Pray • Worship

Or Ha Lev’s creative worship services are enhanced by a musical ensemble, meditation and lively Torah discussions. Friday evening services are followed by a festive oneg; Shabbat morning services are followed by Kiddush and often by a potluck lunch.

We encourage community participation in all of our Services. On Shabbat and holidays, Or Ha Lev uses the P’nai Or Siddur, and on the High Holy Days, the P’nai Or Machzor, both edited by Rabbi Marcia Prager. Both prayer books are written in Hebrew, with English transliterations of all prayers, and also include poetic translations of the liturgy. The books’ style and format encourage participation. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate in our services.

  • Or Ha Lev’s services are held in our rented prayer space in Fellowship Hall at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876, convenient to Routes 10, 80 and 46. (See map.)
  • To confirm service dates and times in the event of an unexpected change to our calendar, you can reach Rabbi Debra Smith at 908-303-8374.

Please see more detailed information about Shabbat, Holiday and High Holy Days services below. We look forward to “davennen” with you!

Enjoy Responsive Shema (Neil Smith with Congregation)—


Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening services)  The first Friday of each month at 7:30 PM, we gather in community to welcome Shabbat with candle lighting and participatory worship, which includes the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy, music, meditation, chanting, interactive Torah discussions, followed by a festive oneg. Our services are enhanced by our musical ensemble and often include new songs written and arranged by our cantorial soloist. On occasion we have a guest speaker. See 2017-18 Service Schedule.

Shabbat Morning Services – We hold our monthly Shabbat morning Services on the third or fourth Shabbat of the month at 10:30 AM. Services on Shabbat mornings include the traditional Shabbat morning liturgy with music and singing, meditation, chanting, the Torah Service with bilingual Hebrew-English chanting from the weekly Torah portion, interactive Torah study and Torah discussion. Shabbat morning services are followed by Kiddush and often by a community dairy potluck lunch. See 2017-18 Service Schedule.

Enjoy Mi Chamocha (Neil Smith with Congregation)—


passover 2015We celebrate the full cycle of Jewish holidays as a community with worship services, music, learning and, of course, sharing food together. We typically celebrate/commemorate the major “pilgrimage” holidays of Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Giving of the Torah), and Sukkot (Thanksgiving), as well as the minor holy days of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Tisha B’av (Commemoration of the Destruction of the Temple), Hanukkah (Festival of Lights), and Tu B’Shevat (New Year of the Trees).

Our annual Multi-faith Second Night Passover Seder is typically attended by many people from different faiths who enjoy observing and participating in a typical Jewish Pesach Seder.

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday • 11 April 20176:00pm – 10:00pm


High Holy Days

high-holy-daysOur High Holy Day Services are composed of the traditional High Holy Day liturgy, music, participatory Torah discussions, creative Hebrew-English Torah chanting, meditation, community Torah honors, and, on Yom Kippur, a unique Yizkor Service of Remembrance.

We enjoy a festive community potluck lunch at the conclusion of services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and we walk to the community lake together for Tashlich (the symbolic casting of our sins into the water). We also offer, by reservation, a communal Break Fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. You can down-load a full Or Ha Lev 2017 High Holy Day Schedule.

Please note that separate tickets/reservations are required for all High Holy Day Services, and the two communal meals: the Rosh Hashana Day 1 Potluck and the post-Yom Kippur Break Fast.

For New & Returning Members • Your annual membership includes tickets for High Holy Day services. Please download, print and return these two forms, as needed:

For Guests (including guests of members) • Please download, print and return these two reservation forms, as needed:

We will not turn anyone away for financial reasons, so please contact Rabbi Deb with any questions or concerns.

Wishing you a sweet and happy New Year!

Rabbi Debra Smith leading weekday service (Photo: Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)