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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, by email if possible, (we close at 2pm on Fridays,) if you have any questions about services.

This Friday, Febuary 3, 3-part Harmony starts 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 (3rd part) promptly at 7:10 pm. The service will be led by Rabbi Alanna and hosted by the Hey SMILE school class. The service is hybrid, 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

Torah study & services on Saturday, February 4 will be led by Rabbi Alanna. Torah Study begins at 9:00am in the conference room, with a bagel breakfast before it at 8:45 am. Services begin at 10:00 am in the sanctuary and include the celebration of Bar Mitzvah David Zangwill. Join us vaccinated and masks recommended or join us on Zoom. Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.

The 12 Step Havurah meeting

March 1, 2023 - 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 (

Mah jongg at OH

March 2, 2023 - 10:30am

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.

3-Part Harmony, begins with Tot Shabbat

February 3, 2023 - 6:00pm

Three-part Harmony, every month (usually first Friday night), with monthly birthdays celebrated. 1st part is Tot Shabbat at 6:00 pm, preschool families can get the week's wiggles out with singing, movement and stories as we greet Shabbat with fun. 2nd part is a Dairy/Pareve Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm. 3rd part is a 7:10 pm Intergenerational Family Kabbalat Shabbat service. Birthdays are celebrated on the bimah during services and with a cake at the oneg.

Or Hadash Movie Night - An Israeli Movie

February 4, 2023 - 7:30pm

Please join us on Saturday, February 4th from 7:30-10:00 pm for a screening of the Israeli film Footnote (2011). Outwardly it is about the relationship of a father and son, both Talmud scholars at Hebrew University. As the reviewer Roger Ebert described it, "...one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while. In its study of human nature it is deep and takes no prisoners." It is a fast moving script,  beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted.

Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital

February 7, 2023 - 7:00pm

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.

Or Hadash Singing Circle

February 8, 2023 - 7:00pm

The first meeting of the Or Hadash Singing Circle has been scheduled! Please join us at Or Hadash in the sanctuary on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00pm. If you need a ride please let us know. Here are three links for the pieces we hope to start with. To access the recordings, copy and paste the links into your browser. 

Evening Torah Study

February 13, 2023 - 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!

Mah jongg at OH

February 14, 2023 - 7:30pm

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.

Shabbat Havurah

February 17, 2023 - 6:30pm

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. 

OH Hike

February 18, 2023 - 1:30pm

The next Or Hadash hike will be on Feb 18th at 1:30. Meet at Schuylkill Valley Nature Center parking lot, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. It is located on Hagy's Mill Rd between Spring Lane (same street as Bells Mill but changes name on the other side of Ridge Pike) and Port Royal Ave in Roxborough.  New venue for us. 3.5 - 4 mile hike with some hills, so bring poles. It may be muddy if it has snowed or rained. Hike led by Doug Smithman. Hope to see you. Dogs are not welcome on these trails. 

JDAIM Shabbat commemorated at Shabbat evening service

February 24, 2023 - 7:00pm

JDAIM Shabbat will be at Or Hadash on February 24 at 7:00 pm. Our guest will be Rabbi Elliot Kukla speaking on The Torah of Disability Access. In his talk, we will look at the writing of contemporary disabled activists like Mia Mingus, Alice Wong, and Leah Lakshmi Piepezna-Samarsinha on the topic of disability access. We will use this lens to uncover a new Jewish spirituality of accessibility and survival, for this era of tumult and change, where no one is left behind.

Zoom session of the study modules from NMAAHC

February 27, 2023 - 7:30pm

In conjunction with trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we will be studying and discussing six online modules developed by the Museum. Those visiting the Museum are encouraged to participate, but these sessions are open to all. The sessions before the trip will be on Mondays, 1/30, 2/27, and 3/20, at 7:30 PM. The course titles are JANUARY 30: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF RACE, FEBRUARY 27: RACE AND RACIAL IDENTITY, MARCH 20: SOCIAL IDENTITIES AND SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION. Sessions following the visit are entitled WHITENESS, BIAS, and BEING ANTI-RACIST. The dates after the trip will be announced later this spring. For trip registration, please send your check to Or Hadash by March 12. For the Zoom registration link for the study sessions, register at https://orhadash.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuuqpz4rE9G-gYbnofUu37kdVOcELzHd. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

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