“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


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...

Washington Jewish Week: Ohr Kodesh to Host Torah Cover Honoring Tree of Life

In a little more than a week, members of  Ohr Kodesh Congregation will place a cover over one of their Torah scrolls. The cover, showing the night sky and 11 gold stars, honors the 11 Jews murdered in the 2018 Tree of Life shooting in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.

The scroll cover was commissioned by the Conservative movement’s Cantors Assembly, and since last June it has visited nine synagogues in the United States and Canada. 

Ohr Kodesh, a Conservative synagogue in Chevy Chase, will be the 10th. It was picked to host the scroll after Cantor Hinda Labovitz donated money to assist in the scroll’s commission. Those who helped fund the cover’s creation were invited to bring it to their synagogue and design programming around it.

“Rabbi Jeffrey Myers [of Tree of Life] is our colleague and our friend,” Labovitz said. “The Torah cover was returned to Tree of Life just in time for the High Holidays and has been traveling across the country since.”

Order your Mishloach Manot

As the month of Adar begins, we increase our joy!

purimJoin Ohr Kodesh Congregation as we kick-off our Annual Mishloach Manot project. You have a wonderful opportunity to send Purim greetings by having cards sent to your friends and family acknowledging that a contribution has been made in their honor. A portion of the proceeds from the Mishloach Manot project will go to two other tzedakah projects - our USY Tikkun Olam program, and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger with the remainder helping Ohr Kodesh become more sustainable and stronger. To fill out and submit a form, simply follow the link below .

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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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