Up-With-Joy Bulletin: May 1

1. Kabbalat Shabbat @ the Y, tomorrow, Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm
2. JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) meeting
3. Montreal Dialgue Group and Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights event

1. Kabbalat Shabbat @ the Y, TOMORROW, Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm with
R’ Sherril Gilbert and Fran Avni

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.)

Join us tomorrow evening for a deeply Renewal, profoundly renewing Shabbat experience as we joyfully draw upon the deep wells of Jewish sacred music, poetry, dance and prayer. 

Torah portion: Emor (Lev. 21:1-24:23) This week’s wisdom teaching relates to the regulations for the Priests and goes on to identify the cycles of Shabbat and the Festivals. To learn more, check out Rabbi Shefa Gold’s commentary at http://www.rabbishefagold.com/Emor.html

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. 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/.

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 16, 2014.

2. Next JACS Meeting

Tuesday, May 13, 8 pm at the Y, Room J5, upstairs from Kellert Hall.

Welcome to all those from all 12-step fellowships, your friends, your families, and all who are interested in recovery from a Jewish perspective. Please let us know how we can make it easier for you to attend our meetings. If the need arises, transportation may be available. We can help!

For more information, please contact Serge at 514-924-2836 or slewenszpil@sympatico.ca

3. Montreal Dialogue Group and Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights present…

The Montreal Dialogue Group and Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights present
an Illustrated Lecture by Neil Hertz, Prof. Emeritus, Humanities Center, John Hopkins University.

Sunday, May 4, 4:30 pm
6767 Cote des Neiges, Room 602
Admission: $10 (Students $5)
Information: friendsrhrmtl@gmail.com or 514-483-5763

In 2011 and again in 2013, Neil Hertz lived in Ramallah and taught at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, just outside Jerusalem.  His talk offers a personal take on life in the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem, reporting on how people on both sides of the increasingly bizarre frontier have come to terms with what they refer to, hopelessly, as “The Situation.”  Copies of “Pastoral in Palestine” will be available as door prizes.

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That’s it for now!
Blessings,
R’ Sherril
rabbi@bnai-or.org

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