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Risk it for the Brisket

On Nov. 6th, we didn’t risk a thing as the weather cooperated beautifully when Or Ami hosted our first “Risk it for the Brisket.”

Four contenders (Nancy Nelson, Darren Moorehead, Joel Moses and Elliot Barnett) competed in a “brisket cook-off” to raise funds. The event was well-attended, with over 50 guests, and everyone had a terrific time sampling the four distinct – but all delicious – briskets.

Ultimately, we crowned Elliot Barnett the winner based on votes from the crowd. The event made for a great afternoon and raised $875 for Or Ami!

Have you heard the term “nonbinary” but aren’t quite sure what it means? Are you curious about Jewish teachings on gender identity going back thousands of years? Join us over Zoom on Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 to 5  p.m., to find out!

Rabbi Dr. Nikki DeBlosi (a Harvard graduate with a gift for explaining challenging concepts in a way that everyone can understand) and Bonz Swencionis (a Jewish, nonbinary actor known for roles in shows like 30 Rock, White Collar, and Return) share academic, spiritual, and personal insights about what it means to include nonbinary people in the Jewish community.

This is our opening program for a series on gender diversity in the Jewish community, made possible due to a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. We encourage everyone from the Jewish community to come and learn.

Please visit or-ami.com/guest-speakers and RSVP by Friday, Dec. 2, using the Google link on this page to receive the Zoom link.

On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Religious Schools at Or Ami and Or Atid will have a large and fun combined Chanukah party between 10 a.m. and noon. This is the second of our joint programs this school year, following a very fun Sukkot community/harvest-themed event in October, which was held at Or Atid.

Join Or Ami’s Lovely Candle Lighting Chanukah Shabbat Service

Or Ami’s annual Chanukah Shabbat Service will be on Friday, Dec. 23rd this year. All are welcome to bring menorahs with seven candles to light in community in Or Ami’s big sanctuary windows.

Beer Ami – Beer Ami will happen on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, at 6 p.m., at Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen and Brewery, 2930 W. Broad St.  Note, in addition to food, Three Notch’d has a large selection of non-alcoholic beers! All are welcome.

Or Ami Crafters – Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 7-8 p.m. Come and show off your stuff (virtually, that is)! Contact crafters@or-ami.com for a zoom link.

Regular Shabbat Services are held in-person and online Friday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30. Torah Study is held virtually most Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Contact our office for a link if you wish to attend.

For more information on any of our programs or to obtain links to zoom events, please get in touch with our office at (804) 272-0017 or office@or-ami.com.

Would you like to know more? Contact us at Belong@Or-Ami.com or check us out at www.Or-Ami.com. You can follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/OrAmi-Richmond. All inquiries are always welcome.

A couple of more photos from recent activities: