Ohr Kodesh Weekly News
October 1, 2020 |13 Tishrei 5781
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Rabbi Fishman's Pre-Yizkor and Kol Nidrei sermons are available. 

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Your Pre-ordered Lulav & Etrog are Available for Pick up:

Today, Thursday, Oct 1, Until 6:30 PM
Friday, Oct 2, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Come to the front door. Someone will bring out your set(s).

Pick up your Sunflower Bakery Orders from OKC

Thursday, Oct 1 from 3:00- 8:00 PM
Friday, Oct 2 from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Any questions, email Janis or call 240-361-3698.

Keep or Return the Mahzor

Please return the Mahzor you borrowed by October 30 and your $35 deposit per mahzor will be refunded in full. There is a plastic bin to drop off Mahzorim at the front entrance. Leave a slip of paper with your name in each returned Mahzor. If you decide to keep the Mahzor, you may do so and we will use the $35 to replenish our supply.

Help us Celebrate Simchat Torah by Sending us a Video of You (and your family) Singing

Click here for the details.
Weekly service times
Before Shabbat, download and print your preferred siddur service from Siddur Sim Shalom and Siddur Lev Shalem along with this week's parashah from the Etz Hayyim Chumash. 

Yahrzeits for the week of Oct 3-9, remembered by members of the OKC Community.
Sanctuary Services

Interested in joining Cantor Hinda Labovitz and Rabbi Fishman in our sanctuary on Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret and /or Simchat Torah mornings? Go to Sign up Genius to sign up. Please review the newly revised protocols

Outdoor Parking Lot Services
Sign up to share your interest in attending Sukkot services outdoors. Weather permitting. Please review the newly revised protocols.

Questions? Contact Dani Kazhdan.

Learn about Sukkot in Torah Sparks.

Erev Sukkot
Friday, October 2

5:30-6:00 pm Pre-Sukkot Community Program (Zoom)
6:30 pm Candle lighting
Sukkot Day 1
Saturday, October 3

8:15-9:00 am Family Service Livestream
9:15-11:15 am Sanctuary Service Livestream and in person (Register)
9:15-11:15 am Outdoor Service in the main parking lot (Register)
7:27 pm Candle Lighting

Sukkot Day 2
Sunday, October 4

9:15-11:15 am Sanctuary Services Livestream and in person (Register)
9:15-11:15 am Outdoor Service in the main parking lot (Register)
11:30 AM Socially Distanced Hoshanot, and Ein K’Eloheinu/Aleinu/Adon Olam in the Parking Lot

Those who are attending in-person services will automatically be registered for hoshanot. If you would like to join for hoshanot but are not planning to join for the 9:15 am in-person services, you must register for hoshanot by emailing Dani Kazhdan.

Sukkot, Chol HaMoed

Monday-Thursday, October 5-8
7:15 AM Shacharit Minyanim via Zoom
6:45 PM Arvit Minyanim Zoom

Hoshana Rabbah

Friday, October 9    
7:15 AM Hoshana Rabbah Services Livestream
Sh’mini Atzeret

Erev Sh'mini Atzeret

Friday, October 9
4:00-4:30 PM Yizkor (Register for Zoom Link)
5:30-6:00 PM Kol Ha-Ne'arim (Blessing of the Children) (Zoom)
6:19 pm Candle Lighting

Sh'mini Atzeret

Saturday, October 10
9:15-11:15 AM Livestream and in-person (Register)
9:15-11:15 AM Outdoor Service in-person in the main parking lot

Registration for the Sh'mini Atzeret Outdoor Service will be available beginning Monday, October 5.

Simchat Torah

Erev Simchat Torah

Saturday, October 10
7:16 pm Candle Lighting
7:30 PM Hakafot and Sing Off via Livestream only

Simchat Torah Morning

Sunday, October 11
8:15-9:15 am Youth & Family Service Livestream
9:15-11:15 AM Simchat Torah services Livestream and in person (Register)
9:15-11:15 AM Outdoor Service in-person in the main parking lot

Registration for the Simchat Torah Outdoor Service will be available beginning Monday, October 5.

Simchat Torah will mark the first time we ceremonially remove sifrei Torah from the ark since March.

Simchat Torah honorees:
Chatan Torah: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Chatan Bereisheet: Seth Yoskowitz
Kallat Maftir: Hannah Olson
Services that include Kaddish
Click service below to attend.

Sukkot, Chol HaMoed
Monday-Thursday, October 5-8

7:15 AM Shacharit Minyanim via Zoom
6:45 PM Arvit Minyanim Zoom
When 10 adult Jews are gathered together through real-time video and audio connection (e.g. a Zoom call), those who are in a period of mourning or observing a yahrzeit may recite the mourner's Kaddish. If 10 adult Jews are not present, a Prayer in lieu of Kaddish is recited.
S'fat Emet on Sukkot (in Hebrew)

Sunday-Thursday, October 4-8, at 8:45-9:45 PM
The S'fat Emet was Rebbe of the Gerer Hasidim and died in 1905. The summaries of his talks on Shabbat and Chagim are creative, frequently provocative, and surprisingly modern. We'll study some of his pieces about Sukkot -- one each night of Chol HaMoed. These texts are in Hebrew, without translations. If you're looking for a study opportunity that's different, challenging, and short, please join us, and don't be deterred even if your Hebrew reading ability is short of fluent. Come to just one or come to all 5! Questions? Contact Richard Friedman.

