Shedding New Light on Jewish Traditions
  • The annual Purimspiel musical comedy is written, performed, and produced by congregants
  • The kids enjoy playing outside
  • Havurah - we have many groups with varied interests
  • Chanukah candlelighting
  • We strive to make Judaism meaningful through study, prayer, and artistic expression
  • Adult education draws diverse groups
  • At Phillies
  • A Progressive, Engaging and Creative Community
  • Klezfest, a celebration of klezmer, was enjoyed by Or Hadash and the Philadelphia community!

Shabbat Services

Upcoming Events

Or Hadash Welcomes You!

Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist congregation, is a progressive, engaging and creative community that welcomes people of all backgrounds, including interfaith families, LGBTQ individuals, as well as people of all races, ethnicities and disabilities. We strive to make Judaism meaningful through study, prayer, cultural, musical and other artistic expression. Social action and acts of tikkun olam are also important ways to engage at Or Hadash. We want all people to know that they are completely welcome and that they can quickly become an integral part of our friendly community.

Tisha b'Av: A Call to our Conscience

July 22, 2018 - 11:00am

For the first time at Tisha b'Av, we will also be holding a service the following morning, Sunday, July 22 at 11:00 am. Our observance will take place outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office at 2nd and Chestnut in Center City and will link the Jewish people's experience of displacement and despair that we mark on Tisha b'Av with the experiences of those who face detention and deportation and even the tearing apart of families. "We will chant from Lamentations, we will pray, we will sing, and we will demonstrate, as a synagogue and as a community, that we will not stand by in silence as our government perpetrates these actions in our name." Please click on the attachment below for the event flier.

Mussar class this summer

July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Summer Mussar will be taking place for the eighth consecutive year at Or Hadash. These biweekly sessions are intended to be both maintenance for ongoing Mussar students as well as an introduction to Mussar for new students. This summer we will again be studying Alan Morinis’ “With Heart in Mind,” a book which describes many methods for changing our behavior to reflect a more mindful consideration of others. For those who wish to read ahead, we will start with Chapter 19 where we left off last summer and cover two chapters each class.

Erev Tisha B'Av service

July 21, 2018 - 8:30pm

Our annual Tisha b’Av observance will be held at Or Hadash on the evening of Saturday, July 21, 2018, beginning at 8:30 pm. This solemn and contemplative program will include periods of silence and chanting, in commemoration of the many tragedies which have befallen the Jewish people throughout the course of our history. Havdalah will be recited, and we will chant the traditional Book of Eichah (Lamentations), with English over readings of selected passages by volunteer attendees. We will enter in silence and leave in silence.

HIGH HOLIDAYS 5779/2018

5779 High Holidays at Or Hadash

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 9
Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 10 / Tuesday, September 11
Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 18
Yom Kippur is Thursday, September 19

For last year's complete schedule of services, educational opportunities and family based events at Or Hadash (this year's are not available until mid-July but will be very similar except that Kol Nidre starts at 6:30 pm), click "Read More."  To purchase tickets for this year, 5779/2018, please click "ReadMore" and then on the appropriate attachment on that page or call the office at 215-283-0276. Please check back after July 20th for this year's schedules and parking instructions, click on "attachments" on the bottom of the page you are directed to.

OHOP Explained

OR HADASH has OHOP – The Or Hadash Online Portal!

OHOP gives Or Hadash members an easier and more convenient way to meet their membership needs from the comfort of their own computers.

 Using OHOP you can: