Yom Rivii, 5 Nisan 5778

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Congregation Shir Ami’s annual Blessing of the Animals celebrates God’s creatures that grace our lives.

Bring your favorite animal companions (dog, cat, rabbit, bearded dragon, guinea pig, or other furry, feathered, or scaly friend) to join you for a special blessing and a ceremony affirming the special role our beloved pets play in our lives.  

We collect pet care items (dog & cat food, pet beds, blankets, and more) to donate to local animal shelters and animal rescue organizations. Animal care/welfare organizations also participate in our event and help us learn how we can better help our animal friends in need. We invite you to join us to have your pets blessed by Rabbi Rebecca Riece, to help other animals in need, and to enjoy some family-friendly fun: photo booth, door prizes, treats, and more!   



2017 Blessing of the Animals

Congregation Shir Ami's 2017 Blessing of the Animals event, which was held on Sunday, June 4th, from 1:00-3:00pm at Anderson Mill West Park, was great fun!  We met under the pavilion (as usual) for this light, fun, family-friendly, free event, which was open to people (and pets!) of all faiths. 

Rabbi Rebecca Reice conducted a warm and joyful service, individually blessed all of the animals present, and provided certificates and blessings in abstentia for those who could not attend.  Our featured guest speaker this year was Misty Valenta, volunteer coordinator at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, which we also accepted donated goods for. 

Attendees brought their pets for blessings, enjoyed a walk around the park with their pets, participated in the service, had fun with the photo booth, and visited with vendors representing a variety of animal related businesses.  

To see some photos and videos of the event, please click on the following links.   We hope to see you next year!


2016 Blessing of the Animals

BlessingOfAnimals2016Our 2016 Blessing of the Animals event was a great success!!  We met on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, from 1:00-2:30pm at the Anderson Mill West Park (on El Salido Parkway in Cedar Park next to Cypress Elementary). Rabbi Rebecca Riece led a warm and wonderful service which included joyful songs, blessings for our animal companions, a prayer to remember our beloved animal companions who have passed from this world, a call to action to address the plight of companion animals in need, a ceremonial walk around the park, and fun activities for both our human and animal friends who were there. 

We collected many items which were donated to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, and honored our primary event beneficiary for 2016, Puppy Mill Awareness Day Texas (http://pmadtx.org).  

You can see more event photos from Congregation Shir Ami's 2016 Blessing of the Animals event in the Austin American Statesman [LINK TO PHOTOS] as well as a short video [LINK TO VIDEO].