Join us for a summer Shabbat of sacred storytelling, music, and delight as Renée Brachfeld and Mark Novak return to Or Shalom to share their magic for a Saturday night concert for adults on July 6.
Renée is a storyteller and juggler. Mark is a musician, rabbi, and hazzan. Together, this husband-wife duo have been presented as artists in residence at over 150 synagogues throughout the US and Canada. They have performed and taught at LimmudFest in England; the International Storytelling Festival in Seattle; The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and at Aleph Kallah.
Saturday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m.
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Please note, as it will be Shabbat, there will be no ticket sales at the door.
Mark and Renée will also be participants in Saturday morning Shabbat service on July 6 and will present a family-oriented story during the Torah service. All are welcome and young children will also enjoy this service.
It is my delight to welcome Matthew Gindin to our staff in the new role of Master Teacher. Matthew will be tasked with teaching our twice-monthly Little Lights program for six-to-eight-year-olds, participating in teaching our Simchat Mitzvah students, and offering classes in Zusia: the [adult] Bet Midrash. He will also work closely with Rabbi Hannah on curriculum for all our spiritual education programs, and help our families with children to form community and engage in lay-led projects of their own invention.
Matthew comes to Or Shalom with experience in teaching a wide variety of age groups and subjects at many of Vancouver’s Jewish institutions as well as in holistic medicine, meditation, and yoga contexts. In addition, he is an active journalist, writing for the Jewish Independent, the Wisdom Daily, the Times of Israel, and more. We look forward to the stimulating conversations and experiences he will inspire in our community.
Please join in our official welcome on Shabbat morning on July 6. To celebrate, we have engaged performers Rabbi Mark Novak and Renée Brachfeld (who will be visiting from Washington, DC) to present a story at the centre of our service, in lieu of the Dvar Torah. The davening will be followed by a kiddush/lunch made up of your festive contributions.
Matthew is married to Miriam Leo Gindin and together they have a young son, Zev. I hope you will join me in welcoming the whole family to our Or Shalom community.
Martin Gotfrit, Or Shalom Board Chair
On Erev Shavuot – Saturday, June 8 – Or Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel, and Temple Sholom will come together for a joint Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
Three Rabbis, Three Commandments: Stealing, Coveting & Honouring will see our Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Beth Israel’s Rabbi Jonathan Infeld, and Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Dan Moskovitz each explore and lead a teaching on one of the Ten Commandments. Taking place at King David High School (5718 Willow Street), Rabbi Stephen Berger will moderate.
8:30 p.m. Program
10 p.m. Maariv
10:20 p.m. Refreshments (dairy)
There is no cost to attend, but RSVPing is greatly encouraged. Follow the link or call 604-266-7190.