Or Shalom Jewish Community, an S.F. Reconstructionist congregation, will move from space it shares with Congregation Ner Tamid to Congregation Beth Israel Judea. Or Shalom and Beth Israel Judea have signed a shared-occupancy agreement good for six years.
The move will take five days, concluding on Feb. 23 with a ceremonial carrying of Or Shalom’s Torahs from Ner Tamid in the Sunset District to Beth Israel Judea on Brotherhood Way. However, the congregation plans its first Shabbat service at Beth Israel Judea for Friday, Feb. 14.
Beth Israel Judea itself was formed 50 years ago with the merger of the Conservative Congregation Beth Israel and the Reform congregation Temple Judea.
Or Shalom spent nine years based at Ner Tamid, a Conservative San Francisco synagogue. The Or Shalom board voted in December to approve the move. Said president Corey Weinstein, “Since the fall we have been working with the leadership of Beth Israel Judea. Our staff is now beginning the work of preparing for the move.”