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October 4, 2018
25 Tishrei 5779
Shabbat M'varkhim HaChodesh
Parashat B'reishi t
Candle lighting 6:26 pm
In this Issue
This Shabbat at Ohr Kodesh
Shabbat M'varkhim HaChodesh, Parashat B'reishit
Kabbalat Shabbat  - 6:25 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit will be led by Richard Friedman in the Cohen Chapel.

Shabbat  Morning - 8:45 AM 
We will celebrate the naming of Remy Lillian Hoffman, daughter of Anna and Joshua Hoffman and granddaughter of Michael and Deborah Salzberg.

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, 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.
Kiddush will be sponsored by Michael and Deborah Salzberg in honor of the naming of their granddaughter Remy Lillian Hoffman.

Jews for Exegesis -  will meet during the Kiddush at a table in the corner of the Social Hall. We will study Rashbam's commentary on the beginning of Parashat B'reishit, including Rashbam's surprising view about when the day starts.

Minchah   - 6:25 PM
This Coming Week at Ohr Kodesh
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 - Twenty Key Jewish Concepts with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday, 12:30 PM - Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - Conversational Hebrew with Hagar Netser

Hike the Billy Goat Trail with the Mentsch Club 
Sunday, October 7, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Hikers will meet at the Ohr Kodesh parking lot and will carpool to the trailhead.  Please RSVP to let your fellow hikers know if you plan to join the hike at   
Two versions of the hike will be offered. Click  here   to read additional event details and meeting times.
All hikers should bring water and snacks. Contact: Phil Pelzman at or David Horowitz:
Bonim Tie-Dye (K-2nd Grades)
Sunday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 PM
Join OKC's Bonim youth group and create an original shirt you can wear year-round!  RSVP by Tuesday, October 2 at Participants who RSVP after October 2 will need to provide their own t-shirt for tie-dying. For more info, please email Aliza at

The Children of Willesden Lane with Mona Golabek
Sunday, October 7, 4:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
The Children of Willesden Lane  uses tour-de-force storytelling and extraordinary live piano music to tell the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II.   
Mona Golabek is an American concert pianist, author, and radio host.  This program is free. It is sponsored by Stuart Eizenstat in loving memory of his wife, Fran,  z'l , and in recognition of her fifth  yahrzeit . For more details about this 90-minute program, click here.

Adult Education: Approaching the End of Life. Part 1 
Three-part Program, Wednesdays, October 10 & 24, and Tuesday, October 30, 7:30-9:00 PM 
Presented by Linda Kuzmack PhD, MSW ( , 301-785-2862),  Robert Gerwin MD (  or 301-728-7260), Mickey Feinberg (
We will discuss the sensitive issues of dealing with terminal illness and the approach of death. We'll start with a Jewish text to frame the problem, and then learn from each of our own experiences and from Dr. Kuzmack's deep experience as a counselor dealing with end-of-life issues, from Dr. Gerwin's long experience in dealing with chronic pain and terminal neurological illness, and with their experience working in the Chevra Kaddisha movement. Mickey Feinberg PhD, will discuss Helping Children Cope With Death based upon her many years of research and experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. These issues affect us all and all are invited to attend.  Click  here  for more information.

Friday, October 12, 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.
Plan Ahead
Next Shabbat, October 12,13
Friday evening:
Got Shabbat?! 6:00 PM in the Cohen Chapel followed by dinner in the Kaye Social Hall
This program is geared toward families with students in grades K-7. Join the Ohr Kodesh clergy and staff for a Leil Shabbat service with student participation followed by a community dinner. RSVP By Wednesday, October 10 Questions? Email Cantor Hinda Labovitz at

USY Friday Night Lights - Jewish Mysticism, 6:00-9:00 PM at Ohr Kodesh
8th-12th graders and their parents are invited to join OKUSY for our first FNL of the year as we learn about Jewish Mysticism! While the teens are studying, parents will learn what OKUSY and Seaboard USY are all about. Friday Night Lights will start with teen-led services in the Salzberg Family Library followed by a meat dinner and learning sessions. This event is free. RSVP by Tuesday, October 9 at

PLEASE NOTE: The weekly Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit service will join with the Friday Night Lights Service at 6:00 PM (and not at 6:10 PM as previously advertised).

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

The Short Stories of Agnon -   The Menorah
Sunday, October 14, 10:00-11:30 AM
Discussion leader: Bob Gerwin ( or 301-728-7260)
We will start with the story The Menorah that is included in Agnon's masterpiece A City in Its Fullness. This is a marvelous story about the town in which Agnon grew up. Copies of the story in English will be made available as in the past. Read more here.

