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We all need some time away from the craziness of our everyday lives.  OASIS (Or Ami SISterhood) is there for you.  We provide you with that respite whether through dinner and a movie, a trolley tour of the Philadelphia Mural Arts, a trip to NY to tour and eat your way through the West Village, or a meaningful Shabbat service.  We have it all!  Please think about volunteering to help plan an event and, if you can’t help us plan, please support us by attending our events.

Don’t forget to send in your check for $36 to the office to become a member of OASIS. You’ll receive discounted pricing as well as be on the email list so you don’t miss any of our exciting events.

We appreciate your support and look forward to another great year.

For more information or if you would like to get involved please contact the synagogue office @


Brotherhood is open to all adult male members of Or Ami.  For more information contact Craig Goldberg

New Horizons Social Club

Join New Horizons!

New Horizons is a social group that meets every month at 7:30 p.m. New Horizons has presented musicians, authors, comedians, historians and other interesting guests.
There is a nominal fee of $20 to join New Horizons, payable at the beginning of the program year.


Programs are advertised in the oracle, Or Ami’s monthly newsletter.

For more information about New Horizons, send an email to

COAFTY (congregation or ami federation of temple youth)



COAFTY or “Congregation Or Ami Federation Temple Youth” is a great opportunity for teens (8th-12th grades) to be involved at Or Ami. In COAFTY, we hang out in the youth lounge to plan and run fun programs. These programs help us to build our kehillah k’doshah ­our holy community.

Some of our events have included ice skating, movie nights and Chanukah parties—all planned and led by teens like you. We also have events to discuss prevalent issues in the news and how they relate to our Jewish values.                                                                                                                            

Furthermore, social action is a key value in COAFTY, and we organize many opportunities to rack up those community service hours and help in Tikkun olam — fixing our broken world.

At the beginning of every event we do creative mixers to break the ice and get to know each other. It’s a great way to connect with old friends and meet new ones. Come check out an event or become a member of our executive board. (Colleges love to see leadership opportunities like these on your application!).

But most importantly, it’s fun! Come join us.COAFTYPJ

Mitzvah Corps

Or Ami’s Mitzvah Corps is a group of volunteers who provide support to members in times of needs. Some of the services that Mitzvah Corps provides include making meals for sick members, providing rides, offering help at Shivas, and providing emotional support during times of personal crisis. The Mitzvah Corps can be most helpful when members inform us of members who are in need, enabling the Mitzvah Corps to help those people.

For information, if you are in need of assistance or know someone within our community who is, or if you would like to join the Mitzvah Corps “army”, please contact the Mitzvah Corps Chair, Deb Brenner, at 610-825-1224 or All inquiries are kept confidential.

COATz (Social Action)


COATzLogo4webCOATZ is Congregation Or Ami’s social action group. The purpose of social action is to help others in the community and to repair the world. In a world where we are seeing so much sadness, this is a great opportunity to help make our community a better place.

Here are some of the things we participated in that have been extremely meaningful:

We volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. We made breakfast for the families staying there and visited with them.

We participated in Warming Philly, which is clothing people in the local area with coats and warm clothing.

We volunteered at Cradles for Crayons by sorting through clothing that goes to impoverished families.

We participated in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” through the Laurel House. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international men’s march that consists of men who walk one mile in high-heeled shoes as a symbol of putting themselves in the shoes of victims of gender and sexual violence.

We hosted “Stop Hunger Now” by packaging 10,000 meals for people starving all over the world.

We partnered with JAFCO (Jewish adoption and family care options) and provided Chanukah wishes for children who are staying there.

We provided Thanksgiving dinners and delivered them to local families.

We collected items for the Norristown Ministry, which is a day shelter in Norristown that provides showers and meals for homeless people.

We helped local families that are struggling by collecting gift cards and items for them.

We volunteered at SHARE which helps brings 24.6 million pounds of emergency food relief to low-income families in Philadelphia.

We know that everyone is very busy but it feels so good to participate in these different things. We hope that you will consider joining COATz in some of these things. We are always looking for new ideas and looking for people to help on the committee. It’s a minimal time commitment.

Please contact Deb Delano Brenner at if you are available to help on the committee or would like to participate.


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