Kabbalat Shabbat Service celebrating PRIDE MONTH

A Very Special Service celebrating PRIDE MONTH and honouring all human DIVERSITY!

“Who is honoured and respected? One who honours and respects others.”
 [Pirkei Avot 4:1]

Date /Time: June 21 at 7:30 pm (Volunteers: please arrive by 6:45 pm for set-up!) 

Place: Kellert Hall, Snowdon YM-YWHA, 5400 Westbury Avenue (entrance faces the end of St. Kevin St.)

Donation: Please consider giving $10-$18. We do not charge membership fees and therefore are supported through your donations. However, no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. You may pay by cash or by cheque; make cheques out to the YM-YWHA, and clearly mark “Bnai Or Montreal” on the information line. Any cheque donation of $18 and over will receive a tax receipt from the Y.

Torah portion: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9). In this portion, a prophet named Bilaam is hired by King Balak to curse the Israelites. The prophet has some extraordinary adventures along the way, including listening to his donkey talk, and encountering angels. In the end, what was supposed to be a curse on the Israelites comes out of Bilaam’s mouth as a blessing. For more information on this Torah portion, visit Rabbi Shefa Gold’s website: http://www.rabbishefagold.com/Balak.html

Our services: B’nai Or Montreal Shabbat services are deeply sweet and warm, informal and musical, welcoming, user-friendly and very accessible. We celebrate a Jewish path that is spiritual and beyond denomination, imaginatively combining tradition with innovation and renewal. We respect, honour, and encourage diversity of Jewish expression in our congregational life and activities. And you’ll love our siddur! 

After the service: Join us for a potluck Oneg Shabbat (“Shabbat delight”) following the service. This week, we are happy to welcome Ben Linden who will be speaking about his travel adventures among the Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Please bring, as you are able, a nutritious refreshment or beverage to share. This could be something dessert-y, fruit, crackers and hummus, or fruit juice. 

Consider sponsoring a future Oneg Shabbat for the community in honour or in memory of a loved one, or to mark a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.

About B’nai Or: B’nai Or Montreal Community Shul is committed to egalitarianism and the inclusion of GLBTQ individuals, interfaith families, people who are exploring Judaism, and people with special needs in all areas of synagogue life.  

We welcome you whether or not you have another synagogue affiliation, religious training, or experience in Judaism. We are committed to egalitarianism and the inclusion of GLBTQ individuals, interfaith families, people who are exploring Judaism, and people with special needs in all areas of synagogue life. We welcome you without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, or age. Let the spirit of being in a vibrant, friendly spiritual community that feels like home warm and open your heart. All are welcome!

A small sampling of websites we like:
Be’chol Lashon – In Every Tongue: http://www.bechollashon.org/
Keshet: http://www.keshetonline.org/
Nehirim: http://www.nehirim.org/
Jewish Outreach Institute: http://joi.org/
Big Tent Judaism (B’nai Or is a proud member of BTJ!): http://joi.org/bigtent/?sec=find&page=whatis

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