Reserve Your Spot for Judaism and Veganism Event

Or Shalom is pleased to be hosting a presentation and discussion about what the Torah indicates about choosing a plant-based diet and how to tackle the climate change crisis.

On Oct. 18, Jeffrey Cohan, Executive Director of Jewish Veg, will lead an interactive program called Judaism, Animals and the Environment: The Connection for the 21st Century. Jeffrey and attendees will discuss what our Torah and rabbinic tradition have to say about animals and the environment, and its relevancy for our modern lives and imperiled planet.

The free multi-media presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 and will be an opportunity for attendees to grapple with big questions about lifestyle choices in a uniquely Jewish way. Vegan desserts and tea will be served after the discussion. Reserve your spot below!

Just Announced: Can’t make it to Or Shalom on Thursday? We’ll be live streaming this event via Facebook Live.

Jewish Veg is a non-profit organization based in the United States whose mission is to encourage and help people to transition to plant-based diets, in accordance with the highest values of Judaism.

Jeffrey Cohan became a vegetarian in 2007 and a vegan in 2011 after studying what the Torah instructs us about our dietary choices. An experienced public speaker, he worked in print and broadcast journalism for 18 years before starting a second career in Jewish communal service. He was the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2012, then took the helm of Jewish Veg, then known as Jewish Vegetarians of North America, in 2012. Under his leadership, Jewish Veg has emerged as one of the fastest growing veg-advocacy organizations in the United States.

Judaism, Animals and the Environment Event

  • Please reserve your spot for an evening with Jewish Veg executive director, Jeffrey Cohan; Judaism, Animals and the Environment: The Connection for the 21st Century.

    Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is a free event.

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Join us for Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services were a delight to behold as the community came together to celebrate the Days of Awe. We’ve posted online three messages delivered by our members on Rosh Hashanah: Malchuyot, Zichronot, Shofarot. We invite you to read them and share these words among friends and family.

We carry forward for Sukkot and Simchat Torah and hope to see you at Or Shalom in East Vancouver on Sept. 23, Sept. 30, and Oct. 1.


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Shana Tova from Or Shalom

We hope the new year brings you many sweet moments with your family and friends, and that some of those moments happen here at Or Shalom.

If you’re looking for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, please join us at the JCC. Join us for Tashlich on Monday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park. And be sure to read the Rosh Hashanah 5779 edition of the Keren Or newsletter for Rabbi Hannah’s new year’s message and more stories from members.











We can’t wait to see you later this month in Vancouver for Sukkot during which we will kick off our kids program, Shabbat Sheli, and B’Nei Mitzvah program, B’yachad. The whole community is invited to contribute to the stone soup. We’ll also have a young adult night in the sukkah with craft beer and cider.

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