Ohr Kodesh Congregation was established in 1948 as the first Jewish institution in Montgomery County. We are a warm and welcoming congregation that seeks to satisfy the both the traditional needs and contemporary interests of a diverse membership. We are affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Ohr Kodesh provides the spiritual inspiration of both a morning and evening minyan every day. Our celebration of Shabbat, which enjoys a robust attendance, is known for its warmth and ruach (spirit) and is matched by beautiful observance of other Jewish festivals and holidays.
Ohr Kodesh offers lifelong Jewish learning opportunities. We are home to three schools; our Early Childhood Center, which provides full day, half day and after-school enrichment programs for children ages 18 months to 4 years, the Alvin Browdy Religious School, which provides supplementary Jewish education for Kindergarten through 7th grade students, and MoEd, which is a nationally acclaimed program that provides 5-day a week after-school Hebrew immersion for 2nd thru 5th grades. Ohr Kodesh also offers an array of Adult Jewish Education opportunities, including ongoing classes on Hebrew, Talmud and Jewish texts, annual Shabbat Scholars-in-Residence, periodic Family Retreats, and films and lectures.
Ohr Kodesh looks after the social interests of its membership. We have Jewish youth groups that serve children from preschool through high school, and have periodic social programs. We also host the KolHaLev Choir, a weekly Israeli Dance group, several Girl Scout troops, and the Washington Bridge League. Additionally, we serve as a pickup site (on Tuesday afternoons) for a local CSA and for deliveries from the Sunflower Bakery.
Perhaps the best demonstration of the warmth and caring of Ohr Kodesh can be seen through the efforts of our Chesed (Caring) Committee, which reaches out to members during times of need, and our Funeral Practices Committee, which provides support and comfort to grieving families by facilitating the observance of traditional Jewish funeral and bereavement practices. In addition, our Social Action Committee addresses social needs in the community, coordinating numerous volunteer efforts with other local agencies, our Green Committee seeks to advance environmental awareness and responsibility, and our Israel Solidarity Committee foster’s and channels our congregation’s connection with Israel.