“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...

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah

Sukkot must be just around the corner! Sukkot begins just 5 days after Yom Kippur, but unlike the High Holidays, observance of Sukkot takes place primarily at home. Ohr Kodesh has nevertheless planned several fun and meaningful programs to enable our members to celebrate the holiday together.


For Services and Programs please click HERE


Kabbalat Shabbat Service in the Sukkah

Please bring a picnic dinner to eat in the sukkah after services. Ohr Kodesh will provide challah and grape juice.

OKC Sukkah Hop
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 3:00- 5:00 PM

The OKC Sukkah Hop is back! Join us this year on Saturday, October 19 for our annual Sukkah Hop. Visit sukkot around the neighborhood and enjoy special treats and activities.

OKC’s Sukkah Hop is open to everyone. RSVP by Wednesday, October 16 by visiting http://bit.ly/OKCSukkahHop2019. We can’t wait to see you there! Any questions? Please email Adina Alpert or Tamara Halle at adina [dot] alpert [at] gmail [dot] com or tamara [dot] halle [at] gmail [dot] com respectively for more information.

Join Us for Erev Simchat Torah and Simchat Torah


Join the OKC community for Erev Simchat Torah Celebrations! BYO dairy or parve dinner and then bring in the holiday with our interactive family service in the Cohen Chapel led by Raviv Brooks. After the family service concludes, join the communal singing and dancing in the lobby for Hakkafot.


The celebration continues on Simchat Torah morning! Join us for services, hakkafot, our family magic show, and much more. Services begin at 8:45 am, with hakkafot starting at 9:45 am, the Magic show at 11:00 am, and a special kid’s Kiddush at 12:00 pm.

Storyteller Shabbat with Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff

November 2, 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

saturday, November 2

7:30-9:00 PM at ohr kodesh congregation

social hall

Speaker: Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff

Cost: $15 - advance registration/$18 - door

Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff is a storyteller, poet, educator, facilitator, and coach. She is founder and director of The Golden Door: Storytelling for Social Justice, an organization that brings storytellers and facilitators to schools to coach teachers, educate students, and helps build safe and encouraging classroom communities.

Jennifer facilitated the Storyteller Teaching Training project at Krieger Schechter Day School. She co-taught the Oral History of Holocaust Survivors course at Goucher College for ten years. She facilitated the Student Immigration Stories project, sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Baltimore City Public Schools, coaching high school students from around the world.

Jennifer is a published writer of stories and poetry. She serves as a storyteller-in-residence for schools and synagogues throughout the U.S.

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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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