Ohr Kodesh Weekly News
June 25, 2020 | 3 Tammuz 5780
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Livestream on Shabbat

We will livestream Shabbat June 27 at 9:00 AM. Everyone can join. At this time, we can only have a very limited number of people inside the Ohr Kodesh building. Please complete a survey so we know who is willing and interested to join Cantor Hinda Labovitz and Rabbi Fishman in our sanctuary.

Community Resources

Need help during our challenging time? Want to help others? Check out eOK Helping Hands and More for things such as neighborhood deliveries, popular restaurant hours and operations, and more.
Rabbic Search Survey: What do you need from our new Rabbi?

OKC's Rabbinic Search Committee wants to know what you need from our new Rabbi. Care about sermons? Call it out! Israel on the agenda? Identify your need! Inclusion part of your mission? Mention it here! Your feedback will help us identify and recruit the right Rabbi for the next chapter of our shul's history. Take the survey in less than 20 minutes!
Talmud Class, Tractate M'gilah with Rabbi Fishman
Sunday, 8:00 AM
Attend here.

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

The Unfolding Tradition with Rabbi Fishman
Will not meet this week.

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

Enhancing Biblical Literacy with Rabbi Fishman
Will not meet this week.

Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Fishman
Will not meet this week.

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

Jews for Exegesis with Richard Friedman
Wednesday, 8:30 PM
Attend here.
Calling all emerging students in 8th-12th grades: Registration is now open for our teen education programs for Fall 2020! 

Alvin Browdy Religious School Registration Pre-K-7th

Register now.
Contact Leah Miller, Assistant Principal, w ith questions.


Register now.

Tzohar is Ohr Kodesh Congregation's newest Teen Education program. Starting Fall 2020, we are excited to be bringing high-level Jewish educational experiences to teens across Montgomery County and Washington, DC. 
Tzohar is proud to be in partnership with Hadar DC, and is excited to be implementing the Moot Beit Din Program as part of our offerings. We are also thrilled to be joining with an acclaimed community after-school MoEd to offer intensive Hebrew language programming. Read more .
Teen Beit Midrash

Register now.

Teen Beit Midrash will continue to its seventh year! We look forward to another year of conversation with Rabbi Lyle Fishman and with Jackie Krisch.
Weekly service times
The Rabbinical Assembly has generously made available the Siddur Sim Shalom and Siddur Lev Shalem for our use during the social distancing period. Before Shabbat, p lease download and print your preferred siddur service along with this week's parashah from the Etz Hayyim Chumash.
Yahrzeits for the week of June 27-July 3, remembered by members of the OKC Community.
Candle Lighting
Friday, 8:19 PM

Learn about
Parashat Korach
Shabbat Morning
Saturday, 9:00 AM
from the
Ohr Kodesh

Let's all share a Green Kiddush together by using regular dishes and washing them instead of throwing away paper and plastic @home.
Shabbat Conclusion
Saturday, 9:16 PM

Community Check-In
Saturday, 9:30 PM
Attend here .
Services that include Kaddish
Click service below to attend.

Shacharit : 7:15-8:00 AM
Minchah : 6:45-7:00 PM
Community Check in : 8:00-8:30 PM
Shacharit : 7:15-8:00 AM
Minchah : 5:45-6:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat : 6:00-6:25 PM
Shabbat services : 9:00 AM
Community Check in : 9:30-10:00 PM
Shacharit : 9:00-9:45 AM.
Minchah : 6:45-7:00 PM
Community Check in : 8:00-8:30 PM
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.
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More than social; more than educational
Just Breathe: Mindfulness and Meditation

Led by Rabbi Aderet Drucker
Sunday, June 28, 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.
Book Clubs
Two Opportunities in July to Discuss Esther Safran Foer's new memoir
I Want You to Know We Are Still Here

Wednesday, July 1, 12:00 PM
Attend here . Bring your lunch.
Contact Natalie Cantor for more information and to join the email list.

Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 PM
Attend here .
Contact Ellen Elow-Mintz for more information and to join the email list.

Hazak’s Lunch and Chat

Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 PM

OKC Member Art Spitzer will lead a conversation about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decisions. Everyone is welcome. Lunch and Chat meets weekly for presentations and group discussions that run about 40 minutes. Contact Sandy Walter to join the mailing list and receive each week's zoom link.
Anti-Racist Presentation
Rabbi Meir Muller
Tonight, Thursday, June 25, 8:30-9:30 PM
Attend via Zoom .
Rabbi Meir Muller will lead this discussion providing reasons why we need to discuss race with young children, four overarching strategies for adults when discussing these issues, and five points when speaking to children.
A wide variety of picture books will be used during this talk (list provided in advance) and time will be dedicated to Q&A. Rabbi Muller's expertise is in issues of racial equity, constructivist theory and pedagogy, Jewish education, social studies education, and pre-service teacher preparation. He has served as a full time faculty member at the University of South Carolina since 2011 and is the head of the Cutler Jewish Day School.
B'nai Israel & Ohr Kodesh: Working for Equity During the COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, July 1, 7:30-9:00 PM
Join us to learn about how the pandemic is affecting local communities, how Judaism guides us in responding to this crisis, and how you can get involved. The presentation will be led by staff and volunteers from Jews United for Justice. Read more and RSVP here .  
Gala Cantor's Concert: Blue Suede Jews

Sunday, June 28, 7:00 PM
Attend via YouTube. Link

Repeat performance in honor of David and Naomi Balto’s 40th Anniversary.
JNF Tour: Off the Beaten Track tour of Israel LIVE from Your Living Room
Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, 4:00-5:30 PM
Attend via Zoom. Link will be sent when registered.
Join a "busload" of participants from Ohr Kodesh and experience biblical and modern Israel from the comfort of your own home. For one week, join us one hour a day for live touring of Israel. After a short break, log back in for dinner/cocktail hour to discuss our adventure of the day. Friday will feature a one hour pre Shabbat experience. All monies received by JNF will be given to the out of work tour guides. Payment and registration information, and more details about the itinerary are forthcoming. Contact Hagar Netser or Saradona Lefkowitz for more information and to join a virtual group from OKC.

Cost: $50. Registration fee per Zoom spot includes a week of touring. Number of participants is limited.
OKC's Israel Website

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

OKC members prepare lunches on Sunday so the homeless and working poor will have them for Monday. Bethesda Cares, Inc. is a community outreach organization for Montgomery County's homeless and working poor. OKC volunteers purchase ingredients, prepare lunches at home (60 sandwiches, 30 pieces of fruit, 30 cookies) and deliver them to an area church. Volunteers are assigned two Sundays a year, at most. Interested? Contact Andy Shoyer .

Shepherd's Table

Families are needed to prepare and drop off bagged lunches each Thursday at the home of ECC parent Rebecca Cohen. Lunches are picked up by volunteers and delivered to Shepherd's Table where they are distributed to people in need. If you would like to prepare a small number of bagged lunches each week, contact Helaine Resnick (202-329-8616).
Mentsch Club "Virtual Beer" Night

Wednesday, July 8, 8:30-9:30 PM
Attend here .

The Mentsch Club is hosting "virtual beer" night every other Wednesday. It's a great way to socialize with other mentschen in the community!
Upcoming Board Meetings: July 2, July 23, August 13
We are excited to introduce a new look for OKC Weekly News. Didn't see something you expected? Look out for OKC Snapshot Monday morning with more information. We welcome feedback as we make this transition – contact Tami Lautman .