Receive the Ten Commandments with Study and Meditation

Coming up on erev Shavuot, Or Shalom hosts a special Tikkun Lel Shavuot that combines the tradition of studying deep into the night with a centring meditative practice. Rabbi Hannah Dresner has selected special Hassidic texts to pore over and will lead attendees in a complementing meditation.

And of course, there will be food to nourish you through the night – dairy as is the Shavuot custom and vegan-friendly options, too. We’ll culminate the evening with a reading of the Ten Commandments.

Ready to receive Torah? Know someone in Vancouver who would like to join our heart-opening meditation?  Invite them to our Facebook event.

Saturday, May 19
8-11 p.m.
Or Shalom (710 E 10th Avenue)
Vancouver’s Spiritual Playground
Everyone welcome, no cost

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Spring planting brings Sukkot harvesting

Spring flowers have emerged from the earth and the cherry trees and magnolias are bursting with blossoms. Here at Or Shalom our garden is waking up, too. This month the Garden Committee rebuilt some crumbling raised beds and worked in fresh soil to ready the beds for planting on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.

Click here to sign up to water our beds.

Photo courtesy Amy G via flickr

The seeds that are ready to snuggle into the dirt were specially selected to coincide with an early autumn harvest and the first night of Sukkot in late September when the community will be invited to a feast for the harvest festival. Soon you will see seedlings peeking out from the earth, including:

potatoes, radish, carrots, parsnips, broad (Fava) beans, oregano, sage, thyme, lavender, basil, sunflowers, wildflowers

The Garden Committee thoughtfully included vegetables with Jewish cultural significance and that, as shared culinary staples, bridge Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions; aromatic herbs for havdalah; and flowers to encourage pollinators and beneficial insects to visit.

Call for garden volunteers

To keep everything happy and healthy and ensure a good harvest, the garden will need to be watered three times a week during the summer. Or Shalom needs volunteers to share in the watering from June 17 to August 26. This can be an individual activity or a family outing, and a great way to see the flowers and vegetables grow!

The watering needs to be done three times a week (unless it rains) and we are asking each volunteering family or member to take responsibility for watering three times in one week for these weeks:

  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22
  • July 29
  • August 5
  • August 12
  • August 19
  • August 26

Please sign up for a slot via our watering registration form.

Save the date

This sustenance-rich garden project will culminate in an intergenerational event on Erev Sukkot on Sunday, Sept. 23. On that day we will build our sukkah, cover it with greenery from our yard and the yards of community members, create decorations from recyclables, cook from our garden harvest, and share a communal meal in Or Shalom’s sukkah. Save the date and why not take a moment to pause and watch our garden grow over the coming months!

Garden Watering Sign-Up

  • Thank you the 2018 summer volunteers! We currently have a volunteer for each week this summer.

    Thank you for helping to keep our garden healthy this summer! Please fill out the fields below and select a week (or more) you would like to water. Each week begins on a Sunday and the garden will need to be watered three times each week (unless it rains). It should take about 20 minutes each time.

    Once confirmed, a diagram will be sent to you with the locations of the hose and the beds and plants to be watered.

    Tips: Space out your waterings to every other day (suggested days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). Water during the coolest part of the day, morning or evening, to avoid the water evaporating and not actually penetrating the plants' roots.

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Geoff Berner at Or Shalom – What a Night!

Geoff, Diona and Wayne played two great sets of the music we’ve come to expect from the Geoff Berner band – warm, thought-provoking, and energetic. It was great to hear these tunes in our east-side shul. Look for next years Light-in-Winter series 2019!


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