Or Zarua

אור זרוע

"Light is Sown for the Righteous"

Psalm 97:11

Let us find our own inner light and lift up the light in each other.

אור זרוע לצדיק

Or Zarua is a new, co-constructed Jewish spiritual community led by Reconstructionist Rabbi Shelly Barnathan, centering on the concept of B’tzelem Elohim/ in the image of G-d. At Or Zarua, we lift up the qualities, skills and talents of each person, allowing each person to be known, cared for, and honored. The Or Zarua community provides each participant with a safe, appreciative environment in which each person’s inner Or/Light can shine, allowing and encouraging the inner Or/Light of others to shine as well.

Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the mission of Or Zarua is to access the Or/light in each one of us through living our Jewish values. As we access our own light, we sow/plant light in others and perform the holy work of Tikkun Olam in the world.

Rabbi Shelly Barnathan is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. As a child of Holocaust survivors and raised in a Modern Orthodox home, Rabbi Shelly possesses roots that are firmly planted in Jewish prayer, text, and practice. Rabbi Shelly is a "seeker", taking the traditional roots of Judaism and planting seeds of light into the world through creative Jewish practices such as meditation, chant, movement, poetry, and song. It is Rabbi Shelly’s greatest wish to accompany members of the Or Zarua community on their personal Jewish journeys, helping each person to finding the Or/light within each one of us, so that we can bring light to our world, so in need of our care.