Religious Services

Loyal minyan goers brave the snow outside of Ohr Kodesh

Join us for any of the following traditional (egalitarian) prayer services throughout the year. Click on the category below to learn more:


Shabbat Services

Ohr Kodesh is alive with spirit on Shabbat. The sanctuary is full with people of all ages and walks of life. Click HERE for Shabbat Announcement.

Kabbalat Shabbat: time varies with candlelighting

On Friday evening, we welcome Shabbat with the weekday Minchah service, beginning about 5 minutes before candle-lighting, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and the Shabbat Ma'ariv services. When shabbat starts later than 6:30pm, services begin at 6:30pm. Check the calendar for exact times.

Shabbat Morning

8:45am during the year and 9:00 am mid-June-Aug

Our services starts with P'zukei D'zimrah and Shacharit. The Torah service typically begins around 9:45am at which time we celebrate life cycle events, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, baby namings, and aufrufs (an aliyah prior to getting married). It concludes with the Musaf service. Following the service join the congregation in the social hall for kiddush.

Shabbat minchah/Seudah Shlishit/Ma'ariv & Havdalah

Join us on Shabbat afternoon for the Minchah service, beginning at the same time as services on Friday evening, followed by a study session and light meal. We conclude Shabbat with the evening service and Havdalah. 


Daily Services

Ohr Kodesh offers services twice daily, morning (Shacharit) and evening (Minchah, when appropriate, and Ma'ariv). Men and women are counted in our minyanim. All weekday services are in the Cohen Chapel.


6:45am Monday-Friday. Sundays and the most widely-observed legal holidays: 8:45am.

Minchah & Maariv

8:00 pm Sunday - Thursday. (Note that Minchah is only recited during the summer months when sunset is after 8:00 pm.) Check the calendar for Friday and Saturday evening services times, as they adjust based on the time of sunset.


High Holidays

A variety of high holiday services are conducted throughout the synagogue.

The Main Sanctuary service is led by Rabbi Lyle Fishman.  To read Rabbi Rosenberg's sermons, please click HERE

Rabbi Rosenberg leads an engaging service in the Social Hall.  To read Rabbi Rosenberg's sermons, please click HERE

OKC President, Seth Yoskowitz speech on Rosh Hashannah please click HERE

Kol Nidre Appeal 5780 speech by Chuck Fax, please click HERE

Kol Nidre Appeal 5780 speech by Judy Hellerstein, please click HERE

Israel Bondsl 5780 speech by Eli Aronoff, please click HERE



Holiday services generally start the same time as Shabbat services, though check the calendar to be sure. Some highlights:

  • On Sukkot, our sanctuary is filled with waving lulavim and aromatic etrogim for the Hoshanot procession.
  • On Simchat Torah, everyone in the synagogue, including children, is called up for an aliyah under a huge canopy of tallitot.
  • On Purim, masks, hats, costumes and groggers abound at our noisy and joyous reading of the Megillah.
  • During the eight days of Pesach, a Torah service is held every morning.
  • We have both an adult and teen Tikkunei Leil Shavuot, where members lead and take part in a challenging all-night study session on the first night of Shavuot.
  • We recite Yizkor, the memorial service, on the last day of Pesach, on the second day of Shavuot, and on Sh'mini Atzeret in loving memory of our departed
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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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