Find Meaning

“Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” – Viktor Frankl

At Ohev Shalom, we believe that prayer and spirituality are not “one-size-fits-all.”  Whether you were raised in a traditional Jewish home, are a “Jew by choice,” are part of a mixed-faith family or are simply seeking to broaden your understanding of Judaism, there is room for you at Ohev.

Many of us find that through Jewish ritual, we bring beauty to the important events in our lives, enhancing our sense of the specialness in the everyday. We invite you to join us for our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat or Shabbat morning services, for daily minyan or for holiday services. Our services are warm and informal and are conducted in a mix of English and Hebrew. Our rabbis encourage group participation in discussions, in readings of prayer and poetry and in song.

Inspired by music?  Click here to listen to musical compositions created by our own Rabbi Kelilah Miller for use in prayer, ritual and contemplation. Or click here to learn about Ohevites’ work with the Rising Song Institute curriculum in our quest to become ever more musical.

Hiddur Mitzvah is a Jewish principal that teaches us to “beautify the commandment.” We believe that creating beautiful ritual objects enhances the blessing in any moment. We strive to maintain an attractive space that is both visually stimulating and spiritually uplifting.  To that end, our congregation has come together to create and commission works of art that are meaningful to our community.

Click to learn about our Children of Israel Mosaics, or the Balin Chapel Window. Our Artist in Residence, Siona Benjamin, has worked closely with our clergy and with Ohev members and has created our new ark curtain (parochet), and table (amud) cover which have beautified our sanctuary.  Additionally, the Megillat Lostice, another remarkable work by Siona Benjamin, commemorates the journey of our Lostice Torah, which is a source of great pride for our community. Or click here to learn about our ritual textiles, designed and created by visual artist and Ohev community member Elsa Wachs.