Or Shalom Jewish Community Mission Statement
Or Shalom Jewish Community is an active community of progressive Jews and non-Jews, diverse yet united in the effort to improve ourselves and mend our world through: limud (Jewish learning), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), avodah (Jewish spiritual practice), and tikkun olam (social action). We share a commitment to deep mutual acceptance, the spirit of questioning, and a dynamic balance between tradition and innovation that makes our Judaism alive and relevant.
To achieve this mission, we have structured our community around four centers of synagogue life:
Or Shalom Community Core Values
Or Shalom Jewish Community welcomes people of all races, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and religious backgrounds.
Our worship services and rituals are easy to understand with a mix of English and Hebrew, and their purpose is always explained and made meaningful.
In crafting rituals, we respect individual family circumstances in order to include all family members and help them to make meaningful spiritual connections.
Or Shalom provides support to members in times of trouble, and promotes members’ involvement outside the community in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam through social action and social justice.
Or Shalom’s rabbinic leadership and lay leaders collaborate to share and develop our values, rituals, and community culture.
The Or Shalom community has a tradition of actively questioning traditional interpretations of Torah and other teachings handed down by our ancestors. When questioning our traditions we do so with great reverence for and understanding of the uniqueness, depth, and value of our inherited writings and history as a Jewish people.
- Valuing Individual Differences and Opinions
We value everyone’s unique opinions, lifestyles, and points of view with the ideal of community that asks “If I am only for myself, what good am I?"
Children are accepted at our Religious School only if they want and choose to attend. We are all at Or Shalom because we want to be here.
Or Shalom Condemns Anti-Muslim Bus Ads
Or Shalom Jewish Community joins the Jewish Community Relations Council and many others in condemning the anti-Muslim advertisements now appearing on Muni buses in San Francisco.
Quoting a religion’s most violent fringe and branding the whole group by association is provocative and hateful. We recognize the First Amendment issues raised by the prospect of banning offensive publicity of this sort, but we are saddened by the thought of San Francisco’s many peace-loving Muslims seeing their faith smeared in public without response from their neighbors.
So, we respond by condemning the ads and stating our wish to live in peace based on mutual respect with all San Franciscans, in their diverse faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.
March 25, 2013