“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...


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...

OKC Building Closure Update

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, OKC continues to offer a multiplicity of virtual activities! To see what we have to offer..

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This includes a daily AM/Shacharit service with Kaddish (7:15 AM Mon. thru Fri.; 9:00 AM Sunday), a daily afternoon/Minchah service with Kaddish (6:45 PM Sun. thru Th.; 5:45 PM Friday) & a nightly community check-in with Kaddish (8 PM Sun. thru Thursday; Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM Friday night, and for July, a Community Check-in at 9:30 PM on Saturday night.

Ohr Kodesh is now Live streaming a Saturday morning Shabbat service!  (Attendance is strictly limited and by invitation only.)

To access the Livestream, go to:

Our facility otherwise remains closed until Sunday, August 30.

Virtual Israel Tour

July 20, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

JNF Tour: Off the Beaten Track tour of Israel LIVE from Your Living Room

Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, 4:00-5:30 PM

Attend via Zoom. Link will be sent when registered.

Join a "busload" of participants from Ohr Kodesh and experience biblical and modern Israel from the comfort of your own home. For one week, join us one hour a day for live touring of Israel. After a short break, log back in for dinner/cocktail hour to discuss our adventure of the day. Friday will feature a one hour pre Shabbat experience. All monies received by JNF will be given to the out of work tour guides. 

Contact hnetser [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org (Hagar Netser) or spl [at] lenlef [dot] com (Saradona Lefkowitz) for more information and to join a virtual group from OKC.

Cost: $50. Registration fee per Zoom spot includes a week of touring. Number of participants is limited.

Our New Rabbi Needs You!

As the Rabbinic Search Committee is gathering information to help us identify and recruit our new Rabbi, we're counting on your voice to help us know what to look for in Ohr Kodesh's next leader.


Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey and tell us:

  • What you want from an educator, a pastor, and a congregational visionary
  • How our new Rabbi should relate to and communicate about Israel
  • What role our Rabbi should take in welcoming marginalized populations into our congregational family
  • What sermons should include-and exclude-on a regular basis

Please complete the survey by July 12; your input will help us find the right Rabbi for the next chapter of our shul's history.

To access the survey please click HERE

Rabbi Search Committee
Questions? Contact co-chairs Kim Price and Gary Libbin at Rabbisearch [at] ohrkodesh [dot] org.

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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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