Philosophers’ Circle for Post-B’nei Mitzvah

What is the Philosophers’ Circle?

The Philosophers’ Circle is Or Shalom’s Post-B’nei Mitzvah program. Meeting approximately every 6 weeks, this program brings together teens for fun and stimulating activities covering topics of Jewish expression and identity, social justice and other relevant questions that our teens want to bring to the table.

This year’s program will centre around explorations of social dynamics through a Jewish lens, teach practical leadership skills, and delve into the various ethical and emotional questions that arise from our Jewish stories, texts and heritage.

We look forward to starting up again after the summer. See you there!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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PAST EVENTS:

When: April 30, 10:00am-12:30pm

What: With spring slowly creeping its way forward, we thought it was time to get outside! So, on April 30, we will meet at Pacific Spirit Park (exact location TBD) for an excursion into the beauty of our surroundings and our minds. Through our journey in the woods, we will learn a few outdoor and nature skills, and delve into mind-opening activities led by our very own Rabbi Hannah.

Please let your teens know that they are encouraged to invite along a friend. Light snacks will be provided.

Cost: FREE

Please RSVP  by Monday, April 24.

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IRON CHEF: ECO-KASHRUT EDITION

When: February 25, 6:30-8:30pm

What: Iron Chef Eco-Kashrut Cook Off! With Tu Bishvat not far behind us, we’ll explore ideas of eco-kashrut and what it means to use a Jewish lens to understand our connection to the earth and the environment. Then, our Philosophers’ Circle teens will break into teams and show off their creativity and cooking prowess!

 

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GRAFFITI NIGHT

When: January 22, 5-8pm

What: After learning some basic graffiti terms and techniques, we’ll explore the social commentary made by graffiti artists, with special attention to some of the major Jewish and Israeli graffiti happening today. We’ll delve into questions like “who owns art?” and “what should motivate Jewish expression?” Finally, we’ll get to practice our skills with some stencilling and top it all with PIZZA DINNER.

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OR SHALOM FAMILY RETREAT EVENT

At the first session of the Philosophers’ Circle, which took place at Camp Hope as part of the Or Shalom Family Retreat, our teens discussed some teachings for Pirkei Avot with Rabbi Hannah and Dr. Shira Weidenbaum, Professor French Literature at Quest University.