“A heavenly voice emerged [in response to the debates of the schools of Hillel and Shammai] declaring, ‘eilu vaeilu divrei Elokim chayyim – these [discussion points] and these [counter discussion points] are the words of the living God.”

Babylonian Talmud, Eiruvin 13B Let us strive to discuss and debate respectfully and constructively in all our life conversations


To minimize the spread of COVID-19, OKC has gone virtual! To see what we have to offer, go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hIdOrcpVrtK70FjVwDbKayFGBg46R49w_qAzurRLBe8/edit - this includes a daily (Sun. thru Th.) "community check-in" each night at 8:00 PM at: https://zoom.us/j/701556590

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...

OKC Building Closure Update

Dear OKC Community,

I know all this is all very tough on everyone. These are unprecedented times and challenges. What I have been and continue to be impressed with, and what lifts my spirit every day, has been the way our Ohr Kodesh community has come together. We quickly set up eOK with lots of engaging virtual programs daily, we have been reaching to those in our midst who may be experiencing extra challenge or isolation, and we have been staying in touch and supporting each other. Our clergy and our staff have been tireless and terrific on addressing items big and small. Volunteers have stepped up to do so many wonderful and thoughtful things. It has been great and heartening to see so many people lead and participate - we will get through this together. 

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Rabbi Search Focus Group

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Pesach Happenings - Service times, Mechirat Chametz, Yizkor and Maot Chittim

Pesach week! Ohr Kodesh has resources for your seder, service times, Mechirat Chametz, Yizkor and Maot Chittim information.


Guidelines for Pesach from Rabbi Fishman

Please click here to read last week's letter from Rabbi Fishman, Cantor Labovitz, and President Seth Yoskowitz, titled Guidelines for Pesach 5780

Wednesday, April 8 - Erev Pesach
6:45 am - Morning Minyan followed by Siyyum for First-Born
10:59 am - Last time to eat Chametz
12:04 pm - Last time to Burn Chametz
5:00 pm - Minchah Only
7:21 pm - Candle Lighting

Thursday, April 9 - Pesach
9:00 am - Pesach Services
9:30 am - Babysitting
10:30 am - Kehilat Tefillah
10:30 am - Torah Tots
10:30 am - Mini Minyan
5:00 pm - Minchah Only
After 8:21 pm - Candle Lighting

Friday, April 10
9:00 am - Services
9:30 am - Babysitting
6:30 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat
7:23 pm - Candle Lighting

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

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