Read the Rosh Hashanah Divrei Torah

We hope you had a meaningful Days of Awe with Or Shalom. We’ve made available the full text of Rabbi Hannah’s Rosh Hashanah D’var Torah as well as a Prayer for Peace offered by Alexis Kellum-Creer on day 2.

Here’s an excerpt from Rabbi Hannah’s dvar:

We Don’t Accept Fate; We Co-Create Our World

Hagar sinks into a dark night of the soul. Dispirited, degraded, defeated, she turns away rather than watch her child die of thirst. But Judaism isn’t about acceptance of fate. If it were, why bother with teshuvah? If it were, we’d still be slaves in Egypt.

Egypt pulled us low. Israel was, like Hagar, kotzer ruach, short of breath, voiceless, so demoralized by suffering that we didn’t have the capacity to cry out, let alone affect change. 

And perhaps we have experienced dark times of our own, recently. Dark times so overwhelming that we’ve felt compelled to give up, give in to pain or depression…. Continue reading

And here’s an excerpt from Alexis’s prayer for peace:

Towards Peace: Never Be Silent

Praying for Peace implies a yearning for a sense of serenity and undisturbed calm, and an absence of conflict. Peace is something we, as social beings, yearn for as a mark of our gradual evolution towards perfection. And, particularly amid times of discord and uncertainty, it is important to see the beckoning possibility that Peace may yet prevail within our global community and upon our precious Earth.

But a yearning for peace in our own lives, as an end in itself, can prevent us, both as individuals and collectively, from extending our compassionate action in new directions. 

In the face of conflict and upheaval in the world around us, it can be difficult to want to learn more about it…. Continue reading

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Yom Kippur services

Stream Or Shalom’s Yom Kippur services live

Click the video players below to stream Yom Kippur services from the JCC.

Please download the High Holidays Supplement (to the High Holiday Machzor), which will be referred to during the services.

A reminder that it is tradition to empty your pockets of money before entering the Kol Nidre service. You can see where that Tzedakah will go, and make an online donation here.

Each year Or Shalom supports Project Isaiah to refill the Jewish Food Bank. Find out how to donate here.

Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service


Yom Kippur Morning Service


Chanting at the Gates, Yizkor and Neilah


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Yom Kippur 5782 Hybrid Services

When we started planning for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur earlier this summer, Covid seemed to be on the wane. The tentative date for entering into Step 4 was set, and we planned for in-person services in hopes of being together with fewer restrictions. With the rise of the Delta variant, new guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control and our own Or Shalom Covid Advisory Committee, we have aligned our own guidelines for in-person attendance.

We have set a limit of 150 people for the JCC Wosk Auditorium, one-third of its capacity. Currently, there are still a few spaces available if you want to join us in person and agree to follow our Covid-19 Guidelines.

Registration for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur will be closed at 3:00pm Tuesday September 14.

All Yom Kippur services will be live-streamed, available from here on the Or Shalom home page Wednesday September 15, 2021 and Thursday September 16.

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