Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parashat Shemot - 25 Tevet 5781 - Jan 8-9, 2021

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 4:34 pm

Shacharit - 9:15 am (ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP BEFORE SHABBAT. Please reach out for details)

Shabbat Ends - 5:36 pm

Shabbat Shalom!

Misheberach List

If you would like the gabbai to quietly recite the name of a loved one who is ill during the misheberach l'cholim, please fill out this short form. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Rabin.

In The News...

Our virtual Children's post-Shabbat Program continues THIS Sunday, January 10 at 9:15 am! Children ages 2-5 are invited to join Julie Zagdanski for half an hour of lively Shabbat singing, learning and celebrating. Join the fun!

Join us for a virtual Tu B'Shvat Seder! Sign up by THIS Sunday, January 10 to a receive a FREE seder kit with food supplies.

Children's Seder (RSVP here) - Sunday, January 24 at 3:30 pm - .All kids welcome, designed for kids under 6.

Adult Seder (RSVP here) - Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 pm. - A Hassidic Tu B'Shvat seder, with singing and dancing in your living room with Torah of growth led by Rabbi Adam Mayer. Please sign up ahead of time to receive a package of Tu B'Shvat seder food that we will distribute before the event. BYOW - is optional as there is no halacha about having to drink 4 glasses of wine. If you decide to purchase wine, Rabbi Mayer suggests buying one bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine. He will explain how to mix the wines to get the desired colors/flavors which represent different transitions within our year and within ourselves.

Parsha Class: Our weekly parsha class continues THIS Wednesday, January 13 at 8:30 pm! Come and learn with Yael Keller about parashat Vaera.

Virtual and Physically Distant Programming: Stay tuned for more upcoming programs, such as a monthly shiur, Quizzo game night, and a used-book drive! We are always looking for additional ways to close the distance! If you have any ideas, please be in touch with Carolynn Feldblum.

Discretionary Fund

We are pleased to let you know that Sha'arei Orah, as a result of the efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, now has a modest emergency fund to help relieve financial distress caused by COVID-19. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is leading many Emergency Response efforts for our community. They generously created a grant to our shul's Discretionary Fund to support those of us in need. Additional information about the Fund can be found here.

These funds are intended to help those in need of food, medical assistance, rent/mortgage payments and/or medical expenses. If you are in need of assistance, or have any questions, please reach out to Will Keller and we will work to help as much as we are able. Your conversations will remain in the strictest of confidence.

May we all have a new year of health, happiness, and prosperity.


If you have not already done so, please renew your membership for the coming year. Those who wish to join as members for the first time can also do so from the same page on our website (payment plans are available). Our growing community depends on support from its members to ensure the continuation and expansion of the services that we currently enjoy. Thank you!
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Kiddush and Sponsorships

Basic - $60

Enhanced - $100

Simcha - TBD

If you are interested in sponsoring Kiddush, please contact Alisa Dayanim (

If you are interested in sponsoring other items or events, please contact

Approved list of Kosher Agencies

Leining and Divrei Torah

The next available date to give the D'var Torah is TBD - Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Shmuel Honig.

The next available date for leining is 2/6/2021 (Yitro) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.