Or Shalom joins Faiths 4 Climate Justice action Oct. 17

SAVE THE DATE for Faiths 4 Climate Justice Action!

As part of a multi-faith global initiative, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, the Or Shalom Board and the Tikkun Olam Co-ordinating Committee (TOCC) are inviting all community members to participate in a faith-based community action!

When and Where?
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
Creekside Park, 455 Quebec Street (next to Science World)
*Please note: location is subject to change*

Two weeks before the UN climate negotiations in Glasgow, multi-religious organizations across the world are standing together to apply moral and spiritual pressure on political and other influential leaders.

In community with VancouverGreenfaith, the local expression of Faiths 4 Climate Justice, the TOCC will be gathering in Jewish religious garb and with banners along with other local spiritual communities to demand that world leaders take immediate and necessary action to address the climate crisis.

We are proud to lead this action in the name of the Or Shalom Spiritual Community in demonstration of our shared values of Tikkun Olam.

In the face of the climate emergency, an existential threat now facing our planet and every living thing on it, we must act as a collective in concert with all of humanity.

Please note that COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all gatherings.

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Or Shalom Shabbat Services Survey

If you have attended Or Shalom services in the past 18 months you know we have experimented with many new ideas around communal prayer while connected over the internet. As we move cautiously to in-person gatherings, your input is important to help shape future service offerings.

Currently we are anticipating some combination of zoom-only, and hybrid (in-person and zoom) and possibly some in-person-only events, and your feedback will help clarify those decisions.


Thanks for your support of Or Shalom

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Fall adult Jewish learning courses are starting soon

Register for adult Jewish learning courses at Or Shalom in Vancouver!

A number of courses with Fall start dates are about to begin at Vancouver’s East-Side Shul. Be sure to get your spot before they’re all gone.

Keva and Kavanah: Topics in Jewish Liturgy and Ritual

Begins October 4, 7-9 p.m.

Join Rabbi Hannah Dresner to explore modes of Jewish spiritual practice, with an emphasis on prayer, including guidance in the rituals of Shabbat, and the liturgy of the Shabbat morning service. Register here.

Fire in the Bones: Hearing the Prophets Today

Begins October 5, 7-9 p.m.

Presented by Zusia: The Bet Midrash at Or Shalom, Matthew Gindin leads students in the literature of the prophets. In this course, you will look at who the prophets were, what their lives were like, what they said, and the urgent and timely message they have for us today both as Jews and as world citizens. Register here.

Prayer Book Hebrew Levels 1 & 2

Begins October 13 (Level 1) and 14 (Level 2), 7-8:30 p.m.

Harriet Frost teaches Hebrew alphabet decoding and then reading from the Et Ratzon Siddur, Or Shalom’s prayer book, offering familiarity with the Shabbat morning services, including some vocabulary and an introduction to congregational music. Two options for two levels of learners! Register here for Level 1 (for beginner-beginners) and register here for Level 2 (know the alphabet).

Mouth of the Donkey: Reimagining Biblical Animals

Begins October 27, 7-9 p.m.

Animals are everywhere in Torah. How should we read their stories? What can they teach us about ecology, spirituality, and ethics? In this Zusia course, Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan will lead us in the study of Torah’s great animal stories. Together, we’ll go deeper into some ideas from her recently published book, Mouth of the Donkey. Register here.

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