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May 9, 2019
4 Iyyar 5779
Parashat K'doshim
Candle lighting 7:51 pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat K'doshim

Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:30 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz.
Shabbat  Morning - 8:45 AM 
Shacharit  will be led by Dan Wolf and Musaf will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz.  
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.

Storytime for Families with Young Children
After the Haftarah in Room 7.  There will be babysitting beginning at 9:30 am.

The green Kiddush will be enhanced by the family of Annabelle Jaffe, in honor of her birthday, and by Saradona & Len Lefkowitz in appreciation of the warmth and support offered 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 K'doshim about Pe'ah, stealing, prompt payment of wages, and loving your neighbor.

Minchah - 7:50 PM
This Coming Week 
Tomorrow, Friday, May 10, 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 Sara Chapper ( or Peggy Sachs (, co-chairs.

Ongoing Classes This Coming Week
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Talmud Class, Tractate  M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman 
Tuesday, 12:15 PM - Tuesdays with Lyle
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 
OKUSY Lounge Night - Israel Night
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Come to this Israeli-themed lounge night for noshing, Israeli-style fun, and friends. RSVP by Sunday, May 12 at
Plan Ahead
Next  Shabbat,  May 17/18
Tot Shabbat - 5:45 PM in the Cohen Chapel
This is the final Tot Shabbat until the fall. 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 dairy community dinner. To RSVP for dinner, please visit by Tuesday, May 14 at 5:00 PM. Reservations will not be accepted after this time and no refunds can be issued. Please email Rachel Evenson at with any questions.

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.
Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon- Honoring Kim Price (Keter Shem Tov), Brenda Bergstein and Robin Grunberger (Honorees)
Shabbat, May 18
Click here to read their bios and to make a tribute  book donation in their honor. The Tribute book submissions deadline has been extended to noon on Monday, May 13.

Sunday, May 19, 9:00-10:00 AM
Led by Natalie Graham. Read the details  here. Questions or concerns? Contact Natalie Graham at

Sukkot in Spring
Sunday, May 19, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Ohr Kodesh is joining Yachad for the nation's largest home/community repair program sponsored by the Jewish community. Yachad preserves affordable housing in the metro D.C. area by repairing homes of long term residents. Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand working together with a homeowner to make critical repairs. We are volunteering with Yachad on Sunday, May 19, 2019.  We will be working one shift from 9:30 am-1:00 pm at a home in Congress Heights in DC.  Participation includes a $25 registration fee.  Funds will support building materials and skilled tradespeople for the project. Please click here to register. Questions? Please contact Aron Krasnopoler at

Kadima Backyard Bash (Gr. 6-8 )
Sunday, May 19, 12:00-2:00 PM (rescheduled from May 5)
We'll have a gaga tournament, play capture the flag and dodgeball, and enjoy lunch in the springtime weather. RSVP by  Thursday, May 14 at Questions? Email Kadima Advisor, Ben Gersten, at

Hazak Lunch and Learn - Russian Jewry with Harvey Leifert
Wednesday, May 22, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
As increasing numbers of Soviet Jews applied to emigrate to Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War, many were formally refused permission to leave. Eventually up to a million Soviet Jews were able to leave the country for Israel, America, and other countries. But, what of those who never left-have you wondered about their fate? OKC member Harvey Leifert was able to find out about them during a visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg last summer. Come hear about it. Bring your lunch and bring a friend! Read more here.

Annual Congregational Meeting 
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Congregational Meeting, Election of Officers and Members of the Board as well as approval of the budget for 2019-2020. Everyone is welcome.

Installation Dinner
Friday, May 31

Barbara Libbin, Outgoing President Seth Yoskowitz, Incoming President
Come celebrate our new Board Members and recognize our outgoing Board Members. Click here   to see the outgoing and incoming officers, the schedule for the evening, for Tribute Book info, and to RSVP for dinner.

OK @ Nationals Park - Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, June 16, 1:35 PM 
Join us for a day of baseball, food & fun. Tickets cost $5 per ticket. 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 3. Questions? Email or call the office at 301-589-3880.

Register 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
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. 

OKC Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Saturday Night June 8

Ohr Kodesh will again have its Tikkun Leil Shavuot, the study session on the first night of Shavuot commemorating the night when the Israelites anticipated the giving of Torah. It will be Saturday evening, June 8, going into Sunday morning, June 9.

There will be some pre- Tikkun study sessions on  Shabbat between Minchah which will begin at 6:30 pm and Arvit. The Tikkun program itself will begin with Arvit for the festival, at 9:15 pm, followed by a dinner -- no reservations needed and no charge. The study sessions will begin around 10:15 am, and will be in two series, one on the theme of Ta'amei HaMitzvot (rationales for the commandments), and the other not organized by theme. The Tikkun will end at 5:30 am with the early Shacharit.

