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March was a busy month beginning with participation in a nationwide Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) event with a Refugee Shabbat service on March 5th.

On Friday, March 19, professional actress and storyteller Valerie Davis presented for Or Amians the story of Nancy Green, the original model for Aunt Jemimah. She spoke of the tough choices Nancy had to make to survive difficult times.

Our Religious School students enjoyed their Zoom Model Seder on Sunday, March 21, where they practiced combining modern technology with Passover’s ancient traditions.

RISC

Several Or Amians joined Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) on Tuesday, March 23, to encourage local leadership to address affordable housing and gun violence in the Richmond area. It was heartening to see so many interfaith congregations coming together for the sake of justice.

We celebrated Passover on the second night – Sunday, March 28, where community members of all ages connected for our Zoom Seder. Attendees had Seder kits delivered to their homes, so they had everything needed for their Seder. Drawing on our ancestors’ strength and resilience, we focused on hope and the significance of freedom today, after making it through a full year of the pandemic.

April 23 Speaker

On Friday, April 23, we welcome Or Ami member Rachel Levy. She will be our guest speaker at Shabbat services.

Rachel is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 55th District, which covers Hanover west of 301, almost all of Caroline County, and a slice of Spotsylvania County.

Rachel, her husband, and three children are long-time members of the Or Ami. She has taught in the Religious School, served on the Education Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Rachel is also a teacher, a community activist, and a leader with a PhD in educational leadership and policy. She wants to make our public schools stronger and more equitable, increase access to healthcare (which she believes is a human right), preserve our environment, and work for economic justice. She will discuss how Jewish values have influenced her as an activist and her decision to run for office.

Book Club

Our virtual Book Group on April 5 presents a selection from Ruth Gilligan, “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan.”

Future offerings are on May 3 with Marie Benedict’s “The Only Woman in the Room (2019) and on June 7, Mark Russ Federman’s, “Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built”  (2013).

Please join our lively and fun virtual meetings. You may contact office@Or-Ami.com for links to these or any other events.

The Wandering Jews continue to wander Maymont on Sundays. We meet at the zoo entrance at 1 pm, and all are welcome to join them.

Virtual Shabbat Services

Virtual Shabbat Services are held online Friday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30. Virtual Onegs are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays after services.

An excellent way to begin the Sabbath is with our virtual Jewish Meditation held at 7 p.m. before services on April 16. Torah Study is on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 pm 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 us at 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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