Sha'arei Orah Announcements

Parshat HaChodesh Vayakhel-Pikudei -25 Adar 5783-March 17-18

Shabbat Schedule

Candle Lighting - 6:51 PM

Shacharit - 9:00 AM

Latest Shema (Magen Avraham) - 9:28 AM

Latest Shema (Gra & Baal HaTanya) - 10:08 AM

Youth Programming - 10:00-11:15

Shabbat Ends - 7:53 PM

This week's D'var Torah will be given by Ross Weitzman.

Kiddush this week is community sponsored.

*Important Announcement*

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).

Shabbat Shalom!

In the News...

Mazal Tov to Seth and Melissa Schwartz, upon the birth of a grandson, born to Ian and Rose Schwartz in Jerusalem!

Mazal Tov to the Weitzman, Stampfer, and Saketkhou families upon the wedding of Micah and Shara!

Pesach is Coming!

If you would like to sell your hametz through Sha'arei Orah, please use the following form:
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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!

Kiddush and Sponsorships

Kiddush sponsorships are strongly encouraged!

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

Leining and Divrei Torah

The next available date for leining is 4/1/23 (Tzav-Shabbat HaGadol) - Google Sheet

For questions about Leining, please contact Matt Hamermesh.

The next available date to give the D'var Torah is 4/13/23 (Pesach Day 8)- Google Sheet

For questions about Divrei Torah, please contact Moriah SimonHazani (

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.