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YETZIRAH - Heart Connections

Jewish mysticism refers to this as the realm of emotions, the place of the heart: the high and the lows. One symbol of this world is water which can be liquid, solid or gas. The tides rise and ebb. Human beings are primarily composed of water. We can't live without it, just as our emotions keep us connected..

 

At Or Shalom we are committed to celebrating our joys and triumphs as well as finding loving support for the sorrows of life. More than anything, we are a community, a group of people connected to one another in a large web of personal relationships. We have a lot of fun together and in difficult times, we care for one another in a loving, respectful and sensitive manner.

Music. Song is in the heart of Or Shalom davenen. It is said that one who sings, prays twice. Singing opens a channel from our inner neshama--our soul-- to God, the Soul of the entire cosmos. On Shabbat morning we use melodies which come to us from different strands of Jewish tradition - Ashkenazi liturgy, Hassidic niggunim, compositions by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and compositions of our own members, especially Hanna Tiferet Siegel, one of our founders.

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Inclusivity. Many Jews wonder if they're Jewish enough, observant enough, knowledgeable enough, etc. At Or Shalom, everyone who feels the need to be here is welcome. That means that our community embraces both Jews and non-Jews, frummies (orthodox) and liberals, gays and straights, singles and families. However you label or don't label yourself, you are welcome.

Choosing Judaism. A number of us were not born into Judaism, but came to it later in life and have found a spiritual home at Or Shalom. This community recognizes that Jews by choice with their varied backgrounds and experiences enrich us all and reflect Judaism back to those who were born into the tradition. Are you approaching (or returning to) Judaism for the first time? The Exploring Judaism course might help in your quest.   A non-OrShalom website which might prove helpful is www.convert.org

Patrilineal Descent? Or Shalom has followed the traditional understandings of "Who Is A Jew" - anyone born of a Jewish mother or who goes through a conversion process. We have also struggled with the issue of people born to Jewish fathers but non-Jewish mothers. The discussion involves fundamental questions of identity, community and values. You can follow some of the documents of that community introspection by reading here

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Special events:

Or Shalom Retreat. A long-standing Or Shalom tradition is to head out of town on the Victoria Day long weekend to spend the time with each other: learning and laughing, playing and praying, hiking and dancing, singing and sharing, and talking and talking and talking. The retreat is held at Camp Hope, a few hours east of Vancouver.  

Before Yom Kippur, women and men gather (at different times) to go to the mikvah (ritual bath) - a physical act that helps to clarify the spiritual through the physical. Join us.

For further information, check out our calendar of events.

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Gemilut Chesed:

The Gemilut Chesed committee helps members support one another in times of crisis or transition. The Committee has prepared a resource list of local agencies that provide transportation, counseling, and other types of support. To connect with the committee, please contact Bat-Ami Segal at bfsegal@shaw.ca.

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For further information on any of these matters
 please call Or Shalom at (604) 872-1614

 

 

 


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