Welcome to Or Ami

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Welcome to Or Ami

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Reform Judaism

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt, and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship.

Reform Judaism affirms the central tenets of Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - even as it acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God's partners in improving the world. Tikkun Olam — repairing the world — is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom and justice to all people.

Reform Jews accept the Torah as the foundation of Jewish life containing God's ongoing revelation to our people and the record of our people's ongoing relationship with God. We see the Torah as God inspired, a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives.

In addition to our belief that Judaism must change and adapt to the needs of the day to survive, and our firm commitment to Tikkun Olam, the following principles distinguish Reform Jews from other streams of Judaism in North America:

Reform Jews are committed to the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978, the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, as long as the child is raised as a Jew.

Reform Jews are committed to the absolute equality of women in all areas of Jewish life. We were the first movement to ordain women rabbis, invest women cantors, and elect women presidents of our synagogues.

Reform Jews are also committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as in society at large.

Our Awards

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About Us

Congregation Or Ami is a sanctuary of kindness, a safe Jewish community for today, your second home.

Come visit to:

  • Bask in our welcoming, inclusive, musical, innovative Jewish community.
  • Connect with warm, accessible, insightful clergy. 
  • Be spiritually inspired.
  • Discover deep connections with Torah, Israel and the Holy One, and 
  • Partner with others who seek justice to change the world.

If this kind of community feels exciting to you, then stop by to schmooze (talk) or grab a cup of coffee with our rabbis. We know you will feel the warmth.

Come home to Judaism. Come home to Congregation Or Ami.

Facts

  • Established in 1997 as a Reform synagogue serving the west San Fernando and Conejo Valleys.
  • Won 14 national awards for social justice, inclusion, use of social media, creative worship, lifelong learning, outreach and more.
  • Devoted to the enhancement of Jewish life.
  • Amazing clergy team: Grammy-award winner Cantor, best-selling author Rabbi, nationally recognized teen-engaging Rabbi

 

Join us in enriching the Jewish life and identity for young and old, newcomers and veterans. 

We are a partnership. Because in a partnership, we each bring to the communal enterprise our talents, our time, our experiences, our talents, and our presence. Like a marriage or other relationship, partnership is more than just a co-mingling of financial assets; it is about creating a shared life.

 

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