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Yom HaShoah 5779: The Holocaust, Voices from the Past: Croatia

April 24, 2019 - 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Yom HaShoah 5779

The Holocaust,Voices from the Past:  Croatia

Family of Theodora Klayman

 Cohen Chapel

following the conclusion of  Evening Minyan


Facilitator: Thomas Klein

Dora Klayman’s family lived in mainly in Zagreb, Croatia, part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the interwar years.  Following a contentious debate, Yugoslavia joined the Axis powers on March 25, 1941.  Two days later, a Serbian-led coup established a new government which denounced this agreement.  On April 6th, the German army, along with troops from Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria, invaded and overran Yugoslavia in just eleven days.  The Axis powers then partitioned the country, exploiting ethnic tensions to dissipate possible opposition.

Croatia became an independent state under the rule of a local fascist party, the Ustasa, which immediately turned on its Serbian Orthodox population (the Croats were largely Roman Catholic), killing nearly 340,000 people in just over a year.  Simultaneously the Croatian authorities focused on its Jewish population (about 32,000), incarcerating about 20,000 in local concentration camps where most died.  A further 7,000 Jews were transported to Auschwitz.  The Croatian Government also killed its entire Roma (Gypsy) population of about 25,000.

Ohr Kodesh Book Club

May 1, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Ohr Kodesh Book Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon at Ohr Kodesh (in the Salzberg Family Library).

Books selections are chosen by the club's members, alternating fiction and non-fiction every other month, and are generally limited to books no longer than 400 pages in length. New participants will be welcomed!

OKC Yom HaShoah Program: "Hitkansut" (Gathering)

May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

The Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem initiated Hitkansut to commemorate the Shoah. The attendees of Hitkansut sit around a large table, and read poems and testimonies of survivors and victims while telling the stories of their own families and communities.

It is a very emotional and personal ritual that includes special prayers and music.

The number of participants is limited. Please RSVP to Hagar at hnetser [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org.

For more information, please contact Hagar Netser: HNetser [at] OhrKodesh [dot] org

Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger Law Day Lecture

May 4, 2019 - 10:45am - 11:15am

The Adult Education Committee presents the Annual Law Day Lecture in memory of Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger, z'l.

Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the US since 2017, will speak about ... TBD


May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Ohr Kodesh Congregation offers a kiddush each Shabbat afternoon following the conclusion of the Shabbat morning services.

Kiddush Sponsorship & Enhancements

May 4, 2019 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Today’s Kiddush is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee in honor of today’s Schlezinger Law Day lecture.  It has been enhanced by Simma & Charlie Kupchan, and family, in honor of the yahrzeit of Simma's father, Steven Asher, z"l, a longtime chair of Philadelphia's Jewish Law Day lecture.  It has also been enhanced by Gilda & Brian Zimmet in honor of Brian's 50th birthday.

Rosh Chodesh Program

May 5, 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Rosh Chodesh Program






The Joy of Children’s Literature

Congregational Yom Ha'Atzmaut Program

May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Congregational Yom HaAtzma’ut
Jeopardy-style Game Show

Join us for an evening of celebration of Israel’s 71st birthday. The game show categories will include the history, geography, and culture of Israel. Our program will include a Middle Eastern dinner. Price of
dinner is $12/adult and $7/child. Everyone is welcome.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Hagar at hnetser [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org.

Green Kiddush

May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Members of Ohr Kodesh enjoy a “green” Kiddush (when no disposable dishes or flatware are used) once a month at which volunteers offer to help dry dishes.

If you can help at a future “green” Kiddush contact Howard Jacobson <taxgabbai [at] gmail [dot] com>


May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Ohr Kodesh Congregation offers a kiddush each Shabbat afternoon following the conclusion of the Shabbat morning services.

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