“At Congregation Or Shalom, we welcome all new members”

Or Shalom is a dynamic Conservative Jewish synagogue in London Ontario, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We offer a variety of religious, cultural, educational and social programs for members of all ages.
Or Shalom is an egalitarian synagogue. Women as well as men are encouraged to grow in religious practice and observance of such mitzvot as Tallit, Tefillin and Tefilah. Women are equal constituents of the minyan, participate equally with respect to the Torah and its aliyot, and serve as Shlichat Tzibur.
At Or Shalom we welcome the participation of all our members in whatever capacity they feel comfortable, including leading services, chanting a Haftarah, or receiving an aliyah.
Or Shalom is family oriented. Our junior congregation is an active participant in our Shabbat services. Our youth programs are lively, entertaining and educational. Our adult education programs are informative and enlightening.
Our round sanctuary with centre bimah is unique in its beauty and provides an intimate environment for prayer.
Our facilities are wheelchair accessible, providing ease of access to our sanctuary, our social hall and washroom facilities.
Our facilities are strictly kosher, with a meat/pareve kitchen in our main building and a dairy kitchen in the adjacent Anna Leff Youth Building.

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History
The first Conservative synagogue in London was incorporated in 1940 under the name United Jewish League. In 1944 the Conservative congregation joined with a previously Orthodox congregation and continued operating in south London under the latter’s name, B’nai Israel.
In 1960 B’nai Israel moved north, building a new synagogue at Huron and Adelaide streets. In 1966 Congregation Or Shalom was formed upon the amalgamation of the B’nai Israel and B’nai Moses ben Judah congregations.
Historical documentation of early Jewish community in London Ontario by Canadian Jewish Congress April 1959 Canadian Jewish Congress
Ontario Jewish Archives – B’nai Moses Ben Judah window – http://search.ontariojewisharchives.org/Permalink/accessions24478

B’nai Moses ben Judah congregations

B’nai Moses ben Judah congregations
Service for King George V at B’nai Moses ben Judah Synagogue, London Ont., January 1936. From A History of the Jewish Community of London Ontario by Bill Gladstone.
Scores weep as Jews honour the late King (1936) – http://www.billgladstone.ca/?p=8112

 

Location

Or Shalom London Map

Congregation Or Shalom is located at 534 Huron Street, just west of Adelaide Street, and is easily accessible by public transportation.
Or Shalom is part of a campus that includes the London Community Hebrew Day School, the London Jewish Community Centre and the London Jewish Community Village, a seniors’ apartment complex.
The Anna Leff Youth Centre, which houses meeting rooms, a dairy kitchen and a gym, is attached by a breezeway to Or Shalom. The youth centre is used on a regular basis by our Jewish youth and by different aerobic, exercise, basketball and dance groups. Rental arrangements can be made by contacting our office at 519-438-3081.