Please consider teaching a session at the Tikkun -- contact Glenn Farber ( or Richard Friedman (, who will discuss any ideas and will suggest possible sources, in Hebrew or in English. If you'd like to teach at one of the early evening sessions, contact Sharon Light at There are plenty of opportunities to share your knowledge and explore topics with your fellow congregants.

ABRS 2019-2020 Registration is Open. Early Bird Rates End May 31

ABRS Registration for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open!   If you complete your registration by May 31st, you will receive our early bird rates. . 
Please go to to register today!  Click below to find the following documents:
Our tuition rates have changed. Please look over the tuition form and if you have any questions, please contact Leah Miller at
EnVision OKC Home Prompts

EnVision OKC is onto the next phase of its campaign, which includes spurring meaningful and relevant conversations in small groups outside our synagogue building. The intent of EnVision OKC is to include as many voices as possible in our reflections of our community. Click here to read conversation starters that have been developed to prompt discussion.
We invite you use these prompts at informal gatherings with OKC members (such as Shabbat dinners, brunches, playdates, outings to the park, etc.) Please email the general takeaways from these conversations to
Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Sarah and David Horowitz on the birth of their daughter, sister of Maya, Zachary and Aden, yesterday, May 8. Please help welcome her to the community and help their family transition to life as a family of 6 by providing some meals.  Click here for the link to the meal train.
Mazal tov to Ohr Kodesh member Dina Leener who will be receiving the Sunflower Leadership award at the Sunflower Bakery Appreciation and  2019 Pastry Arts and Cafe Sunflower Graduation on Sunday, May 19  at the Silver Spring Civic Center. 7:30 pm dessert reception; 8:15 pm program.  Click here by May 13 to RSVP.
Elsewhere in the Community
We are so proud of our vibrant Jewish community and want to make you aware of what is going on in our wider neighborhood; however, Ohr Kodesh does not necessarily endorse these programs.  

Zikaron Basalon
Tonight, Thursday, May 9, 6:00-7:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh, Rooms 1/2
MoEd is hosting Zikaron Basalon, a discussion with Holocaust survivor Halina Yasharoff Peabody. This discussion is open to parents and children and light refreshments will be served. See flyer here.

May 8-26
Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC. . Hagar especially recommends the Israeli films "Family in Transition" and "King Bibi."

The Music of Israel - Yom HaAtzma'ut Cantors Concert
Tonight, Thursday, May 9, 7:00 PM at B'nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville
Join local hazzanim, including Cantor Hinda Labovitz, to enjoy the music of Israel. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

A Svivah Gathering: Home: An Exploration Through Art
Monday, May 13, 8:00 PM; register for location information 
In conversation with Liz Diament, Senior Educator, National Gallery of Art. Register at Questions? email

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Open Houses
Friday, May 17
Upper School Open House: 8:30 - 10:00 AM (Gr. 6-12)
Lower School Open House: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Gr. JK-5)

Jewish National Fund - Breakfast for Israel: The Son of Hamas: The Voice of Truth, A Hope for Peace
Sunday, May 19, 10:30 AM at Ohr Kodesh. Please arrive at 10:00 am for registration.
Featuring Guest Speak Mosab Hassan Yousef, informant for Israel's Shin Bet. RSVP by May 6 at Contact Stuart Diamant-Cohen at for more information. No cost to attend.

Sunday, May 19, 1:00-4:00 PM at the  Bender JCC of Greater Washington 
Celebrate Israel's independence, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Click here for more info.

Mother-Daughter Challah Bake in Chevy Chase
Sunday, May 19, 3:30-5:30 PM in the  Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose room in Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, 8330 Grubb Rd. Chevy Chase
Organized by Chabad Jewish Girls Club. Please click here for more info and to register by May 14.

JTS Evening of Learning co-sponsored by Ohr Kodesh: Encountering God: Jewish Conceptions of the Divine
Sunday, May 19, 5:00-9:00 PM at B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville
Join JTS scholars to explore what Jewish texts and thought can teach us about understanding and experiencing God. For more info and to register, visit

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.  
Monday, May 27, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM at  Kehilat Shalom in Montgomery Village/Gaithersburg. 
Rabbi Arthur Green, famous Jewish theologian and professor from Hebrew College in Boston, will be the scholar for the Memorial Day Day of Learning. See flyer  here.

Kolot HaLev Choir under the direction of Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat presents Les Chansons Juives: Portraits of Jewish Music in France
Sunday, June 2, 4:00 PM at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville
Joining Kolot HaLev will be the Rochambeau Choir of Washington, DC led by Simon Charette. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Washington Jewish Film Festival
Click here for upcoming films.

AU Center for Israel Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Katie Loewy, 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 (May 12-17) :
Sunday morning: 8:45 am
Monday-Friday mornings: 6:45 am
Sunday-Thursday evenings: 8:00 pm
Friday evening : 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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