Congregation Or Atid

Congregation Or Atid Synagogue fosters Jewish identity and values, promotes the observance of Jewish Please RSVP on our website.

Our home at 10625 Patterson Avenue is conveniently located just west of Pump Road and about two miles east of Route 288 in Henrico County’s West End. Services are held on Friday nights at 6pm with a pre-neg at 5:45pm, and Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM. The first Friday of each month is our Young Family Shabbat Experience, including a kid friendly dinner from 6-7pm. Our diverse Congregation enjoys

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02/08/2024

Yesterday, February 7 marked four months to the start of the war in Israel.
The Hebrew word Milhama מלחמה means war, with the three root letters Lamed, Het, and Mem. ל.ח.מ
The word Lohem לוחם means a fighter, derives from the same root letter. You may recognize the word Lehem, לחם Bread, with the same three root letters. Both words may sound alike, but homonyms are entirely different. As we reflect on these linguistic connections, let us also remember the importance of peace. In Judaism, we pray for peace (שלום) and strive to be peacemakers (שלום עושים). May we continue to work towards a world where conflict is replaced by harmony and understanding.
Art by: Aryeh Lamdan

02/08/2024

Our COA musical team is warming up and rehearsing for next week's Musical Shabbat and Scholar-in-Residence special weekend. Here's a sneak peek. Don't miss this special Shabbat together. Click here to register https://t.ly/2v41H

02/08/2024

Our COA musical team is warming up and rehearsing for next week's Musical Shabbat and Scholar-in-Residence special weekend. Here's a sneak peek. Don't miss this special Shabbat together. Click here to register https://t.ly/2v41H

02/07/2024

NEXT FRIDAY, join us for a heartwarming Musical Kabbalat Shabbat at Congregation Or Atid, featuring a lecture on "Jews Of Medieval Spain" by Rabbi Dr. Leila Gal Berner.

⏰ Friday, February 16th at 6:00 PM

An evening of lectures, music, and community, celebrating the spirit of Shabbat with a catered dinner to follow. This event is OPEN to the whole community.

RSVP at https://t.ly/2v41H or call the office.

We look forward to sharing this special gathering with you!

02/07/2024

Join Congregation Or Atid's Special Weekend Event with Rabbi Dr. Leila Gal Berner. OPEN to the entire community, Fri-Sat, Feb 16-17. All lectures are FREE.

An enlightening weekend of learning, cultural exploration, and community fellowship. Don't miss the musical Kabbalat Shabbat with a catered dinner on Friday night.

Lectures:
Jews in Medieval Spain
Jews in Muslim Spain
The ABAYUDAYA Jews Of Uganda

RSVP at https://t.ly/2v41H
FREE lectures; donations appreciated

02/07/2024

Rabbi Sherry gave the opening invocation today at the House of Delegates. On the big screens, it said Rabbi Sherry Grinsteiner from Congregation Or Atid. What an honor for our synagogue! Hit the play button to watch the invocation.

02/06/2024

TONIGHT at 7:00PM
Join Frankie for Explore game boards and pieces from Ancient Israel, including Roman dice and 'knucklebones. Online via ZOOM only. Please register at: https://t.ly/xwyIQ
Each class in this series is an independent topic, so, even if you have never joined us before, feel free to “drop in”!
Register at: https://t.ly/pQFc

Ephraim Seidman: A Volunteer at the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind | Reflector News 02/04/2024

Our congregant, Ephraim Seidman, and his wife, Bunny Wilks, have devoted many years to raising guide dogs and have a long and strong relationship with the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind in Beit Oved. They are passionate about Israel! When the war broke out following the Hamas terrorists’ attacks on Oct. 7th, Ephraim felt a strong need to volunteer in Israel with the IGDCB, located about 40 minutes south of Tel Aviv. He stayed in Israel for 2 and a half months. Read this article in the Reflector about his time there.

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02/02/2024

Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Looking forward to see you tonight at our Shabbat services this weekend.

This weekend we read parashat Yitro
Parashat Yitro brings the exodus story to its climax as the Israelites receive the Ten Commandments three months into their journey. The people are instructed to prepare themselves, and in the early dawn of the third day, in a most spectacular experience of sound and sight, they hear the voice of God. In Hebrew, the ‘Ten Commandments’ are called Aseret Hadibrot – meaning the ten utterances or expressions reflecting their larger scope as a category rather than a single commandment. Aseret Hadibrot are Judaism’s fundamental moral and ethical principles. Most people of Judeo-Christian background are familiar with the Ten Commandments, but according to a USA Today poll, only 14% of Americans can accurately list them. Can you?
https://www.jewfaq.org/10_commandments

2024 Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 02/01/2024

IF you want to use your voice and help educate our elected officials about what it means to be Jewish now please join us on Feb. 7th. Also - we will also be hearing from Governor Youngkin, Lt. Governor and Office of the Attorney General.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Our Rabbi Sherry will also be doing the invocation to open the General Assembly that day - a wonderful honor to our congregation.

