Join Us March 24-26 to celebrate Joanie Smeltz's 25+ Years of service to the OKC community!

Bring your whole family to our special weekend of celebratory events...

Come to one or both events. Reconnect with friends.


  • March 24 - beginning at 5:45pm - OKECC Reunion

for all past and present day families, educators and staff, colleagues and more who want to honor Joanie! This event will include a special Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner. For more information and to Register for the Friday night Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner.

  • March 26 - show starts at 7:00 pm - 3rd Annual OKC Gala 

open to everyone, with Joanie as the honoree. This event will include dessert and a musical performance featuring Safam.

Safam, the Boston based six-man band, has dominated Jewish music in America with their "Jewish-American Sound" since 1974. Often copied, never duplicated, they are originals -- original music, original lyrics, original arrangements -- their songs have become a fabric of our Jewish lives. Songs like Leaving Mother Russia, Amnesty, Just Another Foreigner, Moranno and Nachamu Ami by group composers Joel Sussman and Robbie Solomon have become classics and have kept Safam at the forefront of the Jewish music scene.

Safam's music covers the wide breadth of American musical styles while maintaining a decidedly Jewish flavor. They use many settings -- whether it be Rock & Roll, Pop, Folk, Latin, Chassidic or Cantorial -- to create their tapestry of music. Safam's eclectic approach to its music has enabled it to reach out to Jews of all ages and denominations. With ten original recordings, a double Chanukah & Passover CD, and their Greatest Hits Collections, Safam has already earned a vital place in mainstream Jewish-American culture.

Click here for more information about the Sunday night gala and the whole weekend of events leading up to the big show!

Click HERE for a YouTube Video of Safam

Want to help out with this event? Contact Barbara Libbin at barbaralibbin [at] gmail [dot] com

Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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

Email: executivedirector@

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