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March 14, 2019
7 Adar II 5779
Parashat Vayikra - Shabbat Zachor
Candle lighting 6:57 pm
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh

Tot Shabbat - 5:45 PM in the Cohen Chapel
Open to all families with children up to age 5. Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a family Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a meat community dinner. Reservations for the dinner are now closed. Please email Rachel Evenson at if you have any questions.

Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:30 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM 
Shacharit will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz and Musaf will be led by Josh Wilkenfeld
Please feel free to take advantage of our coffee, tea, and comfy chairs in the conference room " Shabbat  Break Room," which is open during  Shabbat  services to everyone, including parents with small children.

Mini- Minyan (Gr. K-2) - 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5. 
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; Led by Shabbat Crew teens and Leah Miller.

Torah Tots - Families with Children up to 5 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.
The Green Kiddush will be sponsored by Ohr Kodesh.
Jews for Exegesis  
will meet during the Kiddush at a table in the corner of the Social Hall.  We'll study Rashbam's commentary on Parashat Vayikra,  about voluntary sacrificial offerings, both animals and grain offerings.

Minchah - 6:55 PM
Kadima Purim Carnival Set-Up & Lounge Night
Saturday, March 16,  8:15-10:00 PM in the Social Hall
Join our set-up squad as we continue the OKC tradition to set up the Purim carnival on Saturday night. The faster we get done, the quicker we dig into a surprise dessert snack to celebrate the holiday!  Please RSVP at to let us know you'll be there! Questions? Email Ben Gersten at
This Coming Week, Sunday, March 17-Friday March 22
Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman 
Tuesday, 12:15 PM - Tuesdays with Lyle in DC
Tuesday,  8:30 PM - Talmud class, Tractate  Shabbat  with Richard Friedman 
Wednesday, 10:00 AM - Twenty Key Jewish Concepts with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday, 12:30 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday 1:45 PM  - Conversational Hebrew with Hagar

Purim  Carnival
Sunday, March 17, 
11:00 AM-1:00 PM ( 10:45 am early entry for youngest children)
Pony rides, inflatables, games, face paint, crafts, pizza, hamantaschen. $15 wristband for unlimited games and lunch. $18 wristband for unlimited games, lunch and a pony ride. Children under 3 play for free. You can purchase your wristbands online until tomorrow, Friday 3/15 at noon, and pick them up at the will call table in the lobby the day of the carnival. Skip the lines and congestion and head right into the fun and games! Order your wristbands here.

Volunteer at the OKC Purim Carnival!
Sunday, March 17 
We need your help to make this year's carnival a success. Volunteer your time and help us run our carnival booths. We are looking for adult and teen volunteers to help us from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. For more information about volunteering please contact Rachel Lang (

Hazak - Explore the Modern Haggadah
Monday, March 18, 11:30 AM
In 2015 the family of Ohr Kodesh founding members Dan & Clara Gordon,  z'l , offered the OK Salzberg Family library the Judaica contents of their book collection. Among the treasure trove of materials were a number of  Haggadot Brenda Bergstein , Ohr Kodesh Librarian, will highlight the collection. Postponed from March 11.

K'tanim Purim Celebration
Wednesday, March 20, 9:30-11:00 AM in the Social Hall
K'tanim is a playgroup for parents and their pre-ECC aged babies and young toddlers. To RSVP contact Sara Chapper, or Peggy Burns,

Wednesday, March 20
6:15 PM: BYO Dinner & Social Action Project 
7:15 PM: Costume Parade & Pasta Grogger Sale 
7:45 PM: Arvit followed by Megillah Reading 

Thursday, March 21 
6:45 AM: Shacharit & Megillah Reading followed by breakfast
6:00 PM: Minyan Segulah: Megillah Reading + Dinner 
Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, March 22/23

Honoring  Morning Minyan Regulars
The morning minyan owes much of its strength and vitality to a small group who attend regularly, often daily.  

