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September 12, 2019
12 Elul 5779
Parashat Ki Teitzei
Candle lighting 7:01pm
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This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Parashat Ki Teitzei

Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:30 PM  in the Cohen Chapel.
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Howard Horowitz.

Shabbat  Morning - 8:45 AM 
Shacharit will be led by Gary Libbin and Musaf will be led by David Julian Gray. 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. Babysitting will be available from 9:30 am. 

The Kiddush will be sponsored by Ohr Kodesh. If you're interested in sponsoring an upcoming Kiddush, please contact

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 Ki Teitzei.

Minchah - 7:00 PM 
This Coming Week 
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  
** NEW CLASS Wednesday, 10:00 AM - Enhancing Biblical Literacy with Rabbi Fishman
We will study classic passages from the Bible that impact who we are as Jews in 5780 and beyond. We will be guided by the passages identified by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Please bring a Tanakh.
Wednesday, 12:30 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman 
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - Conversational Hebrew with Hagar 

Rosh Chodesh Elul Program 10Q 
Sunday, Sept. 15, 10:30 AM at the home of Natalie Graham
Elana Premack Sandler will be our guide as we prepare to take stock of 5779 and look ahead to 5780 using a tool that brings this ancient observance into the digital age -- an online forum for reflection called 10Q. For more info on 10Q, see: Join us to connect with old friends and make new ones. To RSVP, click  HERE or contact  Katherine Ralston, or 240-367-3349.

The Great Bonim & Machar Bake-Off (Gr. K-5) 
Sunday, Sept. 15, 12:00-1:30 PM in the OKC Kitchen
Start the school year with us as we bake some delicious holiday-themed treats. This free event includes lunch, dessert, and holiday recipes to take home.  RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 at , so we can purchase the correct amount of supplies. Questions? Contact Rachel Lang, Director of Youth and Family Programming, at

In Search of Interest (not commitment) for an OKC Evening Book Group
Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm at OKC
If there is sufficient interest, we will be starting an evening book group in addition to the longstanding Wednesday noontime group. Come bat around ideas for an OKC Evening Book Group. Contact Barry Cantor, 301-275-7900 or, or Ellen Elow-Mintz, or 240-472-3736.

Hazak - Documentary Movie: My Dear Children
Tuesday, September 17, 1:00 PM - Wine and Cheese welcome and  Shanah Tova calls
2:00 PM - Movie
Hazak opens our  Program year on Tuesday September 17, showing the documentary movie "My Dear Children" with introduction and commentary by Natalie and Barry Cantor who arranged for this presentation. Jews in what is today Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus suffered through what scholars now call "the holocaust of its day." Organized massacres called pogroms that swept the region from 1917-1921 killed as many as 250,000 Jews.  My Dear Children  follows one woman's quest to unravel a family mystery dating back to this time.  Our meeting will begin at 1:00 pm with our annual wine and cheese "welcome to Hazak's New Year." It will be a chance to socialize with old friends and make new friends. Following the socializing those who wish to will be making phone calls to our Ohr Kodesh members over 90 to wish them a Shanah Tovah. Our movie presentation will begin at 2:00 pm.

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Everyone is welcome.
Plan Ahead
Next  Shabbat, September 20/21

Tot Shabbat
Friday, September 20,  5:45 PM in the Cohen Chapel
$15 for adults over age 12
$7 for kids aged 3-12
Kids under 3 eat free;  Family max (includes 2 adults): $65
Join us at Ohr Kodesh for our first Tot Shabbat of the year! Open to all families with children ages 0-5. Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a family Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a community dinner.  After services are over, join us for a DAIRY Shabbat dinner in the Kaye Social Hall. To RSVP for September's Tot Shabbat, visit by Tuesday, September 17 at 5:00 PM. Reservations will not be accepted after this time and no refunds can be issued. Please email Rachel Evenson at if you have 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
Babysitting will be available from 9:30 am.   

Selichot Program - Communal Forgiveness After Tragedy
Saturday Night, September 21, 9:30 PM at Ohr Kodesh
Remarks (Video) by  Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, the spiritual leader of Tree of Life Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, followed by refreshments and Selichot service at 11:00 pm. Selichot will be live-streamed starting at 11:00 pm at

Pick With PJ and Pop Ups to Pop In!
Sunday, September 22, 10-11:30 am
Waters Orchard, 22711 Wildcat Rd, Germantown, MD
Pick apples, take professional family photos, enjoy snacks, and read stories. The event is cosponsored by PJ Library, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Young Leadership, and Pop-Ups to Pop In. Register at Pop-Ups to Pop In! is funded by the Phyllis Margolius Family foundation and is a collaboration with MoEd, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, PJ Library, Ramah Day Camp DC, Ohr Kodesh ECC, and Temple Shalom.

