“We understand that starting off after college can be a financial challenge, especially for those with student debts to pay off,” says Barbara Dudley, chair of the dues committee. “So we are making it financially stress-free to get involved with our Temple community” by offering free membership for those under 30 years old.
Diverse to its core, Ohef Sholom offers something for everyone. Whether a “Jew of the Spirit,” a “Jew of the Mind,” or a “Jew of the Heart,” Ohef Sholom has “got you covered,” according to Dudley, noting that, “inscribed above our sanctuary are the words ‘A House of Prayer for All Peoples,’ a quote from Isaiah, which structurally and spiritually reinforces OST’s mission to accept, foster and further Judaism in all its dynamic variations.”
For “Jews of the Spirit” who enjoy attending services, moving, one-hour services take place each Friday at 6:30 pm, conducted by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, who conveys warmth, vitality and wisdom to her spiritual leadership; Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin, who inspires worship with his mellifluous voice and music; and Rabbi Arthur Steinberg, whose intelligence, warmth and compassion make him beloved by all. These engaging clergy are supported by Music Director Chuck Woodward and the OST Choir. Saturday morning services are held at 10:30 am and also last about one hour.
OST hosts monthly Shabbat dinners, a convenient way to meet fellow congregants and enjoy a delicious meal without cooking.
For “Jews of the Mind,” various adult learning opportunities such as a Torah Study on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, Intro to Judaism classes and “OST University on the Road,” in which congregants select a topic of interest and hold a class at their house for their friends and neighbors are offered. For “Jews of the Heart” Ohef Sholom’s vibrant caring committee offers opportunities to do tzedakah or “deeds of loving-kindness.” Among its activities are a monthly Soup Kitchen, an annual Mitzvah Day, hosting Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, cooking for Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, and helping local students in need.
Ohef Sholom Temple also offers events specifically for young adults, age 21 to 35, who periodically gather for fun, social and educational programs of interest, such as “Kayaking and Kiddush” or the well received “Let’s Talk Sex with the Rabbi.”
Whether single or married, with or without children, young or old, gay or straight, in an interfaith relationship or not, Ohef Sholom offers a special community.
For more information, go to www.ohefsholom.org, visit Ohef Sholom’s Facebook Page, or call Linda Peck, director of Congregational Life at 757- 625-4295.