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November 11, 2016
10 Cheshvan 5777
Parashat Lekh L'kha
Candle lighting 4:38 PM
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Lekh L'kha    
Kabbalat Shabbat  - 4:35 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Cohen Chapel will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz
Veterans Day - OKC honors our American Military Veterans
6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Concert by Tizmoret, Queens College Hillel's Professional A Cappella Group. Registration is now closed. This program is partially supported by an Innovation Grant that Ohr Kodesh received from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Thanks also to the Shalom Group for their  generous donation towards the Veterans Day  Shabbat  Dinner which will honor our military veteran congregants.

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM
Shacharit will be led by Neal Meiselman and Musaf will beled by Cantor Hinda Labovitz . We will celebrate Drew Sadikman becoming a Bar Mitzvah and we will celebrate the aufruf of Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Rebecca Miller.

Mini- Minyan
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 4
For children in grades K-2, this interactive  Shabbat  service incorporates tefilotparashah stories, and activities. Led by Raviv Brooks, children learn how to daven with kavanah while still having fun! 

Kehilat Tefilah
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 2
Shabbat  service for all children in grades 3-7. Andy Weissfeld will lead a Ramah style  Shabbat  service together with the  Shabbat  Crew teens. 

Storytime for Families with Young Children
After the  Haftarah  in Room 7.  Babysitting is available in room 7 from 9:30 am.

The  Kiddush will be sponsored by  Caren and Jesse Sadikman in honor of  Drew becoming a  Bar Mitzvah and enhanced by  Jonathan & Martha Cohen and  Deborah Levine & Marc Cohen in honor of the  aufruf and upcoming marriage of  Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Rebecca Miller

Kiddush, 12:00-1:00 PM (for Gr. 8-12)
Join OKUSY after  Shabbat morning services in the conference room for an enriching discussion led by members of the OKUSY board about religious expression, specifically dress and discrimination. RSVP by Monday, November 7 at

Would You Like to Sponsor or Enhance a  Kiddush
If you would like to enhance or sponsor a future  kiddush, please call Jerry Kiewe at 240-450-3486 or email him at  Contributions of any amount are also appreciated. 
Need a Ride Home after Services? 
In an effort to make our  shul more inclusive for everyone who would like to attend, i f you need a ride home from  shul  on any  shabbat , and would like to pre-arrange a ride, contact Tami Lautman during the week at 301-589-3880 or If you don't know in advance, just notify the person giving announcements on the  bimah  and they will help you find a ride home.  
Jews for Exegesis will meet this  Shabbat
Minchah 4:35 PM in the Cohen Chapel.  

Yiddish Film Festival:   
The Golem
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 PM
This is the first film in this year's series. In this French film, the Golem comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. The film will be shown in the Cohen Chapel.

This Week at Ohr Kodesh
Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate B'rakhot with Rabbi Fishman
Tuesday, 12:15 PM - Tuesdays with Lyle in DC       
Tuesday, 8:30 PM - Talmud class, Tractate Sukkah  with Richard Friedman  
Wednesday, 10:00 AM - Twenty Key Jewish Concepts with Rabbi Fishman 
Wednesday, 2:00 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman    

Pledge 30 Classes and Programs 
Check out this year's extensive Pledge 30 offerings:

Kadima GlowGolf (for Gr. 6-8)
Sunday, November 13, 1:30-3:00 PM, 12085 Rockville Pike, Rockville
Join Kadima for an afternoon of glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a laser maze challenge. RSVP at by Wednesday, November 9. for more info, contact Rachel Lang at

Covenant Winery Wine Tasting
Sunday, November 13, 7:00 PM
Join us for a wine tasting with Jeff Morgan, winemaker and co-proprietor of Covenant Winery. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. Contact Jerry Kiewe at for more information. RSVP at flyer.

How Do You Say Genocide in Yiddish? Raphael Lemkin and the Forgotten Zionist Origins of Genocide Law
Monday, November 14,  7:30 9:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
Lecture presented by Dr. James Loeffler, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia and the Robert A. Savitt Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read about the lecture here. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Contact the Foundation for Jewish Studies at 301-770-4787  to RSVP.

Hazak - Fine Tuning Your Fiscal Fitness
Wednesday, November 16, 12:00 PM
Presented by Lizabeth Wagger (First Financial Group in Bethesda) and Elaine Rose, Long Term Care Insurance Specialist. 
Please send Liz, 
, Elaine, ,  or Susan Merewitz,  or   301-654-8023 , any questions you would like answered during the presentation - by November 14 if possible ("The sooner you send your questions, the better the answers will be!"). Please bring a non-meat bag lunch.  Dessert and hot beverages will be served. 

