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Or Ami has planned a series of interesting Zoom Shabbats for May.

On Friday, May 14, we will celebrate Shavuot (May 16-18), and on the following Friday (May 21), we welcome two exceptional speakers.  Erin Mahone, M.S., LMHP-R, founder of “The If You Could See Me Project,” and Erika Brooks, LPC, CSAC, owner of Enlightenment Counseling Services, will serve as part of our monthly social justice programming.

Mahone and Brooks will explore the harmful and pervasive mental health effects of racism on individuals for whom it is a daily reality.  They will address how White people and others in positions of power can create brave spaces for reflection and growth by identifying areas where complex issues can be addressed. This will allow the healing of generations-old wounds to begin through opening dialogue and lifting the voices of people who have been historically unseen and unheard.

The Or Ami Reflector reporter learned this lesson when working at a local dialysis clinic many years ago and was shocked by the vast majority of Black dialysis patients. The clinic’s doctor had no explanation for the imbalance, and the notion it was the society we lived in that stressed non-whites into illness took root.

In February 2021, Virginia declared racism a public health crisis and set forth five focus areas within the Commonwealth. The resolution intends to encourage and support citizens in learning to recognize racism in its many forms. It seeks to provide education, training, and engagement in various spaces to help Virginians come to terms with our racist past, develop personal responsibility in combating racism and create a more equitable future.

May 28 Shabbos

Our last Shabbos in May (May 28) is Pride Themed and features our Rabbi’s wife, Rachel, in her last guitar performance for a few months. Since the beginning of the Pandemic shut-down, Rachel has provided our congregation with beautiful melodies over Zoom for our services, and we are grateful for her and her music.

Book Club

Our virtual Book Club will discuss Marie Benedict’s The Only Woman in the Room (2019) on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m., and on June 7, Mark Russ Federman’s, Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built (2013) will be our selection.

Also, Beer Ami returns on May 14 at 7:30 pm.  Please join our lively and fun virtual meetings.

You may contact office@Or-Ami.com for information and links to these or any other events.

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

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 May 16. 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 us at Belong@Or-Ami.com or check us out at www.Or-Ami.com. You can follow us on Facebook, or catch us on Twitter. All inquiries are always welcome.

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