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Joint Statement of the Board and Rabbi Regarding In-Person Congregational Gatherings

June 10, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Or Haneshamah,

The Province recently announced “Stage 2” of its plan for easing restrictions in response to COVID-19. Places of worship will be allowed to reopen with strict physical distancing measures, sanitation protocols and limited capacity.

In response to this announcement, we want you to know the information we’ve considered when deciding how to proceed over the summer months and through the High Holidays.

We believe that the value of pikuakh nefesh (safeguarding human life) must continue to take top priority in our decision making. Despite the province’s announcement, it would not be prudent to resume in-person gatherings at this time. We will continue offering services remotely for the foreseeable future, including the High Holidays.

Guiding us is our desire for dynamic, ...         


Listen to Rabbi Liz speak about the Provincial announcement regarding opening of places of worship

On Wednesday, June 10, Rabbi Liz spoke with CBC Ottawa about the Provincial announcemnt regarding opening of places worship. Listen here.

words of the spirit bannerCousins: A Family Legacy

06/10/2020 09:49:07 PM

Of all my mother’s many cousins, only Rose and Harry from Baltimore were called by their family “title.” They were closer in age to my mother’s European-born aunts and uncles, so it only seemed respectful that we addressed them as Cousin Rose and Cousin Harry.

We visited our Baltimore relatives a handful of times during my childhood, and during Expo ’67 many came to Montreal. Cousin Rose and Cousin Harry were at our house...


Learn about Or Haneshamah's weekly Machaneh Shabbat for children (ages 4-13).

Machaneh Shabbat (Shabbat Camp) is an inclusive, family-based weekly Jewish learning adventure providing an in-depth Jewish education for families with children of all ages. Welcoming the participation of parents, grandparents, and younger siblings, our camp model allows us to explore Torah, prayer, Hebrew and the Jewish year through field trips, drama, art, social action, cooking, building and more! We believe that we can ignite the lifelong spark for Jewish living and learning through community connection and taking the time to live Jewishly especially on Shabbat. This spark is the key to raising engaged and informed Jewish young people!


Visit the Machaneh Shabbat page or contact for more information.

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