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
Ilana Burgess
Andrew Plevin
  • L'shanah tovah u'mtukah tikateyvu.


    May you be inscribed and sealed for a sweet 5775!
    High Holy Day Service Schedule
    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.

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    25th Year Celebration Continues...
    Rejoicing in 25 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 25
    Music by the Andy Statman Band
    More Information

  • Sukkot


    Meals in the Sukkah!
    Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, October 8, 2013 - Catered Meal
    Erev Shabbat Hol haMo'ed: Friday, October 10, 2013 - Bring Your Own Dinner
    Free lunches after Shaharit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - October 9, 10, and 11

    Sign up for Erev Sukkot Dinner

  • Lulav and Etrog Sets


    Make sure to place your order by Monday, September 29, 2014
    Standard set at $55.00
    Choice set at $65.00
    Special set at $75.00

    Place order

  • Meet Rabbi Scott N. Bolton


    Or Zarua's Rabbi

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton


    Studies in Tractate Megillah
    Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, beginning October 22, 2014
    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.
    Resumes October 23, 2014

  • Jewish History


    "Additional Meanings - The Art of Summantics"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Artist Karen Shaw explores the intersection of visual imagery, allusive words, and numeric systems.
    Complete list of events

  • Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit:


    "Additional Meanings - The Art of Summantics"
    In the Or Zarua Social Hall
    Artist Karen Shaw explores the intersection of visual imagery, allusive words, and numeric systems.
    Complete list of events

Learn, Pray, Participate, Connect
Israel News and Ways to Help
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.
And it's a good time to start to prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!
Or Zarua A Capella
Look for the next meeting of our a capella group, Bir'nana. Contact Aliza Kaplan if you'd like to join.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Enjoy the transition from the work week to the beauty of Shabbat by attending Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat services. The experience can be truly transformative - but only if you're present!
Make the commitment to attend by signing up, even if just for one time.
Shabbat Morning Youth Programs
Hevruta: Or Zarua Talmud Seminar
Adults Who Want to Study Talmud On Their Own
The time has come to grow your own ability to be a Talmud reader!
Bring your life experience and motivation to crack the code of the Talmud. Get the insider's view of Talmudic philosophy, logic, perspective on Jewish history and development of the law. Whether your Hebrew background is deep or just at the phonetic readers' level, experience learning with partners and being in seminar with an expert instructor who helps you progress at a pace that is right for you. Students will spend time in hevruta, a learning dyad or triad, with fellow learners and be guided during that time by teachers who know how to help adult learners develop the vocabulary and conceptual approaches they need to unlocking the Talmud's language and structure.
Registration Information
This 2-year course will be held on Monday evenings. The cost for O"Z members is $2,000 ($2,500 for non-members). Two-hour sessions will include guided beit midrash time (studying in partnership) and lecture/seminar time. All are welcome to join. Please invite your friends. Contact Rabbi Bolton with any questions or to explore your readiness. Register.
Suggested reading to learn about Talmud
Special Presentations
For members and non-members:
Curator Series
Presentations on museum exhibitions
Jewish History
A mini-course in Jewish History.
• Garden Party Membership Celebration - RSVP to Office: Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 pm
• Annual High Holiday Aseret Y'mey T'shuvah Lecture - Chancellor Arnold Eisen speaks: October 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• Hol haMo'ed Sukkot Kiddush with Birnana: October 11, 2014, immediately following services
• Sushi in the Sukkah - for Young Professionals: Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 6:00 pm
• Curator Talk - Michael Seymour on "Assyria to Iberia": October 14, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• ConText Class Begins: October 21, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Talmud Class Begins: October 22, 2014
• Rabbi Bolton's Siddur Class Begins: October 23, 2014
• New Talmud Hevruta Class Begins - Rabbi Mort Schwartz: October 27, 2014
• Or Zarua 25th Year Gala - Save the date!: November 12, 2014
• Emigration to Immigration - Barry Feldman: Sundays after 8:45 am Minyan - Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 23
• Cubism and the Leonard A. Lauder Collection - Dr. Mimi Braun: December 7, 2014, at 7:30 pm
• Shabbat Dinner and Talk - Helen Nash, author of Kosher cookbooks: January 9, 2015
• Lucy Dawidowicz Lecture - Dr. Nancy Sinkoff and Frances Klagsbrun: January 22, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Details and complete list of events
Service Times
September 14 - 20, 2014
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!
FRIDAY, September 19, 2014
Candlelighting 6:42 pm
Minhah and
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm
SATURDAY, September 20, 2014
This week's Torah reading:
Parashot Nitzavim & Vayelekh
   Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30
This week's Haftarah:
Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9
Bat Mitzvah
Rebecca Hershkowitz
Se'udah Shlishit
for Young Professionals
7:00 pm
Shabbat Ends
7:47 pm
Sinful Desserts,
Study, and
Selihot Service
Starting at 8:00 pm
High Holiday Services 5775
Service Locations:
Congregation Or Zarua
127 E 82nd St
Wallace Hall
Park Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
Rosh HaShanah:
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
Erev Rosh HaShanah

    O"Z only:  6:15-7:15 pm
  Candlelighting:  6:33 pm
Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
First Day Rosh HaShanah
  WH:  8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  Tashlikh, in
  Central Park:  6:00 - 6:30 pm
    OZ only:  7:00 - 8:00 pm
  Candlelighting: after 7:30 pm
Friday, Sep 26, 2014
Second Day Rosh HaShanah
  WH:  8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    O"Z only:  6:15 - 7:15 pm
  Candlelighting: 6:30 pm
Yom Kippur:
Friday, Oct 3, 2014
Erev Yom Kippur
  Minhah at O"Z: 1:30-1:55 pm
  Kol Nidre
    WH: 6:00-8:30 pm
  Candlelighting: 6:18 pm
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
Yom Kippur
  Shaharit thru Ne'ilah:
    WH: 9:00 am - 7:23 pm
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Congregation Or Zarua
127 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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