Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Apr 10

Kabbalat Shabbat @ the Y, Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm with R’ Sherril Gilbert and Fran Avni

April 22 is EARTH DAY and we’re celebrating on Shabbat!
Please join us for a SPECTACULAR Shabbosdik Pesachdik celebration of Earth Day and the environment! This Shabbat, our popular Ruach Revival (a songfest during and at the close of the service) returns with songs, chants and music about Mother Earth and the environment. If you’d like to participate (music, stories, food) in planning this special evening, please send a note to rabbi@bnai-or.org.

Time: 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.)

After the service: We invite you to join us after the service for a communal dessert-y potluck nosh / Oneg Shabbat (“Shabbat delight”) gathering.

Please bring, as you are able, a healthy sweet, treat or beverage to share, honouring Earth Day and the environment. We keep vegetarian! To learn more about food at B’nai Or, please visit the new Food Policy page on our website: https://bnaiormontreal.wordpress.com/food-policy/.

Please note it will still be Passover (5th day / 3rd intermediate day), so please bring healthy Pesachdik sweets and treats, or fresh or dried fruit suitable for Pesach. Let my people go, but let my legumes and rice stay: we keep kitniot!

Donations/Membership: If our services and events inspire you, please consider a donation of any amount. You can also join B’nai Or with one annual donation. No one is ever turned away for an inability to pay, and visitors are always welcome. 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. If you’d like to join B’nai Or with your donation for the year, rather than “donate-as-you-go”, a 2014 membership form is attached.

Shabbat at B’nai Or is a deeply Renewal, profoundly renewing experience as we joyfully draw upon the overflowing wells of Jewish sacred music, poetry, dance and prayer.Our Shabbat services are heart-centered, joyful, deeply sweet and warm, upliftingly 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!

About B’nai Or: We welcome you whether or not you have another congregational 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!

Note: We meet on the first and third Fridays of each month, so our next Shabbat service will be on Friday, May 2, 2014.

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