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January 11, 2018
24 Teiveit 5778
Parashat Va-eira
Candle lighting 4:49 pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Va-eira

Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:45 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and  Arvit will led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz  in the Cohen Chapel. 

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM  
Shacharit will be led by Roger Browdy, and Musaf will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz. We will celebrate the baby naming of Aria Hervitz, daughter of Amanda and Craig HervitzMembers of the OKC Mission to Houston will speak about their experiences this past week.

Mini- Minyan - For Children in Gr. K-2
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5; This interactive Shabbat service incorporates tefilot, parashah stories, and activities. Led by Raviv Brooks.
Tefilah Workshop for 3rd-7th Graders
10:30-11:00 AM; Join our Ner Tamid Fellow, Andy Weissfeld, on the second Shabbat of every month. Learn new tefilot in a comfortable environment with your friends. 
Storytime for Families with Young Children
After the Haftarah in Room 7.
Babysitting will be available from 9:30-11:30 am in Room 7 for ages 18 months to 4 years.
Kiddush will be enhanced by Amanda & Craig Hervitz in honor of the recent birth and today's Baby Naming of their daughter.

Interested in Volunteering to Help at a Future Green Kiddush?
Members of Ohr Kodesh enjoy a "green"  Kiddush  (when no disposable dishes or flatware are used) once a month at which volunteers offer to help dry dishes. If you can help at a future "green"  Kiddush  contact Mickey Feinberg at

Jews for Exegesis  
Jews for Exegesis, will meet during kiddush on Shabbat to study the Torah commentary of Rashbam (Rabbi Sh'muel ben Meir).  Rashbam was a grandson of Rashi; his commentary emphasizes the p'shat, the straightforward meaning of the verses. We will focus both on how Rashbam understands the biblical verses and on how he frequently disagrees with his grandfather.  Previous experience with Torah commentary is not required; nor is Hebrew fluency, since a translation is available.  This Shabbat we'll study the beginning of Parashat Va-eira, Ex. 6:2 ff., including God's statement about His name. Questions --
Minchah   4:45 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.   

Havdalah in Pajamas 6:00-7:30 PM
Join us at OKC for a community  Havdalah  and activities. Open to all families in the Ohr Kodesh Community; enjoy a song-filled  Havdalah  followed by activities, snacks and hot chocolate for all ages! Feel free to bring your own dairy or  parve  picnic dinner at 5:30 pm to enjoy in the social hall. The communal sing-a-long  Havdalah  will commence at 6 pm.  For more info, please contact Sharon Light, or Rachel Lang,

This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
K'tanim - A Playgroup for Parents and Their Babies
Tomorrow, Friday, January 12, 9:30-11:00 AM in the Social Hall
K'tanim is playgroup for parents and their pre-ECC aged babies and young toddlers, ages 0 to 2. To RSVP or to ask questions, contact Sarah Horowitz at
Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday - Talmud Class, Tractate M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman.
Tuesday, 10:00 AM - Issues in Jewish Political Tradition with Rabbi Fishman
Tuesday,  Talmud class with Richard Friedman will not meet.
Wednesday, 10:00 AM - Twenty Key Jewish Concepts with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday, 2:00 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman
Pledge 30: The Short Stories of Agnon - A Whole Loaf
Sunday, January 14, 10:00 AM
Facilitated by Bob Gerwin, or 301-728-7260
The story A Whole Loaf is from Agnon's The Book of Deeds. It is a tale of an unremarkable day in which the narrator's desire and the narrator's mission each remain incomplete and unfulfilled. It has resonance with the conflict within Judaism between ethical behavior and mundane activities, between being given the received word and acting. The story is rich in midrashic references. The story will be read and discussed in English. The Hebrew version of the story will be available. Copies of the story and background material are available on the announcements table outside the sanctuary.  It is not necessary to have attended previous sessions.
Prayer: Speaking to God and Its Impact on Community
Monday, January 15, 7:30-9:30 PM
Presented by Adele Berlin, biblical scholar and Robert H. Smith Professor Emerita at Univ. of Maryland; Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Free, but please register at Click here for more information. Note that minyan that evening will be at 7:15 pm.
Collecting Socks for A Wider Circle
A Wider Circle needs new socks for the job applicants it prepares.  Please bring new socks to Ohr Kodesh from January 5 - 26 and place them in the designated box in the Lerner Lobby.
Questions:  Contact Debby Rosenman
Plan Ahead
Shabbat, January 19/20
Tot Shabbat
Friday, 5:45 PM
Open to all families with children up to 5 years of age. Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a family Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a meat community Shabbat dinner. To RSVP for January's Tot Shabbat dinner, please visit All RSVPs are due on Tuesday, January 16 by 5:00 pm.