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Board meetings are open to the congregation.

Early Childhood Center Prospective Family Talk & Tour
Friday, November 18, 10:00 AM
RSVP to Amy Jones, Assistant Director,

Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat - November 18/19
Friday, 5:45 PM
Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a Kabbalat Shabbat family service and dinner. Families with children under 5 years are encouraged to participate in Shabbat songs, tefilot, and interactive stories. After services, Shabbat dinner is served in the Kaye Social Hall. To RSVP for the Shabbat dinner, visit All RSVP's are due by Tuesday, November 15 at 5:00 PM.

Monthly Learner's Service
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM in the Cohen Chapel
Whether you're new to Jewish services, or you've been attending synagogue services your entire life, there will be something for each of us to learn in this multi-leveled service. Those interested in participating in the Adult Bar/Bat Torah class should plan to attend.   
Mini- Minyan - For Children in Grades K-2
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 4
An interactive  Shabbat service incorporates  tefilot, parashah stories, and activities led by Raviv Brooks. Children learn how to daven with kavanah while still having fun! 

Torah Tots - Families with Children Ages Birth to 4 years
10:30-11:30 AM in the Salzberg Family Library.
Celebrate Shabbat with songs, tefilot, stories, and parashah activities. This interactive Shabbat service is led by Rachel Lang.

Bonim Mitzvah Project (K-2nd grade) 
New Date: Sunday, November 20,  12:00-1:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Join Bonim to decorate and assemble gift bags for the residents at the NIH Children's Inn, play games and read stories about mitzvot. RSVP at  by today. For more info,  contact Sarit Cioban Spector at  

OK Crafters Club
Monday, November 21, 7:30-9:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
The OK Crafters club meets once a month. Join other members to work on your craft project in the company of others. Questions? Contact Lara Fleischer at or Ruth Alpert at
Winter Clothing Drive
 Every year on Christmas morning the original Pancake House opens their doors to serve breakfast and give out warm items of clothing to men women and children in need. Most of these people are living in shelters. Last year 700 people attended and we never have enough warm coats, gloves, hats, and scarves to give out. Please bring warm clothing in good condition by Friday, Dec, 23 at 12:00 noon and put them in the box in the lobby. For additional information, contact Michele Weil Fax at 301-351-4995 or
Elsewhere in the Community
Lessans Family Annual Book Festival
November 3-14 at the Bender JCC in Rockville
Click here for schedule.

Israel Arts DC: A Celebration of Contemporary Israel Through Words and Movement
November 6 - 14, Edlavitch DCJCC

Learn About Ramah Day Camp
Parlor Meeting - Tuesday, November 15, 7:45 PM  at the home of Miriam and Andrew Stein 
Learn about the program, talk with Ramah families, ask questions, and meet the Assistant Director Sharon Rosenberg Safra in this intimate home setting.   Ramah Day Camp is open to current Pre-K through 4th grade students.  RSVP to Sharon Rosenberg Safra, Assistant Director ( , 301-658-6627). 

Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents:
  What Do Ancient Documents Tell Us About the People Who Lived at Hazor?
Monday, November 21, 8:00 PM at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville
Presented by Amnon Ben-Tor, of Hebrew University,  the excavation director at Hazor.  For more information contact or visit See flyer.

Operation Understanding 
Operation Understanding is recruiting local Jewish and/or African-American high school juniors for a life changing  program leadership program to create change and promote social justice. Applications are due Nov. 21.  For further information contact  Ricki Horne at More info  on this flyer.
Center for Israel Studies 
Click here for upcoming programs 

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Paul Berger, Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Luis Gongora, Michael Leener, Katie Loewy, Sadie Plotkin, Roberta Saperstein, and Bruce Volat.

Please do not hesitate to contact these individuals. They would be pleased to receive a call, a card, or a  visit. If you need contact information for any of the members listed above, please contact Tami Lautman at 240-450-3489. We would also appreciate it if you would make us aware of others who are in need of well wishes and support. If you are able to help a congregant in need of assistance with a meal or a run to the store contact Elisabeth Boas, or Joan Levy, 

Ohr Kodesh maintains a daily minyan in both the morning and evening.
Next week's minyan times:
Sunday: 8:45 am
Monday-Friday: 6:45 am
Sunday-Thursday: 8:00 pm
Next Friday, November 18: 4:30 pm
Evening and morning minyanim are an integral feature of our community. Please make every effort to participate whenever possible, especially on your assigned dates.

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