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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 has halted (temporarily, until the current covid-19 spikes go down) holding hybrid in person Shabbat services.

We are looking forward to having everyone join us online! Please contact the office (we close at 2pm on Fridays) if you have any questions about services.

This Friday, January 21st, Rabbi Alanna will lead Kabbalat Shabbat services at 7:30 pm. The service will be online only. Remember that we have our own custom YouTube URL, find us at https://www.youtube.com/c/orhadashsynagogue.

Torah study & services on Saturday, January 22nd will be led by Rabbi Alanna - Torah Study at 9:00 am followed by Shabbat morning services at 10:00 am. These will also be only online. Non-members wishing to attend by zoom must contact office@orhadash.com by 12:00 pm on Friday.

Soup Making

January 25, 2022

We make soup in our homes for an agency called Caring for Friends which delivers it to frail elderly and shut-in folks. Make soup anytime from now until the end of the month (time extended past MLK day)! We provide kits with soup containers, labels, guidelines and nearby drop-off instructions. Pick up soup kits contact-free in the Community Room or Solarium. If you need soup kits dropped off or soup picked up or have questions, call Vivien @ 610-509-0042 or email sato@orhadash.com.

You can find a copy of the detailed instructions in the Members Section of the website on the Member Directory page.

 

Or Hadash Outdoor Havurah hike

The first Or Hadash Outdoor Havurah hike will be JANUARY 22 at 1:45 PM. We will hike at the PENNYPACK ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TRUST, led by DOUG SMITHMAN organized by Debbie Levin. We will meet at the parking lot at 2955 Edge Hill Rd, Huntington Valley, PA 19006. Hike will be approximately 3 miles, but we can do more if there is interest. Hiking poles are fine but not required. Looking forward to seeing many of you. Questions?

Adult Ed class taught by Rabbi Alanna - Making Life Richer through Ritual

January 30, 2022 - 10:00am

Making Life Richer through Ritual is the title of Rabbi Alanna's class this winter, a 3-part class on Sundays - January 23 & 30 and February 6, 2022.

"Extending our fingertips towards the mezuzah on the front door, placing our phone in a basket by the door as we prepare to walk to the table to light shabbat candles, immersing in the transformative waters of a mikvah, opening to a certain oil-stained page of a family cookbook to prepare for the first night of Hanukkah, taking a walk around the block with your best friend to mark the end of shiva – our tradition is full of ritual that offers us tools to transform mundane moments into sacred time.  Together, we will dive into Jewish ritual across the life-span, explore what makes ritual “work” so well for us human beings, and begin to create our own new rituals to mark moments in our own contemporary lives." says Rabbi Alanna.

Antiracist Task Force meeting

January 24, 2022 - 7:30pm

Did you know that Or Hadash has an antiracist task force?  Being antiracist means working actively to undo racist systems that unfairly disadvantage some people over others based on their race. We have several functions including providing a way to learn more about the history of racism in our country and how to be an antiracist. We will be studying about the complicated and important topic of reparations in the coming months. We are also dedicated to taking up antiracist activities.

Evening Torah Study

January 24, 2022 - 7:30pm

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!

Book Club meeting

January 31, 2022 - 7:00pm

OH Book Club meets on Mondays at 7pm on Zoom, about every 5 weeks or so.

The book we will be discussing on January 31st is City of Thieves by David Benioff. Contact is Stu Rosenthal.

5782 dates are: 10/4, 11/8, 12/20, 1/31, 3/14, 4/25, 6/6

The 12 Step Havurah meeting

February 2, 2022 - 7:30pm

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 (

Evening Torah Study

February 14, 2022 - 7:30pm

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!

Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital

March 1, 2022 - 7:00pm

Healing services are held 4-5 times each year every other month on the first Tuesday 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. Hope you will want to join us for one or more of our meaningful and supportive services.