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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 now holding Friday night services outside on the patio by the healing garden and also livestreaming on YouTube. These services are open to everyone, with or without a mask, and with a sign-up required so that we can maintain a record of attendees. If you do not write on Shabbat, please use the advance sign-in feature on our website.  Saturday morning Torah Study will be held at 9 am in the sanctuary and on Zoom, masks are required if you join us in-person. Services at 10 am will also be held in the sanctuary and on Zoom, masks are required if you join us in-person. Again, there will be an advance sign-in feature on our website since sign-in is required of everyone. We will have masks available if you need one. 

We are looking forward to having everyone join us, in-person or online! Please contact the office if you have any questions about services.

Kabbalat Shabbat service at Or Hadash this week, Friday, September 24, will be led by Rabbi Alanna at 7:30 pm. In-person outside or on Zoom or YouTube. You can register in advance for in-person by clicking on the link in yellow below. Non-members wishing to attend by zoom must contact office@orhadash.com by noon on Friday.

Torah study & services will be led by Rabbi Alanna on Saturday, September 25 - TS at 9:00 am on zoom only and services at 10:00 am which is also the Bar Mitzvah of Drew Rothman. In-personand masked in the sanctuary or on Zoom. You can register in advance for in-person by clicking on the link in yellow below. Non-members wishing to attend by zoom must contact office@orhadash.com by noon on Friday.

Pre-register for in-person services by clicking here.

Welcome Back Picnic

September 26, 2021 - 12:30pm

Or Hadash Welcome Back Picnic – a Live and In-Person Outdoor event

Sunday September 26th, 12:30 – 2:30 following Smile School

Fun, Food and Prizes for Kids of All Ages - RSVP is required for food, but all are welcome to attend, just bring your own food if you didn't RSVP! 

OH HIKE OUTDOOR HAVURAH

October 3, 2021 - 1:00pm

You are invited to join us for our first hike of 5782 on 10/3 at 1:00 PM. Meet at the Lavender Trail of the Wissahickon, entering on Crefeld Street (Norman Street and Crefeld) with lots of street parking. Recommend hiking boots or sturdy shoes and poles and water. This is a lovely hike, with some challenging spots (rocks and downed trees) We will walk about 3 miles, maybe a bit less, for about 1.5 -2 hours. Fine for children who are used to hiking, but probably not young children. Feel free to bring a snack.

Mahjong

October 5, 2021 - 7:30pm

Mahjong has returned to OH!

Group is open to experienced players and new players. We try to play twice a month, alternating between Mondays and Tuesdays. Please bring a 2021 card.

For more information or to RSVP contact Karen Stranz.

Fall dates: T 9/21, T 10/5, M 10/18, T 11/2, M 11/15, T 11/30, M 12/13, T 12/28

The 12 Step Havurah meeting

October 6, 2021 - 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 (

Evening Torah Study

October 11, 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!

And now there is Torah Study via Zoom!

Antiracism study group meeting

October 11, 2021 - 7:30pm

The antiracist study group has begun a new book, so this is a great time to (re)join. This is an opportunity to engage and learn in community about the history and impact of racism. We will also devote a portion of each meeting to discussing next steps forward as community in actively working against racism. 

The book we are reading is Isabel Wilkerson's Caste, which focuses on how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

The group meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm every three weeks via zoom. The first meeting was April 26th, but it is certainly not too late to join us. 
 

Evening Torah Study

October 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!

Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital

November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Refa'enu: A Service of Healing - Now Digital

Healing services are held 4-5 times each year every other month on the first Tuesday 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.