Welcome to Or Ami

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Welcome to Or Ami

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Mission Statement

At Or Ami, People Matter!

We are a Jewish Reform Congregation.  Or Ami is home to a warm and welcoming, innovative, musical Jewish community.  We deepen relationships with each other, while immersing in Torah, Israel and the Source of All Life.  We travel together down Jewish paths which inspire our hearts and souls, and transform us to seek justice and nurture compassion in the world.

Our Values: Innovation/Chiddish, Accessibility of Clergy/ Aseh L’cha Rav, Joy/ Simcha, Openness/Petichut, Caring Community/ Henaynu, Life-long Learning/ Talmud Torah, Social Justice/Tikun Olam, Ethical and Financial Responsibility/ Tzedek.

  • Innovation/Chiddish: We delight in continuing opportunities to renew and transform our community, our traditions, our programs and ourselves.
  • Accessibility of Clergy/Aseh L’cha Rav: We connect with clergy who are genuine, ethical, open and available.
  • Joy/Simcha: We celebrate life through word and song because we believe that life is filled with blessing.
  • Openness/Petichut: We create a community where there is a free exchange of ideas and where we courageously talk about the difficult truths in life. We seek the participation and insights of all members of our community.
  • Caring Community/Henaynu: We are “there” for people through their joyous moments and their sad times. As an inclusive community, we welcome Jewish individuals, families, and couples. Our members are young and old; able-bodied and have special needs; single, couples, divorced and blended families; of various genders and orientations; multicultural/multiethnic; whole to broken; and struggling to wealthy.
  • Life-long Learning/Talmud Torah: From birth through burial, we grapple together with Jewish texts, traditions and mitzvot to illuminate our lives and touch our souls.
  • Social Justice/Tikun Olam: We pursue justice, compassion, truth and peace, actively transforming our world.
  • Ethical and Financial Responsibility/Tzedek: We treat each other ethically. We care for our environment. We honor the tzedakah entrusted to us and apply it responsibly.

Blessing the Children: To bless a boy, a girl, or both.

Place your hands on the child's head and say:

For a boy:

Y'sim-cha Eh-lo-him k'Ephra'im v'chi-M'nasheh.

May God inspire you to live in the tradition of

Ephraim and Menasheh.

For a girl:

Y'si-meich Eh-lo-him k'Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v'Lei-ah.

May God inspire you to live like Sarah,

Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah.

For both boys and girls:

Y'va-reh-ch'cha Adonai v'yish-m'reh-cha.

Ya-eir Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha vi-chu-neh-ka.

Yisa Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha v'ya-seim l'cha sha-lom.

May God bless you and keep you.

May God's light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.

May you feel God's Presence within you always, and may you find peace.

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Yahrzeit

You are invited and encouraged to let us know the name and yahrzeit of your beloved ones who have departed from us. We will honor their memory by announcing their name at our synagogue during services. May you be comforted among all the mourners of Israel.

In Jewish tradition, when the year of mourning is over, mourners are expected to return to a fully normal life. There are several occasions each year when our loved ones who have passed on are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death, which is observed according to the Hebrew calendar. As is the case in all Jewish holy days, yahrzeit observance begins at night. A 24-hour candle is lit and one may attend synagogue to recite the Kaddish [the memorial prayer]. It is traditional to avoid attending any celebrations or parties on the day of yahrzeit, and some people fast on that day.

 

MOURNER'S KADDISH

Yit-ga-dal v'yit-ka-dash sh'mei ra-ba,
b'al-ma di-v'ra chi-ru-tei, v'yam-lich mal-chu-tei
b'chai-yei-chon uv'yo-mei-chon
uv'chai-yei d'chol-beit Yis-ra-eil,
ba-a-ga-la u-viz-man ka-riv,
v'im'ru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'mei ra-ba m'va-rach
l'a-lam ul'al-mei al-ma-ya.

Yit-ba-rach v'yish-ta-bach,
v'yit-pa-ar v'yit-ro-mam v'yit-na-sei,
v'yit-ha-dar v'yit-a-leh v'yit-ha-lal, sh'mei d'ku-d'sha, b'rich hu,
l'ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta v'shi-ra-ta,
tush-b'cha-ta v'ne-che-ma-ta, da-a-mi-ran b'al-ma,
v'im'ru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'la-ma ra-ba min sh'ma-ya,
v'cha-yim, a-lei-nu v'al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v'im'ru: Amen..

O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav,
hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu v'al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v'im'ru: Amen.

An English Translation 
Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has 
created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during 
your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be 
the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises 
and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all 
Israel; and say, Amen.

 

May they rest in peace and may their memory ever be for a blessing… At this moment, I pause for thought in memory of my beloved...........................I give thanks for the blessing of life, of companionship and of memory. I am grateful for the strength and faith that sustained me in the hour of my bereavement. Though sorrow lingers, I have learned that love is stronger than death. Though my loved one is beyond my sight, I do not despair for I sense my beloved in my heart as a living presence. ustained by words of faith, comforted by precious memories, we kindle the light in remembrance. “The human spirit is the light of Adonai” (Proverbs 20:27). As this light is pure and clear, so may the blessed memory of the goodness and nobility of character of our dear..............illumine our souls.

Upcoming Events

16Dec
12.16.2017 - 01.07.2018
LAUSD winter break
16Dec
12.16.2017 - 01.01.2018
LVUSD winter break
19Dec
19Dec
12.19.2017 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
20Dec
Livestream High Holy Day Services
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Watch Services Online

Worship with us from the comfort of your home. Find strength in prayer while in your hospital room or convalescent home. Connect spiritually while away. Services live streamed twice monthly. Our calendar lists times of live streamed services.


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Photo Gallery

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!


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Social Justice

Our community is actively involved with social action, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.


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Youth Groups

Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.


OurBlog

Rabbi Kipnes' Blog

Our Rabbi explores Jewish spirituality on the journey through life. Delve into refreshing perspectives on Judaism, contemporary issues and Congregation Or Ami. Interactive commentary that lets you read and be part of a discussion.


Newsletter

Or Ami News

Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community this week and this month. 


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Tree of Life, Yahrzeit Memorial and Noah's Ark

Honor and remember your loved ones. Our Tree of Life celebrates simchas (joyous times). Our Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques remember loved ones. Our Noah's Ark honors or remembers beloved pets.

Upcoming Events

16Dec
12.16.2017 - 01.07.2018
LAUSD winter break
16Dec
12.16.2017 - 01.01.2018
LVUSD winter break
19Dec
19Dec
12.19.2017 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
20Dec