Community

So much of the holiday is about what we do together: seeing old friends, building tighter networks, sharing meals, singing. The OKC community has a long and powerful history of showing up for each other in many different ways, and that's something we won't let a little pandemic stop!

 

Online Activities

Send a little bit of love this holiday season! OKC's high holiday greetings are a great way to add a personal touch and a virtual hug to someone in our community. Donations of $15 per name are requested. Submit your order here.

Now seeking your reflections and sentiments associated with the High Holidays for a community sharing experience. The possible content is limitless: A happy memory of a particular Rosh Hashanah from years past; an insight or personal reaction to a section of the liturgy; or a hope that animates your own thinking about the High Holiday season. More details...

There's nothing like a good book to transport you into the holiday season. This book list, cultivated by OKC's favorite book-ie, should provide something to inspire, inform, comfort, or offer opportunity for reflection in this season for all ages.

The Ohr Kodesh Annual Book of Remembrance provides an opportunity for individuals to honor beloved relatives, friends and other members of the congregation who are no longer with us. For more information or to submit your names, visit this site.

Shake, shake, shake... your lulav! Make sure you place your order for this Sukkot staple. Order online here...

This is a special space to discover our connection points to one another. Each day features a new topic to explore with the whole community. Learn how to get started with padlet.com and see step-by-step posting instructions, or submit your answer to one of our questions. Questions? Contact okc.connections@gmail.com.

Online Events

  • Pizza Bake in the Hut with OKUSY
    Zoom
    Oct 06, 2020, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Learn how to make your own pizza from dough in this virtual cooking class in our sukkot. Bring your expert tossing skills and favorite toppings to this online event. Register by Monday, October 5th, so we can send the Zoom link, recipe, and ingredient list to you in advance.
  • Family Date Night in the Sukkah
    Zoom
    Oct 05, 2020, 6:15 PM EDT
    Zoom
    Let's build community by dining together virtually.
  • Virtual Wine Tasting with Covenant Wines
    Zoom
    Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Zoom
    Founding winemaker/owner of Covenant Wines, Jeff Morgan, will tempt your taste buds and inspire your holiday season with a lesson on wine tasting and a discount that supports your wallet and OKC's bottom line.
  • OKC HiHo Town Hall
    Zoom
    Sep 10, 2020, 7:15 PM
    Zoom
    Questions about Ohr Kodesh High Holiday services, tickets, and activities? Join us for a special OKC Town Hall Meeting! Register to receive the Zoom link.
  • Lunch & Chat: Bees & Honey
    Zoom
    Sep 10, 2020, 11:00 AM
    Zoom
    Confessions of a Bethesda Beekeeper: Why I have half a million stinging insects on my back deck - and a few thousand more in my kitchen. Come hear the buzz from the Montgomery County Bee Keepers Association's Phil Frank in a discussion focused on the current state of bees and honey.
  • Brisket and Babka: A Cooking Demo with Paula Shoyer
    Zoom
    Sep 07, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Zoom
    On the menu: Ratatouille Brisket and Honey Cake Babka. What else would you want for Rosh Hashanah?
  • Day 1 of #30DaysOfLearning
    Your Inbox
    Aug 20, 2020, 8:00 AM
    Your Inbox
    Stand by for the very first day of our Elul learning project! Check your inbox for today's learning video or visit the "Study" section of this site.
  • HiHo Launch Party!
    Zoom
    Aug 17, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Zoom
    Let's take some time to acknowledge that this year is different, and then celebrate what we can create when we all put our minds to it!
 

In Person Activities

Our annual Social Action event in partnership with the Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) prepares 200 festive baskets of food, wine, and ritual items for those in need to help brighten their holiday. More details here...

The plight of the homeless and hungry is always before us – and the High Holidays provide an opportune time for us to try to address that. We call upon all who are able to bring items of non-perishable food to drop off at Ohr Kodesh anytime during the month of September. More details here...

In-Person Events

  • Teen Tashlich Bike Ride
    Ray’s Meadow Local Park
    Sep 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Ray’s Meadow Local Park, 2901 E W Hwy, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
    Take a bike ride (or walk) with OKUSY. Bring your bike or best walking shoes as we make our way to the creek for a Tashlich service. After Tashlich, we will head back to OKC for socially distant ice cream and hang out time. Maximum 10 bikers + 10 walkers.
  • HiHo Gift Bag Pick-up #3
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation
    Sep 07, 2020, 3:00 PM – 6:45 PM
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
    We've got a special High Holiday Gift Bag with your name on it, and we'd love for you to drive by and pick it up.
  • Apple Picking
    Butler's Orchard
    Sep 06, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876, USA
    Braeburn? Golden Delicious? Jonah Gold? Join us for an outdoor family activity and go home with as many apples as you can carry!
  • HiHo Gift Bag Pick-up #2
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation
    Sep 06, 2020, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
    We've got a special High Holiday Gift Bag with your name on it, and we'd love for you to drive by and pick it up.
  • HiHo Gift Bag Pick-up #1
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation
    Sep 04, 2020, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
    We've got a special High Holiday Gift Bag with your name on it, and we'd love for you to drive by and pick it up.
 

FOOD!

We didn't start off with a food section, but really, who would we even be without attention to the taste buds??

During the month of September, OKC will receive 15% of all purchases from Covenant Wines. Use the promo code "KODESH" at checkout.

Not sure which wines to buy? Sample some with this fun wine tasting event!

In partnership with KOL Foods, OKC members will get a special 10% discount on meats and other fine foods between not and Simchat Torah. Order by September 11th for delivery to Ohr Kodesh between 5:30-7 pm on the 15th (pay only $5 shipping!) or order anytime and have it sent directly to your home (you pay shipping). Use the promo code: "OKCHIHO" at checkout.   

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With special thanks to OKCer Adina Alpert for her creativity... l'chaim!

Project Tzimmes has been completed! With deep gratitude to Josh Wilkenfeld, we’ve collected recipes and remembrances from the Ohr Kodesh community. Sample a new flavor, get to know a special story, and enjoy the richness of our beautiful synagogue.

  • Pizza Bake in the Hut with OKUSY
    Zoom
    Oct 06, 2020, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Learn how to make your own pizza from dough in this virtual cooking class in our sukkot. Bring your expert tossing skills and favorite toppings to this online event. Register by Monday, October 5th, so we can send the Zoom link, recipe, and ingredient list to you in advance.
  • Apple Picking (2nd date!)
    Homestead Farms
    Sep 18, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Homestead Farms, 15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837, USA
    Braeburn? Golden Delicious? Jonah Gold? Join us for an outdoor family activity and go home with as many apples as you can carry!
  • Virtual Wine Tasting with Covenant Wines
    Zoom
    Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Zoom
    Founding winemaker/owner of Covenant Wines, Jeff Morgan, will tempt your taste buds and inspire your holiday season with a lesson on wine tasting and a discount that supports your wallet and OKC's bottom line.
  • Brisket and Babka: A Cooking Demo with Paula Shoyer
    Zoom
    Sep 07, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Zoom
    On the menu: Ratatouille Brisket and Honey Cake Babka. What else would you want for Rosh Hashanah?
  • Apple Picking
    Butler's Orchard
    Sep 06, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876, USA
    Braeburn? Golden Delicious? Jonah Gold? Join us for an outdoor family activity and go home with as many apples as you can carry!
  • Covenant Wine Sale & Fundraiser Begins
    https://covenantwines.com/shop/
    Sep 01, 2020, 12:00 AM
    https://covenantwines.com/shop/
    Visit https://covenantwines.com/shop/ to purchase your all of your HiHo wine. During the month of September, OKC will receive 15% of all purchases. Use the promo code "KODESH" at checkout.