2024 Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day Online registration for 2024 Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day.

01/31/2024

Join us for a Solidarity Mission to Israel Report Meeting tomorrow evening, Thursday, Feb 1, at 7:00PM online on ZOOM.

Daniel Staffenberg, CEO of JCFR, and Seth Kaplan, who recently visited Israel, will provide firsthand updates and share insights from their Community Solidarity Mission trip to Israel.

Following the presentation, there will be a dedicated time for questions and answers, providing an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and engagement.
Please Register HERE: https://t.ly/87OH7
Danny Staffenberg

01/31/2024

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝟏𝟎𝟏 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐢 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥!
Congregation Or Atid invites all 7th-12th Grade Students in the Richmond Jewish community to this FREE program. In-person and on ZOOM, each session is a stand-alone. The next session is on Sunday 2/4 at 5:00 pm at Congregation Or Atid (with a Zoom option). Enjoy snacks and delve into various topics about Israel. This FREE program is generously donated to the synagogue. Please Register at https://t.ly/mvbAv there you can find the registration links to all other sessions. For questions, contact Alex Mendez at [email protected]. Knowledge is power, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Israel!

01/31/2024

Today is the last day of January, the first month of the year. In Hebrew, the word Month – Chodesh חודש comes from the word Chadash חדש, meaning new. Since The Hebrew calendar is lunar, the movement and appearance of the moon marks the months. A new month starts when the moon is 'renewed,' hence the name Chodesh.

01/30/2024

Last Thursday Congregation Or Atid celebrated Tu B’Shvat with Dr. Sam Richardson leading a Seder. The event included historical insights, discussions on symbolism, and reflections. The evening ended with singing HaTikvah and reflections on popular Israeli trees. The congregation looks forward to next year's Tu B’Shvat celebration for peace in Am Yisrael.

01/26/2024

Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Looking forward to see you at our Shabbat services.

Parahat B’shalach depicts one of the known scenes in human history: the Israelites’ crossing of the Red Sea. The Torah speaks of the people’s fear and reluctance to move forward, caught between the water in front of them and the Pharoh and his chariot behind. The Midrash tells us about
Nachshon, son of Aminadav from the tribe of Judah, was the first one to move forward, stepping into the water. Our tradition teaches that it was this show of faith and devotion that caused the sea to part, allowing the people to walk on dry land as the two pillars of water erected to their left and to their right side. Nachshon is remembered for this action and has been a symbol of bravery ever since.

01/26/2024

NEXT FRIDAY!
Join us for a joyful evening of Shabbat songs, stories, kiddush, and an ice cream bar! 🍨
This event is open to all! Grandparents and older siblings are welcome!

🗓️ Friday, February 2nd
⏰ 6:00-8:00 PM: Family Service followed by a Kid-Friendly dinner.
It's a wonderful chance for families to come together, experience the meaning of Shabbat, and enjoy a cozy dinner among friends.
Please help us plan by RSVP at: https://t.ly/6B9N3

01/24/2024

Tu ט" ו is not a word on its own. It is the combination of the letter Tet ט, with a numerical value of 9, and the letter Vav ו, with a numerical value of 6. Together, Tu is the equivalent of 15. Tu B'shvat ט" ו בשבט is a date: the 15th of the month of Shevat. Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday celebrated by planting trees in the Land of Israel. This day is considered the 'Jewish Earth Day,' Besides planting trees, many would engage in Tu B'Shvat seders. To learn more, visit:
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tu-bishvat-ideas-beliefs/

01/24/2024

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝟏𝟎𝟏 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐢 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥!
Congregation Or Atid invites all 7th-12th Grade Students to this FREE program. In-person and on ZOOM, the 6 sessions, each a stand-alone, begin on 1/28 at 5:00 pm at Congregation Or Atid (with a Zoom option). Enjoy snacks and delve into various topics about Israel. This FREE program is generously donated to the synagogue. Please Register at https://t.ly/YN0hF for the first session; there you can find the registration links to all other sessions. For inquiries, contact Alex Mendez at [email protected]. Knowledge is power, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Israel!

01/23/2024

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝟕:𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐌
🌳 Join us for a lively Tu B’Shevat Seder at Congregation Or Atid! 🌿
Explore the significance of trees in the Land of Israel and share reflections on this meaningful topic.

Please register at https://t.ly/5AKDU to secure your spot for this enriching discussion and celebration of Tu B’Shevat in community. See you there! 🌿🍇

01/19/2024

Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Looking forward to see you at our Family Shabbat Experience tonight and Shabbat services.

