“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...

In Residence....Storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff

Presenting Shabbat programs Friday and Saturday Nov 1-2
Storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff will weave Jewish stories and facilitate storytelling workshops for our congregation. Jennifer will blend Torah, Midrash and her original interpretations of ancient and modern texts, guiding us as we find our place in the Jewish story. 

Friday evening, November 1
Jennifer will join the teen Friday Night Lights for a fun and creative evening of storytelling at the Zimmet residence. Please RSVP here

Shabbat morning, November 2
Jennifer will present the Shabbat morning Dvar Torah and will also be sharing stories with Kehilat Tefilah (3rd-7th Gr). Get ready to be mesmerized!

Join us for an Adult Night Out at Ohr Kodesh!

Saturday Night, November 2 at 7:30 PM
Havdalah, mini performance, workshop
Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff will treat us to an illuminating performance of her stories and poems.Afterward, a wine, cheese and dessert reception will lead us into an evening of community, laughter, and story sharing

$15 by advance registration at http://ohrkodesh.org/storyteller. $18 at the door.


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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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

Email: executivedirector@

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