Member Benefits

Become an Or Zarua Member! OZ Member Benefits include:

1. High Holiday Service tickets for you, your children and grandchildren of all ages for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur). Unique to Or Zarua!

2. Attendance at Or Zarua programs, services and offerings

  • Shabbat Morning Melody, Meaning, and Mindfulness services (one to two times per month)
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services (one to two times per month)
  • Holiday services/celebrations - Sukkot, Interfaith Thanksgiving and MLK Weekend, Chanukah Tu Bishvat, Purim, Passover, Yom Hashoah, Shavuot, etc.
  • Poetry Writing Workshops
  • Scholar in Residence, Special guest speakers
  • Creativity/Interest group gatherings (art, music, genealogy, photography, book circles, etc.)
  • Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Meditation Workshops
  • Tikkun Olam work with HIAS family, LGBTQ advocacy, Anti-gun violence, Peace work
  • Anti-Racism Discussion and Action Group
  • Wise Aging Groups
  • Torah, Talmud, and Text Study
  • Interfaith Monthly Sing - First Thursday of the month
  • Interfaith Social Justice Activities with Old Haverford Friends, Bethel AME of Ardmore and our other Interfaith Parters

4. Individualized Benefits

  • Full Access to our Or Zarua Community Board of communications (OZCB)
  • Pastoral care by Rabbi Shelly - R. Shelly is fully available and quickly responsive for all of your pastoral needs
  • Gemilut Hasadim - Rabbinic and Community support for you and your family in times of need.
  • Life Cycle Officiation by Rabbi Shelly at reduced fee for weddings, baby namings, and B’nai Mitzvah officiation.


Your Or Zarua Membership support allows us to:


  • Offer extra offerings during time of COVID-19
  • Pay a stipend to the Rabbi, Administrative Coordinator, and Musicians
  • Provide an honorarium for guest teachers/speakers
  • Support Social Justice causes
  • Support our partners at Old Haverford Friends Meeting for use of their space
  • Obtain a Torah for High Holidays and other special Or Zarua events
  • Provide Reconstructionist Siddurim, Machzorim and Shiva prayer books
  • Support members in times of joy, challenge, sorrow, and need
  • Create prayer and teaching materials
  • Provide supplies for our offerings/gatherings/holiday celebrations