Mini-Minyan - For Children in Gr. K-2
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5; This interactive Shabbat service incorporates tefilot, parashah stories, and activities. Led by Raviv Brooks.
Kehilat Tefilah - A Youth-Led Shabbat Service for Children in Gr. 3-7
10:30-11:30 AM in Room 2; Participants explore tefilot and learn new tunes while supported by Shabbat Crew teens and service leader, Andy Weissfeld.
Torah Tots - Families with Children up to 4 years of Age
10:30-11:30 AM in the Salzberg Family Library. Led by Rachel Lang.
Babysitting will be available from 9:30-11:30 am in Room 7.

Yiddish Film - Tsvey Shvester (Two Sisters) 1938
January 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
A family drama of personal sacrifice and devotion without end amidst the struggle to succeed in America. 

Machar Volunteering at A Wider Circle
Sunday, January 21,  1:00 - 3:00 PM ( For 3rd - 5th graders and their parents in the OK Community) RSVP by visiting by Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 12:00 PM.  Questions? Email Director of Youth and Family Programming, Rachel Lang at

Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Program
Sunday, January 21, 7:30-9:00 PM at the home of Sarah Horowitz
Practicing Self-Compassion: Be Kinder to Yourself Part 2. Read about it here.
You do not have to have attended the December 2016 program on this topic to participate in this one. To RSVP or ask questions, including any concerns about mobility and/or accessibility issues, contact Elana Premack Sandler ( or 857-928-2605), Marcela Kogan ( or 301-318-7397).

USY Food Decorating Lounge Night
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00-8:30 PM
Read about it and RSVP by Sunday, January 21 at $5 for members, $7 for non-members. 

Mentsch Club Planning for 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 8:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
The Mentsch Club will eat snacks, consume beverages, and decide where we want to take the club in the coming year. Contact with any questions.

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Library. Everyone is welcome.

Paint and Sip Night
Sunday, January 28, 8:15-10:15 PM in the Social Hall
Create a beautiful piece of art for your home, while sipping wine with professional artist, Talya Weinberg.  $30 per person includes all supplies and kosher wine. Adults only. Read the details and RSVP at by Jan. 22. Contact with any questions.

Chevra Kadisha Brunch
Sunday, February 4, 10:00 AM
Becoming Informed about Our Community's Hospice Care: Making End-of-Life Decisions
Presented by Suzanne Adelman, Coordinator, Hospice and Transitions, Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington;  RSVP: (Ohr Kodesh Cong members, spouses, guests) by Sunday, January 28. Please call the office at 301-589-3880 or respond to . For more information, contact Miriam Feinberg: 301-565-0762 or .

Ohr Kodesh Retreat Registration is Open!
This year's theme is Ohr Kodesh at 70: Past, Present, and Future
April 13-15
Capital Camps Retreat Center
Space is limited! Read the details and register here.

Lech Lecha: Get Walking!

