Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parashat Nitzavim - 28 Elul 5782 - Sept 23-24, 2022

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 6:38 PM

Shacharit - 9:00 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:11 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:51 AM

Youth Programming - 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Shabbat Ends - 7:38 PM

This week's D'var Torah will be given by Rabbi Moriah SimonHazani.

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Sara and Mitch Weinstein in honor of the marriage of William Weinstein to Cassie Daly. Mazal tov!

Shabbat Shalom!

Pruzbol Signing and Hatarat Nedarim

Rabbanit Leah Sarna and Rabbi Dr. Joel Hecker will be hosting a Pruzbol signing and Hatarat Nedarim at the Hecker-Pollack home at 9:30 AM this Sunday (9/25/22).

Rosh Hashanah Schedule

*All minyanim will take place at 141 North Highland Ave.*

ROSH HASHANAH I (September 25-26)

Candle Lighting - 6:35 PM

Mincha followed by Maariv - 6:35 PM

Shacharit - 8:30 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:11 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:52 AM

Youth Programming: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

D'var Torah by Dr. Ethan Schwartz

Tashlich - Weather Permitting - 4:30 PM (Merion Botanical Garden near the corner of Merion Road and Highland Ave)

Mincha - 6:35 PM

ROSH HASHANAH II (September 26-27)

Maariv - 7:30 PM

Candle Lighting - 7:34 PM

Shacharit - 8:30 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:12 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:52 AM

Youth Programming: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

D'var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Joel Hecker

Mincha - 6:35 PM

Maariv -7:30 PM

Havdalah - 7:34 PM

High Holidays

Davening Setup: We are seeking volunteers to help set up the davening space on the weekend immediately before Rosh Hashanah. Please indicate your availability to help by signing up here.

Tickets for non-members are $50 per person aged 3 or older. Each seat reservation is for all of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare (for aged 3 and up) will be provided on Rosh Hashanah from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, and on Yom Kippur from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM on the Hamermesh front porch. Please note that the cost for each child aged 3 and up is $50, whether the child will occupy a seat or attend childcare. If you decide to become a member later in the year, you can apply the cost of high holiday seating to your membership. RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE.

Tickets for members are free. Sign up here.

***Deadline to sign up for services is Saturday night, 9/24/22***

New Machzorim

Sha'arei Orah has purchased additional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Machzorim this year. Donations/dedications are welcomed to support this. Donations can be made on our donations page:

In the News...

Simchat Torah Women's Reading: If you would like to participate in our women's Torah reading this year, please reach out to Molly Sinderbrand. Volunteers for any amount, from one aliyah to all five, are welcome.

Mikvah Fundraiser: We invite you to participate in the Lower Merion Community Mikvah's annual pre-Yamim Noraim fundraiser. Overwhelming community support for this fundraiser has provided an important part of the mikvah's budget each year. Your support is more important now than ever. Donate Now at


Membership Form (payment plans are available)

We now accept Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from Fidelity Charitable and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. If you prefer to use this payment method, contact Isaac Binkovitz (

Double your impact! If your employer offers a matching gift program, consider asking if your donation to Sha'arei Orah can be matched. Matching gift programs are a form of corporate philanthropy, where businesses match the donations their employees make to charitable organizations.

Thank you!

UPDATED COVID POLICY (as of 3/4/2022)

In accordance with current conditions and trends, updated guidance from the CDC, and newly relaxed protocols at Adath, the Board has decided to drop the mask requirement for attendance at Sha'arei Orah, beginning this Shabbat (see exceptions below). We know that some members of our community may feel more comfortable by continuing to wear a mask, and we encourage those individuals to continue doing so. We also continue to ask everyone to respect the sensitivities of others and to accommodate masked individuals who prefer to sit next to other masked individuals. We certainly hope that the pandemic conditions continue to improve, however, the Board may reinstate a mask requirement or other measures in the future as circumstances and guidance warrant.

As before, the following policies remain in place:

- All individuals who are eligible for the Covid vaccine must be fully vaccinated.

- If you are experiencing symptoms, or tested positive for Covid within the prior 5 days, you should not attend.

- If you tested positive for Covid between 5 and 10 days ago, you may attend but must wear a mask.

- If you had direct contact with someone else who tested positive for Covid during the prior 10 days, you may attend but must wear a mask.

Leining and Divrei Torah

The next available date for leining is 10/17/2022 Shemini Atzeret - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.

The next available date to give the D'var Torah is 10/8/2022 (Ha'azinu)- Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Moriah SimonHazani (

Kiddush and Sponsorships

Basic - $60

Enhanced - $100

Simcha - TBD

If you are interested in sponsoring Kiddush, please contact

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

Approved list of Kosher Agencies

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

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 Daniel Rabin 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 year of health, happiness, and prosperity.