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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 hybrid Friday night services, masked and socially distanced and also livestreaming on YouTube. These services are open to everyone, 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 below.  Unfortunately, Torah Study and Shabbat morning services, on Saturday morning,  are not being held in-person until mid-December, due to technical issues. Saturday morning Torah Study will be held at 9 am and Services follow at 10 am.  Zoom links are available by contacting us in advance.

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

This Friday, November 26th, Kabbalat Shabbat service will be lay-led at 7:30 pm by Ruth Mermelstein. This evening service is NOT hybrid, only online. Watch on the Or Hadash 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, November 20 will be led by Rabbi Sarah - 9am Torah Study 10am Shabbat morning services. These are on Zoom only. Non-members wishing to attend by zoom must contact office@orhadash.com by 12:00 pm on Friday.

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

Online Community Wide OH Chanukah Candle Lighting Event

November 28, 2021 - 6:30pm

Or Hadash will kick off Chanukah on Sunday night, November 28 at 6:30 pm on Zoom with a Community Candle Lighting, which will repeat nightly throughout the holiday. Join us each night for candle lighting (see event flier for times) followed by, our gift to you, stories, music and mindfulness.

Please click on the attachment below for the event flier.

Mahjong

November 30, 2021 - 7:30pm

Mahjong is in-person and masked in the community room at 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

December 1, 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 (

Shabbat Chanukah

December 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

Friday night, December 3 everyone is invited to come together in person or on zoom to welcome Shabbat at a special Three-Part Harmony celebrating Chanukah with Rabbi Sarah and the Klezmaniax! The evening begins at 6PM with Tot Shabbat, followed by 6:20 pizza & music. Family Services will begin at 7PM. The evening will end with more music and sufganiyot. 

Please click on the attached file below for the event flier.

Chanukah Unite

December 5, 2021 - 3:30pm

Bux-Mont Family Fair and Concert!
A Chanukah event for the whole family to enjoy!!

Sunday December 5 2021 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM 

The Event will be held at Temple Ambler outdoor Field.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AMBLER CAMPUS
580 MEETINGHOUSE RD, AMBLER, PENNSYLVANIA, 19002

Registration link: Chanukahunite.com

See the event flier in the attached file below.

Evening Torah Study

December 13, 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

December 13, 2021 - 7:30pm

The antiracist study group is reading 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. 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 group meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm every three weeks via zoom. 

Evening Torah Study

December 27, 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

January 4, 2022 - 7:00pm

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.

Zoom link is sent to members that morning. Interested nonmembers should contact the office or Debbie Karl no later than noon that day.