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November 14, 2019
16 Cheshvan 5780
Parashat Vayyeira
Candle lighting 4:36 pm
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Vayyeira

Kabbalat Shabbat    4:35 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Richard Friedman.

Honoring our OKC Veterans - Veterans Day  Shabbat  Dinner and Tot  Shabbat
Friday, Nov. 15
Tot Shabbat (for all families with children ages 0-5) begins at 5:45 PM
Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a family  Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a community dinner co-sponsored by the ECC and Hazak for Veterans Day. After services are over, join us for a multi-generational Veterans Day Shabbat dinner and program including music and stories in the Kaye Social Hall. Carol Rest Mincberg will speak. Reservations are now closed. Please email Rachel Evenson at if you have any questions. 

Hazak greatly appreciates the generous donation of  Debra and Marvin Feuer in support of the Veterans  Shabbat Dinner. Hazak honors  Carol Rest Mincberg for her over 30 years of service in the US Public Health Service.
Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:35 pm 
Tot  Shabbat service - 5:45 pm
Veterans reception - 5:45 pm
Veterans Day  Shabbat & Tot  Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm
Singing,  Birkat Hamazon and Honoring Program 7:15-8:00 pm
(Times are approximate)

Kabbalat Shabbat  - 4:35 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Richard Friedman.

Shabbat  Morning - 8:45 AM 
Shacharit  will be led by Roger Browdy  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.
Babysitting will be available from 9:30 am.
The Special Simcha Kiddush will be sponsored by  Gerry and Jan Feldman in honor of their 35th anniversary.  

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 Vayyeira, about the angels' promise to Avraham and Sarah of the birth of a son.

Hebrew Table - 12:15 PM during  Kiddush
Join our Sh'lichah Hagar in the Social Hall for Hebrew conversation

Minchah - 4:25 PM 

Pajama  Havdalah  - 5:30-7:00 PM
Enjoy activities, snacks and hot chocolate followed by a song-filled  Havdalah  for all ages! All families are invited to join us for a BYO kosher dairy picnic dinner at 5:30 PM before the activities begin. Reservations are now closed, walk-ins are welcome.  For more information, email Sharon Light at  or Rachel Lang at .

7th Annual Lewis/Rushefsky Yiddish Film Festival
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Kol Nidre (1939)Torn between two childhood boyfriends, a young woman refuses to marry the one who is a rabbi and elopes with the actor instead.
This Coming Week 
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 with Rabbi Fishman
Tuesday,  8:30 PM - Talmud class, Tractate Shabbat with Richard Friedman 
Wednesday, 10:00 AM - Enhancing Biblical Literacy with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday, 12:30 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday,Conversational Hebrew with Hagar will not meet.
Mentsch Club Hikes the  Billy  Goat Trail
Sunday, November 17, weather permitting. Meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot across from the Old Angler's Inn  ( ).  Parking will be limited, so  try to carpool.
The plan is to hike Billy Goat Trail Section A ( , which is a good strenuous hike. If you want to bring younger kids we can split up and some of us can do the easier Section B or Section C or just walk on the C&O Canal towpath.  The hike should go about 2-3 hours. Remember to bring water, snacks, good hiking boots, and to wear appropriate clothing. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Dave Goldberg, .

Adult Ed: What Are We Doing in Tefilah?
November 17, 10:00-11:30 AM in the Youth Lounge
Let's have a conversation about what makes davening difficult to swallow, and how to make it more meaningful to our sensibilities.  Read more  here . Facilitated by Glenn Farber, .

Light Up Your Fall With Bonim  (Gr. K-2)
Sunday, November 17, 12:00-1:30 PM
Join Bonim for fall festivities including crafts, snacks, and activities. We'll be taking a nature walk, creating DIY nature art, and making fall luminaries. RSVP at by November 13 to secure a spot. Questions? Email Jessica Morris at

Join OKC's Social Action Program - Shepherd's Table
Once a month, a team of volunteers prepares pans of side dishes to be delivered to Shepherd's Table. All food preparation occurs in OKC's kitchen. Click here for more info. Slots are filled for November and December, but there are a few spots available in January. Contact Helaine Resnick with any questions at or 202-329-8616. Sign up here.

K'tanim: The Ohr Kodesh Playgroup for babies and young toddlers
Wednesday, November 20, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM in classroom 9
K'tanim is a free play group that meets once a month for parents and their babies and young toddlers, up to 2 years of age.  November's guest will be  Wilhelmina Gottschalk, Pedagogista (Curriculum Specialist)  in the Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center . A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Sarah Horowitz at or Rebecca Cohen at

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Everyone is welcome.

Parashat Hashavua Class at OKC
Every other Friday through-June 26, 9:30-10:30 AM at Ohr Kodesh (Next Class Nov. 22)
It's not too late to join the Parashat Hashavua class.The class is open to all learning levels and is led by  Rabbi Avi Strausberg, the director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and Rabbi Penina Podwol Alexander , assistant principal at B'nai Israel Congregation. The fee for the year is $150 for OKC members and $180 for non-members.  For additional information and to sign up, please contact Nicole Rosen at Limited scholarship available. 

OKECC Prospective Family Talk & Tour
Friday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM
Please RSVP to Ruthie Cohen, Assistant Director,
Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, November 22/23

We will celebrate Yael Burgess Eisenberg becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

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. Babysitting will be available from 9:30 am.
Jews for Exegesis 
will meet during the Kiddush

Alvin Browdy Religious School Open House
Sunday, November 24, 9:00-10:15 AM at Ohr Kodesh. 
RSVP to Leah Miller at See flyer.

