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February 8, 2018
23 Sh'vat 5778
Shabbat Sh'kalim - Parashat Mishpatim
Candle lighting 5:21 pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Shabbat Sh'kalim - Parashat Mishpatim    

Kabbalat Shabbat 5:20 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Howard Horowitz in the Cohen Chapel. 

Got Shabbat - 6:00 PM
Join us for a  Shabbat  experience geared toward students in grades K-7 and their families! We will begin with an engaging family style service followed by a communal dinner. Reservations are now closed for the dinner. Questions? Email Cantor Hinda Labovitz at

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM  
Shacharit will be led by Ari Feuer, and  Musaf will be led by  Andy ShoyerWe will honor the Charles E. Smith graduating seniors:  Sam Chodorow, Ari Feuer, Shira Graubart, Jonathan Israel, Lena Lerner, Ilana Meltzer, and Joey Shoyer.

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.
We will have a Special Simcha Kiddush: enhancement by Bob & Lois Lerner in honor of their 55th wedding anniversary, enhancement by the Sunday morning Talmud group in honor their Siyyum, the completion of study of Tractate B'rakhot; and enhanced by families of the JDS graduates. The Talmud class siyyum will take place during Kiddush.

Jews for Exegesis  
Jews for Exegesis, will meet during kiddush on Shabbat. We will study the beginning of Parashat Mishpatim, about the laws of the Hebrew slave. (We will interrupt our study in order to listen to and respond to the siyyum by the Sunday morning Talmud class.)
Minchah   5:20 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.   
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
K'tanim  - A Playgroup for Parents and Their Babies
Tomorrow, Friday, February 9, 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, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate  M'gilah 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

The Short Stories of Agnon: Agunot
Sunday, February 11, 10:00 AM
Discussion leader: Bob Gerwin or 301-728-7260
Agunot was Agnon's first story published in Israel, the story that first made his name known to the world, and the story whose title he took as the basis for his name. The story reflects the  Song of Songs, and tells the tale of souls who are set adrift and unable to find their anchors. The story is available in English, the discussion is in English, and all are invited to join us. Background material will also be provided along with the story itself, made available on the announcements table outside the main sanctuary. 

Sip & Stitch
Monday, February 12, 7:30 PM at Kaldi's Social House, 918 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring
Sip & Stitch meets the second Monday of each month to work on needlework projects; all crafts and levels are welcome! Questions? Contact Lara Fleischer at 
or 301-587-9157.
Plan Ahead
Shabbat, February 16/17
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 dairy S habbat dinner. To RSVP for  dinner, go to . All RSVPs are due on Tuesday, February 13 by 5:00 pm.

During Shabbat morning services we will honor the past presidents of Ohr Kodesh. Gary Simms, Mel Stern, Erica Raphael, Ron Abramson, Norman Goldstein, Joan Weiss, Susan Magazine, Bob Kott , Peter Herscovitch, Kim Price, Brian Israel, Roger Browdy, Sarah Kagan, Chuck Fax, and our current president Barbara Libbin.

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 Melissa Stein.
Babysitting will be available from 9:30-11:30 am in Room 7.

Rosh Chodesh Program for the Month of Adar
Sunday, February 18, 7:30 PM at the home of Miriam Feinberg
Marla Satinsky will be discussing the book The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner. Come learn new ways to reduce stress, increase interpersonal connection, use our faith community to grow, and adapt our diet to promote health.  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),  Click here to read the details.

USY Karaoke Lounge Night
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:00-8:30 PM
RSVP by Sunday, February 18 at USY members/$5 and non-members/$7.  

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Library. Everyone is welcome.

Mmmmmmm!  Chocolate!
ABRS students will be fundraising for the school and selling Kosher for Passover chocolates and other assorted goodies. Items can be ordered directly from students with catalogs. You can also order your items through this link and it will support the Alvin Browdy Religious School. If you order online the chocolate can be shipped directly to you.  Questions? Email Linda Epstein .
Register for the Ohr Kodesh Retreat  - April 13-15

Join us for a weekend of prayer, study, fun activities, and community at the 2018 Ohr Kodesh Retreat. We will spend Shabbat together at the beautiful Capital Camps Retreat Center and engage with the theme: 
Ohr Kodesh at 70: Past, Present, and Future . Individuals, couples, and families of all ages are invited to attend this communal event. There will be something for everyone! 
Your registration fee covers all meals and snacks, lodging, and  amazing study sessions & activities for the whole weekend. Please follow this link:  to register and learn about pricing details. Sign up soon because space is limited!
Again this year, the Retreat is priced on a "Pay What You Can" basis, so that cost will not prevent anyone from attending.  (This flexibility is available only through March 1.)
If you have any questions,  contact Andy Weissfeld, or Retreat co-chairs, Hannah Feldman and Heather Diamond
Purim Shalach Manot Greetings - Orders Due Friday, February 16

Join Ohr Kodesh as we kick-off our annual Mishloach Manot project. You have a wonderful opportunity to send Purim greetings by having cards sent to your friends and family acknowledging that a contribution has been made in their honor.  
Go to for all the info you need to place your order.
If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Concepcion (240-450-0672) or Jerry Kiewe (240-450-3486) at the Ohr Kodesh office.
Mishloach Manot greetings may be funded with the Flexible Tzedakah Account.

