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Or Shalom Jewish Community offers a diversity of online and in-person classes and discussion groups, exploring Jewish texts and traditions, contemporary issues, and more through writing, discussion, prayer, and study.

The Lay Leader Empowerment Institute

Is intended to empower Or Shalom and potential lay leaders to feel more confident not only engaging in Jewish practice, but facilitating it. We will bring in educators with different specialties to help round out our community’s learning. 

The School of Jewish-Living Arts (SJLA)

Offers hands-on, fun classes that are open to members & non-members, adults and those younger than adults.

Affinity Groups

Considering God Salon For over 12 years, member-led discussions intimately explore our range of views about God, including secularism/atheism, spirituality, meaningful prayer, language and metaphor, the role of women in Judaism, beliefs about the “soul,” Jewish heretics, death, and more. Our Salons deepen our connection to Judaism and to each other. Co-chairs are Betsy Strausberg and Robin Roth.

Book Group Our Book Group meets monthly over dinner to discuss books of Jewish interest.

Nosh & Learn A project of the Southside Jewish Collaborative (3 collaborating synagogues: Am Tikvah, Or Shalom, and Ner Tamid), 3rd Thursday of every month, designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite to eat, learn, and volunteer.

Thursday Torah Study Zoominyan Our weekly Zoominyan is a place for anyone interested in studying Torah to pray, share gratitude, and examine the weekly Parsha in an open, warm, and encouraging online community. We welcome all levels of knowledge and people of all ages and backgrounds. This weekly Torah Study is lay-led and includes the Healing prayer and Mourner's Kaddish.  Join us every Thursday morning at 10:00 am via this Zoom link (Passcode: THURSDAY). You can find our online siddur by clicking here.

Kvetch and Kvell Or Shalom’s Kvetch and Kvell is a craft and chat group that meets at 4:00 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays on Zoom. Participants bring some kind of hand work, such as quilting, knitting, sewing, costume design, mending, collage, etc and we spend an hour working on our projects and chatting. It is a very welcoming group and aims to provide a pleasant, easy atmosphere where people can get to know each other.  The name Kvetch and Kvell was intended to imply that anyone is welcome to share troubles and frustrations, or to share positives from their and their families’ lives (i.e. bragging about children or grandchildren or friends). Join via this Zoom link (Passcode: KVETCH)

News Minyan What have we taken in from the world in the last week? What has left an impression? What are we wrestling with? Structure, silence, and focused listening allow words to have weight. News Minyan discussions utilize the wisdom of Jewish texts to review contemporary issues and events.


Upcoming Classes

All Events
  • Monday ,
    AprApril  29 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, Apr 29th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  5 , 2024
    Like a Tree Planted by Water: Addressing Antisemitism and Reaching Past Division
    Sunday, May 5th 10:00a to 2:00p
    The surge in antisemitism, complicated by ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine, poses significant challenges as it intersects with racism, particularly affecting Jews of Color. Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and Or Shalom invite participants to understand this complex issue, explore its impact on individuals and communities, and discuss strategies to combat antisemitism while fostering resilience and unity across diverse perspectives.

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  6 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, May 6th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  13 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, May 13th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  20 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, May 20th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  27 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, May 27th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  3 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, Jun 3rd 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  10 , 2024
    Integrating the Omer
    Monday, Jun 10th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join Gail Gurewitz (of Embodied Spiritual Practice) and R’ Faryn for a contemplative and embodied exploration of the omer. The omer is an ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, and we will do so through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life. All bodies and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered and encouraged.

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  • Wednesday ,
    JulJuly  10 , 2024
    Considering God Salon
    Wednesday, Jul 10th 7:00p to 8:30p
    For over 12 years, member-led discussions intimately explore our range of views about God, including secularism/atheism, spirituality, meaningful prayer, language and metaphor, the role of women in Judaism, beliefs about the “soul,” Jewish heretics, death, and more. Our Salons deepen our connection to Judaism and to each other.

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Wed, April 17 2024 9 Nisan 5784