What a Celebration for Hannah & Ross!

Over 100 Or Shalomniks, guests, and friends came to VanDusen gardens to celebrate our community’s celebration Rabbi Hannah and Ross.

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Community Meeting Notes – Or Shalom Cemetery

About 50 Or Shalomniks gathered Wednesday night to hear about the halacha around burial practices in Jewish Cemeteries and learn from Rabbi Hannah and Rabbi Susan about new and old history of Jewish practice. Our next community meeting regarding policy around the cemetery will be held May 11.

Click here for more information about Or Shalom’s journey in creating a cemetery.

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Campaign 2017 Starts

As we finish cleaning up after our various Seders, and go through this week of clarity and freedom, Or Shalom members should have received Canada Post’s delivery of your copy of Keren Or, our 2017 campaign brochure, and information about the upcoming Or Shalom cemetery meeting.

This year once again, Or Shalom volunteer canvassers will be reaching out to the entire Or Shalom community to have a conversation with you about the future of Or Shalom. This year we have a campaign goal of 7,000 Chai (7,000 x $18 = $126,000), and if we can achieve that goal, will be able to undertake the kinds of projects, building improvement, and programs that will continue to fuel the growth of Or Shalom as an intergenerational model of Jewish life in East Vancouver.

As a brief reminder of the things that make Or Shalom special as you consider your gift this year, here are some moments from this year’s High Holydays, and Sukkot, in a brief 6 minute video.

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Chag Sameach!

Wishing everyone a Pesach sameach! May the coming year be guided by human connection and compassion, bringing freedom and justice into the darkest corners.

And for those of you who joined us for our Chocolate Seder, how sweet it has been to share chag with you!


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