Update from Or Shalom Syrian Refugee Initiative (OSSRI)

On behalf of Or Shalom Syrian Refugee Initiative, thank you for the generous donations so OrShalomLogo-Blue many members of our community have made to our cause.  Over 195 contributions amounting to over $100,000 have made it possible to bring three Syrian families to Vancouver and have strengthened our community’s resolve to do this vital work of opening our arms and hearts to those in need.

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Can Jewish Renewal Keep Its Groove On

An interesting article about the challenges to Jewish Renewal in a post-Zalman world, from Tablet, a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.

Jewish Renewal Groove

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See this awesome video of Or Shalom’s Hanukkah Celebration and 8 Leading Lights

Or Shalom’s Eight Leading Lights Hanukkah Celebration and Family Party – Dec 2015

Or Shalom thanks Lior Noyman for this video production.

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Or Shalom’s Retreat Committee requires your opinion now!

The renewed retreat committee wants to shake things up!  We are considering the following:

* A shorter retreat to reduce costs and make it more affordable for families.
* Possibly moving to the weekend of May 27-29, when our preferred guests are available.

WE WANT YOUR INPUT TO HELP US MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THE 2016 RETREAT.  PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY ASAP AND LET US KNOW YOUR PREFERENCES.

Survey closes Friday Jan 15 noon.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/65BKZPS

For your information:

* Camp Hope has the most reasonable options and is still our venue of choice.
* The program fee covers all the retreat costs (guest rabbi, counsellors, etc) over and above the room and board costs (which are charged directly by Camp Hope).

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