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November 8, 2018
30 Cheshvan 5779
Parashat Toldot
Candle lighting 4:40 pm
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Toldot
Kabbalat Shabbat  - 4:35 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz.

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. Reservations are now closed. Contact Rachel Lang with any questions.

Congregational Veterans Day Shabbat Dinner to Honor Veterans   
Dinner at 6:15 PM followed by program. 
The first Tot Shabbat of the year will be a multi-generational program highlighting the message of service to our country. Tables during dinner will include honored veterans and their families. Questions? Contact Sandy Walter at 301-980-5516 or

Shabbat  Morning - 8:45 AM 
Shacharit will be led by Roger Browdyand Musaf will be led by Cantor Hinda Labovitz.  
We will celebrate Zoe Browdy becoming a bat mitzvah.

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 - 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

Game Shabbat: 12:30-2:30 PM
Come for Shabbat morning services and stay for a family-friendly afternoon of games, activities, and snacks.  For more information, please email Rachel Lang at  or at 240-450-0676.

The Kiddush will be sponsored by Michelle and Jon Browdy and enhanced by Irith and Roger Browdy, the parents and grandparents, respectively, in honor of Zoe Browdy becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

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 the beginning of Parashat Toldot, about the births of Esav and Ya'akov .

Minchah   - 4:35  PM
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
Friday, November 9, 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 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 

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Program: The Voice of Your Inner Poet
Sunday, November 11, 10:30 AM
Led by Anne Himmelfarb at the home of Abby Simms
Our own Anne Himmelfarb will be our guide as we explore the work of some famous poets, and then create and share our own works of poetry inspired by the masters. Read more here To RSVP or for more information, contact Katherine Ralston at  or 240-367-3349.

Kadima (6th-8th Gr.) @ Monster Mini Golf in Gaithersburg, MD
Sunday, November 11,  1:00-2:30 PM
Reservations are now closed.  If you are interested in joining, contact  Ben Gersten at .

USY: Zoo Assassin
Sunday, November 11, 1:00-4:00 PM ( Meet at Bethesda Metro at 1:00 PM)
Reservations are now closed. If you are interested in joining, contact Bonnie Prissman at

Lincoln and the Jews
Sunday, November 11, 7:30-9:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna,  University Professor and Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History
Using recently discovered documents featured in his book,  Lincoln and the Jews , Professor Sarna will share this new and previously unknown aspect of Abraham Lincoln's life and will reveal how Lincoln's remarkable relationship with American Jews impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. Read more details here Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Studies. There is no charge for this event, however pre-registration is recommended at Please note that evening minyan will be at 7:00 PM.

The Community Security Services Volunteer Team Training 
Monday Evenings, Nov. 12 (with a Tuesday, Nov. 27 alternative), Dec. 3, and Dec. 10.  
If you are interested in joining this team, you must attend all three training dates.  Please email Yvonne White at for more information or to register for the training.

ECC Prospective Family Talk and Tour
Friday, November 16, 8:30 AM; RSVP to Ruthie Cohen, Assistant Director,
Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, November 16/17

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 service leader, 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.

OK Salzberg Family Library Sixth Annual Lewis-Rushefsky Yiddish Film Series:  God, Man and Devil (Got, Mentsch un Taybl) USA 1949
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM in the Cohen Chapel
A wager between God and Satan has dire consequences in this allegory based on the play by Jacob Gordin about the material world's false promises. Beware when money sounds sweeter than music, it cautions; those who win lotteries stand to lose all, including their spiritual treasures, families, communities and religion. Free. Film has subtitles. Popcorn and soda served. Questions? Contact Brenda Bergstein (301-910-3520 or

Alvin Browdy Religious School Open House
Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:00 AM
All Pre-K through 7 th grade prospective families are welcome to join us for an open house where you will take a tour of the school, meet other families, and join us for a fantastic tefilah experience with the rest of the school.  Contact Rachel Evenson at to RSVP, or for more information.

Hadar Winter Learning Program - Who We Are and Why it Matters
December 23-25 at  Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
Hadar Institute of New York has opened a Washington office.  Rabbi Fishman and Cantor Labovitz have participated in Hadar programs in New York.  For those unfamiliar with  the organization: " Hadar empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of  Torah Avodah , and  Hesed ."  Ohr Kodesh is a cosponsor.  Click here for more information and to register.

Sacred Balance, OKC's First Women's Shabbat Retreat

February 1-3, 2019   at the Capital Camps Retreat Center 
Registration is now open for Sacred Balance, OKC's first women's Shabbat retreat. The weekend's events will help guide us as we explore our spirituality and ourselves through reflection and sharing. We will build friendships while deepening the connections among the OKC female community while we relax, sing, pray, discuss and enjoy our time together. We will reflect on all of the different roles we play as women, and take time to explore creating a sacred balance within our lives. Register by December 21. Click   here to register.  Space is limited. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bereisheet / Let's Take it From the Beginning
Bereisheet / Let's take it from the Beginning

Online course facilitated by Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz

Let's read the biblical book of Genesis together. This is a fully-online course, whose modules will take place asynchronously (work at whatever time is convenient for you!) with periodic online conference calls. This course is "Torah LiSh'maH" - no credits, no fees, just the joy of studying together. Join us wherever we are - each unit will stand alone, and your presence will enrich our conversation! Contact Cantor Labovitz at to receive the access code and instructions to sign up for the course.
Would you like to be a Substitute Educator in the ECC?