Thursday, Oct 8, 6:30 PM

Taught by Andy Weissfeld, our former USY Advisor and Ner Tamid fellow. Part of Zoom Simchateinu, a Sukkot Learning Fest of JTS. Learn more.
Conversational Hebrew with Hagar
Monday, 1:45 PM
Contact Hagar for Zoom link.

Talmud Class, Tractate Shabbat with Richard Friedman
Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Attend here.

Conversational Hebrew with Hagar
Wednesday, 1:45 PM
Contact Hagar for Zoom link.

Jews for Exegesis with Richard Friedman
Thursday, 8:30 PM
Attend here.

Rabbi Fishman's classes will resume after Simchat Torah.
Alvin Browdy Religious School [Pre-K-7th]
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Looking for supplemental Jewish Education for your teen? Contact Rachel Lang, Director of Teen and Community Engagement, to learn about Tzohar and Teen Beit Midrash.
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Missed Sunday's Kickoff for the Nine Month Tribute to Rabbi Fishman & Debby Rosenman?
Click here for the recording. Passcode: z4$+dQN# 
Noontime Book Club - The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Wednesday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 PM on Zoom
Contact Natalie Cantor for more information and to join the email list. 

Evening Book Group - My Mother's Son, by David Hirshberg

Wednesday, October 7, 8:30 PM on Zoom
Contact Ellen Elow-Mintz for more information and to join the email list.
Rosh Chodesh Tishrei/Cheshvan Program

Moving Forward From the New Year; How Jewish Women Have Carried Jewish Ethics & Values into Daily Life

Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 PM schmooze; 7:45 PM program

Presented by Linda Gordon Kuzmack, PhD, LICSW
Learn more. Register. Contact Marsi Miller with any questions.
HAZAK: Searching for Everyday Hope and Joy!

Monday, Oct 26, 11:30 AM via Zoom

Tsila Abush Kirsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist will lead the discussion focused on Searching for Hope and Joy - the complex mix of Jewish/ Chasidic mysticism with psychology. Learn more.
Just Breathe: Mindfulness and Meditation

Led by Rabbi Aderet Drucker
Sunday, Oct 25, 9:00 PM
Attend here.

We meditate not only to quiet our minds, but to also enable us to be as awake as possible to our lives, and to what is real and true for each of us. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary.
Virtual Israel Table

Tonight, Thursday, Oct 8 and 22, 5:00 PM on Zoom

Join our Sh’lichah Hagar to discuss current events in Israel on Zoom.
Register. Questions? Contact Hagar.

Check out OKC's website for virtual tours in Israel, online exhibitions, cuisine, some Israeli TV shows and more.
Bethesda Cares Sandwich Lunch Program

Sign up for one or two Sundays to help us prepare lunches so homeless and working poor will have them on Mondays. Bethesda Cares, Inc. is a community outreach organization for Montgomery County's homeless and working poor. OKC organizes volunteers every week to purchase ingredients, prepare lunches at home (60 sandwiches, 30 pieces of fruit, 30 cookies) and deliver to an area church. Interested? Contact Andy Shoyer.
Family Date Night in the Sukkah

Monday, October 5, 6:15 PM

Virtual Family Sukkah Building Contest

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 PM

Storytime: “Get Up and March, March, March”

Thursday, October 8, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Register. For kids in grades K-3
Youth Groups
Register now.

Kadima Minute-to-Win-it Sukkah Building Extavaganza

Sunday, Oct 18, 2:00 pm
Questions? Contact Hannah Weisman.

Bonim In-Person Science Day

Sunday, Oct 18, 2:00 PM

Machar Games & Goodies

Sunday, Oct 18, 5:00 PM

Machar Field Trip to Butler's Orchard

Sunday, Oct 25, 2:00 PM

Questions about Machar programs? Email Jessica Morris

Pizza Bake in the Hut with OKUSY

Sunday, Oct 06, 7:00 PM on Zoom
Register by Monday, Oct 5 so we can send the Zoom link, recipe, and ingredient list to you in advance.

USY Friday Night Lights

Friday, Oct 30, 6:00 PM at the Zimmet residence
Questions? Contact Bonnie Prissman.

Check out continuously updated resources - food deliveries, free COVID-19 testing, absentee voting, financial assistance, free exercise/dance classes.

Vote for Ohr Kodesh

Washington Jewish Week is having online voting for awards in various categories. Ohr Kodesh has been nominated for the following. Best

  • Pre-school
  • Hebrew School
  • Israeli Dance
  • Event venue

Vote for by Oct 11 for OKC here.