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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
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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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Rabbi
Scott Bolton
Executive Director
Helene Santo
Education Director
Ilana Burgess
Membership
Andrew Plevin
  • East Side Torah Learning Coalition

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    Pirkei Avot Sessions - 5775
    Six Tuesdays | April 14 - May 19
    Be part of this exciting series of multi-denominational study of Pirke Avot, a Mishnaic tractate traditionally studied between Passover and Shavuot.
         More information.

  • Baseball!

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    with Ivy Weingram, Curator, Museum of American Jewish History
    Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American." With a focus on Jews, the exhibit explored the relationship of baseball - a quintessential American game - to the assimilation of the diverse array of immigrant groups in our country.
    Complete list of events

  • Lag Ba'Omer

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    Klezmer, Torah & Good Eats!
    Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 7:00 pm
    Join Or Zarua for an evening of klezmer, a Taste of Torah, and good eats as we celebrate L'ag BaOmer!
    There is no charge for dinner, but please email Deborah Wenger if you plan to attend.

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:

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    "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

  • Oral Law Seminar - For You Have Chosen Us:
    The Blessing and Burden of Chosenness

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    Four Sundays at 10:00 am: April 12, 19, 26; and May 3 (10:30 am on 4.19)
    In this year's Oral Law Seminar we will examine Jewish sources and perspectives on the idea of the Chosen People.
    No prior knowledge is required; everyone is encouraged to attend.
    Registration is not required.
    More information on the 2015 Oral Law Seminar

  • Hebrew School

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

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton

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    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton

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    Studies in Perek HaHelek
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm (there will not be class on 4.15, 4.22, and 5.6.15)
    No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
    More information on O"Z's Talmud Class

  • Exploring the Siddur:


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    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. (There will not be class on 4.9.15)

  • Scholarly Sabbaths: JTS at O"Z


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    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

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 welcome Shabbat!
Next meeting is May 22, 2015, at 5:30pm
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
Musicality
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.
Speakers and Presentations
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.
Baseball!
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00
Ivy Weingram, associate curator of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, co-curated the Museum's exhibition "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American." With a focus on Jews, the exhibit explored the relationship of baseball - a quintessential American game - to the assimilation of the diverse array of immigrant groups in our country. It covered the stories of players, as well as fans, reporters, business people, and others involved in making the game come to life. Ms. Weingram will talk about her experience with this exhibit in OZ's Social Hall. All are invited to come and enjoy this program; there is no registration required.
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".
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
• Career Opportunity - O"Z is looking for a dynamic leader to be the Director of Youth Education & Programming
• Oral Law Seminar - For You Have Chosen Us: The Blessing and Burden of Chosenness
       4 Sundays at 10:00 am: 4.12, 4.19 (10:30 am), 4.26, and 5.3
• East Side Torah Learning Coalition - Pirkei Avot Sessions 5775:  Six Tuesdays | April 14 - May 19
• Baseball! with Ivy Weingram: Sunday, April 26, 2015
• KulturfestNYC - 8 days & evenings of the arts | NY Theatre/Folksbiene's Centennial Season: June 14 - 22, 2015
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
April 19 - 25, 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!
Remember to
COUNT the OMER!
April 4 - May 22, 2015
CHART with brachot
SHABBAT:
FRIDAY, April 24, 2015
Candlelighting 7:26 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
Shaharit at 9:00 am
This week's Torah reading:
Parashiyot Tazria-Metzora
   Leviticus 12:1 - 15:33
This week's Haftarah:
II Kings 7:3 - 7:20
Shabbat Ends
8:33 pm
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127 East 82nd Street
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