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It's how we live.

Welcome to Or Ami!

Congregation Or Ami is a dynamic, sacred community (kehillah kedoshah) located on the Southside of Richmond, Virginia which welcomes people of all backgrounds who seek spiritual fulfillment and engagement grounded in principles of the Reform Jewish Movement. We welcome all who are interested in joining our community.
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We were raised in different Jewish denominations
We were raised without affiliation

We were raised in other faith communities
We were raised without religious participation

We have chosen Judaism
We have chosen Jewish loved ones

We are single, married, divorced, widowed
We are in interfaith relationships
We are in interracial relationships.

We are adopted
We are all ages, abilities, and orientations

We are together now
We are one congregation
We are one extended family

We offer support in times of need, joy in times of celebration, and at all times trust, friendship and community. Visit these pages to learn about our many programs, but visit in person to experience our Jewish spirit.

Kristallnacht Memorial Service (Nov. 9)

nov92014rememberJoin the Richmond community as we gather on November 9 at 2:00 pm at the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and honor the memories and lessons of the victims.

There will be a brief outdoor memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery focusing on the identities and stories of those who perished during the Holocaust including a candle lighting ceremony to memorialize the 459 victims of the Holocaust whose names are written on the wall at Emek Sholom. The community and public are invited to attend this important and touching event. Learn more.

Installation of Rabbi Ahuva Zaches (Dec. 5)

Rabbi Ahuva ZachesAn Installation ceremony is about dedicating the sacred work of community-building that rabbis and congregations do together.

On December 5 we dedicate the partnership of Or Ami and Rabbi Ahuva Zaches by formally installing Rabbi Ahuva during Shabbat services.

We hope you will be able to join us on December 5th as we celebrate a new chapter in the story of our community.

2nd Annual Or Ami Hanukkah Bazaar (Dec. 7)

Sunday, December 7th 11:00am – 3:00pm
Congregation Or Ami will host the 2nd Annual Or Ami Hanukkah Bazaar. Following the success of last year’s event, the 2014 Bazaar will be even better with awesome vendors, an exciting raffle, live music, and food vendors.

The Bazaar will host an exciting array of craft vendors selling metal works, jewelry, hats, clothing, handbags, pottery and MUCH more!! What a great way to support local artisans, a growing spiritual community, and get into the holiday spirit. Shoppers will surely find unique, high quality and fun gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list. Stay for lunch, listen to tunes and schmooze with friends new and old.

Congregation Or Ami is the most welcoming community in town!

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Upcoming Events


10.31.2014 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


11.01.2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am




11.02.2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


11.02.2014 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

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Mensch on a Bench


Perfect for Hanukkah.

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