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May 18, 2017
Iyyar 5777
 Parashiot B'har-B'chukotai
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh

Tot  Shabbat -  5:45 PM
Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a Kabbalat Shabbat family service and dinner. Reservations are now closed. Contact Jessica Woolf with any questions at

Kabbalat Shabbat   
- 6:30 PM 
The  Kabbalat Shabbat and  Arvit service will be led by  Neal Meiselman in the Salzberg Family Library. 

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM  
Shacharit  and Musaf  will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz. We will celebrate Aaron Zimmet becoming a bar mitzvah.

Monthly Learners' Service -  8:45 AM - 9:45 AM 
in the Cohen Chapel

Mini- Minyan -  For Children in Grades K-2
10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5.   Led by Raviv Brooks. 

Torah Tots - Families with Children Ages Birth to 4 years
10:30-11:30 AM in the Salzberg Family Library. Led by Rachel Lang. Babysitting is available from 9:30 am in Room 7.

The Kiddush will be sponsored by Gilda and Brian Zimmet in honor of their son, Aaron Zimmet, becoming a bar mitzvah

Teen Kiddush 
(8th-12th Grade)
12:00-1:00 PM in the Conference Rom
We will have a discussion about  the differences between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Can one be anti-Zionist without being anti-Semitic? How do you recognize the difference between these two concepts? Come join us after services for lunch and to find out! Let Andy know you are coming at .

Jews for Exegesis will meet this Shabbat.  We will study a midrash about a passage in this week's parashah.

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  Enhancement of a kiddush can be arranged for as little as $180. Contributions of any amount to support future kiddushim are appreciated.

Interested in Volunteering to Help at a Future Green Kiddush?
Please email Mickey Feinberg at
Need Help Getting Home after Services? 
In an effort to make our  shul  more inclusive for all, we will try to help you get home from Ohr Kodesh. To pre-arrange assistance, contact Tami Lautman weekdays at  or 301-589-3880.  You are also encouraged to simply show up at Shabbat  morning  services and alert the person who gives the announcements from the  bimah  towards the end of the service; he/she will help to arrange for you to get home.  

Got Lunch?
In order to extend the celebration of Shabbat, we include in the Shabbat morning  announcements an offer to host anyone who would like  to join an OKC family  for Shabbat lunch. If you would like  to be on a list of potential hosts, please email
Minchah 7:55 PM  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, 10:00 AM - Issues in Jewish Political Tradition
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    

Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Sunday, May 21, 7:30-9:00 PM at the home of Marla Satinsky
Is There a Jewish Approach to Honesty and Truth?
Amy Woolf is an Ohr Kodesh member (and former OKC pre-school mom) who works at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress.  To RSVP or to ask questions, including any concerns about mobility and/or accessibility issues, contact Elana Premack Sandler ( or 857-928-2605), or Marcela Kogan  (  or 301-318-7397). Read more  here.

Annual Congregational Meeting 
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 PM
Congregational Meeting, Election of Officers and Members of the Board as well as approval of the budget for 2017-2018. Everyone is welcome.

Installation Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Friday, May 26
Dinner Reservations are due tomorrow, Friday, May 19. To RSVP click Here.
The evening will honor:

Chuck Fax, Outgoing President
Barbara Libbin, Incoming President
Click   HERE to see the outgoing/incoming board.
and Volunteer Honorees:

Barry Cantor
Marla Satinsky
Carol Soble
Click  HERE to see their bios.
Schedule for the Evening:     
6:00 PM - Wine and Hors d'oeuvres (Lobby)
6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Main Sanctuary)
7:30 PM - Dinner (Social Hall) By Reservation Only
8:00 PM - Farewell to outgoing and Installation of incoming officers and                                             board members
8:15 PM - Dessert
8:30 PM - Volunteer Recognition
9:00 PM - Closing Remark. Birkat Ha-Mazon
For additional information, please contact Executive Director Jerry Kiewe: 240-450-3486.
Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat Morning May 27
We will celebrate  Jake Silver  becoming a  bar mitzvah .

OK @ Nationals Park - National s vs. Texas Rangers
Sunday, June 11, 4:05 PM  
Join us for a day of baseball, food & fun. Tickets are complimentary through the generosity of the Nationals and the Lerner family. The event is for Ohr Kodesh members and their immediate family only. Register online at .
Tikkun Leil Shavuot Tuesday Night, May 30 and Shavuot Days 1 and 2
Join us for our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night study session commemorating the Israelites' anticipation of receiving the Torah on the morning of Shavuot!

