Guitarist Itamar Erez at Or Shalom – May 6

An intimate solo guitar concert with Vancouver/Israeli guitarist Itamar Erez in the beautiful Or Shalom sanctuary.

Tickets available online through Or Shalom.



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Passover Service on April 11

On Tuesday April 11 at 10am, please join us for a Passover service featuring Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Siegel davenning tal, the spring prayer for dew, and Rabbi Emerita Hanna Tiferet Siegel leading us in Hallel.

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Honouring Our Rabbi

Before Rabbi Hannah came to Or Shalom, she was ordained by ALEPH, Jewish Renewal’s umbrella organization that continues in the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l.

On Sunday, January 15, at the the 19th annual conference of OHALAH: The Association of Rabbis, Cantors and Rabbinic Pastors for Renewal, ALEPH also honored three rabbinic colleagues who furthered their learning to earn a second smicha (ordination) as dayanim – adjudicators and mediators in the field of Jewish law. One of the new dayanim to receive this second smicha is our own Rabbi Hannah.

You can read more about this honour from the ALEPH web site.

This week, Rabbi Hannah’s writing about Dayenu, the song of appreciation we sing at the Pesach seder was published in Sh’ma Now.

Or Shalom is celebrating Hannah and Ross, in appreciation of their move to Vancouver, and the many teachings, niggunim, mitzvot, and humour they have brought us, on April 22 in the lovely Van Dusen Gardens Visitor Centre.  With special guests, and long-time friends of Hannah, Chazan Shulamit Wise Fairman, and our own Rabbis Emeriti Daniel and Hanna Tiferet Siegel, with music provided by Joe Markovitch and The Usual Suspects.

You can buy your tickets online from Or Shalom. Tickets are limited and we expect to sell out.



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Joyous Moments

March has been a busy month for Or Shalom, but one full of moments to celebrate.

OSSRI Update – Family of five arrives safely in Vancouver

After a long journey from a refugee camp in northern Iraq, a Syrian Kurdish couple and their three children arrived safely at Vancouver International Airport Thursday afternoon. It was a moment of pure joy and profound relief not just for the family, but also for the OSSRI volunteers who greeted them with hugs, warmth, big Canadian smiles, a welcome poster, balloons and small welcome gifts.

Sue Comay, who was one of the many volunteers at the airport to greet the family, said there wasn’t a dry eye in the group as Andra had an emotional reunion with her cousin Zouzan and other family members.

“Adnan was clearly overwhelmed and wiping away his tears, too. The three boys were all smiles and were thrilled with their welcome bags and balloons,” says Sue. “It was a deep moment and so moving to be there after the long anticipation. I kept wondering about all of their first impressions and emotions as they stepped into this new life or was it too overwhelming at the time for them to feel anything at all? The cousin’s ability to speak English is a huge asset and will no doubt be a great help both in their settling and to all of us to be able to communicate with the family through her.”

Volunteer Maurice Bloch shared these thoughts about being at the airport to welcome the family.

“The mutual embracing of the family members was one of those moments when time stands still. It’s the opposite of a traumatic experience but similar in that time stands still for a moment and the memory remains etched in the psyche forever,” says Maurice. “I felt privileged to be part of a team which has made this arrival possible for this family. We have given these five members of our human family a new opportunity for a good life while they have surely and unknowingly enriched ours immeasurably.”

After collecting their luggage, mum, dad and the kids were taken to their new Canadian home for what we hope was a good night’s sleep.

Two more families are scheduled to arrive by April 1. Stay tuned for more details.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen.

United in Compassion – Multifaith Devotional Service

On March 7th, over 20 faith leaders and upwards of 130 participants joined together in a moving evening of sacred chant, song, and sentiment. With representatives of Judaism,  Sunni and Shia Islam, Universal Sufism, Christianity, Baha’i, Universal Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Zen Buddhism, and more, we built a space of unity and connection. After the devotional service, participants continued their collaboration and exploration of each other through round-table conversations and desserts. It was an evening to be remembered and cherished by all those who attended, bringing precious hope and light into our world.

We thank all that came to lend their presence to this evening of connection, with special thanks to the organizing committee, and the EMU of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster for co-hosting this event.

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