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November 22, 2017
4 Kisleiv 5778
 Parashat Vayeitzei
Candle lighting 4:30 pm
Happy Thanksgiving - Morning Minyan will be at 8:45 AM on Thanksgiving Day
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Vayeitzei

Kabbalat Shabbat  - 4:25 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Neal Meiselman in the Cohen Chapel.

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM  
Shacharit  will be led by Oren Swagel and  Musaf  will be led by  Michael Rosman . Andy Weissfeld will present the d'var Torah.

Room 7 will be open for parents and children. There will be no organized babysitting.
Kiddush  will be sponsored by Ohr Kodesh and enhanced by Sandy & Joel Friedman in honor of Joel's special birthday.

Jews for Exegesis  will meet during kiddush this  Shabbat We will study a midrash about symbolic understandings of the well and flocks that Ya'akov sees when he reaches Haran.
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.

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   4:25 PM  in the Cohen Chapel. 
This Coming 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 

USY Lounge Night 
Tuesday, Nov. 28,7:00-8:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Cost: $5 for Members; $7 for Non-Members
Join OKUSY for a "Childhood Night"! Enjoy pizza and snacks while hanging out with friends and re-living your childhood!   RSVP at by Sunday, Nov. 26. For more info, contact USY Adviser, Bonnie Prissman at

OKECC Prospective Family Talk & Tour Sessions
Friday, Dec. 1, 8:30 AM
Please RSVP to: Amy Jones, Assistant Director,

Celebrate Jewish Book Month 2017 (Nov 12 - Dec 12)
Ohr Kodesh celebrates it readers AND writers! We would like to showcase our member authors who have published books between January 2015 and December 2017, by displaying the books, a paragraph about the author, and information on purchasing the books in the hallway through the end of the year. If you are among our coterie of writers, please be in touch with Tami Lautman (240-450-3489 or ). Please share this information with other member authors who may not have seen it!

Seeking Donations of Warm Clothing
Every year on Xmas morning, the Original Pancake House in Bethesda opens its doors to serve breakfast and distribute warm items of clothing to men, women and children in need.  Most of the attendees are people living in shelters.  PLEASE HELP OUT: bring warm coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, scraves in good condition to Ohr Kodesh by 12:00 noon on Friday, Dec. 22; there is a box for collections in the lobby - (or you can drop off directly to the Original Pancake House in Bethesda).  Any questions, contact Michele Weil Fax at 301-351-4995.

Plan Ahead
Shabbat, December 1/2
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
1 0:30-11:30 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.

Teen Kiddush - 12:00 PM
Join us as we discuss the  Mechitzah  - The Dividing Factor (Gender Roles in Judaism).  Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 29 at

Pledge 30: Agnon's Short Stories
Sundays, December 3, January 7 and 14, February 4, March 18 
10:00-11:30 AM;  Facilitated by Bob Gerwin;
December 3:  The Fable of the Goat         
January 7:  The Kerchief
January 14: A Whole Loaf
February 4: Agunot
March 18: A Book that was Lost
Read all about the class here For more information, call Bob Gerwin, 301-728-7260 or email at .

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Program
Sunday, Dec. 3, 7:30-9:00 PM at the home of Tamara Halle
The Mitzvah of Challah and How it Turned into Baking for Shabbat  will be facilitated by Rachel Lang.
Rachel will discuss where the  mitzvah  of  challah  comes from and how it relates to women baking
challah before  Shabbat . After our discussion, we will dive into the art of  challah  baking! Please bring your favorite  challah  recipe or braiding technique with you to share. 
To RSVP or 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).

Pledge 30: Halakhic Rulings of the Conservative Movemen t
Three one-hour sessions: Sundays, December 3, 10, & 24 at 8:15 PM
Facilitator: Glenn Farber;
Last year, we looked at the reasoning behind the 1950 teshuvah (legal opinion) that allowed driving on Shabbat in limited circumstances.  This class will continue examining the reasoning that typifies rulings by Conservative rabbis, and the hashkafah (religious philosophy) that stands behind them.  This first class will focus on the observance of yom tov sheni (the second day of holidays, observed outside the land of Israel).  Read more here.  Readings will be available in advance.  

Book Club - David Golder, by Irene Nemirovsky
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 12:00-2:00 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
We will discuss the French-Jewish writer, Irene Nemirovsky's early novel, David Golder and her controversial treatment of Jewish subjects in her writing.  Nemirovsky's biographer,Professor Jonathan Weiss, will join our discussion by telephone from France at 1:30 PM. Feel free to bring a dairy or parve lunch to the meeting. Questions? Contact Book Club Coordinator Barry Cantor at 301-933-3776 or

Mentsch Club Charity Bowling Tournament
Monday, Dec. 11, 8:00 PM  at the White Oak Duckpin Lanes,  11207 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring;   Prizes will be awarded for highest individual score, highest team score, and other surprise categories. The highest scoring team will donate a portion of the proceeds to the charity of its choice. More details to follow. $15 will cover bowling and shoes.  Space is limited,  so contact  Adam Small  or    Uri Bilek   by  Dec. 4  to be added to a team. 