Studies have found that adding just a modest bit of activity to our daily lives can have dramatic effects on our health and feeling of well-being.>basics>pa-health.  Ohr Kodesh's own Lech Lecha group is in formation and seeking individuals to take up Abraham's mantle.  The Lech Lecha group will participate in Montgomery County's 100 Mile Challenge.  The challenge runs from January 24, 2018 to May 4, 2018 (100 days).  Humans and canines, old and young, can participate. Please click here for all the details and a list of tentative group walks.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Kagan at 301-949-4349 or Marla Satinsky at 301-448-9505.  Please let them know that you have signed up (so the group can set up internal communications) by dropping a line at or
The OKC Endowment Fund is Seeking Grant Applications From Members

The Ohr Kodesh Endowment Fund is seeking grant applications from Ohr Kodesh members to maintain and to expand the reliĀ­gious, educational, cultural, social and philanthropic activities of the Ohr Kodesh Congregation.
If you have an idea for an activity or program that you have not yet seen at Ohr Kodesh and want to carry it out with the support of the Fund, then this is your chance. All that is required is a simple proposal here. The deadline for submitting your proposal is 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Please submit all proposals to Jerry Kiewe;
The grants are available to all members and Ohr Kodesh groups who are interested in organizing activities for the Congregation. For this grant cycle, the total amount available is approx. $5,800. It is expected that any activities that are funded will be completed by July 31, 2019.
Mazal Tov
There have been   two recent births in our OKC Community:

Mazal tov to Craig and Amanda Hervitz on the birth of their daughter, Aria, sister of Gerson on December 26. Gerson attends our ECC. 

Let's help them adjust to a family of 4 by providing some meals. Click on

Mazal tov  to Janice and Yiftach Eisenberg on the birth of their daughter, Maayan Yona, sister of Sivan and Eitan on January 7.  Both Sivan and Eitan attend our ECC.
Let's help them adjust to a family of 5 by providing some meals. Click on 

Elsewhere in the Community
US and Israel: Facing a Changing Middle East Lecture
Monday, January 22, 7:30 PM
American University East Campus Constitution Hall, NW Washington, DC
Join AU for their annual lecture in memory of SPA Professor Amos Perlmutter with Ambassador Daniel Shapiro who will offer an insider's perspective on current Middle East affairs. For more information and to RSVP, please follow this link

Job Search Training for those who are 50+
JCA's Career Gateway Program can help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn your age and experience to your advantage. Multiple 2018 Sessions are available. See brochure  here.
For more information, contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or

Sunflower Bakery B'nei Mitzvah Program
Online registration for the program has begun, and the 5 weekly session program will be Sunday, Feb. 4-Sunday, Mar. 11. Enrollment is limited to 8 students. See the details here.

Washington Jewish Film Festival
Films shown at the Edlavitch DC JCC;

Support Group for Caregivers of Family Members
Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (BCGW) is looking to form a  monthly support group for adults coping with the challenges of caregiving for family members. For more information and registration, please contact BCGW at 202 331-4481 or

Scholarship: Madaras Awards for Science and Technology (SciTech) Summer Programs at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
SciTech Madaras Scholarship Awards provide generous scholarships to DC area high school students who attend the Technion's SciTech 2018 summer program (July 24-Aug. 16) in Haifa, Israel.  SciTech offers students the opportunity to perform challenging, hands-on research and to participate in enjoyable cultural and social activities.  DC area juniors and seniors with an aptitude in science, math or engineering are invited to apply to the program.  Click here for all the information. Applications accepted beginning Feb. 1.  C ontact Irv Elenberg at  or 301-654-4773 with any questions.

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming events.

We are saddened by two recent deaths in our community:
Ohr Kodesh member Bernard Davis, z'l, on December 30. The funeral and burial took place on January 2 at Judean Gardens in Olney, MD.
Birdie Hack, z'l, sister of Ohr Kodesh member Hannah Burke, on January 10. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, January 12 at 1:00 PM at Sol Levinson's in Baltimore with burial following at Chizuk Amuno Cemetery. Hannah will be observing Shivah at her home from Monday through Thursday morning, with evening minyanim on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

If you are planning on going to the funeral of Hannah Burke's sister in Baltimore tomorrow, please contact Joel Silbert at 301-915-6159. He would like to carpool with someone and is happy to drive.

May God comfort all who mourn for Bernard Davis and Birdie Hack and may their memories always be for a blessing.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Katie Loewy, Leo Rennert, Shoshana Urquhart, 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, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday: 8:00 pm
Monday: 7:15 pm
Friday: 4:55 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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