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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.
Or Hadash is holding hybrid in person Shabbat services on Friday night and Saturday morning. Please click here to see Or Hadash's current Covid-19 policy.
We are looking forward to having everyone join us in person, vaccinated and masks recommended, or online! Please contact the office, we close at 2pm on Fridays, if you have any questions about services.
This Friday, June 2, our final 3-Part Harmony starts with a special Tot Shabbat at 6:00 pm led by Rabbi Alanna with David Zangwill and features Drag Queen storytime with Eric Jaffe. 2nd part is Dairy/Pareve Potluck Dinner outside under the rainbow balloon arch at 6:30 pm, followed by an Intergenerational Family Kabbalat Shabbat service in the sanctuary, vaccinated and masks recommended, at 7:10 pm. The evening is a celebration of Pride Shabbat and will be hybrid and led by Rabbi Alanna and Eric Jaffe with David Jones on guitar. Join us in the sanctuary vaccinated and masks recommended, or if you are not ready to join us in person, watch us on our YouTube channel. Remember that we have our own custom YouTube URL, find us at https://www.youtube.com/c/orhadashsynagogue.
Shabbat morning services on Saturday, June 3 will be led by Rabbi Alanna.Torah Study begins at 9:00am in the boardroom, with a bagel breakfast before it at 8:45 am. Shabbat morning services begin at 10:00 am in the sanctuary. Both TS and services are hybrid, join us vaccinated and masks recommended, or if you are not ready to join us in person, watch us on Zoom. Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.
Wear Orange 2023
Join us on Saturday afternoon June 3rd in Ambler. The Or Hadash Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is proud to be a part of this community event and pleased to have the support of the Or Hadash congregation. We join with Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety and other congregations of the Wissahickon Faith Community in addressing this tragic and confounding concern in our society. There will also be a Wear Orange March from the Ambler Business District to Knights Park beginning at 1 pm, details on the updated flier.
The Improv Show presented by the TAF Zop Havurah
Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital
Healing services are held 4-5 times each year on select Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. This service is intended for those who are seeking physical or emotional healing for themselves or someone they care about. We share inspirational and comforting readings and music and enjoy the warmth and support of our community. The service usually lasts about an hour and is open to all, no RSVP needed.
Zoom link is sent to members that morning. Interested nonmembers should contact the office or Debbie Karl no later than noon that day.
Mah jongg at OH
Mah jongg at OH is a welcoming group that now plays every two weeks on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM and select Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. Please bring your 2023 card and RSVP to Karen Stranz. The group is vaccinated and masked. Send any questions to Karen Stranz. See the schedule below.
POWER Advocacy Day in Harrisburg
The Anti-Racism Task Force has been working with the organization POWER Interfaith on the issue of inequitable funding of public schools in Pennsylvania which affects students of color disproportionately. POWER Interfaith is composed of over 50 congregations in our area as well as statewide. POWER is proposing a Moral Budget to the Pennsylvania Legislature that will provide full and fair funding of all public schools, level up funding to the one hundred poorest schools and funding for toxic schools repair and more.
The 12 Step Havurah meeting
The Or Hadash 12 Step Havurah is meeting at 7:30 pm every first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome. The power of the 12 Steps in helping anyone to cope with everyday life is the motivation for the 12 Step Havurah. Join us as we use Rami Shapiro’s book, Recovery--the sacred art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (
Antiracism Taskforce Meeting
The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss our goals and plan for next year. Even if you haven't been engaged for a while, this is a great time to come express what you would like to see the direction of the group be going forward in a way that would interest you in being involved. In the meantime, please read
Adult Ed Update on Current Events in Israel
Update on Current Events in Israel - Please join us at Or Hadash on Sunday morning June 11th from 10:00-11:30 am as we welcome Adina Vogel-Ayalon, Chief of Staff at J-Street since 2021. Adina grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Sanctuary Ramp Construction
The handicap ramp upgrade in the sanctuary to allow everyone bimah access will start on June 12 and take 3 weeks. Please avoid the area and do not touch anything while the work is being done.
Evening Torah Study
For congregants who are interested in learning more about Torah, lay-led Torah study will take place the second and fourth Mondays every month. The approach is entirely different than on Shabbat. It’s an enrichment program, where we’ve proceeded in depth verse by verse. A knowledge of Hebrew is helpful, but not necessary. For more information, please contact Marty Jacobs or Jeff Chebot. Open to all!
And now there is Torah Study via Zoom!
Summer Mussar (ethics based on Jewish texts) will be taking place for the 13th consecutive year at Or Hadash (on Zoom once more). 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 “Morality” by the late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The book describes how to lead a more meaningful life through accepting our responsibilities to others, to society, and to humanity.
Or Hadash Singing Circle
The first meeting of the Or Hadash Singing Circle was at Or Hadash in the sanctuary on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00pm. If you need a ride please let us know. Future meetings will be monthly on the second Wednesday of the month.
Here are three links for the pieces we hope to start with. To access the recordings, copy and paste the links into your browser.