Shabbat Sheli

Shabbat Sheli – שבת שלי

Spiritual, Holistic, Experiential Learning Ideas

Shabbat Sheli welcomes families with children ages 3-5 to create meaningful connections to Jewish story, melody, and ritual with a cohort of young Or Shalom families. Content is based on Jewish spiritual themes and crafted to be interactive, fun, and age appropriate.

Whether dancing in the Torah procession or discovering the secrets of the Or Shalom gardens, families will love these monthly Shabbat mornings full of community and holistic education! Parent participation is included in each Shabbat.

Meet Your Educator

We will be returning this year with a new teacher – Samantha Fogel! Sammy is coming to us after a year of working with kids in the same age range at Har-El in West Vancouver. She has years of experience working with kids as well as in positions of service to the community at large and we are lucky to have her.

Having grown up at Camp Miriam, and having done Saturday childminding at Or Shalom as a teenager (and ten years later as an adult!), Sammy’s connection to the Vancouver Jewish community is longstanding. Sammy was raised in North Vancouver, had her Bat Mitzvah at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, and has held several roles working with youth at synagogues including Congregation Har-El in West Vancouver and Temple Emanu-el-Beth Sholom in Westmount, Montreal. Sammy loves theatre, art, and sharing stories. She values justice, creativity, connection and self-expression. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Women’s Studies from Concordia University, currently works full-time as the Administrative Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and is excited to be Or Shalom’s new Shabbat Sheli teacher!

A note on children’s programming during the pandemic: We hope to have as much in person programming as safety allows and as families feel comfortable with. Depending on community consultation, the health guidelines of medical officials, and the policies of our own Covid Committee, this may include some combination of outdoor gatherings, on-site classes, and virtual programming. Please be in touch with any questions or concerns at

Time: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Location: Or Shalom (710 E 10th Ave)
Total Program Cost for Members of Or Shalom$135
Total Program Cost for Non-Members: $225

2020-21 dates (additional dates may be added, depending on class size, to facilitate social distancing):

  • October 17, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • December 5, 2020
  • January 16, 2021
  • February 13, 2021
  • March 13, 2021
  • April 10, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • June 5, 2021

Please contact to inquire further about this program. 


*Please note: Tuition helps cover wages for our educators and teaching aids, as well as classroom materials, snacks, and family take-home package costs. If the program cost will be prohibitive to your family’s participation, please contact the program coordinator directly.

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