The 4 th Annual Latkes and Vodka -  A Night Out at Ohr Kodesh! 
Sunday, December 17, 7:30-9:30 PM In the Ohr Kodesh Main Lobby
Join us for latkes, desserts, vodka, live music, and an interactive demo by DC mixologists Jenna and Gadi Ben-Yehuda.  Learn how to make three festive holiday drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.  Famous Chef Paula Shoyer will be doing a dessert demo and tasting at the event.
We will also have art for sale from local social justice artists. Paula's new cookbook will be available for sale and not-for-profit organizations will be spotlighted. Please RSVP  here to Sarit, Kathryn and Amy by Dec. 6. Questions? Contact Amy Herman at
This event is supported by a grant from The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington ( and by Ohr Kodesh Congregation and Wegmans.

New Grant Opportunity

Ohr Kodesh has recently been made aware of a new grant opportunity being offered locally by the Phyllis Margolius Family Foundation which would provide funding - up to $120,000 over 3 years - for "innovative and creative ideas or programs from non-profit organizations that will engage young Jewish families in meaningful participation in Jewish life," with the goal of reducing or eliminating barriers or challenges to that participation (as identified in a survey that they recently conducted).  The idea or program must involve the collaboration of at least two organizations, one of which must be Jewish in its focus.
Our leadership has expressed interest in applying and a number of board members have volunteered to spearhead the process of collecting ideas and developing a proposal to put forward.  The due date for submittals is Jan. 16, 2018.  If you want more details, they can be found at:  If you have an idea to put forward or are otherwise interested, please contact Jerry Kiewe ( and/or Cantor Labovitz (
Temporary Housing Needed Through Mid-December

Sharon Messer from California will be in the area November 27-mid December assisting her 89-year old mother in the Knollwood Retirement Home in Rock Creek (6200 Oregon Ave., NW 20015). She is willing to pay up to $25/night for simple room and board - ideally, something with a separate entrance and kitchen access and with a maximum of 7 stairs.  She is a vegetarian (and kosher), but not strictly shomer Shabbat
If you are interested/able and/or need additional clarification, please contact her directly:
Sharon Messer, 323-219-7642 (cell),
If you are a potential host and would like a reference, please contact Erica Raphael at
Elsewhere in the Community
Holiday Craft Home Show at  Heitzi Epstein's home
Sunday, Dec. 3 and 10, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at 8704 Hartsdale Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20817
Handcrafted jewelry, scarves, book-clocks, ceramic masks, decorative bowls, Judaica & more made by Heitzi. 10% of sales to Ohr Kodesh members will be donated to the OKC Refugee Resettlement Fund.;

Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake Info Session at the Ben-Yehuda Family Home 
Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:00 PM Chevy Chase, MD
For more information, including the address of the event and to RSVP please contact Sprout Lake at 917-595-1500, or visit
Learn about Sprout Lake and meet Helene Drobenare, the Camp Director.  Prospective parents and campers are welcome.

Two Opportunities to Learn about Ramah Day Camp
Open House at the camp site in Germantown - Sunday, Dec. 3,  1:30-3:30 PM, at the Wellspring Conference Center ( 11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876 ).  A formal welcome by Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Camp Director, at 2:15 pm.
Parlor Meeting - Tuesday, December 5,  7:30 PM. at the home of Dalia Hochman & David Schidlow in Takoma Park. Learn about the program, talk with Ramah families, ask questions, and meet Assistant Director Sharon Rosenberg Safra.  
Ramah Day Camp is open to current Pre-K through 4th grade students.  RSVPs are encouraged for both events.  Contact Sharon Rosenberg Safra at , 301-658-6627. 

The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (formerly JPDS) Open House 
Milton is a pre-K through 8th grade school.  Open Houses:  Fridays, Dec. 8 & Jan. 5 at 9:00 am. RSVP to Sindy Udell at Also free community Chanukkah Hebrew Story Hour for 3 to 6 year olds on December 3 at 4:00 pm.  Read more about the open houses here.

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents
Rediscovering the Lost Library of Alexandria
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8:00 PM, at the Bender JCC in Rockville.
Presented by Frederick Winter, Associate Director, Capitol Archaeological Institute. See flyer.

Sunflower Bakery B'nei Mitzvah 

New Year's Family Camp at Capital Camps (Dec. 29 - Jan. 1)
Everything is included - food, accommodations, program, fun and memories. Click here to learn more and register!

May 8 - 18, 2018
Suitable for ages 18 and up. Contact Stacey Herman at with any questions. Read more and pre-register here

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming events.
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-Thursday: 8:00 pm
Friday: 4:25 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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