2016-12-03

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9:15 - 1pm
Celebration of LGBT+ Welcoming At The Shaar Shalom
10 Years Out: LGBTQ Inclusion in Conservative Judaism
On December 6, 2006, the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law & Standards ruled that Jewish law permits homosexual Jews to serve as rabbis and cantors and that Jewish law has the space to provide ceremonies that sanctify same-sex relationships between Jews. : 10 years later, on December 3, 2016, we at Shaar Shalom are going to gather at Kiddush for a discussion on how the world has changed. We will hear from a few members of our community about how their LGBTQ identity has impacted their Jewish identity, and together we will study what was the revolutionary thinking that changed Conservative Jewish law 10 years ago. Come find the table with Rabbi Rank and Rabbi Weiss at Kiddush for this communal discussion and study session. : Shaar Shalom Congregation is located at 1981 Oxford St, near the corner of Oxford and Pepperell. The main entrance is behind the synagogue, on Pepperell street, with limited parking available just outside.
From: Publisher Dan: Halifax LGBT+ Community member Howard Heyman and Rabbi Weiss have invited us to Saturday Morning Shabbat - a service at the Shaar Shalom synagogue. Howard has been asked to speak briefly about his feelings growing up as a gay Jew in a time when being gay was generally viewed as abnormal, and will be doing the part of the service where the Torah is chanted; another member of the community will be officiating as well. There will be a discussion after the kiddush (light refreshments) following services.
I’ve attended this service before, during Pride Week a couple years ago when Rabbi Ari Isenberg was delivering a sermon on reconciling being gay and Jewish. The synagogue is an interesting building and the worship space is gorgeous. The service is a couple hours long, but doesn’t exactly demand your full attention for all of it. Afterwards there’s a “kiddush” — light refreshments and on this day, a discussion too.
WHEN: This Saturday, December 3rd. The services begins at 9:15, and it isn't necessary to be there at the beginning so I would suggest Elderberries show up in the lobby at 9:15 and we will join the service at 9:30.
WHERE: Address: 1981 Oxford St - corner of Oxford and Quinpool.
DRESS: street or business casual; there are yarmulkes ready to borrow in the lobby; please leave your celphone at home or in the car.

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6:00pm
Rev Darlene Young Community Dinner
The community dinner is an opportunity for the community to give back to the community at the Holiday Season. It is an time for the community to help people have a holiday meal. We invite one and all to the dinner for a turkey and ham full course dinner on us. We do accept donations at the door for The Manna for Health Food Bank. So feel free to come and enjoy a warm meal donated by the community
Saint Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia