Youth Services & Shabbat Groups

Shabbat Children & Youth Services

We have a number of Shabbat programs designed especially for our younger members.

Shabbat Groups

Ohr Kodesh provides Shabbat programs to give children a positive Shabbat experience, and to allow parents to participate fully in Shabbat services.

Four groups meet on most Shabbatot during the school year:

Pre-Shul (ages 18 months to 3 years old) - (Room 7)
Mini-Minyan (age 4 through Grade 1) (Room 4)
K’tongregation (2nd through 4th Grade) (Room 3)
Junior Congregation (5th through 7th grade) (Room 2)

Shabbat groups start at 10:30 a.m. and last until approximately 11:45 a.m. All groups are run by trained teen or young adult leaders  who conduct an age-appropriate Shabbat service that includes stories, games, and parashah discussions. Shabbat Group resources such as books, songsheets, games, and  provided for teen leaders to use during group time. Snacks are also provided.

Youth Services (Shabbat Groups) also meet on selected holidays such as: Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Passover, and the second day of Shavuot.

On holidays and during the summer, the groups are combined into Pre-Shul/Mini-Minyan (Room 4) and K'tongregation/Junior Congregation (Room 3).


Each month, we offer a special Tot Shabbat Service and Shabbat Dinner for young children and their families. Beginning at 5:45 pm, this lively service includes singing Shabbat songs, some prayers and an interactive Shabbat story. An optional family-friendly Shabbat dinner follows at approximately 6:30 pm,

Rabbi Fishman, Cantor Gerber, Rachel Lang and Joanie Smeltz (director of our Early Childhood Center) lead this fun and meaningful evening.

Click HERE for Upcoming Tot Shabbats


Torah Tots

(10:30 AM) Led by Rachel Lang, we offer a lively service one Shabbat a month for young children and their parents/guardians. There are songs, interactive prayers, movement, and games. 

Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

Email: executivedirector@

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