Join OKC's New Social Action Program - Shepherd's Table
Once a month, a team of volunteers will prepare pans of side dishes to be delivered to Shepherd's Table. All food preparation will occur in OKC's kitchen. Click here for more info. Slots are still available for the first food prep on September 23. 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, September 25, 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. September's guest will be Joanie Smeltz, Director of the OK Early Childhood Center, who will read a story and sing songs. A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP or ask questions: Sarah Horowitz at or Rebecca Cohen at

Reflective Safety Vests and More are Available

Thanks to a generous donation by the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School class of 2027, Ohr Kodesh can loan reflective vests, glow-in-the-dark snap-on bracelets, and buttons to congregants to make it safe to walk home in the dark after Shabbat evening or holiday services. This is a student-initiated effort  to fulfill the  mitzvah  of  pikuach nefesh -  the saving of life. 
College Packages - Student Addresses Needed
It's that time of year to give us your college student's address(es)! 
We will be sending out college packages again this year before  Rosh Hashanah, Chanukkah , and
Pesach. If you would like your student(s) to receive packages this year, please send the following information to Rachel Evenson at by Monday, September 16. We will be creating a new list this year. If you have submitted in the past and would like your student(s) to continue to receive packages, please resubmit their information.
Student Name,  Mailing Address (formatting EXACTLY how it should appear on the label)
College/University,  Expected Graduation Date (Month and Year)
**Note: We are only able to send packages to college students who are attending school within the United States. **
ABRS is Looking for Teens in Gr. 8-12 for our Madrichim Program

Calling All Teens! The Alvin Browdy Religious School is looking for fantastic teens to be part of our Madrichim program! Do you like working with kids? or want office experience? Need SSL hours OR competitive pay? Come be a mentor or help ABRS and be a part of our community. We have spots available on Sundays from 9 am-12 pm and Wednesdays 4:15-6:15 pm. Please contact Leah Miller
ABRS Assistant Principal, or 240-450-3487.
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.  

Jewish Community Day at Nats Park
Sunday, September 15, Family Activities: 12:00 PM; Game 1:35 PM
Tickets at Visit Pop-Ups to Pop In! 

A Conversation: SVIVAH's More-Than Bookclub 
Sunday Sept., 15, 7:30-9:00 PM at  Moorenko's Ice Cream Cafe, 8030-B Georgia Ave, Silver Spring
Details and RSVP at

Interested in Jewish Scouting? 
Parents' Meeting Monday, Sept. 16, 8:00 PM at Ohev Shalom
If you son or daughter are interested in Jewish scouting, come join Pack 5776. We are a shabbat-observant, kosher Pack based in Shepherd Park, Silver Spring, and Chevy Chase. Cub Scouts are for boys and girls grades 1-5. Scouts are grades 6-12. Highlights from last year included a canoeing trip on the Eastern Shore, a visit to an adventure/ropes course, and the Pinewood Derby. We will have a parents' meeting Monday night, September 16 at 8 pm at Ohev Shalom. For more information, please contact Michael Shurkin ( or Adam Small (

Celebration of Democracy: Take 2 in Washington DC
Tuesday, September 17, 12:00-7:00 PM at  CharBar 2142 L St, NW, Washington, DC
Join i24News TV's Dan Raviv at CharBar to follow the election results and celebrate democracy in action in Israel. Click here for tickets, $10 in advance / $15 at the door. For more information: or call 212-318-6100 ext. 6947

Community-Wide Hadar Event: "Forgive and Forget or, All the Torah I Never Learned"
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00-9:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
Jewish sources come down hard on the evils of forgetting Torah. As we approach the High Holidays, a time in which we remember all that has gone wrong, the things we have done, and that which has been done to us, we'll explore the question, "Might there be something gained in forgetting? We will start with a lecture with Rabbi Avi Strausberg 7:00 to 8:00 pm, followed by music with Rabbi Yosef Goldman 8:00 to 9:00 pm. For more info, contact: Talia Graff at See flyer HERE.

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents: Ancient Roman Baths: Centers for Political Propaganda
Wednesday, September 18, 8:00 PM at the Bender JCC
Presented by Maryl Gensheimer, University of Maryland. See flyer.

93 Queen Available to Watch Now
After a national theatrical release, national POV/PBS broadcast, European Arte/SWR broadcast, Israeli YesDocu broadcast, over 60 film festival screenings worldwide and over 100 community screenings around the globe, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary 93QUEEN is now widely available to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu and on DVD.

Sunflower Bakery Rosh Hashanah 2019
Click here for menu. Order by September 22 for pickup at OKC.

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.
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 (September 15-20) :
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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