Collecting Warm Garments for People in Need
Please bring warm coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves in good condition to Ohr Kodesh  November 25- Friday, December 20 for distribution to men, women, and children in need. There will be a box for collections in the lobby - (or you can drop off directly to the Original Pancake House in Bethesda).  Any questions, contact Michele Weil Fax at 301-351-4995.

Ohr Kodesh Camp Expo See flyer here
Sunday December 8, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM In the Murray & Nettie Kaye Social Hall
Join us at the camp expo to learn more about Jewish summer camp experiences. Camps attending are for ages Pre-K thru High School. Featuring: Camp Ramah, Capital Camps, Camp Moshava
and many more! 

Ohr Kodesh's Congregational Retreat - Winter 2020 - Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020
Join us for a weekend of fun and community building at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. This year we will be charging a per room rate instead of individual fees. Early bird pricing of $550 a room will be available until Sunday, December 1. After that time, pricing will go up to $600 a room. To register visit by Sunday, January 5, 2020. Questions? Contact Barbara Libbin (, Nina Glasner (, or Rachel Lang ( See flyer here.
Read the High Holiday Sermons and Speeches
We have had requests for the High Holiday sermons and speeches. Please go to 
- Rabbi Rosenberg's sermons 
- Chuck Fax's  Kol Nidre Appeal Speech
- Judy Hellerstein's  Kol Nidre Appeal Speech
- Eli Aronoff's  Yom Kippur Israel Speech
- Seth Yoskowitz's  Rosh Hashanah President's Address
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. 

40th Annual Interfaith Concert 
Tonight, Thursday, November 14, 7:30-9:00 PM  at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC.  More details at Use promo code UNITY to receive a 25% discount. 

Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) in the Community and on the Campus
Tonight, Thursday, November 14, 8:00 PM at Tikvat Israel.
Presented by Dr. Mitchell Bard, Executive Director of the non-profit American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and OKC member.  See flyer .

Our Values, Our Aspirations - The Moral Tribes of the Jewish People: Conflict and Community in an Age of Polarization
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 PM at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Presented by Tal Becker, Sr. Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute. Sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.   See flyer with the details.

Sunflower Bakery Thanksgiving Orders
See the menu here. Advance Orders only; self-service pick-up from the kitchen on the Lower Level of the building.  Tuesday, Nov. 26, 3:30-8:00 PM;  Wed., Nov. 27, 7:30 AM-8:00 PM.  Any questions, contact Janis: ;  240-361-3698.

Mifgashim B'Ivrit
Sundays, 11/17, 12/15,1/26, 2/23, 3/29, 4/26;12:30-3:30 pm at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, 6045 16th Street in Washington DC.  Students choose their own skill-level classes and can change levels at any time.  $60 per session; $50 when registering for more than one session. See flyer. Questions?

Israeli Dancing with Markid Mike at OKC

Krav Maga Women's Empowerment Training Seminar with SVIVAH & Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:30-9:30 PM,  Wisconsin Place Community Center, 5311 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase.  Pre-registration required at Early Bird registration ends Nov.1.  Questions? See flyer.

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School Upcoming Open Houses
PK-1 (South Campus, 4715 16th St NW)
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am
Click here to RSVP

Middle School: Grades 6-8 (North Campus, 6045 16th St. NW)
Dec 18 @ 8:45 am
Click here to RSVP

A Year of Online Learning with JTS
Join JTS faculty for live online mini-courses offered throughout the year. Cost: $60 per 3-session course, $80 per 4-session course, $100 per 6-session course. All sessions take place from 12:00-1:00 PM. Recordings will be available for those unable to attend live.  Click   here  for upcoming mini-courses.

Haberman Institute Offerings
Click here  for upcoming programs, and here for classes.

Center for Jewish Civilization Georgetown University
Click here for upcoming programs.

AU Center for Israel Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.

Hadar Winter Learning institute - Hiyyuv - Embracing Jewish Obligation
Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-24 at Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St. NW)
Teachers include Rabbis Ethan Tucker, Shai Held, Aviva Richman, and Avi Strausberg.

Pardes Executive Learning Seminar: Shaping Meaningful Relationships in a Lonely World
Dec. 29, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020


We are saddened by two recent deaths:

Lenore Slatkin z'l, mother of Susan Finkelstein (Jay) on November 12. The funeral and burial were held in New Jersey.

The family is observing shiva at Susan and Jay's home, 7507 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase. There will be evening minyanim tonight through Monday evenings (except Friday) at 7:30 pm.

Visitors are welcome:
Today, Thursday (2:00-5:00 pm); minyan at 7:30 pm
Friday (10:00-1:00 pm)
Saturday minyan at 7:30 pm
Sunday (10:00-1:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm); minyan at 7:30 pm
Monday (10:00-1:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm); minyan at 7:30 pm

For meals coordination, please contact Jan Feldman at 301-873-0110 (cell), 301-585-9296 (home) or

Bernard "Buddy" Toback, z'l, father of Suzanne Kiewe, father-in-law of Jerry Kiewe, yesterday afternoon, November 13.  

The funeral will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 17 at Sol Levinson's in Baltimore.  A period of mourning will observed by Suzanne and other family members beginning on Sunday, following the burial, at the home of Jackie Polashuk, 12128 Faulkner Drive in Owings Mills, and 2:00-8:00 pm on Monday. 
May God comfort all who mourn for Lenore Slatkin and for Bernard "Buddy" Toback, and may their memories always be for a blessing.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam 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 (Nov. 17-22) :
Sunday morning: 8:45 am
Monday-Friday mornings: 6:45 am
Sunday-Thursday evenings: 8:00 pm
Next Friday evening: 4:30 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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