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:


  • 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

  • Maintain our new Torah

  • 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