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June 28, 2018
15 Tammuz 5778
Parashat Balak
Candle lighting 8:19 pm
Wednesday, July 4 Morning Minyan will be at 8:45 AM
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Balak
Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat  and  Arvit  will be led by Andy Shoyer in the Cohen Chapel

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM
Shacharit will be led by Joel Kalman, and Musaf will be led by Howard Horowitz.  Josh Wilkenfeld will present the d'var Torah - Shrek was right:  Why create a talking donkey as the last act of Creation?

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 Kiddush  will be green and sponsored by Elliot Mincberg & Carol Rest-Mincberg in memory of Helen Mincberg, z'l, and with appreciation for the support of the OKC community during the 11 months of mourning, and in memory of Isaac Mincberg, Lillian Rest, Edwin Rest, and David Rest, z'l.  An additional enhancement had been provided by Katherine Ralston & Michael Slott in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary.

Jews for Exegesis -  will meet during the Kiddush in the Social Hall.  
  Minchah - 8:15 PM
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Tuesday,  8:30 PM - Talmud class, Tractate  Sukkah  with Richard Friedman 
Rabbi Fishman's Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday classes will not meet.

Fast of 17 Tammuz
Observed, Sunday, July 1
Shacharit 8:45 AM; Minchah 8:00 PM;  Arvit  8:35 PM
The fast day of  Shiv'ah-Asar B'Tammuz  (the 17th of  Tammuz ) commemorates calamities in Jewish history, according to  Mishnah Ta'anit  chapter 4, among them the breaking of the first set of tablets and the breaching of Jerusalem's walls by the Babylonians.  Shiv'ah-Asar B'Tammuz , is a dawn to nightfall ( 3:57 am - 9:10 pm ) fast. In order to have the fast-day liturgy (including Torah reading) at Shacharit, and at Minchah, we will need at least six people present and fasting.  If you can make a commitment to be present for Shacharit without having eaten beforehand, or a commitment to be present for Minchah and have fasted all day, or both commitments, please contact Richard Friedman at

Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, July 6/7

Mini- Minyan  - 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5. Led by Raviv Brooks.
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.
There will be babysitting beginning at 9:30 am.

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 in honor of Cantor Edwin Gerber.

Second Annual  Mentsch Club Summer BBQ
Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 PM at 2312 Ross Road, 20910. 
$10 for all-you-can-eat food. BYOB. Vegetarian options available.  There will be lawn games, board games, card games, and good conversations. Come meet new members of OKC in a relaxed setting. 
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


We are saddened by the passing of Ohr Kodesh member Charles Krauthammer, z'l, husband of Robyn Krauthammer and father of Daniel Krauthammer on June 21. 
The funeral service and burial were private.
We are saddened by the passing of Ohr Kodesh member Herman Kaplan, z'l, on June 24. The funeral and burial were held on June 26.
May God comfort all who mourn for Charles Krauthammer and for Herman Kaplan and may their memories always be for a blessing.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Chuck Fax, 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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:45 am
Wednesday, July 4: 8:45 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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