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, we close at 2pm on Fridays, if you have any questions about services.
This Friday, September 29, our Kabbalat Shabbat & Erev Sukkot services will be at 7:30 pm led by Student Rabbi Sam. Join us in the sanctuary vaccinated and masks recommended, or if you are not ready to join us in person, watch us on Zoom. Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.
Shabbat morning services on Saturday, September 30 will be led by Rabbi Alanna. Torah Study begins at 9:00am in the boardroom with a bagel breakfast before it at 8:45 am. Shabbat & Sukkot morning services begin at 10:00 am in the sanctuary. Both TS and services are hybrid, join us vaccinated and masks recommended, or if you are not ready to join us in person, watch us on Zoom. Non-members wishing to join on Zoom must contact the office by noon on Friday.
Our Erev Sukkot festivities on Friday evening September 29 begin with our annual Make A Meal Project for Caring for Friends. We sign up to prepare or purchase part of the meal ahead of time and bring it to the Community Room by 6pm sharp. Then children and adults join an assembly line to fill the meal trays, seal and label them. It is a lot of fun! Our goal is 200 meals!
The Greater Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is holding their annual Out of the Darkness walk October 1, 2023 at 9am starting at the Philadelphia Art Museum. AFSP is an organization that saves lives and brings hope to people affected by suicide. The Carry the Light team was set-up in hopes that our Or Hadash community (and their extended friends and family) might join us in walking/donating/or both this fall.
Our Makaylah (choir) will rehearse 3 times in August & September before the High Holidays - Sundays August 6 & 27 and September 10.
Their regular schedule during the year is the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. All times are 1:30-3:30 pm.
Get more information from Sandy Saull or director Josh McHugh.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH HAVURAH - We meet monthly to discover Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s hope-filled approach to spiritual and personal growth. He uniquely interprets the 12 Steps to speak to everyone seeking a freer and more God-centered life. Drawing on the insight and practices of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, Rabbi Shapiro’s wisdom helps us move more deeply into our own spirituality.
Rehearsal is monthly on the first Saturday afternoon (except for Labor Day weekend in September) at 3-5 pm. Contact is Lilli Klotz Foster.
Please volunteer to help spruce up our beautiful building and grounds on Sunday, October 8! Our B&G chair, Warren Young, is hoping for a lot of volunteers to organize into work crews that will start as early as 9:00am and finish in time for lunch. Perfect for SMILE school parents who are coming to OH already! Contact him to let him know that you want to share your time with OH on October 8!
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!
The first meeting of the Or Hadash Singing Circle was at Or Hadash in the sanctuary on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00pm. If you need a ride please let us know. Future meetings will be monthly on the second Wednesday of the month.
Here are three links for the pieces we hope to start with. To access the recordings, copy and paste the links into your browser.