2017-07-13 / Faith

Celebrating Shabbat in the great outdoors tomorrow

Valley Outreach Synagogue will hold Shabbat in the Park on Fri., July 14 at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. All are welcome.

The evening will start with a picnic at 5:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own dinner.

An experiential Jewish learning fair will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. service.

The JEWELS home-based Hebrew and Judaic education program of VOS will host the Jewish Experiential Learning Fair, featuring hands-on workshops on the theme of Havdallah, the Hebrew word for “separation,” marking the transition from Shabbat to the rest of the week.

Workshops include P.J. library story time for children, creating Havdallah boxes and braided candles, Havdallah blessings and a teen zone.

During this event, 400 to 600 people gather in an outdoor sanctuary, amphitheater-style.

“No physical synagogue is as beautiful as the sky and the mountains and the trees,” said Rabbi Ron Li-Paz. “The casual environment of Shabbat in the Park can be more inviting to those who are not comfortable with the formality of walking through the doors of a religious institution.”

New families introducing their children to the spirit of Shabbat in a familiar setting and founding members have been regulars at the park service since its inception over 10 years ago.

For more information, call Jan Roth at (818) 882-4867.

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