Or Zarua is a warm, welcoming, caring and spiritual community that strives to create traditional, authentic, and joyous multi-generational Jewish life, eager to extend its love of Judaism and Jewish learning through study, prayer, varied programming, support of the State of Israel, and the pursuit of acts of kindness within and beyond our community.
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking Through the Rain: Masekhet Ta'anit
No previous Talmud study, nor knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic, is required.
More information on O"Z's Talmud Class
Exploring the Siddur with Rabbi Bolton
Thursday at 8:40 - 9:40 am after minyan
Explore the history of the siddur, the meaning & experience of prayer, and the rituals & laws of prayer.
Complete list of events
Rabbi Wechsler Teaches
Feb. 6: "Piety and Place: Psalms 145 and 84" (Audio)
Feb. 13: "Can Belief in God be Commanded?" (Audio)
Two Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
In the first of two classes, Rabbi Wechsler explores Ashrei and why it has such a
central place in the liturgy. In the second, we'll discuss if
belief in God can reasonably be commanded or whether it should be the result of a personal
search. Studying Ramban and Rambam, we'll explore the limit of such a command, and its
Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Christine Hayes, PhD
Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Audio)
The "Truth" About Torah
Hayes, PhD, the Robert F. & Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious
Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University, is a scholar of ancient Judaism specializing in Talmudic
and midrashic studies, tracing the evolution of scriptural and
legal authority in Jewish intellectual history. She will show that the
Talmudic rabbis construed divine law in ways that would forever
distinguish classical Judaism from Hellenistic and Christian
conceptions, in an ancient debate that continues to shape and
inform the foundations of Western thought.
Author Scott Shay in Dialogue with Rabbi Bolton
In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Aetheism
Saturday, March 9, 2019, after Kiddush
Join Rabbi Bolton and author Scott Shay in dialogue about the author's new book, which explores why
belief in God is rational and what atheists can learn from religion. The author's unique take on religion
and atheism offers believers and atheists alike a philosophical and ethical path for the 21st century.
New Or Zarua Gallery Exhibit
January 26 - May 27, 2019
The Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
At the age of 50, Esther Krinitz, trained as a dressmaker, began creating
works of art using fabric and yarns to share her story of enduring the Holocaust
through 36 fabric panels rendered with folk-like realism. This traveling
exhibition of photographic reproductions of the original fabric works is circulated
by Art and Remembrance,
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,
Email or call 212.452.2310, Ext. 15.
New York Common Pantry
Three ways to help Or Zarua support the NY Common Pantry:
- Bring donations of canned food to O"Z on an ongoing basis
- Volunteer to prepare food packages on the first Wednesday morning each month.
- Volunteer to serve breakfast on the third Tuesday morning each month.
To sign up, or request more information, please contact Lesley Palmer.
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.
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. 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. If you don't have an account, please call the office at 212.452.2310, Ext. 12.
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.
Rosh HaShanah Dorot Package Delivery
Or Zarua volunteers participated in Dorot's annual Rosh Hashanah package delivery on Sunday, September 17, bringing holiday treats and home visits to seniors on the East Side.
Participants included: Rabbi Bolton and his sons Shiya and Yonah, Adam Gardner and his daughter Callie, Michelle Gorenstein and her daughter Sarah, Linda Greenblatt and her daughter Lindsay, Susan Katz, Aaron and Hannah Kranich and their children Jacob, Sonia and Dahlia, Lesley Palmer and her daughter Jordanna.
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
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.
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking
Through the Rain Masekhet Ta'anit: 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