“Mah tovu ohalekha, Ya’akov, mishkenotekha Yisrael . . . How lovely are your dwellings, Jacob, your sanctuaries Israel.  During 5779 let us enrich ourselves in our homes, shul, and schools, the centers of Jewish learning, living, and loving.

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...

EnVision To Date: A Documentation of Where we are With our EnVision OKC Campaign

Welcome to the site that documents where we are with the EnVision Campaign! This is a place to visit to learn what's going on so far. Here you will find: recaps of events large and small, images, thoughts large and small. Questions or want to get involved with managing this site? Email Deb Kerson Bilek at EnVisionOKC [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org

UPDATE 6/24/2019: 

The EnVision OKC survey is available online. The survey will be available until August 16, 2019.

From Jan-April, during the peak of the EnVision campaign, approximately 200 members of our congregation opted to engage in facilitated discussions designed to draw out reflections on our community. These discussions were held on weekends, in the evenings, at ABRS, and at ECC. 

The output of these conversations were documented, analyzed, and synthesized, resulting in the surfacing of various themes. This survey aims to (1) reflect these themes back to us, and (2) prompt us to react to these themes in a more specific, individualized way. The goal of this survey is to take the EnVision campaign one step further to understanding our hopes and preferences for our community.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts! (One respondent per survey; multiple survey responses per household is fine! Survey can be taken anonymously, or there's an option to share your name at the end if you chose).

Please note this survey may take between 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on how detailed you wish to be.


Questions: email EnVisionOKC [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org

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