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Heshvan-Read With Us!

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Door Tori Egherman

At each Oy Vey Shabbat, we read the lyrics to Book of Our Names by Ezra Furman, which begins:

I want there to be a book of our names

None of them missing, none quite the same

None of us ashes, all of us flames

And I want us to read it aloud…

Poetry speaks for us when we don’t have words, when there is no comfort, and the world seems broken. It tells us that we are not alone in our grieving, anger, and fear. Maybe that’s not a comfort, but instead a recognition. Sometimes that’s all there is: a recognition that we feel pain and that others do as well.

We may not be able to offer solutions, but we can come together to grieve, to talk, to share Shabbat dinner, and to study together.

In This Newsletter

Study and Discuss | Shabbat, Havdalah, and Channukah | Oy Vey Buddies | Call for a Cease Fire | From Our Members

Let’s Study and Discuss Together

Friend of Oy Vey, Rabbi Jeremy Borovitz, loves to say that everything is Torah. That song you love that seems to touch your soul? Torah. A Pokémon card that reminds you of your best friend? Torah. Giving ourselves room for our uncertainty, struggle, and turmoil? That’s also Torah.

“When we study Torah, we increase peace in the world,” Jeremy writes.

Let it be so.

Over the coming months we have plenty of opportunities for study together. We hope to see you there!

Oy Vey Reads

We are inaugurating our first session of Oy Vey Reads with Nina Siegal’s book, which is also available in Dutch. Bring your questions and insights with you for the discussion. And join us for a book-club-like conversation with the author!

Register for more information

Deviant Yeshiva

We have the Deviant Yeshiva, which kicked off this past week with face-to-face sessions in The Hague and Amsterdam, as well as online.

Find out more

You are welcome to sign up for upcoming sessions even if you missed the first.

Het Joods Manifest

Register today!

For over a year, we have been talking to Jews in the Netherlands about their hopes, dreams, and fears. Your voice is really important to this discussion. Please make sure that it is heard. Check out the website for more information.

Our discussions for the Jewish Manifesto are coming to an end. We have two discussions in November & two more that will be announced soon!

NL: Doe Mee

EN: Join Us

Shabbat, Havdalah, Chanukah

You can find out what’s coming up in the coming weeks online.

  • Join a Shabbat Dinner on 17 November – Register here
  • Havdalah Reimagined on 18 November – Sign up
  • It’s not too early to think about Chanoeka! Sign up to make your own menorah/channukiah with the ceramic artist Kesem Yahav. There are still a couple of places left!
  • Speaking of Chanoeka, the details of our yearly Chanoeka event will be announced soon. We have a date! December 13. More details soon

Check out all of our events here.

Become an Oy Vey Buddy

We know that a lot of people in our community feel like they need to connect with other Jewish people at this time. We created a buddy system to match people up for whatever kind of support they need: a meal together, a walk in the park, a good chat. If you need a bit of extra support, fill out this form:


Call for a Cease Fire

We are about 120 signatures short of our goal for our petition for a cease fire which calls for:

  • An immediate ceasefire
  • Immediate release of all hostages in the Gaza Strip
  • Access for humanitarian aid to Gaza
  • International support for a plan for lasting peace through diplomacy
  • Prevention of anti-semitism and islamophobia through education and dialogue aimed at all levels of Dutch society.
  • Een onmiddellijk staakt-het-vuren
  • Onmiddellijke vrijlating van alle gegijzelden in de Gazastrook
  • Toelaten van humanitaire hulp in Gaza
  • Internationale steun voor een duurzaam vredesplan door middel van diplomatie
  • Voorkomen van moslimhaat en antisemitisme door voorlichting, onderwijs en dialoog gericht op alle lagen van de Nederlandse samenleving.

Please consider signing and sharing:

From Our Members

27 October: Kabbalat Shabbat with Ruach Shalom

27 oktober 2023  19:30 – 21:00

Once a month, Ruach Shalom hosts a hybrid Kabbalat Shabbat online and face-to-face. To join this event please fill in your details at:

We want to hear from you!

If you have a recipe to share, an event to highlight, or something you’d like the Oy Vey community to know about, please send us an email! It’s easy! Just hit reply to this email or click here to use our handy form.

In peace, love, and understanding,

The Oy Vey Team