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Or Ami happenings for June


Or Ami is making tentative plans to reopen our doors for services beginning on Friday, June 25.  Attendees will be limited in number, with masks and social distancing enforced.

As we will be unable to accommodate a large group, in-person services are only open to members of Or Ami.  However, we will continue to live-stream and offer other virtual alternatives to anyone wishing to attend our services.

The goal is for people to be able to choose the type of service most comfortable for them.

Biennial Yard Sale

Not only are we again meeting in person after our COVID hiatus, but Or Ami is also gearing up for its biennial yard sale.  Perhaps you have taken time over the past year to clean out your closets and don’t know what to do with all those treasures?  Never fear!

We welcome your collectibles, books, old toys, games, electronics, bikes, clothes, CDs and DVDs, etc., and you can drop them off at Or Ami at your convenience.  We will make sure everything is safely stowed away for the yard sale currently scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

Bar Mitzvah

Or Ami is proud to present Kaleb Contreras – our newest Bar Mitzvah!

Or Ami is proud to present Kaleb Contreras – our newest Bar Mitzvah! Another happily anticipated event is our first in-person Bar Mitzvah in over a year, on June 19. The Bar Mitzvah boy is Kaleb Contreras.

Kaleb is looking forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah with a small group of friends and family at Congregation Or Ami. He has waited over a year for this momentous day and studied for it with his grandmother, Amy Arkava, and his grandfather, Rabbi Howard Sommer.

Kaleb reports, “I am really ready for this day after waiting for so long!”

Book Club

Our virtual Book Club will discuss Mark Russ Federman’s, “Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built” (2013) on Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Future selections are:

July – No meeting

Aug. 2, “Friday the Rabbi Slept Late” by Harry Kemelman (possibly meet at Deborah’s house and share food from “Russ and Daughters”)

September – No Meeting

Oct. 4, “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness” by Simon Wiesenthal

Nov. 1, “Three Floors Up” by Eshkol Nevo

Dec. 6, “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East” by Kim Ghattis.

Please join our lively and fun meetings. You may contact office@OrAmi.com for further information and/or links to these or any other events.

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

Virtual Shabbat Services

Virtual Shabbat Services are held online Friday evenings from 7:30 to 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 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

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