Shabbat Soul

Welcome Shabbat with Feeling at Vancouver’s East-Side Shul and wrap yourself in music and prayer.


Shabbat at Or Shalom has something for all ages – join in sweet community, rejoice in one another, and enter the delight of Friday night!

Previous Dates:

Friday, July 23, 2021, 8 p.m.

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Wendy Rubin,
and Martin Gotfrit






Passover Shabbat Soul
Friday, April 2, 2021, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

More details here.






Friday, February 12, 2021
7:30-8:30 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Hannah, Martin Gotfrit and Wendy Rubin.





Chanukah Shabbat Soul
Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
7-8 p.m.

Chanukah Light Friday Evening:
Candle Lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat with
Rabbi Hannah and Wendy Rubin. 




Friday, February 28, 2020

Reb Irwin Keller returns to Or Shalom for a Kabbalat Shabbat and delivers a talk on The Gifts of the Queers. In collaboration with JQT Vancouver and Limmud Vancouver. Click here to read Reb Irwin’s heartfelt message.

With Rabbi Hannah and Irwin Keller
Supported by band & vocalists

7 p.m. Service with Reb Irwin’s teaching for Parashat Terumah: The Gift of the Queers
8 p.m. Communal vegetarian potluck dinner
Augmented by the JQT and Or Shalom communities

Everyone welcome at no cost.

Reb Irwin is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California, since 2008. His past work included LGBT advocacy and HIV legal services. Reb Irwin is a founder of the Taproot Gathering for Jewish activists and is a certified Storahtelling meven. His sermons and essays can be found on his blog, Itzik’s Well, found at

Want more? Join Reb Irwin for Torah and Tisch on Saturday, Feb. 29!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Join Rabbi Hannah and musical guests for this adult-oriented evening that is sure to settle you into the Shabbat mood. Take this opportunity to wind down the week and settle into the island in time that is Shabbat – a mix of joyful welcoming and restful introspection.

Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 7 p.m. and will be led by Rabbi Hannah featuring Charles Kaplan, Martin Gotfrit and Noah Gotfrit. Followed by a relaxing vegetarian potluck dinner between spiritual friends at 8 p.m. Everyone welcome at no cost.

March 1, 2019

Shabbat Soul New Members Dinner and Jazz Service

The membership committee and Rabbi Hannah are planning a very special Friday night dinner and jazz Kabbalat Shabbat service at which they will officially welcome members who have joined the Or Shalom community in the last year.

Schedule for the Evening:

5:30-7 p.m. — A festive Shabbat dinner (planned and provided by our long-standing members!)
6:30-7 p.m. — Candle Lighting for Children
7:15-8:15 p.m. — A jazz-centric Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Hannah, Noah Gotfrit, and friends
8:15 p.m. onward — Dessert served