Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Shabbat morning, February 22, 2020 תפילת שבת

Please come and join us for Shabbat morning on February 22, 2020 at 10 am at the Vancouver Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver. Everyone is most welcome.

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We’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.

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. The weekly parshah (Torah portion) is Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) and includes the Covenant Code, outlining our people’s acceptance of our contract with the Divine. Because this will be Shabbat Shekalim, the first of two special Shabbatot leading up to Purim, we also read from Parshat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16), outlining the equal requirement incumbent on every community member to contribute toward the work of the Tent of Meeting.

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 — look for suggestions and guidelines here. Ahavat Olam will provide wine and hallah.

We’ll gather in the lounge on the mail floor 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. 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, please feel free to contact us. If you like, go to Ahavat Olam’s Facebook event page, tell us that you’re coming and send an invite to your friends.

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