OKECC is looking for dependable, caring, trustworthy, reliable, helpful, patient, warm, positive, energetic and friendly SUBSTITUTES. Recommendations from the community are highly regarded, and often bring in the most successful candidates!  OKC members age 18 or older and OKECC parents or caregivers are all welcomed substitutes. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about the opportunity to walk a day in the shoes of an OKECC Educator as an OKECC Substitute, contact Joanie Smeltz, Director, at or 240-450-3488.
Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov  to the Feith Auerbach Family on the birth of their granddaughter, Rose Farah Feith, daughter of David and Sarah Feith, and sister of Lev on Oct. 4.
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. 

The Forward Would Love to Hear Your Voting Stories
Click here here for the details. Questions? Contact Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, Life Editor at

Help Needed For First National Study of Jewish Grandparents
You are invited to participate in a groundbreaking study that will explore the interests and family demographics of Jewish grandparents, ages 55-80. Your responses will provide vital information that will help The Jewish Grandparents Network (JGN), a newly-formed nonprofit organization, and the local community better understand how to best reach, engage and serve grandparents and their families.  Please click   here  to take the survey.  Questions? Email .
Foundation 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.

2018 Jewish Gap Year Fair
Thursday, November 8, 6:30-8:30 PM at the CESJDS Upper School Campus, 11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville.  Find out about the different types of experiences Masa Israel offers.  Please RSVP at For more info contact

Rare Treasures of the JTS Library - Webinar
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:00-8:00 PM; See flyer here.

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital (formerly JPDS)
Open Houses Friday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 am, Wed., Nov. 28 at 7:00 pm, Fri., Jan. 4 at 9:00 AM.
RSVP for any of these open houses. Milton also gives tours daily, if an open house date does not work for your schedule, contact Sindy Udell to schedule a personal tour.
Milton will be hosting a STEM activity on Sunday, November 4 at 10:00 am for children ages 3-6 years old at 4715 16th Street, NW (South Campus)--to give families a taste of what Milton offers. For more info and to RSVP contact Sindy Udell.

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Open House
Upper School: Sunday, November 11, 4:00 PM
Learn about our research-based curriculum. Interact with teachers, administrators, college guidance counselors and current students. Visit  to RSVP.

Camp Ramah New England Informational Meeting
Tuesday, November 13 at Congregation Beth El at 7:00 PM. 
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. Parents and children are welcome.  Camp Ramah offers a $500 tuition discount to eligible new campers, and significant additional financial aid is available. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at

Nourish Your Soul with Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook 
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 PM at Washington Hebrew Congregation
Join Federation's Women's Philanthropy and enjoy delicious food and be inspired by the stories of award-winning restaurateurs and cookbook authors, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, in conversation with Joan Nathan. (Purchase a signed copy of Solomonov and Cook's new cookbook,  Israeli Soul , with registration until today, 10/25.) Click here to read the details.

Sunflower Bakery Orders for Thanksgiving
Order by November 16 and pick up at Ohr Kodesh. See flyer. Click here to place your order.

Hadar Winter Learning Program -Who We Are and Why it Matters
December 23-25 at  Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
Hadar Institute of New York has opened a Washington office.  Rabbi Fishman and Cantor Labovitz have participated in Hadar programs in New York.  For those unfamiliar with  the organization: " Hadar empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah , Avodah , and Hesed ."  Ohr Kodesh is a cosponsor.  Click here for more information and to register.
We are saddened by two recent deaths:

Bert Bram, z'l, on November 6.  The funeral was held today, November 8, at Ohr Kodesh followed by burial at King David Memorial Gardens.
Friends are invited to gather together at Bert Bram's home, 2616 Spencer Rd 
Today, Thursday, Nov. 8, 4:00- 7:00 pm 
Sunday, Nov. 11, from 12:00-4:00 pm
Monday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 pm with  Arvit at 8:00 pm at the home of Brian Israel and Tsila Kirsh, 
5105 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, 20814
Leonard Jacobson, z'l, youngest brother of Howard (Trudy) Jacobson, on November 7. The funeral was held this afternoon, November 8, in Bloomfield, Michigan.  It remains uncertain whether there will be any local shivah observance. 

May God comfort all who mourn for Bert Bram and for Leonard Jacobson and may their memories always be for a blessing.
Get Well
Ohr Kodesh extends get well wishes to: Miriam Bobrow, Willie Bobrow, Selma Eisenstadt, Arnie Kuzmack, Saradona Lefkowitz, Katie Loewy, Adam Pilarski, 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: 7:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 pm
Friday: 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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