Aleph Listening Tour comes to Vancouver March 25-27.

The Aleph co-chairs are visiting several of the Jewish Renewal communities in North America, and they’ve added a Vancouver leg to hear from Or Shalom, Canada’s oldest Jewish Renewal community. Having the Aleph co-chairs visit our community is an opportunity for you/us/Or Shalom to shape and ground the future of Aleph, Jewish Renewal and Judaism.

Co-chairs Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus, want to hear the ideas, opinions, and values they should be considering, mulling over, and representing in discussions during their tenure as Aleph co-chairs. Some of the questions they’ve posed are: When thinking about Jewish Renewal, what would you jettison or change?  What focus might you recommend for Jewish Renewal in coming years? How can we cultivate spiritual and organizational innovation? Please come to the above event to share your perspective on behalf of Or Shalom.


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Come on Over Dinner Finale – Wine & Cheese & Games

12552879_10153333477343671_1167654390299322516_nThis year Or Shalom is renewing a fundraising favorite. Come On Over invites Or Shalomniks to an evening of wining, dining, kibitzing and getting to know one another in new and informal ways. Hosts will welcome folks for unique dinners in their homes, in order to raise funds to power the good work of our community.

Alycia, Allyson, Jordana and Alex would like to invite you to a special Come On Over experience – wine, cheese and board games. We hope that you can join us for this fun evening to support Or Shalom and everything that it brings to our lives.

Pay what you can. Suggested donation is $36. Please RSVP so that we know how many to prepare for.

Wanna pay online? You can make your donation here:

And of course, if you cannot make the event, but feel compelled to donate anyway, we will gladly accept your support 😉

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Come On Over Dinners a Great Success


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For the past two weekends, Or Shalomniks have sponsored and attended more than a dozen hosted Come-On-Over Dinners (some have been both!). Guests made a donation, and hosts prepared a meal and were sent a variety of friends new and old, helping us get to know each other better, with friends, food and wine.

  • Number of Dinners held: 14
  • Number of Guests participating: 84 (includes 4 children)
  • Number of Hosts: 31
  • Total Participants: 115 (guests plus hosts)
  • Amount Raised for Or Shalom: $6,245
  • Connections made and strengthened between Or Shalom members: priceless!

Many thanks to the hosts who provided hospitality and wonderful cooking, and to the Or Shalom Come-On-Over Dinner committee:  Pat Gill, Shira Macklin, Mark Drew (Board Liaison), and chair, Hana Wosk.

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A “bisl” history – videos from Or Shalom galas

With many thanks to Myrna for preserving these on VHS tape, here are several Or Shalom gala events now digitized for your viewing pleasure.

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