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...

Installation Dinner & Volunteer Recognition

This year Ohr Kodesh Congregation will hold both its Installation Dinner and Annual Volunteer Recognition on Friday. May 26, 2017.  The evening will honor:

We sincerely hope that many will join for this evening and all will be welcomed. Kosher dinner will feature (main dish/cuisine), provided by Culinary Creations.  There is a fee of $36.00 for adults;  $18.00 for those under 18 to cover the cost of the dinner. 


For Tribute Book Information please click the "read more" link below.

Shavuot Happenings

Join us for our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night study session commemorating the Israelites' anticipation of receiving the Torah on the morning of Shavuot!

Our Tikkun is a true example of how many faces the Torah has and how many different discussions one can have while studying the Jews' most sacred text. 

The Tikkun will have sessions in two tracks.  The traditional text study track will have the theme "Making a Living, Jewishly: Parnassa.."  Sessions will include the following:

  * The Spiritual Imperative to Earn a Livelihood

  * The Talmud's Advice About Making a Living and Household Economy

  * Accommodating Job Demands and Shabbat Observance -- Halachic and Secular Legal Responses

  * Is Full-Time Torah Study a Permissible Occupation?

The other track, reflecting the multiple facets of Torah, will include topics like the following:

  * How Would a Jew Navigate the Halls of Hogwarts?

  * Dance in the Tanakh and Modern Israeli Dance (bring your dancing shoes!)

  * What does Torah Say about Being a Jew in a Social Justice Movement?

  * What does Pirkei Avot Teach About Raising Committed Jewish Children?

People can attend sessions in each track.

We are setting aside SPACE FOR CHILDREN TO SLEEP, so parents can attend the Tikkun without having to arrange for childcare. BRING YOUR OWN sleeping bags or pack n' plays! All parents will be responsible for check in in with their own children.

The schedule will be as follows:

tuesday, may 30, Erev Shavuot

  • 6:00 PM - Pre-Shavu'ot Dinner and Family Program facilitated by Cantor Hinda Labovitz, entitled "What is a Tikkun Leil Shavu'ot?" (geared to families with children age 7 and younger) - FREE but please RSVP (click here) so we have enough food!
  • 7:00 PM - Minchah followed by Community Learning Sessions facilitated by Rabbi Lyle Fishman and then Rachel Gildiner.
  • 9:15 PM - Arvit  for Shavu'ot, followed by a Yom Tov Dinner - FREE but please RSVP (click here) so we have enough food!
  • 10:30 PM - Sessions begin and continue until 5:30 AM. Sessions will be approximately 50 minutes each with breaks in between.

wednesday, may 31, Shavuot - First Day

  • 5:30 AM - Yom Tov Shacharit and Musaf service, including Torah reading which includes the Ten commandments.
  • 8:45 AM - Services
  • 10:30 AM Torah Tots, led by Sharon Light & Natalie Graham
  • 10:30 AM - Mini-Minyan
  • 12:00 PM - Family Picnic (bring your own dairy/parve bag lunch. We will provide beverages and ice cream from the ice cream truck).
  • 8:05 PM - Minchah/Arvit
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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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

Email: executivedirector@

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