Daniel Matt visits this weekend: Here’s what you need to know

If you missed this event, you can replay it on the Or Shalom YouTube channel.


We’re so looking forward to bringing this program in all its facets to you.

We have news: Events for Selichot with Daniel Matt that required pre-registration are now full!

–> Scroll down for Sept. 21 livestream of How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives

Registrations have filled for most events, but we would love to seat you if we are able. There are always no-shows, and perhaps the sanctuary is a little bit larger than we think. Those eager to attend the Friday or Saturday night talks are invited to come. If you’re not registered we ask that you be prepared to wait until registered folks are seated.

Full Schedule

Friday, Sept. 20

6:15 p.m. – Vegetarian potluck dinner *Fully subscribed*
Check-in begins at 6 p.m. All dishes can be brought downstairs to the social hall.

7:30 p.m. – Shabbat melodies and Daniel Matt’s teaching: Shekhinah, The Feminine Half of God *Unregistered folks will be seated, as is possible, closer to 7:30 p.m.*
Seating begins at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

10 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service including Daniel Matt’s 30-minute text study on Parashat Ki Tavo. All are welcome. No registration required. Vegetarian potluck lunch follows. This will be a special, more intimate teaching.

7:30 p.m. – Selichot Program: songs of longing, Havdalah and Daniel Matt’s teaching: How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives, punctuated by meditation *Unregistered folks will be seated, as is possible, closer to 7:30 p.m.* Live-cast via YouTube starts at 7:30 p.m. 

10 p.m. – Reception in social hall. Complimentary refreshments and Daniel Matt’s books for sale.

Read an interview with Daniel Matt in the Canadian Jewish News.

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Make your Rosh Hashanah challah in East Vancouver

Get ready for Rosh Hashanah by learning to make challah in community at Or Shalom in East Vancouver. This multi-generational event is a great way to prepare for your Rosh Hashanah celebration and get in the spirit.

RSVP soon!

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Enter the Days of Awe with Jewish Mysticism Scholar Dr. Daniel Matt

Pre-eminent scholar of Jewish Mysticism, Dr. Daniel Matt, will share the wisdom he has procured over the last 20 years to spiritual seekers here at Vancouver’s Spiritual Playground.

Dr. Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, recently completed an 18-year project translating and annotating the central text of Jewish mysticism, The Zohar. The Zohar: Pritzker Edition is the result of sifting through multiple manuscripts to produce the most accurate English translation from the original Aramaic. He has received several awards for this effort, including the Koret Jewish Book Award, who described his ninth volume as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

Dr. Matt will be in Vancouver for three days, first giving a talk at the Vancouver School of Theology at UBC followed by two days at Or Shalom Synagogue in East Vancouver. The program at Or Shalom opens on Friday, Sept. 20 for Shabbat with a vegetarian potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.; it will be followed by Dr. Matt’s talk on Shekhinah, the Feminine Half of God, which will discuss the nature of divinity as presented in the Zohar. On Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the evening begins with short teachings interspersed by songs on the theme of yearning to join with the One. Dr. Matt will then deliver a teaching titled How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives. A reception follows.

Space is limited for some evenings – register now to get your seat!

Plans to bring Dr. Matt to Vancouver began over a year ago. Join us for this free-of-charge program made possible by a grant from the Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation. The special weekend is sponsored by Or Shalom Synagogue, the Inter-Religious Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology, and University of British Columbia Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics.

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