Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Shabbat Rosh Hashana -1-2 Tishrei 5784-September 15-17, 2023

Rosh Hashana Schedule

Shabbat Rosh HaShana I - September 15-16

Candle Lighting - 6:52 PM

Mincha followed by Maariv - 6:52 PM

Shacharit - 8:30 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:07 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:48 AM

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

*D'var Torah by Dr. Ethan Schwartz*

Mincha - 6:40 PM

Rosh HaShana II - September 16-17

Maariv - 7:08 PM

Candle Lighting - Not Before 7:50 PM

Shacharit - 8:30 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:08 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 9:49 AM

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

*D'var Torah by Dr. Ruth Langer*

Tashlich - 4:30 PM at Northern End of Merion Botanical Park

Mincha - 6:40 PM

Ma'ariv - 7:45 PM

Havdalah - 7:49 PM

In the news...

Mazal tov to Sarahann and Alan Richter on their marriage!

Thank you to everyone who helped to organize and set up for the high holiday services!

**High Holiday Services**

Davening for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur will be held in the Hamermesh backyard.

*Davening for Shabbat Shuva will also be held in the Hamermesh backyard.*

Childcare & Safety

To help our babysitters provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our kids, we are asking parents to sign up for one 1-hour shift to support the counselors during the high holidays. The role of the parent volunteer is not to run childcare but to support the counselors if they have questions or concerns.

Additionally, while with the kids, we ask that you keep an eye on who is entering our davening space, greeting guests and new-comers with a warm welcome, and if you see anything concerning or anyone behaving suspiciously, to please notify a Board member.

Sign up sheet

Yom Kippur Schedule

Candle Lighting - 6:37 PM

Kol Nidre - 6:40 PM

*D'var Torah by Rabbanit Leah Sarna*

Shacharit - 8:30 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:11 AM

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

Youth Programming - 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

*D'var Torah by Rabbi Ari Weiss*

Yizkor - Not before 11:30 AM

Mincha - 4:40 PM

Neila D'var Torah - 6:15 PM

*D'var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Joel Hecker*

Neila - 6:30 PM

Havdalah - 7:36 PM

Sukkot Mini Golf!

When: Wednesday, October 4th at 2 PM
Where: Tee’s golf center in Conshohocken
707 Conshohocken Rd
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Looking for something to do in the middle of the week when your children are stuck at home with you over Sukkot… Then come join us at Tee’s golf center for a round or two of mini golf. A round of golf costs seven dollars or six dollars for children under 12. If we get 10 people together, then a round of golf is six dollars a person. The location has two mini golf courses, batting cages, and a driving range. We will meet outside the ticketing office at 2 PM and if we get 10 people together then yay! One dollar off adult tickets. Hope to see you all there!

Kohelet Women's Reading

On Shmini Atzeret, during the regular shul reading of Kohelet, we will have a parallel women's reading of Megillat Kohelet in the kiddush room. Just as in the main minyan, we will be reading from our own books, with no bracha beforehand.

Any woman who is interested in reading one (or more) perakim, should please contact Esti Honig.

Simchat Torah Women's Torah Reading

For the past several years, Sha'arei Orah has held women's Torah reading/learning on Simchat Torah day. We listen to the men read the first five aliyot of the parsha, then separate and read it ourselves. All women are invited to attend and to receive an aliyah. Afterwards, we rejoin the rest of the group for the chatan Torah aliyah.

Any woman who is interested in reading Torah on Simchat Torah or serving as Gabbai'it, should please contact Molly Sinderbrand.

Simchat Torah Luncheon

We are excited to be planning a shul-wide Simchat Torah dairy lunch! If you are interesting sponsoring, please email Arielle Landau and Avi Pesis at

Membership Renewal

As we get ready for the new year, it is now time to renew your Sha'arei Orah membership for 5784. If you have already renewed, we sincerely appreciate it!

This past year, our generous members enabled us to grow and thrive - with beautiful davening, delicious kiddushes, inspiring visiting scholars, community-building social events, and joyous holiday celebrations.

To continue providing vibrant Torah, davening, programming and learning in 5784, we need your support.

Click here to renew membership.

Sha’arei Orah membership continues to be set at an affordable rate so everyone can invest in our community. To achieve our goals of financial stability, we encourage everyone to give generously. Please consider going above and beyond the $700 membership dues. Suggested donation amounts are Founder ($2,500), Pillar ($1,800), Builder ($1,000) or Guardian ($750). Of course, financial circumstances should not be an obstacle to membership for anyone. Please reach out to a member of the Board to make alternate membership arrangements.

We look forward to another year packed with opportunities for meaningful tefillot, insightful Torah learning, and wonderful community building! We hope you will continue to enhance our community with your Torah, your passion, and your action.

Meet the Sha'arei Orah Community

Hi everyone! With our growing membership, we wanted to help everyone learn about each other. The project that we are starting for this purpose is called "Meet the Sha’arei Orah Community,” which would include a short bio and a picture of everyone that participates. Note
that this document will only be accessible to members of the google group. For more information, some samples, and directions on how to participate, please click here or simply send an email to with your introduction.

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Support Sha'arei Orah

Support Sha'arei Orah While Shopping at House of Kosher. Mention the code 7656 at Checkout and 2% of your bill will be sent back to Sha'arei Orah. Also, any first-time customers that are members of Sha'arei Orah will receive a 10% discount on a total of over $100! House of Kosher is located at 9806 Bustleton Avenue. WWW.HOUSEOFKOSHER.COM

Kiddush and Sponsorships

Kiddush sponsorships are strongly encouraged!

Basic - $80

Enhanced - $125

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

Leining and Divrei Torah

The next available date for leining is 10/07/23 (Shemini Atzeret) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.

The next available date to give a D'Var Torah is 10/28/23 (Lech Lecha) - Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Moriah SimonHazani (

Access to Adath Israel

Adath Israel has begun construction, and the Tulin Family Entrance (facing Old Lancaster Rd.) will be closed until further notice. On Shabbat morning, please use the Harrison Lobby (facing the parking lot) or the School Entrance (across from the entrance to Kohelet). Please note that the School Entrance is handicap accessible.

If you need to enter the building at another time, please use the school entrance Sunday through Friday afternoon. Friday evening please enter through the Harrison Lobby. If you require handicap-accessible entrance on Friday evening, please call the synagogue office in advance by 2:30 PM Friday (610-934-1919).

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.

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.