Engage in this year’s learning theme: Kol nediv libo, contributing as your heart moves you. Let’s explore together how each person’s volunteer effort helps us build a stronger community.

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...

Annual Chaim & Ella Stern Memorial Lecture

April 21, 2018 - 10:50am - 11:10am

Purity of Arms –The Dilemma of Using
Power in a Sovereign Jewish State

presented by

Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom



Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom is the Founder and President of Beit Morasha and one of the leading proponents of Jewish inclusivity and moderation in the world today. He is the founding Chairman of the Joint Conversion Institute and of the Israel Institute for Conversion Policy, and Chairman of the Ministry of Education Committee for Jewish Heritage Education. Recipient of the prestigious Avi Chai Prize for Leadership in Promoting Jewish Unity, Professor Ish-Shalom has served on the faculties of Hebrew University, Yeshiva University, and the Technion, and is currently on the faculties of Bar Ilan University and Beren College. Professor Ish- Shalom is married and the proud father of six sons.

Following the Shabbat morning service, all are invited to participate in the congregational kiddush, generously sponsored by Mel Stern & Merna Wagshal-Stern.

For additional information, please contact the Ohr Kodesh office at 301-589-3880.

The Anne F. and Julius Schlezinger Memorial Law Day Lecture

April 28, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Sexual Harassment

presented by

Rabbi Aviva Richman


Rabbi Aviva Richman is a faculty member at the Hadar Institute in Manhattan, and a doctoral candidate in rabbinics at New York University as a Wexner Fellow.  She was also a fellow at the Cardozo Center for Jewish Law.

She has taught at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and has been an invited scholar at Limmud in the UK, New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, and is a past Rosh Kollel of the Bet Midrash at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. 

She studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars' Circle and received private ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes. 

Particular interests include Halakhah, and gender and sexuality in Judaism.

Gala 2018 featuring The Capitol Steps - Register Now!

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About The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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