Welcome to Or Ami

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Welcome to Or Ami

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Or Ami Center for Tikkun Olam (social action)

Nurturing Jewish Social Justice Activists

Involve yourself in our many Tikkun Olam, social justice projects.

 

At Or Ami, “we travel together down Jewish paths which inspire our hearts and souls, and transform us to seek justice and nurture compassion in the world.” Too often, the pressures of daily life combine with compassion fatigue and provide an easy excuse for Jews to focus on spiritual matters without investing themselves in social justice mitzvah work. Too often, young social justice activists are stymied in their attempts to find suitable mitzvah projects that accept volunteers under 16 years old. Too often, mitzvah volunteers are not taught the Jewish values which underlie their work; consequently, the “warm fuzzies” of a mitzvah project may not provide motivation for continued commitment to Tikkun Olam (social action) work.

Our Or Ami Center for Tikkun Olam will repair the world by integrating a full calendar of social action projects, with education about Jewish values and social justice activism for our kindergarten through high school students. It creates successive generations of Jews experienced with, committed to, and skilled at repairing the world.

Initial endeavors include:

  • Engaging a B’nai Mitzvah Project Coordinator (congregant Debby Pattiz, dpattiz@sbcglobal.net) to guide students toward deeper involvement
  • Creating VolunTEENS, Future Coaches, and Madrichim, three Tracks for Temple Teens (Triple T), to provide 7th-12th grade students with social action project planning and youth mentoring experiences
  • Holding Mitzvah Project Fairs in which post-B’nai Mitzvah students present their projects to younger students
  • Hosting a NFTY SoCal's Social Justice Kallah for 210 teens
  • Developing a social justice values curriculum to be implemented within all learning programs
  • Creating a list of organizations which will allow younger students to volunteer. 

Thanks to the generous donations of so many congregants and foundations, Or Ami deepens our compassionate congregation to meet the needs of our increasingly broken world. 

Life Long Learning

 

   
At Or Ami, we value 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. We create ongoing and single session opportunities for congregants to engage in a journey of learning and spiritual growth. Members of all ages are challenged to think, question and contribute creatively to our common journey.

Our engaging learning offerings include:

Adult Learning 

Center for Jewish Parenting: Nurturing parents who know how to raise ethical, decent Jewish kids

Religious School options for Kindergarten through 6th grades (choose one):

Kesher: Once a week learning, drop off model

Mishpacha: Twice monthly family (student and parent) learning

Hebrew Tutoring Program: Small group tutoring for all 4th-6th grade students

Triple T: Tracks for Temple Teens: Multiple options for 7th-12th grade students

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Center for Tikkun Olam: Nurturing the next generation of social justice activists

 

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.


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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.


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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