Sing Out for Chanukah!

Celebrate the first night of Chanukah at Or Shalom with singing, latkes, and a group candle lighting. It all happens on Sunday, Dec. 22!

Kids and families, join us starting at 4:30 p.m. for choir practice led by Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo. Then the whole community is invited to a latke supper – we’ll provide the latkes, you bring some vegetarian side dishes to fill out the meal. After that, it’s performance time! If you have one, bring your chanukiah and candles so that we can make the sanctuary glow with light as a reminder that, together, we can make our world shine for everyone. Be sure to RSVP as this event will be popular. 

4:30 p.m. Pop-up choir practice for children and youth ages 5 and up, their parents, and any interested adults. Activities for ages three and four accompanied by parents.

5:30 p.m. Potato latke supper for whole community. Please bring vegetarian side dishes (hot dishes, salads) and/or desserts!

6:30 p.m. Choir performance and communal candle lighting. Bring your own menorah and candles.

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November means 2x Shabbat Evenings to Experience!

The days are getting shorter here on the West Coast, but luckily Shabbat nights will be warm and cozy at Vancouver’s East-Side Shul. Or Shalom has two Kabbalat Shabbat evenings in November fit for all ages.

Or Shalom’s adult-oriented Kabbalat Shabbat evenings, Shabbat Soul, have always been a musically joyful experience. Our first one for 5780 is on Friday, Nov. 22. Take this opportunity to wind down the week and settle into the island in time that is Shabbat – a mix of joyful welcoming and restful introspection.

Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 7 p.m. and will be led by Rabbi Hannah featuring Charles Kaplan, Martin Gotfrit and Noah Gotfrit. Followed by a relaxing vegetarian potluck dinner between spiritual friends at 8 p.m. Everyone welcome at no cost.

We’ve put a twist on our adult Shabbat Soul and have made one special for kids – Kidsoul! This special program to invite children to enter the wonders of Shabbat is geared for ages nine years and younger. Join in sweet community, rejoice in one another, and enter the delight of Friday night!

Join Rabbi Hannah and guests for this child-oriented evening that includes blessings, stories, and song. Please RSVP.

A brief Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by kiddush and a vegetarian dinner (salad, pizza, and fruit dessert provided). Later, we’ll gather in the sanctuary for storytelling and age-appropriate Shabbat liturgy. Everyone welcome at no cost.

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Get into Jewish Studies with Zusia

Or Shalom’s house of study for adults returns for its second year this November with all-new course offerings. Zusia: The Bet Midrash is transformative, communal learning that is inclusive, non-dogmatic, and opens doorways in both the mind and the heart. Last year, dozens of students from all learning backgrounds came together on Tuesday nights to enrich their understanding and explore Jewish texts and teachings.

Check out the full 2019-20 catalogue and register for courses online.

This year we’ve also introduced two-tier course fees: members of Or Shalom receive a discount on all courses. As always, course fees are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Courses are already filling up – be sure to register soon to get your spot.

Courses Beginning on November 12:


Join us for this in-depth ten-class course on the thought and practices of Hasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810). Rebbe Nachman’s teachings are widely admired for their psychological insight, down to earth practicality, and leaps of poetic and visionary brilliance. We will look at the overall shape of his thought and his approach to Torah, prayer, mitzvot, and d’veykus (union with the Divine). We will also take a close look at some of his most commonly quoted and taught torahs (teachings).

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