteen Hundred Years Young
May 30 - Dr. Judith Hauptman
Protest, or You're Guilty: An Exploration of a Talmudic Principle
Suggested readings for Dr. Judith Hauptman:
The scholars will remain for informal discussion during Kiddush
More information about this series
Special Presentations
For members and non-members:
Curator Series
Presentations on museum exhibitions
Lucy Dawidowicz Memorial Lecture
This year's Lucy Dawidowicz lecture, given by Professor Nancy Sinkoff and O"Z's own Francine Klagsbrun, took place on Thursday, January 22, 2015. You can listen to the presentation here.
Make sure to read Neal Kozodoy's 1982 memorial essay about Mrs. Dawidowicz and her work, "In Memoriam: Lucy S. Dawidowicz".
• Shabbat Shirah Shabbaton: Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31, 2015
• Shabbat Family Dinner - Shabbat Shirah Shabbaton: Friday, January 30, at 6:30 pm
• Shabbat Shirah Zimriyah: Saturday, January 31 at Kiddush
• Shabbat Family Dinner: Friday, Febuary 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm
• Shabbat Family Dinner - Jews and Jazz: Friday, Febuary 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
January 25 - 31, 2015
Morning Minyan:
Weekdays at 7:15 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!
Shabbat Shirah
FRIDAY, January 30, 2015
Candlelighting 4:52 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 4:52 pm
Followed by:
6:30 pm Dinner for those signed up
Speaker: Guest Hazzan Jen Rolnick
SATURDAY, January 31, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
Followed by O"Z
Birthday Kiddush
and 1:00 Zimriyah
This week's Torah reading:
Parashat Beshallah
   Exodus 13:17 - 17:16
This week's Haftarah:
Judges 4:4 - 5:31
Shabbat Ends
5:57 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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