Infertility Awareness Shabbat
We are committed to being a community of support and sensitivity for those experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss. Chana Lockerman will present the d'var Torah and  we will be displaying battery operated LED memorial candles lit before Shabbat commemorating pregnancy loss and the dreams of families unrealized in our community. Please fill out  this anonymous form  with the number of candles you would like illuminated on your behalf. This display is our community's way to show that all loss is real loss and remind those still struggling that they are not alone in their grief.

Mini- Minyan (Gr. K-2) - 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.
There will be babysitting beginning at 9:30 am.
Israel Table - Join our Sh'lichah Hagar in the Salzberg Family Library to discuss current events in Israel.

Free Family Play Date 
Sunday, March 24, from 10 AM-1:00 PM in the Social Hall
Join us for live music, soft play toys, obstacle course, arts and crafts, snacks, coffee, face painting, and a community service project. Please RSVP to Peggy Sachs,, or Amy Herman, by March 19. Sponsored by: Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center PTA, Ohr Kodesh, Tamar Nicholson Realty, MoEd, Milton Day School (Formerly JPDS), Ohr Kodesh Alvin Browdy Religious School/ARBS, Charles E. Smith JDS, and PJ Library. Event is for families with kids ages 0-9 years old.

OKUSY "Dumb and Dumber" Screening
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00-9:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Movie, surprise games and pizza. RSVP by Sun., March 24, at

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Everyone is welcome.

The Short Stories of Agnon: Habayit (The Home) published in 1941
Sunday, March 31, 10:00-11:30 AM
Moderated by Bob Gerwin ( or 301-728-7260)
A dreamlike wandering on the eve of Pesach, colored by the anxieties of preparing the home for the holiday. Contact Bob Gerwin for information or for copies of this story. Copies can also be found on the table outside the sanctuary. Read more details here.

Final EnVision OKC Conversation
Sunday, March 31, 9:30-11:30 AM ( please note change in time to accommodate ABRS parents.)  Come and share your thoughts and feelings, and to learn what concerns other congregants .  
RSVP for the EnVision OKC Community Conversations at
To read what's going on with the EnVision campaign to date, visit:

Kadima Goes to Zava Zone!
Sunday, March 31,12:30-3:00 PM (Leave from OK, pick-up at Zava Zone)
Cost: $15 for members; $20 for non-members
Climb in the vertical zone, jump on the trampolines. ABRS students please bring a kosher dairy/ parve lunch to be eaten from 12:00-12:30 pm. RSVP at Questions? Email Ben Gersten at

Guide for the Perplexed: The 2019 Israeli Elections - 
Olmert, Katzav, Netanyahu: Political Scandals         
(3rd of the  3-part program)
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 PM 
in the Salzberg Family Library. 
On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls and cast their votes. What will they be voting for and why? 
Learn more about the design of the Israeli election system, familiarize yourself with the various political parties and issues, discover the scandals that have embroiled Prime Ministers and Presidents, and check out the current issues of the day.
Please RSVP by emailing Hagar at .

Rosh Chodesh Nisan Program -  Mindful Self-Compassion
Sunday, April 7, 7:30 PM
Led by Heather Diamond at the home of Kim Price
Heather Diamond, PsyD, will lead us in a mindful self-compassion workshop, based on Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer's new book, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook .
Thank you to Natalie Graham for arranging a 25% promotional discount on the book for our group! You can order the book directly through Guilford Press The promo code is: NF25MSC. The book is also available on Amazon and at Politics and Prose Note: Starting the book before the meeting is OPTIONAL (but it is a quick read!), and the book is NOT needed to participate in the workshop.  To RSVP click on . For more info contact Katherine Ralston ( or 240-367-3349). Click here to read the details.

