Shedding New Light on Jewish Traditions
  • The annual Purimspiel musical comedy is written, performed, and produced by congregants
  • The kids enjoy playing outside
  • Havurah - we have many groups with varied interests
  • We strive to make Judaism meaningful through study, prayer, and artistic expression
  • Adult education draws diverse groups
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  • A Progressive, Engaging and Creative Community

Shabbat Services

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.

Guest Speaker

October 28, 2016 - 8:00pm

Please join us for a conversation with Davis Mac-Iyalla entitled "A Terrible Use of the Good Book".  We are honored to welcome Davis Mac-Iyalla to our congregation.  Mac-Iyalla is a Nigerian LGBT activist and recipient of the Bishop Desmond Tutu Award for Human Rights and Social Justice from the World Pride and Power Organization.  He will be speaking about the discrimination faced by LGBT people in Nigeria and how the Bible is used as a tool to condemn homosexuality. 

His visit, as part of our Shabbat services, will be one of the ways we express the core Sukkot theme of hospitality - of welcoming guests into our home and also trying to ensure that all places can become hospitable and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.

Shabbat Schmooze

November 18, 2016 - 6:30pm

Please join us for a special Shabbat Schmooze on Friday Night November 18th as we recognize our new members! We will have a short service at 6:30 pm followed by a Progressive Mediterranean dinner at 7:00 pm. Meet, talk and dine with new and old friends as you move from table to table, enjoying appetizers, dinner and dessert. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with your table!

Babysitting will also be available with advanced notice.

Or Hadash Mitzvah Project: Inter-Faith Housing Network

October 26, 2016 - 8:00am

November 2016 Or Hadash Inter-Faith Sign Up

This November (2016), we will be co-hosting up to three families through the Inter-Faith Housing Network. The families will be staying at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in the building known as the "School House" at the corner of Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road, in Whitemarsh Township.  

From Wednesday, November 16 through the morning of Thursday, December 1, 2016, we need volunteers to drive families who do not have their own transportation to St. Thomas in the late afternoon (around 5:45 pm).  We need volunteers to prepare (or purchase) a meal and bring it to St. Thomas to have a sit-down family style dinner.  We also need volunteers to stay overnight and help keep the families safe.  We are truly 'hosts' and try to make the families feel welcome!