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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.

In these covid-19 era times, so much of our community is now available online, for everyone, please join us. Kabbalat Shabbat will be held at 7:30 pm with Rabbi Alanna on our YouTube channel.  Remember that we have our own custom YouTube URL, find us at

Shabbat b'Yachad will be led by Rabbi Alanna and Morah Barbara at 9:00 am on Zoom. Any nonmembers interested in attending on Zoom should contact Nadine at  by noon on Friday.

Soup Making drive is on!

IT'S SOUP MAKING TIME AGAIN!  Caring  for Friends, an organization helping frail elderly confined at home, needs our hearty soup more than ever!  Soup container kits with instructions can be safely picked up in the Community Room at Or Hadash. Make soup anytime from now until MLK Mitzvah Day January 18, 2021.

Shabbat b'Yachad

January 16, 2021 - 9:00am


What do Moses, Devora, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Greta Thunberg, Cassandra, Magic 8 Ball, Yoda, Ouji Board, Ghandi and Larry Kramer have in common?

They are all prophets!

Join us to explore this intriguing topic at Shabbat B’yachad on Shabbat morning, January 16, 2021 beginning at 9:00 am and ending around 11:15 am

Red Cross Blood Drive

January 17, 2021 - 8:30am


“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”  U.S. Surgeon General

MLK Day of Service

January 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Learn and do in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn how to be an ally to our black and brown neighbors. Participate in active learning and service in partnership with Camp Galil. Do something!

MLK/Mitzvah Day in partnership with SMILE School, SATO, and Camp Galil.

Start our program with a discussion about racial equity led by our friends from Camp Galil.

Following our racial equity program there will be hands on mitzvot in break out rooms.

Zoom Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training for Adults

January 24, 2021 - 10:30am

Ask a Question, Save a Life 

You’re invited to Q.P.R. Gatekeeper Training on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:30am – 12:00pm. Or Hadash is hosting a FREE virtual QPR training for adults. Q.P.R. stands for Question, Persuade, Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Gatekeeper Training prepares attendees to Recognize the warning signs of suicide, Ask someone about suicidal thoughts, and Offer and connect to help. To register, please visit: To ask any questions please contact Dr. Dan Schwarz at 215-646-3695 or

Evening Torah Study

January 25, 2021 - 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 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

Our meeting will be on January 25 at 7 pm via Zoom.  The book to be discussed is The Betrayers, a novel by David Bezmozgis.

Also, looking ahead, we will be reading Bertha Schwarz's memoir, Memories of a Stolen Childhood and Life Fulfilled, for our book club meeting on March 8. 

Installation of Rabbi Alanna

January 30, 2021 - 10:00am

Please save the date so we can gather in community (virtually) to install our very dear Rabbi Alanna on Saturday morning, January 30, 2021. Torah study starts at 9 am, followed by a very special Shabbat service at 10.  As this is the Shabbat immediately following Tu B’shvat, we will include elements of a Tu B’shvat seder. 

Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital

February 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Healing services are held 4-5 times each year on select Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Rabbi's Study. 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.

The service will last for approximately 1 hour. Zoom links are sent to members daily (except for Shabbat). Interested nonmembers should contact the office or Debbie Karl no later than noon that day.

The 12 Step Havurah meeting

February 3, 2021 - 7:30pm

The new 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 (