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A Most Unusual Simchat Torah!

In times of a global pandemic, innovation and creativity come to the forefront, and Rabbi Hannah and the staff really pulled out all the stops to make Simchat Torah as participatory and as fun as we have when we are in-person at Or Shalom.  Here’s a glimpse of some of the evening’s highlights.

Or Shalom honoured Sandra Cohen and the unveiling of a new parochet (curtain in front of the Torahs).  You can see Sandra’s explanation of the design and construction of the parochet on Or Shalom’s YouTube channel (and please subscribe – we get more features once we reach 100 subscribers!)

Some scenes from Simchat Torah 5781 – Dance Party version!

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Happenings Friday October 9 to Thursday October 15

Chag Sameach and Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 9

9:00 am
Men’s Torah Study Group
Parasha for Shemini Atzeret
Deuteronomy/Devarim 14:22 – 16:17
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 892 7010 9069; Passcode: 572724

1:00 pm
Friday Tehillim
Healing Prayers for the Human Family led by John Fuerst.

As our forefathers and foremothers made their way to the Temple to celebrate Sukkot, they sang psalms of ascent, making aliyah (ascent) to Jerusalem. On Friday, the seventh day of Sukkot, we will learn and daven three psalms of ascent, Psalms 121, 126 and 131. Psalms are available in Hebrew and English here.
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 873 2214 6883; Password: 200901

6:00 pm
Erev Shabbat Candle Lighting
– led by Rabbi Hannah from her Sukkah.
Candle lighting, Kiddush, Motzi. Erev Shabbat blessings are available here.
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 826 4524 7744; Passcode: 712461

Saturday, October 10

9:00 – 11:00 am
Shabbat morning Torah Study with Rabbi Susan, followed by an abbreviated davening with Rabbi Hannah
This week during Torah Study, we will focus on Moshe’s final blessing and death in the very last portion of the entire Torah, V’Zot HaBeracha, Devarim/Deuteronomy 33:1 to 34:7.
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 843 7953 8479; Passcode: 213577

7:15 – 8:30 pm
Erev Simchat Torah

7:15 pm – Yizkor
7:30 – 8:30 pm Simchat Torah Service zoomed from the Bayit.
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 812 9283 6909; Passcode: 779725

Our Sunday Evening Minyanim will begin again on October 18

Thursday, October 15

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Women’s Heart Centered Torah Study
– led by Dael Adams Segal
Parashat Bereshit 5781 / פרשת בְּרֵאשִׁית
Torah Portion: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Email Dael to join: d.adams@telus.net

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