Minyan Ohr Chadash, fondly called “OC”, is a community of the littles, youth, teens, young adults, mature adults, and seniors who range in knowledge and breadth of Torah. Having retired three years ago, it’s provided me with a place to learn, socialize, and most of all, find the center of my spirituality in the observance of Torah.
I trickled up to Modern Orthodoxy, raised in Portland Oregon at a Reform Synagogue where Ilearned to read Hebrew in 5th grade religious school but never really applied it except for a couple of prayers. When married, I affiliated with a Conservative Congregation, learning to read the prayers in the siddur through the chanting. Our family moved to Melbourne Australia and I was introduced to the Mizrachi Orthodox movement. I’ve now lived in Seattle for 26 years and became a member of OC at its inception, in 2013. I’ve developed dear friendships both youngerand older and I’ve learned from the best of the best! I’m a person that feels spirituality through the sacred music, and the music from Israel which is chanted in the Shabbat and Holy Day services. OC is a place where I can feel comfortable singing the words of the tefillah throughout the services and songs sung during meals without feeling I need to be quieted to a whisper.