Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parashat Toldot - 5 Kislev 5781 - Nov 20-21, 2020

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 4:22 pm

Shacharit - 9:00 am (at the home of a community member, ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP BEFORE SHABBAT. Please reach out for details)

Shabbat Ends - 5:22 pm

This week's D'var Torah will be given by Steven Saks.

Shabbat Shalom!

NEW! 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 Chanukah Gift Drive is ending THIS WEEK! Drop-off at the Feldblum home through Wednesday, November 25. For more information, please contact Carolynn Feldblum.

Our virtual Children's Shabbat Program continues THIS Sunday, November 22 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!

Please join us THIS Sunday, November 22 at 8:30 pm for a siyum on massechet Eiruvin! The siyum will be led by Mordechai Shinefield, and anyone else who participated in the daf yomi learning and would like to share a few words is invited to do so.

Join us THIS Wednesday, November 25 at 8:30 pm for a virtual pie making class! Learn how to bake apple, pumpkin and pecan pies in time for Thanksgiving. For more information, please contact Carolynn Feldblum.

Show off your best Chanukah party trick virtually! We are looking for 2-3 minute videos with your best Chanukah entertainment - stories, jokes, songs, divrei Torah, cooking tips etc. We will broadcast 1-2 each night around candle lighting time to bring the party from your home to ours! Please submit videos to Yael Keller by December 1.

Our next virtual Game Night will take place on Chanukah! We will play "Twenty Questions" with a twist. More details coming soon.

Virtual and Physically Distant Programming: 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 11/28/2020 (Vayetzei) - Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Shmuel Honig.

The next available date for leining is 12/5/2020 (Vayishlach) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.