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Advocate for the Release of Hostages from Hamas

We will gather in front of the Red Cross Headquarters to advocate for the release of hostages, every Sunday at 10:30 am until the hostages are freed. Please bring photos of the hostages, Israeli flags, and bells.

Kesher: Nir Oz

Ohr Kodesh is proud to announce a new initiative called Kesher: Nir Oz.
Kesher: Nir Oz is a project of Ohr Kodesh, Beth El, B'nai Israel and MoEd to support Kibbutz Nir Oz, a community that was devastated by the Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023.  The program will harness the resources of the dedicated and caring congregations of these synagogues to provide tangible support to this devastated Israeli community.  More than 10% of Kibbutz Nir Oz’s residents were murdered on October 7—46 killed out of 400 residents—with another 71 residents taken hostage with 31 still in captivity. More than 80% of the kibbutz was destroyed and the remainder is currently uninhabitable. If you would like to learn more, please email Amit Natanzon.

Resources for Talking to Children About What’s Happening in Israel

There are scary stories in the news right now, and children of different ages (and all individual children) benefit from different styles of communication.  Here are resources for preparing for tough conversations at home:

How to talk to kids about what is happening in Israel right now
Written by Dr. Sivan Zakai, an educator who focuses on Israel and on child development.
Provides scripts for parents and other adult caregivers to talk about the current unprecedented events with children of different ages.

Terrorism and War: How to Talk to Children
From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Provides guidelines for healthy conversations about traumatic events.

Israel at War – Fact Sheet
From the Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University.
A short summary of key elements of the conflict; consolidated definitions useful for planning talking points.

Current Events, Hebrew Table & Cultural Arts

Learning and being informed about the Jewish state is an important value of the Ohr Kodesh community.

Israel programming at OKC ranges from current events to the political, cultural and social aspects of Israel.

Join us for Conversational Hebrew to learn how to speak like an Israeli, for the Israel Table to stay up to date with currents events, for Israeli Movie Nights to experience different artistic, cultural and historical views, or for Elu Va’Elu to connect with Israelis and discuss our Jewish identities.

Check out current programs 

For more information about Israel programming and to get involved, contact OKC Shilcha (Israeli emissary), Laila Akselrad at

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784