For 40 years, Or Shalom has held Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, celebrated with our traditions of participation and openness. Over the 10 days of Yamim Noraim, services are led by Or Shalomniks from all walks of life, contributing to the rich tapestry that is an Or Shalom service.
Or Shalom opens its doors to everyone looking to join with a community to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with us. To continue this mitzvah, we rely on our High Holyday members’ generosity. You can become a High Holyday member of Or Shalom by taking out a membership online. Or Shalom welcomes everyone to participate in our High Holydays services regardless of ability to pay. If your financial situation prevents you from purchasing a membership, you may wish to make a high holidays donation.
On Erev Rosh Hashanah we will hold a short event at Or Shalom rather than a service at the JCC. Download the full 5780/2019 program for details. Tashlich will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Park duck pond (new location this year!), which is to the north of Bloedel Conservatory.
Feature: Yom Kippur Mincha 5780/2019
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m.
In the Belly of the Whale: A Chorus of Human and Whale Voices and Prayers of Supplication
Created in collaboration with guest composer Leah Abramson. Five community members offer five prayers of supplication, answering, what do you call into being for yourself? for humanity? for the earth?
Leah Abramson is a singer, composer, and instructor from Vancouver, B.C. After touring internationally with indie rock and folk bands, as well as her previous project, The Abramson Singers, Leah recently released her fourth album of original songs. Along with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (focus on lyrics) at the University of British Columbia, Leah has studied classical music at Capilano University, and traditional Appalachian balladry. Leah teaches and facilitates workshops to people of all ages, and has taught at the University of British Columbia (Creative Writing), The Roundhouse, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch), and non-profit organization Instruments of Change.
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