Engage in this year’s learning theme: Gratitude, Hakarat ha-tov. Let’s explore together how expressing gratitude helps us build a stronger intergenerational 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...

Save the Date!

The 3rd Annual Ohr Kodesh Gala! March 26, 7pm

Featuring the musical group Safam and 

Honoring Joanie Smeltz, Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center Director for her more than 25 years to the school and the OKC Community!


Click here for more information about the Sunday night gala and the whole weekend of events leading up to the big show!


Click here for a YouTube Video of Safam



Membership Movie Night

6:30 PM: Tickets & Popcorn

Movies will begin at 7:00 PM


Cost is $2/child, $3/adult, with a family maximum of $10.

Pledge 30 Keynote Lecture: Dr. Erica Brown

January 29, 2017 - 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Dr. Erica Brown to Address
OKC Educational Theme - Gratitude

Dr. Erica Brown, a respected and familiar face at Ohr Kodesh Congregation, will provide us with a thoughtful presentation on our yearlong (2016-17, 5777) theme of Gratitude, Hakarat hatov. She will certainly inspire us in our efforts to enhance our intergenerational community through gratitude. Dr. Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University and has been appointed director of the prestigious Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. The newly-created Mayberg Center, named for George Washington University trustees Manette and Louis Mayberg, focuses on Jewish education and training of Jewish communal leaders. The Center will offer graduate-level training and will convene opportunities for both academics and professionals in the Jewish community.

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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