Dialogue Project

Who is born a Jew?

Opinions on this issue have shifted over the last four thousand years, and today is a particularly vexed topic. Must one have a Jewish mother, as Talmudic tradition came to assert, or does a Jewish father also make one Jewish?

For us, as a community, it is not just an intellectual question, but one that is alive amongst us. Many of us have strong feelings about what’s right, and worries about ramifications
should we adopt a perspective that diverges from the norm in Jewish Vancouver.

Or Shalom members, register below to join the conversation in the context of a dialogue
facilitated by trusted community members under the guidance of Mark Winston and Rabbi Hannah. We will speak from heart, mind and experience and we’ll spend time imagining our future.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via zoom
Register below by Friday, April 16 at 11 a.m.

Open to Or Shalom Members only

As has been true of our past four Dialogue Projects, this program is for Or Shalom members only. It is conceived as an in-reach project meant to create safe space for vulnerable conversation on a difficult question.

The outcome may lead to a process of change in Or Shalom behaviors or policies, and therefore, for this additional reason, it is important that participants be individuals who have acted to identify with Or Shalom as their synagogue home.

Click here to read the report resulting from the dialogue project.

Previous Programs

Or Shalom Dialogue Project Session 3: Israel – Stories from our Hearts

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 9:30am-3:30pm

program of interest to all Or Shalom members who have a voice, or an ear…

Please join as we hone our skills, and strive to implement safe space for difficult conversations.

On November 19 we will have an opportunity to share stories from our hearts, assembling to listen and understand one another’s feelings about Israel. We are invited to dialogue but not debate as we share and hear one another’s personal relationships with the land and state of Israel, including the challenges we may grapple with and our imaginings of peace. We hope that we will come with open curiosity and that we will interact without judgment so that we can truly entertain the diversity of perspectives within our spiritual community.

This day-long program is for Or Shalom members only; it is a holy day of community building.

Check in at 9:30am. First plenary begins promptly at 10am. Lunch will be served.

Pre-registration is required, please find registration below. Please note: there is a top limit of 60 participants. Registration closes November 14.

See a summary of the Dialogue Project Session 2: How We Allocate Tzedakah, Individually and Communally HERE.