Engage in this year’s learning theme: Kol nediv libo, contributing as your heart moves you. Let’s explore together how each person’s volunteer effort helps us build a stronger community.

Ohr Kodesh watercolor by Michael ShibleyWe are an energetic, growing, and diverse Jewish community. We are children and grandparents. We are individuals and families. We are founding members and brand new members. Together, we cherish our tradition, embrace life-long learning, and strive...

We treasure Ohr Kodesh as a rich resource lighting our path and guiding our daily actions. It motivates us to bring Jewish learning to life in the world around us and to act in pursuit of Tikkun Olam (perfecting the world) and K'lal Yisrael (unity of the Jewish people...

Ohr Kodesh Congregation regards every person as having a place in the circle around the Torah, the Tree of Life. We maintain an inclusive educational environment that values every learner, at every age and stage and our varied interests and learning styles nourish a feast of intriguing choices for children, teens and adults of all ages and stages. Whether you're just taking first steps to know...


Message from the Director

Welcome to Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center!

I have been the director of the Early Childhood Center since 1991. It has been exciting for me to witness our transformations, and I am very...

People gather at Ohr Kodesh for spiritual fulfillment, to exercise their minds, and to meet with friends. Prayer services, formal and informal educational activities, communal meals and events, service projects, sports events, etc. all provide opportunities for Ohr Kodesh to bring together...

"Scholar in Residence" Lecture by Rabbi David Golinkin

November 18, 2017 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Rabbi Golinkin will present the d’var Torah on Shabbat morning, What to Do About the State of Judaism in the Jewish State. After services, we will have a Learners’ Lunch about education in Israel. The Learners’ Lunch program provides an opportunity for our community to study in small groups, and the morning’s presentation will offer food for thought and discussion. At Se’udah Shlishit, Rabbi Golinkin will teach a responsum related to a current controversy in Israel.

A leading Conservative halakhic scholar and rabbi in Israel, Rabbi Golinkin has made invaluable contributions to the development of Jewish law, and to Jewish education in Israel.  For twenty years, Rabbi Golinkin served as Chair of the Va’ad Halakhah (Law Committee), which writes responsa and gives halakhic guidance to the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel. He is founder and Director of the Institute for Applied Halakhah, whose goal is to publish a library of halakhic literature for the Masorti (Conservative) movement.

Rabbi Golinkin directs the Center for Women in Jewish Law.  His 2012 book, The Status of Women in Jewish Law: Responsa, is a major contribution to advancing the rights of women through the prism of Jewish law.

Concert: Holy and Unbroken

November 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lecture: Prof. Lee Levine on "Why Did Jewish Art Flourish in Late Antiquity? Timing and Context"

November 21, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The study of ancient Jewish art is a relatively new field fueled by ongoing archaeological discoveries. Only in late antiquity (third to seventh centuries CE) did Jewish art begin to flourish in a dramatic fashion.

By the Byzantine era (fourth to seventh centuries CE), religious symbols, biblical motifs, and even clearly pagan mythological motifs—especially the zodiac signs and the image of Helios—graced many synagogue mosaic floors in ancient Palestine. This lecture will focus on the political, social, and religious reasons for such a dramatic change, and will address the variety of ways in which Jewish communities, which were wholly autonomous and diverse, grappled with such developments.

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