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Ohr Kodesh Salzberg Library Book Giveaway                                    August 23 - September 11, 2022        OKC Lobby
Books in the giveaway are available on a first come, first served basis and are free to all! All the books are in good condition.  
Need more information? Contact Brenda Sislen Bergstein

Havdalah Mishmar: Welcoming Elul with light, with song, and with hope
Saturday, August 27, 2022                    7:15 pm                                                       Chapel 

Minchah followed by special learning led by Rabbi Helfand on Psalm 27 and singing led by Cantor Labovitz. We’ll conclude Shabbat at 8:27 pm with Havdalah, more singing, and sounding the first shofar of the season.


The Campaign to Cancel Kol Nidre w/ Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz  Mondays, August 29, and September 12, 19, 2022      8:15 PM                    Zoom

Kol Nidre, the crown-jewel of the High Holy Day season that ushers in Yom Kippur, has not been as beloved throughout history as contemporary Jews might think. In the mid-19th century, there was a concerted campaign to excise it from the Ashkenazi/Eastern European liturgy. Why? And if so, why does it remain such a prominent moment of our High Holy Days? Once we’ve identified the problems of this text, how can we, today, reconcile this ancient text with our modern-day experience? While each session is independent, please join Cantor Labovitz for the entire series. 

Biblical Hebrew and Grammar with Rabbi Fishman
Wednesdays, beginning on August 31,2022           11:45 AM                           Zoom   
Rabbi Fishman’s weekly, ongoing, Biblical Hebrew and Grammar class will be focusing on the Book of Jonah, traditionally read at minchah (the afternoon service) of Yom Kippur. Whether you are a continuing member of the group, or joining for this session, this is an opportunity to explore a fascinating text with an amazing teacher in preparation for Yom Kippur

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Entering the High Holidays with Ohr Kodesh: Hazak Class led by Rabbi Corey Helfand                                                                                                             Thursdays, September 8,15,22, and 29                            11:00 AM                  Zoom  How our ancestors shape the New Year Experience.  Join us on Thursday mornings in the month of Elul to learn about how the key Biblical figures inform how we prepare to change for the year ahead.  

  •  September 8: Sarah and Hagar
  • September 15: Abraham and Isaac
  • September 22: Aaron and the Priests
  • September 29: Jonah

Niggunim Circles, led by Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz
September 8, 17 (preceding Selichot), 22, and October 3, 2022   8 PM Chapel

For many centuries, Jews have come together to sing in the community. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov would say, “We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we talk.” Participating in a Niggun Circle is an exercise in listening and finding our place in aural and physical community. Because a niggun has no words but is merely chanted using syllables, it is a beautifully accessible way in for anyone of any Jewish age, stage, and experience. Repetitive melodies embellished with spontaneous harmonies and impromptu percussion make this non-performative music accessible to all. Join your voice to the chorus as we share stories and melodies of the High Holy Day season, from our tradition and from wider international Jewish traditions as well. 

The Shabbatot of Elul: A 4-part workout to help you Sacredly Connect
Shabbatot, September 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2022             12:00 PM                  Chapel  

Join Rabbi Helfand and Rabbi Glazer on four Shabbat mornings after kiddush, at 12:45 pm in the chapel, as we prepare to #Reconnect5783.

  • Session 1-Who is the God you pray to? With Rabbi Helfand
  • Session 2-Being a Jew in a broader interfaith community with Rabbi Glazer
  • Session 3-Women and Shofar: What it means to fulfill our own obligation while helping others do the same? With Rabbi Helfand
  • Session 4: The Day After Yom Kippur with Rabbi Helfand

Hadar DC High Holiday Lecture with Rabbi Avi Strausberg
The Days of Awe and Fear                                                                                                   
Sunday, September 11, 2022                   10:30 AM              Co-Sponsored by OKC

Breakfast will be served. The days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are filled with fear. But as we cultivate this stance of trembling before God, fearful of God’s awesome power and what the year may bring, we are challenged to reflect on the place of fear in our lives. 

At the Hadar DC High Holiday Lecture, we'll turn to Torah to explore: How is cultivating a posture of fear in our lives helpful? How might it be harmful? What is the correct place of fear in our lives?

Register Here

Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington’s Unity Walk 
Sunday, September 11, 2022          1:30 - 6:15 PM              Co-Sponsored by OKC

Join Ohr Kodesh for the Annual Unity walk organized by the Interfaith Council. The walk is a public demonstration of love and support for all who live in our region. Walk with participants of all ages to visit different houses of worship and spiritual centers in upper Northwest DC to learn about and experience diverse faith traditions. To attend please register here (Link to registration). The program begins with a dessert reception, resource fair, and a performance by The Wild Anacostias, the program continues with visits to the diverse houses of worship along Massachusetts Ave. with tours, dialogues, comedy, and music.  Specific programming for teens is part of the afternoon.

Register Here

Evening Book Club: The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty                          Thursday, September 15, 2022            8:30 PM                                                       Zoom

The discussion of The Cooking Gene, and all other OK Evening Book Group conversations, are open to members or others in community. By registering on the OKC website, you will receive the Zoom link for this program. Michael Twitty's His latest, Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of An African American Jew, was just released.

The Jewish Book Council is among the sponsors for a free Zoom event about Koshersoul with Michael Twitty and chef and cookbook author Adeena Sussman at 12:30 pm on September 15 Here

Rosh Hashanah Fest                                                                                                             Sunday, September 18, 2022            11:00 AM-1:00 PM          Back Tent & Patio 

Get ready for 5783 with your Ohr Kodesh family! This family-friendly event will include art and music, a social action project, and opportunities to spiritually prepare for the new Jewish year. Bring a picnic lunch; desserts will be served.  

Register Here

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782