Upcoming Events in 2017

Don’t miss the exciting Or Shalom programs and events coming your way soon!


On January 21st we have Colouring & Cocktails, a relaxing adult-oriented evening of colouring, board games and drinks. Please RSVP to programs@orshalom.ca

On January 22nd, post-b'nei mitzvah teens are invited to come to Graffiti Night and bring your friends. Together we'll enjoy thought-provoking conversation, spray paint and pizza! Please RSVP to programs@orshalom.ca

On January 29th, Or Shalom members are welcomed into a safe space to discuss inclusion and egalitarianism at the first session of our Dialogue Project. Register HERE.

On February 24, 25, 26 and March 3, 4, 5, be a part of Come On Over 2017. Or Shalomniks will entertain you at their homes with delicious food and great company! Register HERE.
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Jelly & Jam – Don’t Let the Light Go Out!

Nothing combats the uncanny Vancouver cold we’ve been having like the warmth of the Or Shalom community celebrating together! We basked in the light of our 5th night candles as we sang, collaged, decorated candles and ate jelly doughnuts to our hearts content. Thank you to all who joined us!

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Jelly and Jam Chanukah Event

Join us for our Jelly & Jam Chanukah Celebration!

Starting at 6pm, we’ll have family-oriented artistic candle decorating and a communal menorah collage. Along with a Chanukah sing-along, we’ll have delicious doughnuts and other yummy snacks!

At 7pm, we’ll join together with the whole community to light candles. We invite you to bring your favourite chanukiah from home (candles will be provided)!

From 7:30pm onward, Or Shalom’s “late night” crowd will continue the festivities with snacks, beers, and a fabulous musical jam! Potluck snacks are welcome.

Entrance will be by donation to Or Shalom’s Tzedaka Fund to support:

Battered Women’s Support Services, Women of the Wall, and Education of Abayudaya orphans in Uganda.

All contributions are appreciated!

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OSSRI Press Conference

On Friday, December 9th, the Or Shalom Syrian Resettlement Initiative (OSSRI) Steering Committee and Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan together with approximately 13 other community organizations across the Lower Mainland held a press conference in the sanctuary at Or Shalom Synagogue to highlight the ongoing and unexplained delays in processing applications for the many families waiting in northern Iraq to come to Canada. Rabbi Hannah contextualized our gathering as one of deep ecumenism, giving voice to the activism at the heart of our shared spirituality, as we endeavour to build this world in love.

In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government encouraged Canadians to step forward and support Syrian refugees coming to Canada. Like many groups across the country, Or Shalom Synagogue raised enough funds to support four families (16 people in total) for a year. So far, only one of the four OSSRI-sponsored families has arrived in Canada. The press conference brought together concerned groups calling for government accountability to the promises it made for these refugee families and their sponsors.

The call to action is a serious one and we cannot take for granted the power of bringing together groups of diverse faiths, backgrounds and interests to state that these delays cannot continue.  The Greater Vancouver area was responsible for private sponsorship applications for close to 100 Kurdish Syrian refugee families in northern Iraq and many private sponsorship agreement holders are still waiting for their families to arrive.

                    

We are grateful to all who have supported the Syrian resettlement initiative, but our work is not finished. The OSSRI will continue to call for government action through the expeditious processing of applications, and to search for effective ways to bring about the safe arrival of all sponsored families.
The call to action is a serious one and we cannot take for granted the power of bringing together groups of diverse faiths, backgrounds and interests to state that these delays cannot go on.  The Greater Vancouver area was responsible for private sponsorship applications for close to 100 Kurdish Syrian refugee families in N. Iraq and many private sponsorship agreement holders are still waiting for their families to arrive.

While we are grateful to all those who have dedicated themselves to the support of the Syrian Refugee Initiative, we find that our work is not yet finished. The OSSRI will continue to call for government action through the expeditious processing of applications, and to search for effective ways to bring about the safe arrival of all sponsored families.

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