Are You a Lech Lecha Walker?

Are you a Lech Lecha walker?  Let us know so we can include you in the notifications and messages among our group.  Please contact Marla Satinsky ( or Sarah Kagan ( to get on our email list or our Facebook group.  

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
Mazal tov to  Susan and Len Merewitz  on the birth of their granddaughter, Leah Hannah, daughter of Jill and Ben Merewitz, on February 2.
Mazal tov to Rabbi Lyle Fishman and Debby Rosenman on the birth of their granddaughter, daughter of Dr. Nicola Brodie and Ezra Fishman and sister of Nadav, last night, February 7.
Coming Soon - New Ohr Kodesh Directory
Ohr Kodesh will soon be coming out with a new member directory, as part of the 70th Anniversary Gala's Tribute Book. Please update your information, including address, telephone number, cell number, and email address by March 15 either online at (you must login first, then go to Resources - OKC Online Directory), or call Tami Lautman in the office at 301-589-3880.  If you prefer not to be included in the directory, or if you prefer to have certain information items excluded from the directory, contact Jerry Kiewe at  
Hosts Needed for USYers Attending AIPAC

We are looking for families to host USYers attending the AIPAC Policy Conference this March. Hosts are needed for the Saturday, March 3-Tuesday, March 6. USYers will arrive Saturday after Shabbat on the 3 rd and leave Tuesday the 6 th in the morning. Each USYer needs a bed/mattress (USYers can share a large bed). USYers will be responsible for their own transportation and lunches & dinners. Host families are asked to provide a breakfast and help USYers get to and from a metro station in the mornings and evenings. If you are able to host, please email Andy Weissfeld at
Elsewhere in the Community
Lines Drawn with Acid: Politically-Engaged Art and the Left-wing American Yiddish Press of the 1920s and 30s
Illustrated lecture presented by Dr. Lauren B. Strauss
Sunday, Feb. 11, 1:00-2:30 PM at the Bender JCC in Rockville; See flyer.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington
In  Parshat Mishpatim we learn that when Jews lend money to other Jews, they may not charge interest.  Please join in as we read of this very special commandment on February 10th and donate to the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington. All donations made in February will be a part of the Project Mishpatim campaign.   

Adult Modern Hebrew Classes at MoEd
Hebrew Beginner? Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm for adult Hebrew classes with a focus on speaking. Already know Hebrew?  Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm for games and conversation for advanced Hebrew-speakers.  Classes take place at Ohr Kodesh. Special discount for OKC members. Learn more and sign up at:

Theater J - Becoming Dr. Ruth
February 21-March 18 at the Edlavitch DCJCC
202-777-3210 or See flyer.

Pickup of Purim Sunflower Bakery Orders 
Advance Orders only; self-service pick-up from the kitchen on the Lower Level of Ohr Kodesh.
--Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3 PM - 10:00 PM (order by Feb. 20)
--Friday, Feb. 23 from 8 AM - 3 PM  (order by Feb. 20)
--Monday, Feb. 26 from 3  PM - 8:00 PM (order by  Feb. 22 at 2 pm)
--Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 8 AM - 10:00 PM  (order by  Feb. 22 at 2 pm)
Any questions, contact Janis Neville:;  240-361-3698. See flyer.

Ohr Kodesh member Andy Shoyer will be speaking on The North American Free Trade Agreement: Origins, Controversies, and Next Steps
Monday February 26, 7:00 PM at North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway - Community Room. The program is part of the Distinguished Neighbor Speaker Series of North Chevy Chase Connections. Read the details here. RSVP at or call 240-343-2446.

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents  The Book of Esther Revealed
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:00 PM, at the Bender JCC in Rockville
Presented by Dr. Adele Berlin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. See flyer.

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

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 17-Aug. 9) 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. Contact Irv Elenberg at or 301-654-4773 with any questions.

Jewish Women's Renaissance Project Deaf Mothers Trip to Israel
Jewish Women's  Renaissance Project  brings groups of women to Israel for an inspirational experience and on November 12, 2018 they are bringing 9 Jewish deaf women from the Maryland-VA-D.C. area to visit Israel for 9 days. Enjoy a fully accessible trip of touring and inspiration, connection and fun. All the women must have children under 18 years old and live in the Baltimore-VA-D.C. area. For more info and to apply go to and choose Baltimore: Siman Tov Deaf Participants. What is this trip about? See:

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming events.

AU Center for Israel Studies
See upcoming programs here.
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: 5:25 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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