Come Play Softball!
The  Mentsch Club  will be playing  softball again this year, joining with Temple Emanuel. Games are Sunday mornings, double headers, in the area.  All skill levels welcome for men (and boys 18+). It's great to join even if you can't make all of the games.    If you are interested in participating please contact Gary Simms (  Gary will provide additional details regarding dates/times/locations/fees.

Registration is Open for ECC Summer Discovery
Ages 2-PreK
9:15 AM-1:00 PM
Early drop-off from 7:30 AM
Enrichments extend the day to 2:30 PM
Apply by 3/31 for early enrollment pricing
Three 3-week sessions 6/11-6/28, 7/1-7/19, 7/22-8/9
Each session includes regular participation in water play, music, sports, musical Havdalah, weekly Shabbat celebrations, and special guest experiences. 

Congregational Survey for a 2nd Women's Retreat

We are seeking feedback on the interest level for a second women's retreat in 2020. Please complete this survey and let us know your thoughts! Thank you!
Sharon Light and Dana Pelzman
Ohr Kodesh Salzberg Family Library Updated Online Catalog

The Ohr Kodesh Salzberg Family Library is pleased to announce that the catalog has been updated on the OK website and is available for all to enjoy at .  An updated written copy will also be available in the library by the end of February.  Thank you to Joan Miller for her very able help.   If you have any questions or comments, please contact Brenda Bergstein at

We are saddened by the death of  Mark Cushnir, z'l, husband of Barbara Cushnir, ECC teacher on March 12. The funeral was held this morning at Judean Memorial Gardens. 
There will be a period of mourning until 9:00 pm this evening and  again on Saturday evening   at Barbara's home, 3257 St. Augustine Court Olney, MD 20832.

May God comfort all who mourn for Mark Cushnir, and may his memory always be for a blessing.
Elsewhere in the Community
Camp Ramah in New England Online Virtual Parlor Meeting
Tonight, Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 PM with Assistant Director Josh Edelglass. See a short presentation about Camp Ramah and ask questions. Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10. A $500 tuition discount is availabel to eligible new campers, and significant additional financial aid is available.  RSVP to to fine out about  using the online web conferencing

Sunflower Bakery's Traditional, Specialty , Dipped or Gluten Free Hamantaschen  Deadline for ordering for Purim  with pick-up at Ohr Kodesh is Friday, March 15, 2:00 pm.  Pick-up from lower level kitchen on Mon., Mar. 18, 3:00-8:30 pm; Tues., Mar. 19, 8:00 am-8:30 pm; Wed. Mar. 20, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Order here  or call 240-361-3698.

Israeli Dance Festival DC
Performance: March 17, 3:00 PM at Berman Hebrew Academy
Dance Party/ Harkada : March 16, 8:30 PM-midnight at B'nai Israel Congregation
See flyer here. Read the details and purchase tickets at

Local Author Fair
Sunday, March 24, 10:00 AM, at the Bender JCC in Rockville
More info here.

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents:  World's First Computer: Recovered from the Antikythera Shipwreck
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 PM, in the Bender JCC Social Hall
Presented by Daryn Lehoux, Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. See flyer.

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.
Click here for upcoming programs. 

Washington Jewish Film Festival
Click here for upcoming films.

AU Center for Israel Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.
Inclement Weather Alerts

Ohr Kodesh will make every effort to let the community know about schedule changes or cancellations due to inclement weather.  We will post changes to our website at, and sometimes via email.  
Our morning and evening minyanim will typically proceed as scheduled unless alternative arrangements are made, regardless of other program cancellations.  If a snowstorm causes federal government offices to be closed, Ohr Kodesh's morning minyan will start at 8:45 am instead of 6:45 am. (Our standard minyan times are NOT affected by delayed openings of the Federal government.) 
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, 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 (March 17-22 ):
Sunday morning: 8:45 am
Monday-Friday mornings: 6:45 am
Sun, Mon, Tues,Thurs evenings: 8:00 pm
Wednesday evening (Purim): 7:45 pm
Friday,  Kabbalat Shabbat: 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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