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Program - Exploring Mussar
Sunday, October 14, 8:00 PM
Led by Rabbi Aderet Drucker at the home of Debby Rosenman
Together we will explore Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice that provides guidelines for living a meaningful and ethical life. In particular, we will examine Mussar's connections with mindfulness, and identify new approaches to listening to our inner voice and to applying Mussar and mindfulness to our everyday lives. Everyone is welcome to attend. Click here to RSVP. For more information contact Katherine Ralston at or 240-367-3349.

OKC Board Meeting
Wednesday, October,17, 7:30 PM in the Salzberg Family Library
Everyone is welcome.

Israeli News Talk with Hagar Netser
Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 pm in the Salzberg Family Library
Discuss different perspectives of Israeli current events. Contact Hagar at with any questions.

Ohr Kodesh Members on Shark Tank - Sunday, October 21, 9:00 PM
Soupergirl is the first kosher, vegan food purveyor with OKC roots.  Tune in to ABC at 9:00 PM on Sunday, October 21 and watch Soupergirl (Sara Polon - Ohr Kodesh alum) and Soupermom (Marilyn Polon -  Ohr Kodesh Member ) on Shark Tank! 

An Intro to Mah Jongg
Sunday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:00-9:30 PM at Ohr Kodesh
We will be using the 2018 National Mah Jongg League, Inc. card. A group order will be placed for the card (at the cost of $8.00 per card) if there is sufficient interest. The card can be purchased directly through the National Mah Jongg League website,, or through Amazon. In order to ensure that we have sufficient tables and coaches, please RSVP to Jan Feldman at

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

February 1-3, 2019
Sacred Balance will be held at the Capital Camps Retreat Center from February 1-3, 2019. 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. 
Rabbi Fishman's & Rabbi Rosenberg's Rosh Hashanah Sermons & President Barbara Libbin's Speech
Here are links to the Rosh Hashanah Sermons:

Sing in the OK Chorale in Honor of Cantor Gerber

Our in-house volunteer choir will be honoring Cantor Gerber with our voices during the December 2 concert. Join us! Email Cantor Labovitz at to join in. All are welcome, without regard to skill or prior experience.
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.

Foundation for Jewish Studies
Click here for upcoming programs.

Washington Jewish Film Festival
Click here for upcoming films.

Meet Changemaker Esty Shushan
Tonight, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM at the Jewish Federation of Gr. Washington, 6101 Executive Blvd #100
Join Federation's Imagine Israel Changemakers series for an evening of thought-provoking conversation and ideas that challenge Israel's status quo with Esty Shushan, Haredi-Orthodox filmmaker and social activist and leader in the protest campaign, "No Voice, No Vote". For more information and to purchase tickets, click  here

Montgomery County Executive Debate
Monday, October 8, 7:00 PM at B'nai Tzedek, 10621 S Glen Road, Potomac, MD
Join us for an important Montgomery County Executive debate. You will get to hear from all three of the candidates, Marc Elrich, Robin Ficker, and Nancy Floreen, who will debate topics and answer questions that are important to the Maryland Jewish community.  Registration is required. Click here to register. For more information contact Meredith R. Weisel , Esq.  at 301-770-0881. Co-sponsored by Ohr Kodesh Congregation.

The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) Presents 
Did a Kushite Pharaoh Rescue Jerusalem from the Assyrians?
Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 PM in the Bender JCC Social Hall
Presented by Alice Ogden Bellis, Howard University School of Divinity ; see flyer here . Ohr Kodesh is a co-sponsor of the lecture series.

Camp Yavneh Info Session - 
Sunday, October 14, 4:00 PM in Kensington
Camp Yavneh is an overnight camping experience in Northwood, NH.  The prospective camper info session will be at the home of Lisa and Salo Zelermyer in Kensington. Sign up here  to let us know if you can join us. Go to for more camp info.  There will also be two virtual Camper Info Sessions: Thursday, October 18 at 7 PM and Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30 PM. Sign up  here  for the Virtual Info Session.

Israeli Dancing - New Beginner Class at Ohr Kodesh
10 Week Class Starts October 16
7:00-8:00 pm (Beginners and Instruction); 8:00-10:30 pm (Advanced and Requests)
10 Week Session is $60 / $50 for Students and Ohr Kodesh members. Weekly Rate is $8 / $6
For more information contact Mike Fox at or visit
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-Thursday: 8:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 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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