Welcome to Dina-Hasida Mercy's Website!

Welcome

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my website!

 

I am an independent, liberal Rabbi living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Currently I serve as the Chaplain of the Jewish Chaplaincy Society and as the Jewish Chaplain for the federal prisons in the Pacific region of Canada.

 

I am available for life cycle ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counselling. Many of the people I have worked with do not belong to synagogues or have needs that cannot be met in most synagogue settings. For example, I officiate at interfaith and same-sex wedding ceremonies. I believe that everyone should have access to their traditions regardless of the directions our lives sometimes take.

 

 

 

 

I‘m a long time member of the Jewish Renewal Community Or Shalom in Vancouver. My ordination is from the Modern Rabbi Program of the Rabbinic Seminary International in New York City (Rabbi Joseph Gelberman z‘l), although I did most of my rabbinic training through the rabbinic studies program of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

News & Holiday Updates

From time to time I will make announcements of special events,  or holidays that are coming, so please check often and see what news I have here. 

Our next major holiday is December - Chanukah (Some refer to it as the Festival of Lights)

Begins sunset of  Saturday, December 24, 2016 and ends nightfall of  Sunday, January 1, 2017

Work permitted, except Shabbat

Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies. We know the details of the Jewish fight against the Greeks and Hellenism from the two Books of the Maccabees as well as the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus.

 

 Later in January, is the Fast of Tevet 10, which begins sunrise of  Sunday, January 8, 2017  and ends nightfall of  Sunday, January 8, 2017.   Look for more details in the New Year.