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Or Ami’s yearly Introduction to Judaism course begins on Jan. 12 for anyone interested in learning more about Jewish religion and culture on an adult level. This is an excellent program for those considering converting to Judaism as well.

Presented by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches, an in-depth exploration of  Jewish life occurs in a warm, interactive environment. Over 16 weeks, you’ll learn about diverse voices in Jewish thought, Jewish life cycle events, holidays, history, and significant Jewish values.

The class is open to everyone, and you don’t have to be Jewish or a member of Or Ami to register. This year, you don’t even have to live in Richmond because Rabbi Zaches is teaching the class over Zoom!

So, if you have friends or family in other locations who would like to learn more about Judaism, they are also welcome to join this year.

The class will meet every other Tuesday, beginning Jan. 12, from 7-9 p.m. Tuition is $50 ($36 for Or Ami members), and those enrolled are welcome to bring a partner, family member, or a friend at no additional cost. To learn more, you can go to http://or-ami.com/intro-to-judaism or contact Rabbi Ahuva to register at 272-0017.

Our Or Ami Membership Team organized the delivery of care packages with all sorts of Chanukah goodies for adults who were isolated due to the pandemic. The team also added some delicious Dreidel-shaped cookies to the Chanukah gift made by our Director of Education Rabbi Zaches for our Religious School students. Children and adults enjoyed these treats from their Or Ami family.

Or-Amians and other faith communities joined in organizing the Crop Walk to End Hunger on November 14th. The congregational walk raised over $1130 to address hunger in Richmond and impoverished areas across the planet.

A small group of Or-Amians met (with masks) at Maymont to take their steps against hunger, which inspired the Wandering Jews Walking Club’s beginning. They meet Tuesdays at noon near the zoo entrance to Maymont. Currently, a weekend walk is being considered.

Our virtual Book Club continues to meet, and on February 1st, we will be discussing The Lake on Fire, by Rosellen Brown. Please contact – office@Or-Ami.com for links to these or any other events.

Virtual Shabbat Services are held online Friday evenings from 7:30-8:30. Torah Study is on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Zoom format.

For more information on any of our programs or to obtain links to zoom events, please contact our office at (804) 272-0017 or office@or-ami.com.

Would you like to know more? Contact Belong@Or-Ami.com or check us out at www.Or-Ami.com. You can follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/OrAmi-Richmond, or catch us on Twitter@oramirichmond. All inquiries are always welcome.

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