Spend Purim Among Friends at Or Shalom

Let’s make some noise on Purim! Or Shalom’s Purim gathering on March 20 will feature a creative reading of the Megillah, the Book of Esther.

Rabbi Hannah has been assembling some talented folks from the community for a creative reading of the Megillah so that all who attend can hear the story of Esther. Part of the story will be told through the eyes of puppets, that is, if they have eyes! These puppets will be created from every-day objects: they could be spatulas, boots, plungers, pencils. Several Or Shalomniks have been working under the guidance of the artists behind Deer Crossing the Art Farm – Chad Hershler and Sandy Buck to perform two chapters of the Megillah. Come find out what they bring to life on March 20!

Read Rabbi Hannah’s D’var Torah for the week of Purim.

We’ll have a great band comprised of Michael Corber on accordion, Michael Klein and Dave Kauffman on clarinet, Noah Gotfrit on string bass, and Martin Gotfrit on guitar and mandolin who will provide the tunes for dancing and singing. Harriet Frost and Rabbi Hannah will lead the singing.

As is tradition, wear a fun costume so you can participate in the costume parade. You’ll need a noisemaker too to join in on blotting out Haman’s name. If you don’t have one, we’ll have lots to choose from. We’ll also be serving margaritas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and tasty hamantaschen.

Be sure to bring a non-perishable donation for the Jewish Food Bank. Administered by Jewish Family Services, everyone is encouraged to practice mindful donating, that is, donate healthy food options. Some of the items JFS says they need include canned or dried beans, lentils, and legumes; whole grains and brown rice; and canned fish. Check out the poster below for more suggested guidelines.

Never been to Or Shalom? Purim is a great day to make it your first time! Greeters at the door will be delighted to welcome you to Vancouver’ East-Side Shul.

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Myrna’s Tribute Concert

Many Or Shalomniks will join Myrna, her friends, and family to honour her many musical contributions to Jewish music in general and to Or Shalom specifically.

More than 20 musicians have signed up to perform songs that Myrna composed, celebrating life cycle events, and deepening our davenning and prayers with niggunim that have raised our spirits for many years.

If you can, please bring a potluck dessert for intermission. 

We encourage everyone to come to this special Light in Winter concert, so admission is by donation, proceeds of which will go to Tzedakah. You can donate at the door, or in advance here.

Some photos from Myrna’s 70th birthday event at Or Shalom.
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New Members Dinner and Jazz Kabbalat Shabbat

On March 1, we will welcome Shabbat with feeling and officially welcome our newest members to the Or Shalom community with a special dinner and service. Hosted and organized by the Membership Committee, we’ll be honouring members who have joined Or Shalom in the past year and give all our members an opportunity to connect and rejoice on Shabbat.

Last year a similar evening was held and it proved to be highly popular. The Membership Committee has been working hard these past weeks to design a memorable evening, including serving appetizers and a tasty entree, encouraging long-standing members to bring some specialty dishes to the potluck dinner and dessert, buying flowers and decorations, and attending to the many details to ensure a warm and satisfying evening for all.

Due to popular demand, the dinner is now waitlist only! RSVP here to be placed on the waitlist for dinner!

For the service, Rabbi Hannah is planning a unique jazz-infused Kabbalat Shabbat service with Noah Gotfrit and friends. This musical service is sure to get into your body and soul. Read more about Noah’s musical background.

Schedule for the Evening:

5:30 to 7 p.m. — A festive potluck Shabbat dinner (planned and provided by our long-standing members!)
6:30 to 7 p.m. — Candle Lighting for Children
7:15 to 8:15 p.m. — A jazz-centric Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Hannah, Noah Gotfrit, and friends
8:15 p.m. onward — Dessert served (potluck dessert items welcome)

Dinner seating is limited for this intimate evening so long-standing members will need to make sure they RSVP beforehand in order to get a seat. New members have been contacted by the Membership Committee already. Once we reach the dinner seating limit, a waitlist will begin and you’ll be notified of any cancellations. If you would only like to attend the service and dessert afterwards, you’ll have an option to indicate this in your RSVP.

Childminding will be available for ages three to nine during the service, but only for those who RSVP beforehand.

Noah Gotfrit is a 23-year-old double bassist/composer born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. He has been involved in the Or Shalom community since he was a kid and has played at many synagogue events over the years with his father, Martin. He has spent four out of the past five winters living in New Orleans soaking up the tradition and working as a musician with many of the local groups down there. He has also toured in Europe, Western Canada, and the United States with various acts, mostly in the jazz idiom. He is now back living in Vancouver and studying in the contemporary music program at Vancouver Community College.

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