Philosophers’ Circle for Post-B’nei Mitzvah

What is the Philosophers’ Circle?

The Philosophers’ Circle is Or Shalom’s Post-Simchat Mitzvah program. 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.

Upcoming Activities

Interfaith Youth BC Community of Care

Sunday, Dec. 8, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Or Shalom, the Ismaili Centre of BC and the United Church invite youth and their leaders to learn more about one another’s faith traditions, share a meal, and work together to serve our community. Registration is open!


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Past Activities

Fall Movie & Pizza Nights

Sunday, November 10, 2019
6:30-9:30 p.m.

For teens aged 11-16. Come watch a movie and eat some pizza (vegan and gluten free options available)! After we’ll have a discussion connecting the film to a short thought-provoking text from our tradition. Those kids who RSVP will be able to vote on which movie everyone will watch beforehand. What’s not to like?

Email Matthew to RSVP.

Sunday, May 5, 2019
















April 30, 2017 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.



February 25, 2017 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!



When: January 22, 2017 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.



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.

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