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May 10, 2018
25 Iyyar 5778
Parashiot B'har-B'chukotai
Candle lighting 7:52 pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashiot B'har-B'chukotai

Kabbalat Shabbat - 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat will be led by Aliza Krasnopoler and  Arvit  will be led by Aron Krasnopoler  in the Cohen Chapel.

Shabbat Morning - 8:45 AM
P'sukei d'zimra will be led by Jessica Woolf. Shacharit will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz, and Musaf will be led by Howard Horowitz. We will celebrate Aliza Krasnopoler becoming a bat mitzvah.

Mini-Minyan  - 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 5. Led by Raviv Brooks.

Tefilah Workshop for 3rd-7th Graders
10:30-11:00 AM; Join our Ner Tamid Fellow Andy Weissfeld. 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.
The green Kiddush will be sponsored by Tamara Halle and Aron Krasnopoler, in honor of  their daughter Aliza Krasnopoler becoming a Bat Mitzvah .

Interested in Volunteering to Help at a Future Green Kiddush?
Members of Ohr Kodesh enjoy a "green"  Kiddush  (when no disposable dishes or flatware are used) once a month at which volunteers offer to help dry dishes.  If you can help at a future "green"  Kiddush  contact Mickey Feinberg at

Jews for Exegesis -  during Kiddush in the Social Hall. We will study the beginning of Parashat B'chukotai, including part of the Tokh'cha, the curses passage.

Minchah - 7:50 PM

Iyyar 28, Saturday night May 12-Sunday May 13 is Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating Jerusalem's reunification in 1967.  Our morning service May 13 will include a festive chanting of full hallel.
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
Tomorrow, Friday, May 11, 9:30-11:00 AM
K'tanim  is a playgroup for parents and their pre-ECC aged babies and young toddlers, up to 2 years of age. Snacks will be provided. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Sarah Horowitz at

Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate  M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman
Tuesday, Tuesdays with Lyle in DC will not meet.
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

Sip & Stitch
Monday, May 14, 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.

Sports Lounge Night
Tuesday, May 15,  7:00-8:30 PM in the  Youth Lounge
Come hang out with friends and stay to show off your athletic skills. This is going to be a super entertaining night for both athletes and those who prefer to cheer from the sidelines! RSVP by Sunday, May 13 at

Ohr Kodesh Time Capsule
Time is running out....
To commemorate OKC's 70th anniversary a time capsule has been created. Congregants are invited to include OKC memories, good wishes and predictions. We've made it easy with the attached template. Copies are also available in the office. The capsule will be on view at OKC and is set to be opened in 2031! Please submit your card by Friday, May 18.
Recording of a Version of  Rabbi Aviva Richman's Talk and Source Sheets

You can access a recording of a version of the talk Rabbi Aviva Richman, our Schlelzinger Law Day Lecturer, gave on Shabbat, April 28 along with source sheets through the following link: 

Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, May 18/19
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 Shabbat  dinner in the Kaye Social Hall.  To RSVP for May's Tot  Shabbat  dinner, please visit . RSVPs are due by Tuesday, May 15 at 5:00 pm.

Mini- Minyan -  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 service leader, Andy Weissfeld.  On May 19,  Kehilat Tefilah will meet in the Chapel as Cantor Gerber's trope class reads Torah for the first time. This is a culmination of a year of hard work and learning. Parents and children are invited to attend this special service!
Torah Tots  - For 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.

Special Simcha Kiddush

Shavuot begins Saturday Night, May 19! 
The evening begins with Shabbat Minchah, followed by s'udah sh'lisheet dinner including a tisch  with singing and words of Torah led by our USY chapter. Arvit  will follow,  followed by sessions of study and refreshments throughout the night.  This year, as Shavuot  coincides with Ramadan , we are partnering with the Rumi Forum to share learning and a meal as a part of our larger Tikkun . The 2:00 am session conducted with our Muslim neighbors will be Faith-Based Time and the Lunar Calendar. A Suhoor pre-Ramadan fast meal will follow at around 3:00 am.  Read about Tikkun Leil Shavuot, the schedule of Shavuot services, meals and picnic, and register to help prepare meals  here P lease contact Cantor Labovitz ( or Roger Browdy ( with any questions.

Rosh Chodesh Sivan Program:  Transitions in Water: The Mikvah Experience Unveiled
Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 PM
Led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz at the Adas Israel Mikvah  2850 Quebec Street, NW, DC 20008
Click here to read about the program.   To RSVP or ask questions contact Elana Premack Sandler ( or 857-928-2605) or Marcela Kogan ( or 301-318-7397).

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
Shabbat, June 2
At  Shabbat services and at the luncheon to follow, Ohr Kodesh will honor several of its most outstanding volunteers:  Keter Shem Tov Honoree  Barbara Gerber + Additional Honorees: volunteer team for the OKC Refugee Resettlement Project. We sincerely hope that many will join us. There is no charge to attend the luncheon but contributions in honor of the honorees will be appreciated.

OK @ Nationals Park - Nationals vs. S.F. Giants
Sunday, June 10, 2:30 PM - Pre-party at the stadium; 4:05 PM Game
Join us for a day of baseball, food & fun. Tickets cost $5 per ticket. We hope you will join us at 2:30 for a pre-party (including food) at the stadium followed by the game at 4:05 pm. Tickets are donated 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 by June 1 . Questions? Email, call the office at 301-589-3880, or program chair, Adina.Alpert at

Sukkot in Spring
On Sunday, June 17, the Ohr Kodesh Social Action Committee and the Mentsch Club are joining Yachad for Sukkot in Spring, the nation's largest home/community repair program sponsored by the Jewish community. Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand working together with a homeowner to make critical repairs and renovations. Yachad's mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. All volunteers must complete the registration form at: For more information, contact: Aron Krasnopoler:
Telephone Lines at OKC

A recent phone upgrade effort caused the DIRECT phone lines to our staff to become non-operative. We had hoped to have this repaired by now and the techies from our various phone companies  Verizon, Windstream, and Falcon Communications are continuing to work on the problem. 
Meanwhile, the MAIN phone line to Ohr Kodesh IS working, 301-589-3880 and from there either someone should answer or you can direct your call to the appropriate staff via the extensions offered below. We hope this issue will be resolved soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Ohr Kodesh
Phone Extension
Dennis Concepcion
Facility & Technology Manager
Ellen Feldman
Financial Manager
Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Cantor Ed Gerber
Orna Gerling
MoEd Director
Gail Goodman
ECC Administrative Director
Wilhelmina Gottschalk
ECC Pedagogical Coordinator & Director-Summer Discovery
Amy Jones
ECC Assistant Director
Jerry Kiewe
Executive Director
Cantor Hinda Labovitz
Cantor Educator
Rachel Lang
Director of Youth & Family Programming
Tami Lautman
Administrator for Religious Activities & Communications
Harley Liebenson
Joanie Smeltz
Director - Early Childhood Center
Andy Weissfeld
Ner Tamid Fellow
Elsewhere in the Community
Washington Jewish Film Festival - May 2-13
Purchase tickets at

Hadassah-convened Coalition for Women's Health Equity Summit
May 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Capital Hilton
Read the details here.

Save The Date June 3, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Community-Wide Celebration at the Plaza at Tysons Corner
The Jewish Federation is throwing Israel a 70th Birthday and you're invited! Enjoy live music, authentic food and fun activities for the whole family.

Study at the Conservative Yeshiva Summer Program at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center
Two 3-week sessions, from June 17-July 5 and from July 8-26. Click  here for more information. 

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming events.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Chuck Fax, 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: 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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