1. Kabbalat Shabbat THIS FRIDAY!!!
Come pray, sing, dance, commune, and be joyful with B’nai Or Montreal as we bring in Shabbat in happy holy community. Service begins as usual at 7:30 pm. A potluck veggie/dessert-y oneg follows – please feel free to bring a healthy nosh or liquid refreshment, as you are able.
Doors open at 6:45 pm for volunteers and set-up.
JCC/YM-YWHA, 5400 Westbury Avenue, between St. Kevin and Cote Ste-Catherine Road.
Our friend and security guard Oscar and his wife welcomed a new baby boy into their family a few weeks ago. B’nai Or will celebrate this new beginning with a gift for Oscar and his family on Friday. I know you will join me in congratulating Oscar on this wonderful occasion when we see him!
2. High Holidays – a shared experience this year!
We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration for High Holiday services with Dorshei Emet, the Reconstructionist Community of Montreal. Each year, Dorshei Emet holds alternative High Holiday services in the downstairs social hall. (They still have regular services going on upstairs.) These services are Renewal-style, with musical instruments, dancing, and chanting. Services will be held on Rosh Hashanah morning and erev Yom Kippur.
Plans are still in the works for these services and perhaps others, but so far here is what we know:
I will be leading the service with Fran on Rosh Hashanah morning.
Fran will be leyning (reading) from the Torah that morning.
I have been given the honour of offering the d’var Torah on erev Yom Kippur.
There is a suggested donation of $36 for B’nai Orniks. If you have already given in and paid your 2015-2016 membership (we know who you are!), there is no charge. For everyone else, we will be sending out more information very soon about how to make your payment and get your High Holiday passes. Please consider joining us in this unique collaboration to bring in a happy New Year! Please contact me if you would like more information or have questions.
Dorshei Emet Synagogue, 18 Cleve Road, Hampstead
Rosh Hashanah morning: September 14, 9:00 am
Yom Kippur evening: September 22, 6:30 pm
3. Refuah shleymah
Fran Avni. Please pray for a refuah shleymah/complete healing for Fran who fractured her elbow and is still sore and bruised. She is on the mend, but prayers for healing are always welcome! Here’s a beautiful healing chant (chanting begins at 2:00):
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!