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 resumed holding hybrid in person Shabbat services on Friday night and Saturday morning.
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, May 13th, is our 3 Part Harmony! The evening begins with Tot Shabbat at 6:00 pm with Rabbi Alanna, in person in the sanctuary, masked and vaccinated, exceptions only if not old enough. The second part is potluck dinner at 6:30 pm in the Community Room, or outside on the porch. Then join us at 7:00 pm for the Intergenerational Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Alanna and honoring our menches in the SMILE school program. The service is hybrid, join us in the sanctuary vaccinated and masked, or if you are not ready to join us in person, watch us on our YouTube channel. Remember that we have our own custom url - https://www.youtube.com/c/OrHadashSynagogue.
Torah study & services on Saturday, May 14th will be led by Rabbi Alanna. Both will be hybrid, Torah Study at 9:00am and Shabbat morning services at 10:00am. Torah Study will be held in the Community Room since we are celebrating a Bat Mitzvah. 10am services in the Sanctuary include the Bat Mitzvah of Ella Takiff, Mazal Tov! Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.
Please join us for an informative discussion series about how the Jewish community has viewed the concept and reality of Israel both in the past and contemporary times. This three part series will be moderated by fellow congregant and Jewish educator Suzanne Caster, and will explore various aspects of Israel - the ancient state(s), utopian ideal, and the modern state through both text study and discussion.
Shabbat Havurah is a great opportunity to connect with fellow Or Hadashers and welcome Shabbat in a communal, relaxed, and joyous way. If you've been before, you know how nice it is to be together. If you've never come, this is a great time to give it a try. We'll begin to gather around 6:30 pm. We always start with a brief Happy Hour with appetizers and a glass of wine or soft drink. Next we join together to light the candles, say Kiddush and Ha'motzi and then enjoy a catered meal (no cooking!!). After the meal, we have a brief 20 minute Friday night service, followed by oneg and an interactive, discussion-based program. We usually wrap up between 8:45 and 9:00 pm. If you'd like to join in, please RSVP to Alisa Belzer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahjong is in-person, vaccinated and masked in the community room at OH!
Group is open to experienced players and new players. We try to play twice a month, alternating between Mondays and Tuesdays. Please bring 2021 and 2022 cards.
For more information or to RSVP contact Karen Stranz.
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!
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.
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 (
Our summer schedule of every other Friday night is actually two off weeks in June, July & August and concludes with no services on Labor Day weekend. The dates of Friday nights with no services at OH are June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, August 5 & 19 and September 2.
Rally at 3pm in Ambler co-sponsored by OH. Please click on attached file below for the event flier.
Klezmer Community Jam Session from 2:30-4:30 pm -- this event is open to pre-registered musicians from OH and beyond. It is not a concert. Pizza/BYO picnic on the porch from 4:30-5:30 for participants. To register: https://forms.gle/4qmK5MQ1eAWqjEWn8.