New Ways for Young Families to Connect

At our Shabbat Sheli and Little Lights Parent Meeting this spring we had a fruitful conversation about what is working well, what could be better, and what could be added to Or Shalom’s young family programming. Click on the image of the mind map below to see the results. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting and want to share your thoughts, please fill out our questionnaire.

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One of the major takeaways was the desire to build a chavurah, a fellowship of families who will learn and grow together and build a close-knit community within the folds of the greater Or Shalom community. We want to nurture this and are here to help young families connect to resources that can assist them in hosting Shabbat dinners in their homes, coordinating childminding so they can attend adult programs at Or Shalom, connect to elders in the community, and more.

Connect and Grow

Based on feedback from the meeting, parents wanted ways to communicate regularly and get to know one another as well as a way to schedule regular gatherings outside of Shabbat Sheli and Little Lights, including in homes, and in outdoor spaces in Metro Vancouver.

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Live at Or Shalom – Lebedik Yankee Tuesday June 26, 2018

Tuesday June 26, 2018 7:30pm at Or Shalom

Tickets available here – $36/$18 or at the door for $40/$20

Lebedik Yankee is a new project from one of the world’s foremost Yiddish singers, Sasha Lurje (Latvia), and klezmer/bluegrass violinist, Craig Judelman (USA), which explores the journey of Yiddish songs from Eastern Europe to America. Based in Berlin, the musicians bring their own special relationship to the songs, drawing equally from the traditions of old world and the new. Together they have been captivating European and American audiences with this new program and they are thrilled to be joined by legend of the klezmer low end, Mark Rubin (New Orleans) as well as Pacific Northwest roots music favorite, Matt Sircely

Eastern European Jewish immigrants flocked to the new world in the late 19th century, bringing their songs and stories with them. The songs born from this new Yiddish American culture – and the older ones that survived the journey – offer unique insights into their personal and generational experiences. They tell of the emancipation of women, the growth of the labor movement, the dangers of war and of course, love. In this special program of rarely heard songs collected from old recordings and transcriptions, the artists continue where the old recordings left off, letting their various influences and intuitions take over. The result is a repertoire that is simultaneously deeply traditional yet brand new and accessible to all audiences. The natural amalgamation of Eastern European and American instruments and idioms gives the songs a powerful sense of timelessness and universality. At a time when politicians exploit and fuel our sense of difference, this message could not be more relevant and we are excited to bring this seldom heard music to the Pacific Northwest.

Please find a video of the band here:

A bit about the performers:

Sasha Lurje is one of the leading voices in the contemporary Yiddish scene, known equally for her extensive musical and cultural knowledge, extraordinary vocal talent, and engaging, educational and passionate performances. Sasha has performed and taught at numerous festivals in Europe and America with her own bands (including Semer Ensemble, Forshpil) and as a featured artist with groups such as The Klezmatics, Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird, and more. Growing up speaking Slavic and Baltic languages, she brings a unique ‘old world’ perspective to the repertoire, and is internationally renowned as one of the foremost specialists in Yiddish lyric songs and ballads. (sashalurje.com)

Craig Judelman grew up in Seattle, but made his name in New York, where he helped found the band Litvakus, one of the only klezmer bands devoted to Litvak (northern European Jewish) music. Recently relocated to Berlin, he is quickly becoming a sought after performer and instructor in the klezmer world. Besides having played klezmer music for 20 years, Craig’s background in American and other folk music gives him a unique perspective perfectly suited to playing the American iteration of Jewish music presented in this program. 

Matt Sircely is a virtuoso mandolinist and guitarist currently residing in Port Townsend, WA. Matt is mostly known for his performance and composition of bluegrass, country and old time American music (working extensively with banjo maestro Danny Barnes), however he has also been a fringe member of the klezmer scene for quite some years. Matt studied with and interviewed Andy Statman (the most well know klezmer mandolinist) extensively, and performed with Margot Leverett’s Klezmer Mountain Boys in concerts throughout America.

For this tour, we are thrilled to feature Mark Rubin, who has been one of the most sought after klezmer bass and tuba players for over 20 years. He has performed with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars, The Other Europeans, as well as numerous acts in other genres, from country to cajun to swing to balkan music as well as with his own alt-country band, The Bad Livers.

Buy your tickets for this great show through our secure online ticket site.

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Vancouver: Welcome Shabbat with Feeling

Welcome Shabbat with feeling here at Vancouver’s East-Side Shul on Friday, June 1 and wrap yourself in music and a meal.

Shabbat at Or Shalom has something for all ages – young families, young adults, elders, singles, couples, and everyone in between. Join in sweet community, rejoice in one another, and enter the delight of Friday night!

Are you in your 20s and 30s? Come along to Shabbat Soul with Axis Vancouver – a network for Jewish young adults – as a special dinner guest of Or Shalom; a potluck contribution is not expected. Email Shelley at programs@orshalom.ca and mention Axis to RSVP.

Musical candle lighting for young families begins at 5:30 p.m. All ages come together at 6 p.m. for a vegetarian potluck. Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Hannah Dresner and Sulam, Jewish World Music, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Never been to Or Shalom before? We’d love to meet you! Email Shelley and we’ll arrange for one of our members to greet you when you arrive.

Start June by stepping into the island in time. All are welcome at no cost.

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