B’Yachad – Simchat Mitzvah with Or Shalom

What is B’Yachad?

B’yachad (“Together”) is Or Shalom’s Simchat Mitzvah program with interactive study for youth taught by singer-songwriter Harriet Frost and Jewish educator Matthew Gindin.

There will be two 2-hour classes per month on Sundays with Matthew, plus one 2 hour class per month with Harriet.

Matthew’s classes will focus on text based learning, history, Jewish thought, and culture. There will also be occasional multi-media and movie classes.

Harriet’s classes will focus on music, holidays, craft and art activities, liturgical music from the Siddur, and tikkun olam projects such as volunteerism and interfaith activities.

We will also have one shabbat dinner a month hosted at family’s houses on a rotating basis, with each family asked to host Shabbat once during the school year.

A rate of 75% attendance of all aspects of the course is required as a minimum.

Course details here!

Dates for 2023:

Jan 8, 2023

Jan 15, 2023

Jan 22, 2023

Feb 5, 2023

Feb 12, 2023

Feb 26, 2023

March 5, 2023

March 12, 2023

March 26, 2023

April 2, 2023

April 16, 2023

April 23, 2023

May 7, 2023

May 21, 2023

May 28, 2023

June 4, 2023 (End of Year Party)

Preparing for Simchat Mitzvah

At Or Shalom, Simchat Mitzvah preparation begins two years before our youth are called to the Torah for their first Aliyah. Ours is a multi-modality class meeting on Sunday afternoons during the school year and includes special participation on some holidays and Shabbatot. Our program will include a social action initiative in the spirit of “It is not the study that is essential, but rather the action (Pirke Avot 1:17).”


  • Families need to be Or Shalom members to participate in B’Yachad. Membership options are described at https://www.orshalom.ca/membership/
  • B’yachad is a two-year program, fee is not refundable.
  • A core value of Or Shalom is that fees should never be a barrier to participation; financial assistance for the Simchat Mitzvah program is available to member families.

Questions? Please contact learning@orshalom.ca to inquire further about this program.

9 Responses to B’Yachad – Simchat Mitzvah with Or Shalom

  1. Dan Fedder/ Jane Venis says:

    Our twins Evan and Leah(age 13 in May) will be joining the class this year. Please give details of start,days etc. Thanks, Danny.

  2. Mazel Tov! We’ll be happy to welcome your family to Or Shalom and for Evan and Leah to join B’yachad.

    Our inaugural meeting will be Sunday September 20 from 3:00-5:00 at Or Shalom, and classes and gatherings will be on Sundays through the year. The exact dates are somewhat up to the families to help choose, so we’ll see you on the 20th!

  3. Tammy says:

    Our two youngest daughters, Liv and Issy, will both join the class in due course. At what age is enrolment suggested?

    Tammy and Paul McCurry

  4. Jason Ryant says:

    Hi Tammy, I have responded to your question directly in an email 🙂

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