At Or Ami, we believe that you should be able to wake up on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur and have a home to worship at and a family to worship with.
For nearly fourty years Or Ami has offered free, walk-in services to meet the needs of our membership and of Jews who do not have a place to pray on the High Holidays.
Rabbi Ahuva Zaches leads the Or Ami High Holy Day services. We extend our warmest welcome to you, your friends and family members to share the High Holy Days with us.
Below you will find the schedule of services and other important information about Or Ami’s High Holy Days.
Please contact the Or Ami office if you have special seating requirements such as those necessitated by a person with disabilities.
Sunday, October 2, 7:30 pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service & oneg reception
Monday, October 3, 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Family Service & Tashlich
Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm – Kol Nidre Service
Location and Parking
All services will be held at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23226 unless otherwise noted in the schedule. There is considerable parking at the Weinstein JCC. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood across the street from the JCC. Please be courteous when parking so that we continue to be good neighbors and be careful when crossing Monument on foot.
Sing. Dance. Pray.
Jewish Meditation on Yom Kippur Afternoon
Meditation can foster concentration, awareness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation is a tool that, when infused with Jewish language, intentions, and texts, is transformed into Jewish meditation. Practicing Jewish meditation is a way to find stillness, a sense of peace, and a deeper connection to that which is greater than ourselves. Jewish meditation also brings an awakened and clearer state of mind to three fundamental arenas for attention. As it says in Pirkei Avot: The world rests upon three fundamental pillars- Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Hassadim, or acquiring wisdom, the service of the heart and deeds of loving-kindness.
This year’s Yom Kippur experience will include Jewish Meditation lead by Lisa. It will be on Wednesday October 12 at 4:00 pm at the JCC.
Yizkor Memorial Books
Honor your parents
Honoring our parents is core to Judaic values. Yizkor (“remembrance”) is a service performed four times a year to honor parents and other loved one who have passed. Our tradition at Or Ami is to place names of the departed in a book and read the names aloud during Yom Kippur. We are continuing this tradition this year.
Getting names published in the Or Ami Yizkor Memorial Book
Fill out the online form to request that names be added to this year’s memorial book and to make a voluntary donation.
Your voluntary donation in honor of your loved one is part of Jewish tradition. A voluntary donation of $18 for one name or $36 for more than one name helps to offset the costs of printing the Yizkor book and is an investment in what makes the Jewish community thrive in Richmond. Donations can be made online or by contacting the Or Ami office.
Professional Babysitting will be available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A donation of $5 per child is suggested.
We encourage families of young children to take advantage of this service so that parents may embrace the feeling of being part of our kehilah kadoshah (our sacred community).
Break- the – Fast with Or Ami
We will have our annual Break-the-Fast following Neilah services on Wednesday October 12. A SignUp Genius request should show up in your emailto allow you to pick something to bring.
We hope you will join us for this wonderful conclusion to our holiday services.
Support the VA Food Bank
Hunger is an equal-opportunity problem. It doesn’t limit its impact to one demographic group, one cause, one type of neighborhood, or even a single season.
How can you help?
Giving to Or Ami
Every year Congregation Or Ami performs an exodus by moving our temple and our people from our home on Huguenot Road to the Weinstein JCC on Monument Avenue. No, this does not happen on Passover. It happens just before Rosh Hashanah and continues through the end of Yom Kippur.
How can I help?
Donate your time. If your can do anything mentioned above or just want to ask what you can do, contact the Or Ami office.Donate funds. Hosting the High Holy Days is core to who we are as a community. It takes considerable funds to make this happen every year. Please consider making a monetary donation to help.