Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Shabbat evening, Juneteenth — June 19, 2020 קבלת שבת

Ahavat Olam Synagogue welcomes everyone to join us ONLINE VIA ZOOM in thoughtful, moving Kabbalat Shabbat evening prayers on June 19, 2020 at 7:30pm, mostly sung, much in Hebrew, some in English, some in the language of the heart and in the speech of the angels.

PLEASE LET US KNOW at info@ahavat-olam.ca if you wish to attend. We will get back to you with the information you’ll need to log in to the online Zoom meeting.

Our service will be led by Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo. Many in our congregation have come to know Cantor Shira well from various events she has led, including two Ahavat Olam shabbatot and a number of Zamru Song Circles. We welcome and thank her heartily for her leadership in continuing to bring these Zoom events to our community.

The weekly parshah (Torah portion) is Sh’lach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41). It includes the story of the scouts Moses sent ahead to survey the promised land, most of whom reported back that the task was too great and the adversaries they faced too strong. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, spoke in favour of going forward.

June 19 is known in the United States and around the world as Juneteenth, “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.” (https://www.juneteenth.com/) As we confront the struggle against racism and for justice and human rights here in Canada, throughout North America, and everywhere, we recognize with Rabbi Tarfon that “the day is short, and the task is daunting, and [we] the workers are sluggish — and the reward is rich! and the Master of the house is pressing.” (Pirkei Avot 2:15) We face bitter obstacles, but we go on. “It is not ours to finish the work, but neither are we free to refrain from it.” (Pirkei Avot 2:16)

If you have questions, write to info@ahavat-olam.ca.

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