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July 12, 2018
29 Tammuz 5778
Parashiot Mattot-Masei
Candle lighting 8:16 pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Mattot-Masei
Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat  and  Arvit  will be led by Andy Shoyer in the Cohen Chapel

Shabbat Morning - 9:00 AM
Shacharit will be led by Josh Wilkenfeld, and Musaf will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz. 

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.

The membership committee will be enhancing the Kiddush with an ice cream bar.

Jews for Exegesis -  will meet during the Kiddush in the Social Hall. We will be studying Rashbam's commentary on the beginning of Parashat Mattot.
Minchah - 8:15 PM
Creating a Respectful Sanctuary

Welcoming others in the sanctuary, along with the noises they may make, is an easy call to action.
Let's treat each other with loving kindness.
Read more here.
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman
Tuesday, 10:00 AM - Issues in Jewish Political Tradition with Rabbi Fishman
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

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 PM; Everyone is welcome.

Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, July 20/21

Mini-Minyan - 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5. Led by Raviv Brooks.

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.

The Green Special  Simcha Kiddush will be enhanced by  Alan Hirshfeld & Rachel Widder-Hirshfeld , in honor of Rachel's 85th birthday.

Tish'ah B'Av, Observed Saturday Evening, July 21-Sunday, July 22
On Saturday evening  Minchah  will be at 8:10 pm, followed by  Arvit  at 9:10 pm. It will include the reading of Eikhah/ Lamentations and selected Kinot/ dirges. On Sunday,  Shacharit will begin at 8:45 am. Minchah will begin at 7:50 pm with tallit and t'fillin , and will include the fast-day Torah and Haftarah readings. Arvit will be at 8:30 pm. The fast begins at 8:29 pm Saturday night and concludes Sunday night at 9:11 pm.      
In order to have Torah reading and the other fast day liturgy at minchah that day, we'll need at least six people who can commit both to being present at minchah and to be fasting. Please let Richard Friedman know at richard.friedman@hhs.govClick here to read more about  Tish'ah B'Av .

Tuesday night Talmud Class Beginning New Tractate
The Tuesday night Talmud class is completing its study of Tractate Sukkah, and will have a siyyum on Tuesday, July 31.  The following Tuesday, August 7, it will begin a new tractate, Shabbat.  This would be an especially appropriate time to try out this class.  No background in Talmud is required; texts are bilingual; participants have a wide range of abilities and experiences; discussion is serious but not necessarily sober.  If you're interested, speak with Richard Friedman ( ).

Book Club - Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Wednesday, August 1, 12:00-1:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Far From the Tree tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Andrew Solomon writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. 
Because of the length of the book, please read the chapter on deafness.  In addition please pick any other section and read that chapter so the discussion at the meeting will be expansive.  
Feel free to bring a dairy or parve lunch to eat before the meeting begins. Coffee will be provided. Please contact Book Club Coordinator Barry Cantor to let him know if you are coming and for further information, at 301-933-3776 or
High Holiday Registration Forms for 2018~5779 are Available

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, September 9, and Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening, September 18. The High Holiday Registration forms for ticket orders for adult and children's services,  New Year's greetings in our Bulletin, ordering of a lulav and etrog for Sukkot, submissions for the Annual Book of Remembrance, and more are available in 3 ways: 

1) You can complete a (NEW!) guided, on-line questionnaire at:

2) You can access, download, and complete the "traditional" application form at:

3) OR you can stop by at Ohr Kodesh; printed copies of the "traditional hard copy form are available in here, as well as in the July/August Bulletin.

To help ensure accommodation of your seating request(s), ticket orders should be received by Friday, August 3.

Please find all High Holiday service schedules, seating layouts and forms at
Would You Like to be Added to our List of Shabbat Home Hosts?

We are looking to expand our list of people who will house Shabbat guests including speakers, our mashgiach, USY on Wheels, B'nei Mitzvah, etc.  If you live in walking distance of Ohr Kodesh and would be willing to occasionally host a person, or two (or more!), please send an email to Thank you in advance for helping make Ohr Kodesh a welcoming community.
Elsewhere in the Community
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Click here for upcoming films at the Edlavitch DCJCC

The Dove - Stories of Hope Amidst Conflict
Monday, July 23, 6:30-8:00 at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St,. NW
An evening of live, personal stories, told by Israelis, Palestinians, and others who have experienced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand, based on the storytelling show The Moth, featured on NPR. Hosted by Noa Baum. Co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now and New Story Leadership. Tickets are $5. Click here for tickets.

Get to Know Capital Camps!
There are more opportunities than ever to check out Capital Camps this summer! Come for a camp tour to see our beautiful facilities in action, give your child a taste of the sleepaway camp experience with Yotair (Rookie Camp, rising 2nd-4th graders, August 14-17), or wrap up your summer with the best of camp for all ages at Summer Family Camp. For more information, please visit
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Arnie Kuzmack, Saradona Lefkowitz, 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-Thursday: 8:00 pm
Friday: 6:30 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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