Tomorrow's Torah reading, Parashat Bo, describes the last three and most devastating plagues God brought on the Egyptians: locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn. It also details the last night the Israelites spent in Egypt and their exodus from Egypt after 430 years. Many segments of this parashah appear word by word in the text of the Haggadah read at the seder night. More than just an account of a historical event in the collective memory of our people, this parashah culminates the struggle and victory, divine judgment, measure for measure justice, pride and humility, and, of course, the Israelites' transition from slavery to freedom.

01/19/2024

Young Families SAVE THE DATE!
Join us for a joyful evening of Shabbat songs, stories, Kiddush, and an ice cream bar! 🍨
This event is open to all! Grandparents and older siblings are welcome!

🗓️ Friday, February 2nd
⏰ 6:00-8:00 PM: Family Service followed by a Kid-Friendly dinner.
It's a wonderful chance for families to come together, experience the meaning of Shabbat, and enjoy a cozy dinner among friends.
Please help us plan by providing your headcount – RSVP at https://t.ly/6B9N3

01/18/2024

The Hebrew word Zman זמן means time. You may be familiar with the SheHecheyanu שהחיינו blessing, which is recited when an activity is performed for the first time or to mark a joyous occasion. Zman can also be translated to time, occasion, season, or period. Interestingly, the standard English question 'What time is it?' would be asked differently in Hebrew. The phrase is 'Mah Hashaah?' מה השעה meaning 'What is the hour?'

01/17/2024

🌳 Join us for a lively Tu B’Shevat Seder at Congregation Or Atid! 🌿 Explore the significance of trees in the Land of Israel and share reflections on this meaningful topic.

🗓️ Thursday, January 25th
⏰ 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Please register at https://t.ly/5AKDU to secure your spot for this enriching discussion and celebration of Tu B’Shevat in community. See you there! 🌿🍇

01/16/2024

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝟏𝟎𝟏 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐢 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥!
Congregation Or Atid invites all 7th-12th Grade Students to this FREE program. In-person and on ZOOM, the 6 sessions, each a stand-alone, begin on 1/21 at 5:00 pm at the temple (with a Zoom option). Enjoy snacks and delve into various topics about Israel. This FREE program is generously donated to the synagogue. Please Register at https://t.ly/YN0hF for the first session; there you can find the registration links to all other sessions. For inquiries, contact Alex Mendez at [email protected]. Knowledge is power, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Israel!

01/16/2024

TONIGHT: "The Matriarchs" 7 to 8 PM at COA or on ZOOM.
Join Rabbi Sherry Grinsteiner for a captivating discussion! Explore the incredible stories of women in the Bible in our monthly sessions. We'll dive into history and tradition through biblical, Talmudic, and Haggadic sources.
Please RSVP at https://t.ly/6341m
Event is OPEN to all.

01/12/2024

Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Looking forward to you this weekend at our services, Musical Havdalah tomorrow night and at our Young Adults Sip & Schmooze event on Sunday eve.

This week we read parashat Va'era
In Parashat Va'era, the second Parasha of the book Exodus, we read how Moses and his brother Aaron repeatedly approach the Pharoh with a straightforward request, "Let my people go." These famous words were the slogan of the international human rights campaign calling for the right of Soviet Jews to leave Russia in the 1970s and 1980s. As a phrase, it becomes the cry for captives' release in general. But we need to remember to read the second part of this call. The complete quotation is, "Let my people go so they may serve me." While advocating the freedom of all people is a novel pursuit, the Torah's message is that this freedom is not for its own sake; Not freedom from but freedom to. Moses is not calling for the freedom of the Israelites from slavery alone, but most importantly, the freedom to serve God.

Young Adults Sip & Schmooze - Event - Congregation Or Atid 01/12/2024

This weekend's events:

Tomorrow, Saturday 13th
Musical Havdalah with Desserts, RSVP at https://t.ly/8H7PQ

Sunday, 14th
Young Adults Wine & Cheese Night, RSVP at https://t.ly/4Kjy3

Young Adults Sip & Schmooze - Event - Congregation Or Atid Join us for an evening of delightful conversation, cheese, and wine at our 'Sip & Schmooze' event on January 2024 from 4 to 6 pm at Congregation Or Atid. Enjoy the company of friends and unwind with a selection of fine cheeses and wines. We will have non-alcoholic beverages as well. Childcare will b...

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About Our Congregation

In 1986, a small group of families had the vision to start a new Conservative synagogue in Richmond. Through their dedicated efforts, our egalitarian, participatory Congregation was created and continues to thrive.

The hallmark of our Congregation is our sense of community:


  • Children are involved in all aspects of synagogue life
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