Or Shalom has become known for its unique potluck kiddush lunches after every Saturday Shabbat service at which the congregation sits down for a cornucopia of vegetarian offerings; where there’s food there’s often joy.
Part 3: Celebrations
Every season brings a reason to celebrate and Or Shalomniks make a point of coming together as often as possible in intentional ways. For example, it has become a tradition to decorate the sukkah in our backyard with hand-crafted decorations made from recycled materials that all ages hang from the rafters. Members raise the sukkah earlier in the day and bring schach. The day ends with a communally-made stone soup.
In the last year, Or Shalom has had two wedding renewals; Bar, Bat, and Simchat Mitzvot; and a baby naming ceremony. In 2014, we celebrated 36 years at our Chai celebration and in 2017 we gathered at Van Dusen Gardens for a special evening in honour of Rabbi Hannah Dresner and Ross Andelman.
Do you have a favourite moment? Take a look at some of the photos from our celebrations and parties over the years and share yours.
Up next, Spirituality.