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...

Tish’ah B'Av, Observed Saturday Evening, July 21-Sunday, July 22

According to Mishnah Ta'anit chapter 4, among the calamities on Tish’ah B'Av were the decree that the Israelites would have to wander 40 years in the wilderness and the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

 On Tish’ah B'Av, the same restrictions that apply on Yom Kippur -- no eating or drinking, no washing, no anointing, no wearing of leather shoes, and no sexual relations -- apply, and they apply from sundown to nightfall. 

On Tish’ah B'Av, Saturday evening, July 21, there will be Minchah at 8:10 pm.  Arvit will follow at 9:10 pm. It will include the reading of Eikhah/Lamentations and selected Kinot/dirges. On Sunday, July 22, Shacharit will begin at 8:45 am. Minchah will begin at 7:45 pm with tallit and t'fillin, and will include the fast-day Torah and Haftarah readings. Arvit will be at 8:30 pm. The fast begins at 8:29 pm Saturday night and concludes Sunday night at 9:11 pm.      

We will need six people present and fasting to have the Torah and Haftarah readings at Minchah on Tish’ah B'Av. If you know that you will be fasting and can attend Minchah that day, please contact Diana Savit at dms [at] savitlaw [dot] com or 301-589-5856, or David Narrow at DMNarrowEsq [at] gmail [dot] com or 301-897-5619.

High Holidays 2018-5779 - Registration Form now available.

Ohr Kodesh members and guests have the opportunity to participate in a variety of High Holiday service options.  Please encourage your friends, relatives and neighbors to join us by attending one of our inspiring services.




Services Schedule

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday Evening, September 9:

Two services................................7:15 PM and 8:30 PM

Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11:

Shacharit. 8:15 AM
Family Service (1st Day Only) 9:15 AM
Torah Service 9:30 AM
Sermon approx. 10:30 AM
Children’s Activities (18 mo.-Gr.3) 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Children's Activities (Gr. 4-7) 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Tashlikh (Monday) 7:00 PM
Minchah-Arvit 7:15 PM
  • Babysitting will be available, by advance request, from 9:30 - 10:30 AM on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah.
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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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