“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...


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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...

A Path Forward: Pittsburgh Torah Cover Weekend - Register for Congregational Dinner Now!

January 24, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

A Path Forward: Community Responses to Hate
Featuring the Tree of Life Synagogue Torah Cover

Join us for all or part of this amazing weekend, inspired by an artistic response to the horrible tragedy of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the Shabbat morning of October 27, 2018.

Ohr Kodesh will be the only area synagogue to be hosting the commissioned Pittsburgh Torah Cover as it travels across the country as an inspiration to communities to come together for introspection and programming to consider how to best counteract hate.  This beautiful Torah cover was commissioned by the Cantors Assembly of America as a way of giving back to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and to honor its religious leaders, including Rabbi Hazzan Jeffery Myers of Tree of Life Synagogue, who is also a member of the Cantors Assembly.

Jeanette Kuvin Oren, the artist who designed this new Torah cover, also designed the Torah covers for Tree of Life back in 2007. Ms. Oren is also a former member of Ohr Kodesh.

Sponsored by the Ohr Kodesh Response-To-Hate task force, part of our goal for this weekend is community-building – to engage our local Jewish and non-Jewish community partners, as well as our elected officials, in meaningful dialogue.

The weekend will contain four distinct events:

Registration is NOW OPEN for Oasis: OKC's 2nd Annual Women's Getaway

Join us as we gather again during OKC's second annual women's getaway! Our theme this year is Oasis. We will be honoring our time together during an all-day event in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 15th. We look forward to coming together to renew, recharge and reconnect.

Click Ad to Register. Registration deadline, January 31, 2020

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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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