Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Pesach VII & VIII 5781 - April 2-4, 2021

Shabbat and Pesach Schedule

Shabbat/Pesach VII (April 2-3):

Candle Lighting - 7:08 pm

Count Omer 6

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

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:11 am

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

Pesach VIII (April 3-4):

Candle Lighting - 8:09 pm

Count Omer 7

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

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:10 am

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

D'var Torah - Yael Keller

Yizkor - not before 10:15 am

Yom Tov Ends - 8:11 pm

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

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...

Those who sold chametz through Rabbi Will Keller may use and consume it again after 8:20 pm on April 4.

Join us for our next Girls Night In, taking place THIS Monday, April 5 at 9:00 pm!

Parsha Class: Our weekly parsha class continues THIS Wednesday, April 7 at 8:30 pm! Come and learn with Yael Keller about parashat Shemini.

SAVE THE DATE! Our shiur series continues with "Masculine and Feminine Clothing in the Mishnah and Medinat Yisrael: A Text-Based Conversation" presented by Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky and Rabbanit Leah Sarna on Monday, April 12 at 8:30 pm!

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 4/10/2021 (Shemini)- Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Shmuel Honig (

The next available date for leining is 4/10/2021 (Shemini) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.