Member's of our synagogue are involved in many local events focusing on harmony between the different religions. Social Outreach and Interfaith events are embraced by many members such as volunteering in the Soup Kitchen and providing non-perishable food items for the less fortunate.
In addition, Grand Junction newspapers and TV stations have covered the major Jewish holidays and events celebrated by ourCongregation's members.
Celebrating Our Grand Junction Community Members
This year, in conjunction with that service, we, as a congregation, will honor former State Senator and long-time public servant, Tillie Bishop, for his efforts in securing the release of the "Leningrad Three" from the Soviet authorities that had sentenced them to long term incarceration in a Soviet gulag. Tillie has been recognized nationally and internationally in his role that was "monumental" in scope -- but never in our own community. A special Oneg will be held for our Congregation members and Community visitors after the service. Tillman "Tillie" Bishop of Grand JunctionFor those who may not be familiar with the events that formthe backdrop of this amazing story I am reprinting the summary that appears in Wikepdia -- you will notice that Tillie is acknowledged as responsible for the release of these three people who only wanted to be able to practice their faiths and be free. It is appropriate that this honor coincide with the Yom HaShoa observance where we not only remember those who perished, but we recognize and remember those who were righteous in their efforts to save lives as well. PLEASE mark your calendars so that you are sure to attend --- this is Ohr Shalom thanking Tillie -- we hope that others from the community will also be there, but this is an Ohr Shalom reflection of appreciation and a strong attendance by our congregation is essential.
Dave E. is now involved in GVIN (Grand Valley Interfaith Network) He will attend meetings twice a month with various churches and groups with religious affiliations to plan events and discuss social issues affecting our community.
Hannukka Holiday House Tour, 2007
Wendy and Jeff opened their home to the Grand Junction Symphony as part of the Holiday Tour of Homes December 8 and 9. Members of the jewish community lent them personal Hannukka and Jewish items to show off the home. It was displayed with over 40 menorahs all lighted at some time. Different rooms displayed different themes, Passover in the dining room, Hannukka in the family room, Jewish foods in the kitchen and the bedroom had bar/bat mitzvah, jewish services and wedding items (ketubah). The television stations and the Daily Sentinel wrote an article on the "Hannukka House"
Chopped liver, gefilte fish, latkes The Breman's jewish china with matzoh ball soup
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Each Thanksgiving, GVIN sponsors an Interfaith Service for the Grand Valley. Members of Congregation Ohr Shalom have participated for a number of years by explaing the Havdallah service. In 2007 and 2008 David read from the siddur and the torah (Leviticus) relating to Thanksgiving. 2008 2006
As part of our outreach efforts in Grand Junction, several members participated in World Religion Day in January, 07. This event was sponsored by the Bahai's of Grand Junction who were trying to foster communication and understanding of different religions.
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