Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Shabbat morning, July 27, 2019 תפילת שבת

Please come and join us for Shabbat morning on July 27, 2019 at 10 am at the Vancouver Peretz Centre. Everyone is most welcome.

66526782_2480905048609048_4521667180395233280_nWe’ll share prayers and reflections, mingling Hebrew, English and wordless melodies with passages of silence. We’ll follow the flow of the traditional prayer service with lots of room for our own personal journeys to unfold. The Torah portion that Shabbat is Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 – including the apportionment of land to the Children of Israel, and a remarkable example of women standing up for justice: the daughters of Zelophehad and their demand to be included among the inheritors. “Our father died in the wilderness… and he has left no sons. Let not our father’s name be lost to his clan just because he had no son! Give us a holding among our father’s kinsmen!” In these days of ongoing struggle for #EqualPay for equal work, these women’s forthright stand can inspire us. 

If we’re a minyan, we’ll chant from our Torah scroll in Hebrew. If we are less than a minyan, we’ll read the passages out of a book. Either way, we’ll share our reflections, inspirations and questions.

Right after the davvening, we’ll share a veggie, potluck Kiddush lunch. This will give us all a chance to hang out together, get to know each other, catch up, enjoy the connections among us. So, please plan to stay and bring a generous, abundant dish to share. Main dishes, side dishes, drinks, desserts are all most welcome. Ahavat Olam will provide wine and hallah.

We’ll gather in the children’s classroom downstairs in the Peretz Centre, a fully accessible facility at 6184 Ash Street a block west of Cambie Street at 45th, just between the Canada Line Oakridge and Langara stations. Note that this week we’re in a different room from usual: turn right (but don’t go up the stairs) when you come in the front door instead of going straight ahead. There will be signs. We’ll begin at 10 a.m., finish the davvening and Torah exploration by 12:30 and make Kiddush and have lunch at about 12:45.

If you have questions, write or phone Stephen at info@ahavat-olam.ca or (604) 765-7074. If you like, go to Ahavat Olam’s Facebook event page here, tell us that you’re coming and send an invite to your friends.

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