Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parashat Terumah/Zachor - 8 Adar 5781 - Feb 19-20, 2021

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 5:23 pm

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

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 8:50 am

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:30 am

Shabbat Ends - 6:25 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 (

Purim (February 25-26)

LAST OPPORTUNITY for Mishloach Manot:

Sponsorships are available for our annual Mishloach Manot packages. You can sign up to be a Contributor ($36) or Sponsor ($72+). Please contribute by February 20 so we can list you, in gratitude, on the scrolls that go in each gift. Visit our Donate page and choose the appropriate item from the drop down menu.

Matanot La'Evyonim:

We are collecting tzedakah for Matanot La'Evyonim, to be distributed on Purim day to Project HOME in PA and Masbiah Soup Kitchen in NY. Please contribute by February 26 at noon (Purim day) to ensure delivery on Purim. Visit our Donate page and choose the appropriate item from the drop down menu.

Machatzit HaShekel:

If you would like to participate in this mitzvah on Purim day, the Keller family will leave coins on their porch and folks are welcome to stop by at their convenience.

There are still a few spots remaining for both of our megillah readings. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Rabbi Will Keller (

Thursday, February 25:

Fast Ends (Rabbi Tukaccinsky) - 6:19 pm

Fast Ends (Rabbi Feinstein, for those having difficulty) - 6:22 pm

Fast Ends (Rabbi Feinstein, for those not having difficulty) - 6:30 pm

6:20 pm - Maariv, followed by a special reading of Parshat Zachor** and Megillah reading - only for those who have signed up in advance. Zachor and the Megillah will also be broadcast over Zoom.

Friday, February 26:

8:30 am - Megillah reading - only for those who have signed up in advance. It will be broadcast over Zoom as well.

**The practice to hear Parshat Zachor (which are the last three pesukim in Parashat Ki Teitzei in Chumash Devarim) traditionally takes place on the Shabbat preceding Purim. We know that many will not feel comfortable/be able to attend next Shabbat. Because many believe it is preferable to hear Parshat Zachor from the Torah (instead of reading it aloud in your home from a chumash) we will read those pesukim from our sefer Torah immediately prior to Megillah reading on Purim night.

In The News...

THIS WEEK! Children are invited to join us for a Pre-Purim Party with Morah Julie on Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 pm! We will have fun decorating masks and singing.

THIS WEEK! Our new shiur series continues with "Hastara: Joy in Hiddenness" presented by Rabbanit Leah Sarna on Sunday, February 21 at 8:30 pm. Stay tuned for details about additional shiurim led by other community members!

Our book drive to benefit the Tree House Book Organization in Philadelphia is underway and will continue through February! See the flier below for more details.

Our next Girls Night In will take place on Monday, March 1 at 9:00 pm!

Our new Short Story Group will meet for the first time on Sunday, March 7 at 8:30 pm! The group will discuss "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin.

We are collecting donations of household cleaning supplies and health & beauty aids to benefit the clients of JAFCO/Family Matters as they prepare for Pesach. Donations must be received by March 14. For details, please reach out to Carolynn Feldblum (

We are now collecting recipes for our first ever Pesach Cookbook! Submissions are due by March 22. To share your recipe, or if you have any questions, please contact Carolynn Feldblum (

If you would like to submit a written D'var Torah about an upcoming parasha, please contact Shmuel Honig ( Regular, in-person Divrei Torah will resume when the weather permits us to daven outdoors on a consistent basis, or when our current Covid protocols are no longer necessary.

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 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 write the D'var Torah is 2/27/2021 (Tetzaveh/Shushan Purim)- Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Shmuel Honig (

The next available date for leining is 3/20/2021 (Vayikra) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.