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Or Shalom Jewish Community moving across town to Beth Israel Judea

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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.”


Posted by cyberbrook
02/17/2014  at  05:35 PM
more than this

This article is true, of course, but doesn’t capture the excitement and enthusiasm in Or Shalom’s vibrant community.

It’s hard to easily explain Or Shalom’s warmth and depth, as well as its passion and progressive values, so I guess you’ll have to see us for yourself in our new habitat on Brotherhood Way to really understand and enjoy.

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Posted by cyberbrook
02/23/2014  at  09:45 PM
Update:It was a great event,


It was a great event, with about 130 people, chock full of rousing spirit, melodic musical instruments and singing, a bit of dancing, good friends of all ages, lots of fun and nice conversations, and a special and spiritual once-in-a-lifetime ritual. I’ve come to expect nothing less at Or Shalom.

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