There will be a variety of sessions taught by our lay leaders and clergy. Child care and a space for children to sleep will be available. Please RSVP for both the 6:00 pm Pre- Shavuot Dinner and the 9:15 pm Yom Tov dinner here.

Wednesday, May 31 - First Day of Shavuot
Services will be begin at 8:45 am. There will be a 10:30 am Mini- minyan for grades K-2 and a
Congregational Picnic with ice cream for dessert.

Thursday, June 1 - Second Day of Shavuot
Services will begin at 8:45 am, with Yizkor at approximately 10:30 am.

Click here to read the details of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
Honoring 2017 High School Graduates on Shabbat, June 3

Rabbi Fishman and Ohr Kodesh Congregation would like to honor our 2017 High School Graduates during Shabbat morning services on June 3 with an aliyah or an ark opening in honor of their graduation. Please contact Tami Lautman  to let us know if you would like to accept an honor.
Seeking Furniture Donations for the Refugee family that OKC will Sponsor

As many of you know, Ohr Kodesh will be sponsoring a refugee family.  Although we do not yet know the size of the family, what country they are from, and when they will arrive (probably within 3-6 months, but maybe sooner), we are already making plans to collect donations of furniture and household items in good condition. We have an opportunity to store such items free of charge, but must be able to collect them by Friday, May 26.  If you have beds, chests of drawers, a kitchen table and/or chairs, living room furniture, lamps, kitchen items, linens, or electronics in NEW OR GOOD CONDITION that you no longer need and would care to provide for OKC to perform this mitzvah, please contact Bob Hyams at 202-966-0585 or Thank you.
Elsewhere in the Community
Israel Fest
Sunday, May 21, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Bender JCC in Rockville
Community-wide celebration sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Bender JCC with participation of other community organizations. See the details here.

Kolot HaLev Annual Concert
Sunday, May 21, 4:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
Celebrating Jewish Women Through Music and Song. Tickets at or at the door.

Focus on Israel: Building Relationships Across Divides 
Sunday, May 21, 5:00 PM Panel Discussion, 6:00 PM BBQ (No charge)
Program bringing Jewish Israeli and Palestinian peace builders together to share  stories of their work building bridges within and between their communities.  For more info and to RSVP click here .

Camp Ramah in New England  is offering significant incentive discounts for current 2nd or 3rd grade boys and current 6th grade boys.  If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Fishman at  ASAP.

27th Washington Jewish Film Festival - May 17-28
Visit for more info.
Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.

We are sadded by three recent deaths:

Evelyn Lloyd,  z'l , sister of Stuart Lloyd, on May 9. The funeral was held at Har Jehuda Cemetery in Upper Darby, PA.
Estelle Ra'anan,  z'l, mother of Michael Ra'anan, on May 15. The funeral service was held at Ohr Kodesh yesterday, May 17, followed by interment at Judean Memorial Gardens.  Each night Mike and Alice Ra'anan will receive friends an hour and a half PRIOR to the evening minyan at 11220 Korman Drive, Potomac.
Wednesday : Evening minyan at 8:00 PM
Thursday, Sunday, and Monday : Evening minyan at 8:30 PM
Florence Zucker Ellenberg,  z'l, mother of Maxine Arnsdorf, yesterday, May 17. The funeral service was held at Ohr Kodesh this afternoon, and was co-officiated by Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer, Senior Rabbi at B'nai Israel Congregation.The funeral was followed by interment at Judean Memorial Gardens. 
Evening minyanim as follows:
Thursday (5/18) : 8:00 pm at the home of Maxine Arnsdorf,1817 August Dr Silver Spring.
Sunday and Monday (5/21,22) : 7:15 pm at the home of Mark and Nancy Ellenberg, 9600 Sotweed Drive, Potomac 20854. 
Tuesday (5/23) : 8:00 pm at the home of Maxine Arnsdorf.
No specific visiting hours those days.
Additional visiting hours on Friday (5/19) , 12:00-3:00 pm at Florence Ellenberg's apartment:
University Towers 1111 University Blvd, Apt 606, Silver Spring 

May God comfort all who mourn for Evelyn Lloyd, Estelle Ra'anan, and Florence Ellenberg, and may their memories always be for a blessing.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Heitzi Epstein, Luis Gongora, Katie Loewy, Sadie Plotkin, Leo Rennert, Shoshana Urquhart, Bruce Volat, and Rebecca Winnick.

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, May 26: 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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