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. IMPORTANT NOTE: All services held in the sanctuary require attendees to be masked and vaxed!
We are looking forward to having everyone join us in person, masked and vaccinated, or online! Please contact the office, by email if possible, (we close at 2pm on Fridays,) if you have any questions about services.
This Friday, October 7th, is a 3-part Harmony starting at 6:00 pm with Rabbi Alanna leading Tot Shabbat at Or Hadash. 2nd part is a Dairy/Pareve Potluck dinner in the community room at 6:30 pm, which will be followed by an Intergenerational Family Kabbalat Shabbat service promptly at 7:00 pm. This evening will be hybrid, masked and vaccinated in the sanctuary or online. The 7pm service will be led by Rabbi Alanna and hosted by the Gimel & Dalet SMILE school classes. If you're not coming in person, please watch the livestream on the OH YouTube channel. Remember that we have our own custom YouTube URL, find us at https://www.youtube.com/c/orhadashsynagogue.
Torah study & services on Saturday, October 8th will be led by Rabbi Alanna. Both will be hybrid and will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Torah Study begins at 9:00am, with a bagel breakfast before it at 8:45am. Shabbat morning services are at 10:00am. Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.
FIRST OH HIKE OF THE NEW YEAR!
Meet at Northwestern Ave entrance to Forbidden Drive on Sat, 10/8 at 1:30pm. We will take a 1.5-2 hour hike in the Wissahickon based on interest and level of group. Suggest wearing hiking boots and bringing water and poles if you have them.
PLEASE RSVP TO DEBBIE LEVIN IF YOU PLAN TO COME! email@example.com or 610-955-3300
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!
Mah jongg at OH is a welcoming group that alternates play on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM biweekly. Please bring your 2022 card and RSVP to Karen Stranz. The group is vaccinated and masked. Send any questions to Karen Stranz. See the schedule below.
"God is Here" class with Rabbi Alanna - Engage in a Journey through the High Holiday season!
Join Rabbi Alanna in the Lifecycle Garden to read, discuss, and reflect through the lens of Rabbi Toba Spitzer's new book, God is Here. Please register at http://tiny.cc/ElulTishreiGodIsHere. The class is Wednesdays @ 2:00-3:30pm on Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 | Oct. 12, 19.
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 (
Come join us in celebrating the end and the beginning of the Annual Torah reading cycle!
We begin the Evening Festival Service at 5:30 pm with Hakafot, Torah service, and Israeli dancing. We end with ice cream for all at 7:00 pm!
Join us for Shabbat Havurah - Get in on the Spirit of Shabbat at Or Hadash
It's great to take a deep breath at the end of a long week and create a separation between the week and the weekend. That's what Friday night Shabbat rituals help us do, create a Shabbat frame of mind. How we get to that frame of mind is probably different for each of us, but for many it may include some version of a relaxed evening meal with friends, lots of talking and kibitzing, and some Shabbat rituals. Please join with your fellow Or Hadashers on any (or all) of six Friday nights this year when we will come together to create a Shabbat frame of mind. Empty-nesters, school-age families, and everyone in between, are encouraged to participate.