“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...

OKC Building Closure Update

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, OKC continues to offer a multiplicity of virtual activities! To see what we have to offer..

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This includes a daily AM/Shacharit service with Kaddish (7:15 AM Mon. thru Fri.; 9:00 AM Sunday), a daily afternoon/Minchah service with Kaddish (6:45 PM Sun. thru Th.; 5:45 PM Friday) & a nightly community check-in with Kaddish (8 PM Sun. thru Thursday; Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM Friday night, and for July, a Community Check-in at 9:30 PM on Saturday night.

Ohr Kodesh is now Live streaming a Saturday morning Shabbat service!  (Attendance is strictly limited and by invitation only.)

To access the Livestream, go to:

Our facility otherwise remains closed until Sunday, August 30.

An Evening in Conversation with Esther Safran Foer

August 19, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The program is open to the community. Registrants will be given the meeting information as soon as they pre-register.

Zoom Link: zoom link https://zoom.us/j/92499627030?pwd=ckF0V2tMMTJmcnF4Ulk2TW5OeUx3dz09

Photo credit  to Laura Ashbrook PhotographyEsther Safran Foer will be discussing her post-Holocaust memoir, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, in conversation with Sarah Hyams, on the staff of USHMM and member of Ohr Kodesh. The book speaks to the importance of Foer learning about and reclaiming her family history unspoken after the Holocaust, and how that knowledge informs the life she chooses to live today.

Esther Safran Foer photo credit to Laura Ashbrook Photography

3GDC, Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors is co-sponsoring this event. 

For more information, contact: elow [dot] mintz [dot] ellen [at] gmail [dot] com

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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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