Step into Your Island in Time on Shabbat

Koreh: Writers in the Sanctuary returns for its 5780 season this November. The kickoff program is an open mic on Shabbat, Friday, November 1.

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation in the social hall (enter the building from the front door under the stairs). Later, in the sanctuary, open mic readers will have 5-7 minutes — storytelling and poetry welcome. Spaces are limited – sign up in advance.

For those who will be spectators and not readers, here’s a taste of what to expect from the poets, storytellers, and writers:

We invite stories about what it means to rest and re-ensoul. What is repose for you? How do you create sacred time, or what makes time stop for you? What are your stories that replenish? Tell us a story about your longing for rest. Read us a poem about your touchstone for restoration. What are the sabbaths of our lives? And, in a world that can push us towards burn-out, how do we know how to stop?

Everyone will be treated to musical entertainment from Noah Gotfrit and Wendy Rubin. Noah has performed for Shabbat Soul programs and Wendy is a Chanting & Chocolate band member.

No cost to attend and all are welcome. See you on Shabbat!

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah 5780 at Or Shalom

Sukkot and Simchat Torah are busy, happy times at Or Shalom. Come on out to East Vancouver and celebrate with us with these events and programs:

On Oct. 13, the Or Shalom community will erect our Sukkah. Our dedicated team of builders will begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come see the Sukkah go up! Feel free to bring schach (tree branches) to help make our canopy. After the Sukkah is standing everyone is invited to decorate – recycled craft materials will be provided and we will put them up in the Sukkah from 12 to 1 p.m. Please come be a part of this heartwarming and family-friendly event!

Each year Rabbi Hannah and Ross open their Sukkah for a few evenings of sharing stories with members of our community. Attendance is limited to Or Shalom members and there are only a few spots each evening. Find all the details here.

Join JQT Vancouver and Or Shalom Synagogue for a special evening of food sharing and revelling in the fruits of our labour in celebration of the Jewish autumnal harvest festival of Sukkot!

Please bring a dish and a libation of your choice to this vegetarian potluck and get ready to kick back, drink, eat, and share stories. Everyone is welcomed: Jewish, Jew-ish, Jew-curious and friends!!

Rumour on the street is that there will be a fruit and vegetable garnishing expert waiting in the sukkah to add a little extra love and joy to our potluck dishes 🙂

This queer and trans positive event is part of Vancouver Foundation’s “On the Table”series, as well as the Sustenance Festival, and takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam peoples. RSVP to attend!

On erev Simchat Torah – Oct. 21 – everyone of all ages is invited to come to the Or Shalom Bayit and dance with the Torah!

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Shana Tova from Vancouver’s East-Side Shul

As the new year approaches, we’re busy putting the final touches on our services and events so your observance of this special time is warm and contemplative. We will have several ways for you to connect to the Days of Awe, including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. Download the brochure to view the full High Holidays schedule.

We are pleased to offer programming for kids and teens, ages 3 and up, throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. View the schedule and RSVP so our staff can plan accordingly.

Below you’ll find a few highlights of our gatherings. What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

High Holidays 5780 Highlights

Before you head off to Rosh Hashanah dinner plans you may have with friends and family, join Rabbi Hannah for a sweet Kabbalat Chag service in our Bayit in East Vancouver to start off the 5780 High Holy Days.

No RSVP required. We’ll see you at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Created in collaboration with guest composer Leah Abramson. Five community members offer five prayers of supplication, answering, what do you call into being for yourself? for humanity? for the earth? This is the opening program for the next season of Koreh.

We wish you all a Shana Tova U’Metuka.

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