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Boot Camp 5781/2020 High Holiday Prep

Get ready for High Holidays 5781 by joining an enriching discussion of Rabbi Alan Lew's This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. First meeting is Sunday August 9 at 10am. For more information and to register click here


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 bannerBetween the Wilderness and the Land Beyond

07/22/2020 09:53:48 PM

This week in the yearly Torah cycle brings us to an extremely interesting junction in relation to this moment in our pandemic experience, and to this point in our rabbi-congregation partnership.

Where we are in the Torah is in the space between the last parshah of Bemidbar or the book of Numbers called Masei, literally the “settings-out,” or journeys, and the first parshah in the book of Deuteronomy or Devarim, which goes by the...


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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