Do you feel disconnected when reciting traditional liturgy in a traditional congregation? Are you confused or disappointed mouthing words you don’t understand or cannot relate to your life?

At Or Adam, you’ll participate in a personal and inspiring celebration, saying words that you can understand and relate to your life – words that enrich you as they celebrate your Jewish identity. We are the only congregation in the Greater Phoenix area to offer Humanistic celebrations with heartfelt readings and songs in English and Hebrew.

We celebrate Shabbat beginning at 7:00pm at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, our new home.

Our celebrations are warm and welcoming, and enhanced by live music and singing. We encourage member participation in leadership and in our varied readings. Children are always welcome, and our Sunlight School students may play a leading role in the celebation.

Following our Shabbat celebration, we enjoy good snacks and get to know each other better during the Oneg. We may then hold a special discussion featuring guest speakers or member presentations. Discussion topics have included: foundations of Humanistic Judaism, genealogy, Jewish music, the Holocaust, Middle Eastern relations, and more. Shabbat celebrations and guest speakers are listed in the Upcoming Events column to the left of this page. Members are invited to click on the Member Site link for additional readings and discussions.



Jeffrey Schesnol has been Or Adams Ceremonial Leader for 2 years conducting Shabbat and Holiday celebrations and services regularly. He has guided Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and our Adult Education discussions. Jeffrey is now in his 3rd year of Para-Rabbinic training through the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism toward his 2015 ordination as a Madrikh (guide). He has qualified to add the role of pastoral guide and counselor to his responsibilities by performing Baby Welcoming/Naming or Adoption ceremonies of Brit Ahavah (Covenant of Love) or Brit Shalom (Covenant of Peace). Funerals, Memorial Services, and Unveilings as life affirming celebrations and remembrances which are performed with dignity and love. Jeffrey continues Bar and Bat Mitzvah services for children and adults as celebrations of the beginnings of coming of age and the maturity process with responsibility or a life passage of understanding and achievement celebrating Jewish community connection.