Come burn the 8th night oil with the Sulam ensemble on December 5!

As Chanukah both reaches a crescendo and closes with the lighting of the 8th candle on December 5, it’s only natural for us to gather at the Bayit, as a community, to joyfully raise that light and let it shine into the world.

It’s dark out there so let’s all have some in-person fun!

Or Shalom has planned an all-ages musical celebration featuring Jewish folk band Sulam. There will be a guided instrument-making activity for the wee ones, an interactive, musical storytelling session to follow, community Chanukah candle lighting, and Sulam will perform a second adults-focused show. Come for one leg of the journey or all! Kids will receive a Chanukah swag bag.

Sulam’s musical vibe in one sentence: “Inspired by music from the Middle East and Africa, as well as Flamenco, Klezmer, Yiddish, Gypsy and Jewgrass, Sulam explores Hebrew text through Jewish World Music.”

To learn more about the band and to connect with Sulam, add them on Facebook, read their bios, and listen to their free recordings before and after Burning the 8th Night Oil!

Here’s how the evening will unfold:

4:00 – 4:45 pm Kids instrument-making activity led by Or Shalom artists and musicians. Maybe even a little dreidel playing!

5:00 – 5:30 pm Sulam’s interactive kids’ concert and Chanukah storytelling with Rabbi  Hannah (the young at heart are welcome at this one too!)

 5:30 pm We light the 8th candle of the chanukiah as a community. This year, we will be lighting a single menorah instead of all bringing our own.

 5:45 – 6:30 pm Sulam plays a show for the big kids too (“adults”)!

Admission is by donation—simply pay what you can. We suggest $7 for individuals and $10 for families. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click here to register

Poster art credit: Erin Aberle-Palm

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Reconciliation on Chanukah

Sunday, Nov. 28 | 3-5 p.m.
Or Shalom Bayit
Followed by Chanukah candle lighting

As part of Or Shalom’s ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Or Shalom Synagogue, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, and the Tikkun Olam Co-ordinating Committee are offering the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, an experiential workshop and sensitive teaching tool that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the northern part of Turtle Island, or what became known as Canada.

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Attend the 2021 Annual General Meeting

Members: Attend Or Shalom’s 2021 AGM via Zoom

The Or Shalom Annual General Meeting was on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Recording of this year’s AGM


  1. Call to Order
  2. Review of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes of the 2020 AGM
  4. Kavannah & Rabbi’s Report: Rabbi Hannah Dresner
  5. Co-Chair’s Report: David Kauffman & Martin Gotfrit
  6. Financial Report: Paul McCurry
  7. Motion to increase the number of Directors from 9 to 10
  8. Election of Directors*
  9. Business from the Floor
  10. Future events
  11. Adjournment
    *The board will be putting forward a board-recommended list of nominees:

Mark Drew
Rima Wilkes

Abby Fitch
Martin Gotfrit
Paul McCurry
Alexis Kellum-Creer
John MacDonald
Dalia Margalit-Faircloth

Dave Kauffman

Emet Davis
Alexandra (Alex) Lyon
Malcolm Steinberg
Read the nominees’ bios

Due to the virtual format of this meeting, there will not be nominations “from the floor.” Nominations via email were due Oct. 31.

As in past years, we will of course welcome questions and comments from members attending the Zoom meeting.

The meeting will be recorded and minutes will be taken and distributed as usual.

See you Nov. 7.

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