Shabbat Soul returns July 23

Join Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Martin Gotfrit and Wendy Rubin for a Kabbalat Shabbat from Or Shalom.

Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m.

Liturgy for this Shabbat Soul is available here (pdf):

Please note that this Shabbat Soul will be livestreamed on YouTube, NOT on Zoom. You can use this link to watch it on YouTube or click on the thumbnail below to watch it here on the Or Shalom home page.

YouTube Link

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Tisha B’Av: Presenting Or Shalom’s Shoah scroll

Last year, woven between words from the Book of Lamentations, we recited the names of Or Shalom family lost to the Shoah and other genocides. Reciting those names, and hearing a few of their stories, brought us some measure of healing.

Now, we will unveil the Shoah Scroll our volunteers have worked to create over the course of the year, and which will find a place of kavod – honor in our Or Shalom Bayit, upon our return. The Or Shalom Shoah Scroll contains names and photographs of loved ones lost to brutality, all of which we will have an opportunity to see, electronically.

As we remember our ancestors, ancient and modern, may we increase our empathy with the pain and horrors perpetrated against our Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities and peoples of colour, and our sensitivity to all marginalized people.

The Or Shalom Shoah Scroll was lovingly prepared by Mary Adlersberg, Marianne Rev, Deborah Ross-Grayman and Henry Ross-Grayman, in consultation with Rabbi Hannah.

Our Aicha readers will be: Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Casey Collins, Rabbi Hannah, Val Dolgin, and Lilach Somberg.

Saturday, July 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 856 6608 1776; Passcode: 388487

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Call for participants: Koreh Selichot 5782

Announcing a KOREH Slam for SELICHOT 5782

When: Saturday, August 28, 8 p.m.

As we prepare music and liturgy for this year’s Selichot gathering, we invite your stories, poems and reflections on the theme “Where Can Wisdom be Found?

We invite you to reflect on unexpected sources of wisdom during the pandemic – human and non-human. We have all sought steadiness in different places – public health officers and the CBC, but also our gardens, animal companions and kitchens. During the past 18 months of pandemic, what are the new and reclaimed wisdom traditions you have drawn on? Have you felt your ancestors come closer, or explored a new tradition of your own? Has your Judaism shifted during the pandemic? During this phase of the year as we approach Rosh Hashanah, what is the wisdom that emerges from you and that you aspire to emerge into?

As always, we welcome offerings from first-time Koreh contributors.

Want to participate? Apply below by July 30!

Koreh: Selichot 5782 Slam Sign-up

  • Apply for a slam spot by completing the form below by Friday, July 30; notifications of acceptance will go out shortly after.
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