“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...

Pesach Happenings - Service times, Mechirat Chametz, Yizkor and Maot Chittim

Pesach week! Ohr Kodesh has resources for your seder, service times, Mechirat Chametz, Yizkor and Maot Chittim information.  


Friday, April 19 - Erev Pesach
6:45 am - Morning Minyan followed by Siyyum for First-Born
8:00 am - Breakfast
10:52 am - Last time to eat Chametz
12:00 pm - Last time to Burn Chametz
5:00 pm - Minchah Only
7:31 pm - Candle Lighting

Saturday, April 20 - Pesach
9:00 am - Shabbat & Pesach Services
9:30 am - Babysitting
10:30 am - Kehilat Tefillah
10:30 am - Torah Tots
10:30 am - Mini Minyan
5:00 pm - Minchah Only
8:34 pm - Candle Lighting

Sunday, April 21
9:00 am - Services
9:30 am - Babysitting
10:30 am - Mini Minyan
7:30 pm - Minchah /Arvit
8:36 pm - Havdalah

Yom HaShoah 5779: The Holocaust, Voices from the Past: Croatia

April 24, 2019 - 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Yom HaShoah 5779

The Holocaust,Voices from the Past:  Croatia

Family of Theodora Klayman

 Cohen Chapel

following the conclusion of  Evening Minyan


Facilitator: Thomas Klein

Dora Klayman’s family lived in mainly in Zagreb, Croatia, part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the interwar years.  Following a contentious debate, Yugoslavia joined the Axis powers on March 25, 1941.  Two days later, a Serbian-led coup established a new government which denounced this agreement.  On April 6th, the German army, along with troops from Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria, invaded and overran Yugoslavia in just eleven days.  The Axis powers then partitioned the country, exploiting ethnic tensions to dissipate possible opposition.

Croatia became an independent state under the rule of a local fascist party, the Ustasa, which immediately turned on its Serbian Orthodox population (the Croats were largely Roman Catholic), killing nearly 340,000 people in just over a year.  Simultaneously the Croatian authorities focused on its Jewish population (about 32,000), incarcerating about 20,000 in local concentration camps where most died.  A further 7,000 Jews were transported to Auschwitz.  The Croatian Government also killed its entire Roma (Gypsy) population of about 25,000.

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