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.


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).”

Sunday Class Time: 3:00-5 p.m. at Or Shalom (710 E 10th Ave.), three classes a month. Class will be in person at Or Shalom if safety can be assured in accordance with the guidelines of provincial health authorities and Or Shalom’s Covid Committee. Otherwise, classes will be online.

Remaining dates for 2022 (Fall 2022- Summer 2023 dates TBA)

  • April 10, 2022
  • April 24, 2022
  • May 15, 2022
  • May 29, 2022
  • June 12, 2022
  • June 26, 2022


Total Program Cost for Members of Or Shalom: $1500 per student for the two year program.


  • Families need to be Or Shalom members to participate in B’Yachad. Various 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 Mitzvot program is available to member families.

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

Register below!

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.

    • 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!

  2. 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

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