Our Values

At Or Zarua, Rabbi Shelly Barnathan takes much time to learn the background, interests, and spiritual goals of each member. Caring, safe relationships are at the heart of our community.

Or Zarua is a collaborative community, based on the concept of T'rumah - holy contribution. Our community reflects the sacred obligation of each of us to contribute through the gifts of our time and hearts, sharing our talents, skills, and passions. As we shine our own light, we lift the light in others.

The Or Zarua community has been created to provide for authentic, personal Jewish growth, allowing each of us to find our Emet/truth, and to become our fullest selves.

The Or Zarua community elevates the values of:

  • Chesed and Menschlichkeit – lovingkindness in speech and action

  • Gemilut Chasadim – supporting each other in times of joy and need

  • Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, social justice

  • B'tzelem Elohim - all humans are created in the image of G-d

  • Tzedakah – acts of righteousness

  • Torah – learning of all kinds

  • Tefilah prayer in ways that make deep and relevant meaning for us