“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 has gone virtual! 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/Mincha service with Kaddish (6:45PM Sun. thru Th.; 5:45PM Friday) & a nightly community check-in with Kaddish (8 PM Sun. thru Th.; and welcoming Shabbat 6PM Fri.) 

Pre-Shavuot Programming

  • Thursday, May 28 (4:00-5:00 pm): Study Session with Glenn Farber: Reading Ezekiel's Mystical Description of the Chariot - Why? And Why Not? 

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sc-uqrjwjG9x78d-ls7X946PxR5fjcCNX

  • Thursday, May 28 (4:00-5:00 pm):  Teen Tikkun led by Bonnie Prissman.


Zoom Password: 228702

Cantor's Concert: Blue Suede Jews (Virtual) Concert!

May 31, 2020 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Cantor's Concert: Blue Suede Jews (Virtual) Concert! Jewish Composers of the Brill Building, with the Cantors Assembly Seaboard Region

The Brill Building at 1619 Broadway on 49th street was, for decades, the hub of popular music composition in America. Great composers, lyricists, music producers held offices and studios there, and collaborated in musical pursuits. Jewish composers of that time and place -- Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander and Fredd Ebb, Carole King, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, Neil Sedaka, and others -- have songs that reverberate for us to this day.

Celebrate Summer Ice Cream Truck This Sunday

All participants must stay in their cars and those old enough must wear face masks. All staff will be wearing masks, gloves and will be practicing social distancing. For the health and safety of our community we ask that you follow these guidelines. 

Any questions? Contact Rachel Evenson at revenson [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org

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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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