Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parashat Beha'alotcha - 19 Sivan 5782 - Jun 17-18, 2022

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 8:14 pm

Shacharit - 9:00 am (*In the chapel, adjacent to the stairs that lead to our usual location*)

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 8:22 am

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:15 am

Babysitting - 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Shabbat Ends - 9:15 pm

This week's D'var Torah will be given by Hannah Hamermesh.

This week's kiddush will take place at the Hamermesh backyard (141 North Highland Avenue).

This week's kiddush is sponsored by:

- The Hamermesh family, in honor of Yonah's forthcoming marriage

- Yael, Will, Ariella, Davidi and Meira Keller, in thanks for giving Yael the space and encouragement to learn how to be a rabbinic leader in our shul. In gratitude for all of the friendships we developed over our five years at Sha'arei Orah - we miss you!

Shabbat Shalom!

Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov to Hannah and Matt Hamermesh, and the entire Hamermesh family, upon the forthcoming marriage of Yonah to Noah Broth!

Please join the Hamermesh family for a seudah shelishit sheva berachot at their home next Shabbat, June 25 at 6:00 pm. Rain or shine, outdoors if whether permits. Kids welcome. Please let the Hamermesh family know if you plan to attend.

In the News...

Tot Shabbat: We are looking for volunteers to lead our weekly Tot Shabbat program! If you are interested in helping out, please sign up here. If you have any questions, contact Susie Ratner.

Used Book Drive - less than two weeks left! We are once again organizing a Used Book Drive for Kids on behalf of the Tree House Organization in Philadelphia from May 15 - June 30! Contactless drop-off at the Feldblum home. Books in good condition only. Contact Carolynn Feldblum for more information.

Girls' Night Out: Join us for a relaxing evening at The Mudroom in Ardmore THIS Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 pm! Fee is $7 per person plus the cost of your chosen ceramic (paid to The Mudroom). Please RSVP here. For questions, contact Carolynn Feldblum.

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.


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 David Eiserman (

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!

Leining and Divrei Torah

The next available date for leining is 7/9/2022 (Chukat) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.

The next available date to give the D'var Torah is 7/9/2022 (Chukat)- 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 Alisa Dayanim (

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.