Welcome to Or Ami

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Welcome to Or Ami

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Life Cycle Events

Brit Milah

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Kipnes and Rabbi Weisz can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.

Baby Naming/Simchat Bat

We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Kipnes and Rabbi Weisz can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah commits him/herself to proud membership in our ancient people. 

Wedding

Rabbi Kipnes and Rabbi Weisz can help prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching the bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement), to Huppah (Marriage Canopy), to Nissuin (marriage ceremony), to breaking the glass. The Rabbis also counsel, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. They work with the bride and groom in designing the ceremony, providing their knowledge and experience.

Funeral

Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Kipnes and Rabbi Weisz will instruct families on these and other rituals. They will also perform the funeral ceremony, and help families understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

Upcoming Events

20Nov
11.20.2017 - 11.24.2017
LVUSD Thanksgiving holiday
21Nov
21Nov
11.21.2017 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
23Nov
22Nov
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.


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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

20Nov
11.20.2017 - 11.24.2017
LVUSD Thanksgiving holiday
21Nov
21Nov
11.21.2017 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
23Nov
22Nov