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
Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance
Sunday, April 23, at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary
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
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Helene Santo
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Sigal Hirsch
Andrew Plevin
  • Holocaust Memorial Service


    Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm
    We will be commemorating Yom HaShoah with our annual Holocaust memorial service. The short service is very moving, involving the participation of adults and teens from our community. To participate in the service, contact Ilana Burgess.

  • Family Shabbat Dinner


    Friday, April 28, 2017, dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services
    Join us for candlelighting and Shabbat dinner.
    Members and non-members welcome; bring your friends!

    To sign up, call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39.
    Complete list of events

  • IDF Brigadier General Bentzi Gruber


    Chesed in the Field
    Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6:30 pm
    General Gruber is Vice Commander (reserves) of Division 252, an armored division of 20,000 soldiers. He is founder of "Chesed In The Field," a non-profit that brings together IDF reservists and chronically ill and disabled children for special events, instilling the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of thousands of soldiers.
    Sign up to attend.

  • Scholarly Shabbat in Honor of Yom Ha'Atzma'ut


    Professor Fred Lazin
    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    At services: Making the Desert Bloom 2.0
    After Kiddush: Israel in China - A Visiting Scholar presents Israel to the Far East

  • 2017 Annual Meeting


    "Tar Beach" Picnic Dinner on the Roof
    Save the Date! Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Dinner begins at 6:30 pm
    The meeting will include important Congregational voting, so please make every effort to attend!
    If you can't attend in person, please make certain to sign and send in the Proxy Card that will be mailed to you.

  • Hebrew School Registration is Open!


    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.

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    The Passover Seder in the Talmud
    On February 1, 2017, we begin our study of the last chapter of Tractate Passover, dealing with the haggadah and Passover rituals, as well as everything from demons to desserts to Shabbat rituals!
    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 after morning minyan, from 8:40 - 9:40 am in the Library.

    Complete list of events

  • Oral Law Seminar - Elisha's Apostasy: Reward and Punishment in Jewish Thought


    Four Sundays at 10:00 am: April 23 & 30; May 7 & 21
    In this year's Oral Law Seminar we will examine Jewish thought on the important topic of reward and punishment.
    No prior knowledge is required; everyone is encouraged to attend.
    Registration is not required.
    More information on the 2017 Oral Law Seminar

  • 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.

  • Our Rabbi, Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

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Daily Minyan
Join us for daily minyan Mon-Fri 7:15am, Sundays 8:45am, Rosh Hodesh 7am.
There is power, joy and a great sense of calm in starting the day with daily prayers. Our sanctuary provides inspiration, and it's uplifting to make the strong move to be part of the minyan. Those who are saying kaddish rely on our community. Join us for wonderful breakfast and conversation afterwards or get to your next event of the day better prepared! Our tradition teaches that one of the pillars of the world is prayer, so please add yours at Or Zarua.
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
Memorial Wall
Have you seen our beautiful Memorial Wall in the Or Zarua Sanctuary? For those who would like to purchase a plaque to memorialize a loved one, here's the Order Form. We'll be ordering more plaques in November, so fill out your order form now to be included!
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. You can make a donation through your ChaverWeb account or, if you don't have a ChaverWeb account, here, 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.
Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a family dinner; bring your friends and family! Members and Non-Members welcome!
Registration is required by Wednesday, April 26, 2017
To sign up for Shabbat dinner:
  •  Log on to your Chaverweb account
  •  By email
  •  Call 212-452-2310, Ext. 39
NY Common Pantry
On Shabbat Vayera, November 19, O"Z celebrated our partnership with the New York Common Pantry. The city's largest community-based food program, NY Common Pantry assists thousands of hungry New Yorkers each year. NY Common Pantry Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi will join us at the end of services to discuss the Pantry's fight against hunger and food insecurity in the city, as well as new Pantry endeavors including nutrition education.
A proud sponsor of the NY Common Pantry, Or Zarua and its congregants provide valuable financial and volunteer assistance to the Pantry:
- O"Z volunteers help out at the Pantry the first Wednesday of every month - over 40 to date!
- O"Z youth volunteer a few times each year to make bag lunches and help out at the Pantry.
- O"Z members donate food throughout the year - both staples and seasonal foods - in collection bins in the Social Hall, and
- Many O"Z donors also contribute financially.
Helping a Neighbor, Supporting Literacy
Book Drive
Or Zarua's bookdrive for our neighbor, the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a settlement house serving families in need in East Harlem and Yorkville, has been a great success. One of the center's library rooms recently had a flood and its contents were destroyed; O"Z congregants donated children's and young adult books and large print books (for seniors) to help replace that which was lost.
• Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - The Passover Seder in the Talmud: 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.
• Holocaust Memorial Service: Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm
• IDF Brigadier General Bentzi Gruber: Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6:30 pm
• Scholarly Shabbat in Honor of Yom Ha'Atzma'ut - Prof. Fred Lazin, Ben Gurion University: Saturday, April 29, 2017
• Annual Meeting: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 8:00 pm / Dinner on the roof at 6:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
This week at O"Z
Service Times
April 23 - 29, 2017
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
April 11 - May 29, 2017
CHART with brachot
FRIDAY, April 28, 2017
Candlelighting 7:31 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm
Followed by:
Family Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm
for those signed up
SATURDAY, April 29, 2017
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
8:36 pm
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