Shabbat Soul – Friday music and feast

Join us Friday, Nov. 9 for Shabbat Soul and welcome Shabbat with feeling!

Shabbat at Vancouver’s East-Side Shul has something for all ages – young families, young adults, elders, singles, couples, and everyone in between. Join in sweet community, rejoice in one another, and enter the delight of Friday night!

Music for families with young kids led by Rabbi Hannah begins at 5:30 p.m. All ages come together at 6 p.m. for a vegetarian potluck. And our Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Hannah Dresner and members of our fantastic band starts at 7:30 p.m.

Never been to Or Shalom before? We’d love to meet you! Contact us and we’ll arrange for one of our members to greet you when you arrive.

Or Shalom will host Shabbat Soul once a month this fall and winter. Save these upcoming dates to your calendar: Dec. 7 (Hanukkah celebration) and Jan. 18 (Tu B’shvat seder).

All are welcome at no cost and we welcome unaffiliated and interfaith families.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of
Or Shalom Spiritual Community Association
will be held:

Sunday, November 4, 2018
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Or Shalom Synagogue
710 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 2A7

Coffee, bagels, and cream cheese will be served. Childminding available.

Members are encouraged to attend. A member who was in good standing as of the end of the previous fiscal year (June 30, 2018), and who is present at a meeting of members, is entitled to one vote.


Chair’s Message
Rabbi’s Message
Financial Report
Election of Directors
Business from the Floor

Please click here if you are interested in being a Director on the Or Shalom Board.

Please note: Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4.

Questions? Email

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Reserve Your Spot for Judaism and Veganism Event

Or Shalom is pleased to be hosting a presentation and discussion about what the Torah indicates about choosing a plant-based diet and how to tackle the climate change crisis.

On Oct. 18, Jeffrey Cohan, Executive Director of Jewish Veg, will lead an interactive program called Judaism, Animals and the Environment: The Connection for the 21st Century. Jeffrey and attendees will discuss what our Torah and rabbinic tradition have to say about animals and the environment, and its relevancy for our modern lives and imperiled planet.

The free multi-media presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 and will be an opportunity for attendees to grapple with big questions about lifestyle choices in a uniquely Jewish way. Vegan desserts and tea will be served after the discussion. Reserve your spot below!

Just Announced: Can’t make it to Or Shalom on Thursday? We’ll be live streaming this event via Facebook Live.

Jewish Veg is a non-profit organization based in the United States whose mission is to encourage and help people to transition to plant-based diets, in accordance with the highest values of Judaism.

Jeffrey Cohan became a vegetarian in 2007 and a vegan in 2011 after studying what the Torah instructs us about our dietary choices. An experienced public speaker, he worked in print and broadcast journalism for 18 years before starting a second career in Jewish communal service. He was the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2012, then took the helm of Jewish Veg, then known as Jewish Vegetarians of North America, in 2012. Under his leadership, Jewish Veg has emerged as one of the fastest growing veg-advocacy organizations in the United States.

Judaism, Animals and the Environment Event

  • Please reserve your spot for an evening with Jewish Veg executive director, Jeffrey Cohan; Judaism, Animals and the Environment: The Connection for the 21st Century.

    Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is a free event.

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