Tisha B’Av 2018 – Longing & Lamentation

On the day of communal mourning, the ninth of Av, Or Shalom will commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem with a reading of Eicha and a teaching.

Our Rabbi Hannah Dresner and rabbis emeriti, Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan and Rabbi Hillel Goelman and other Or Shalom members will each read a chapter from Eicha. Plus, Rabbi Benjamin Barer returns to Or Shalom on the heels of his ordination from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Boston. He’ll grace us with a teaching.

Not a member? No problem. Or Shalom welcomes all who are interested in attending our services.

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Canada Day 2018 – Celebrating Our Syrian Families

Canada Day 2018 was a marked commemoration of the efforts of Or Shalomniks and community members to expand the tent. We sang Hinei Mah Tov and O Canada and we came together as members of the same global community to celebrate the anniversary of the first Canadian year of the four families who were privately sponsored to start their new lives in Canada.

We heard from members of the resettlement teams and members of the families as they expressed their mutual appreciation and memories from the last year.

The formal commitment Or Shalom Syrian Resettlement Initiative (OSSRI) has made to support the families has come to an end, but the informal support remains, as neighbours, and the friendships are sure to be long-lasting. As announced at the celebration, OSSRI intends to work toward sponsoring more refugees.

High resolution images available on our flickr page.

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40th Anniversary Hats Selling Fast

Our 40th anniversary hats arrived last week and we’re already 75 percent sold out!

Order right here on our website and pick up at the Or Shalom office, or choose a delivery option. At this rate, they’ll be sold out by Canada Day. Keep your head cool this summer and commemorate your favourite shul. They make a great gift, too. Sales support youth programming at Or Shalom.

PS Snap a pic of yourself in your Or Shalom swag and tag us on Facebook!

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