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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

April 14, 2021 | 2 Iyyar 5781 - אייר
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:51 pm | Havdalah 8:40 pm
Parashat Tazria-Metzora 5781 | פרשת תַזְרִיעַ־מְּצֹרָע

Spiritual Leader:
Rabbi Lauren Henderson


In the Week Ahead

The office is open so long as it is safe for the staff to be here.
We have made plans for remote access if we need to work from home.
Or Hadash will continue to Zoom all services, classes, life-cycle events,
and meetings for the foreseeable future. We will be guided by advice from the CDC, NIH
and other science and health experts for when it will be safe to change these plans. 

We are here to answer your questions

Gail Duner, President
Jason Parker, Interim Executive Director
Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Counting the Omer and Community Reflections

Congregational Highlights
Ongoing Programming Open to the Public and linked on Homepage:
Shabbat Services | Tuesday Minyan | Torah in the Woods | Sunday Minyan


Yom HaZikaron | Israel Celebrates her 73rd Year

6:30 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | A COH Havdalah Ceremony. Click here for complete details.

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, April 20 (follows Minyan)
If you’ve ever sat in services and wished that you could better understand just one prayer at a time before moving onto the next one, this class is for you! Led by Rabbi Lauren, we’ll gather on Zoom to journey prayer-by-prayer through the morning service, looking at just one prayer a week (and occasionally, over multiple weeks). No Hebrew knowledge or prayer expertise required... just bring your questions, curiosity, and a siddur/prayerbook if you have one (we’ll also be sharing text on screen for those who don’t have a siddur at home).

What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, April 21 | Join Rabbi Mario Karpuj on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, from Israel! This formally onsite event is now being conducted via Zoom platform continuing the same informal, and always lively, discussion about current events happening in and about Israel. The Zoom connection will be on our website's homepage along with any study materials provided.

COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, April 21 | View Schedule and Book Selections
This season, our book club members have chosen their own books. All meetings will be conducted via Zoom platform (homepage link requires passcode) and airs monthly on the second Wednesday (unless otherwise noted). For additional information about this club, please contact Cheryl Hecht @

Daytime Book Club
1:30 pm Wednesday, April 28 | 'Lite' reading, perfect for anyone home during the day who loves to read, talk, and share a laugh or two. All members are invited to join... walk-ins (Zoom-ins) are welcomed. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants on Zoom platform. For more information about this book club, contact Harriet Kaminsky ( or Hanora Rosen ( Review this month's selection. Homepage link requires passcode.

Yoga in the Courtyard
2:00 pm Sunday, May 1 and 8 | COH member, Rachel Herman will lead an in-person Yoga session in the courtyard. Space will be limited to 20 guests. Participants are asked to bring your mask, mat, towel, and water bottle. Click a date to RSVP: May 1 ||| May 8


Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Monday, May 10 (the link requires passcode) | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited! Begin the month of Sivan with us! Join our Rosh Chodesh Meeting. If you would like more information about Or Nashim, please reach out to Anne Greenbaum ( or Rachel Herman (

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm (April 6, 13, 25, May 4) and Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm (April 21, 28, May 5, 12)





ScholarStream returns with new programming Tuesdays @ 1-PM, from Schecter Institutes: From Sorrow to Joy--The Spring Holidays. Also, a collaborative series Wednesdays @ 8-PM, by JTS, the RA, the Schechter Institutes and Ziegler will re-examining some of Zionism’s key ideas, moments, and challenges, from its earliest origins and into the 21st century. Follow-up discussion group sessions will be led by Peggy Freedman (no passcode required--look for the dates in the calendar lineup). Sign up individually for each session that you plan to attend. The deadline to register for a given ScholarStream session is 11-AM ET on the morning of the sessionBypass the registration fee, by using this case-sensitive coupon code: SandyApr21Click here for complete information and to register.

ShinshiNews Ha'aretz with Yuval Lapidoth

Hello! My name is Yuval and I am the new Shinshin!
I am excited to be here, eager to meet you (hopefully in person as soon as possible), and proud to announce a new corner in e-Hadashot: ShinshiNews Ha'aretz! Regularly, a new edition about Israeli life, culture, politics, initiatives, and more will be released with e-Hadashot, and you are invited to a journey of wondering, asking, and understanding what's happening in Israel and how we all take a part in it.

Read this week's ShinshiNews | Next Week!! !!

If you have any questions or requests for next week's ShinshiNews Ha'aretz (or in general) you are more than welcomed to email me:



Youth and Education Programming

Machon Hadash virtual classes are live and in session!
All registered students will receive their schedule of electives and Hebrew in the next 24 hours.
If you have questions about registration, please email Dr. Amy at

Machon Hadash Calendar 2020-2021

Registration is Ongoing
We are building a flexible, fun, wildly creative education program for your children this year. We will meet virtually, in the great outdoors, and eventually b’ezrat Hashem/with the help of G-d, in our beautiful building. Join us for a year like no other, and help spark Jewish love and curiosity in the next generation.

Mahon Hadash FAQs
As we embark upon an unusual year of learning, we are committed to keeping you informed about our plans. Whether your questions are about educational philosophy or logistics, we've got an answer! Click here for a listing of frequently asked questions.

Contact Dr. Amy to start receiving Machon Hadash Newsletter

Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
(Support our Kids! Active links point to B'nai Mitzvah Projects)
5/8 (at Home) Jake Shulman
5/15 Hannah Higgins
8/21 Molly Buchalter

What's your passion?
(Click logo or contact Scott Allen
for more information.)

Birthdays | April 14 - 20

Noah Brooker
Lauren Cohn
Rachel Cohn

Joshua Layton
Ronette Throne

Frank Berkowitz
Sandra Kaufman
Frances Schleicher

Emma Kupor
Sharon Estroff
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell

Reese Weinberg
Jeffrey Levine
Cheryl Simonoff

Sheila Dalmat
Joseph Higgins
Phillip Rubin

Rachel Berenthal
Bradley Ivers
Benjamin Reich
Simon Tourial

Yahrzeits | April 17 - 23

Rita Miller, Mother of Mindy Weinberg
Martin Epstein, Father of Anne Jeffres
Gerald Green, Father of Debra Adler
Martin Epstein, Husband of Lucille Epstein

Bernard Soberman, Father of Cheryl Simonoff
Bernardo Blum, Grandfather of Henry Blum

Stephanie Cohen, Mother of Miriam Salpeter
Deborah Scheinberg Ritz, Mother of Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein
Howard Abrams, Grandfather of Derek Atkins

Lester Taubman, Father of Suzan Perlstein

Fred Victor Bolonkin
, Uncle of Jennifer Meyerowitz
Walter Felcher, Father of Leslie Wachter

Pierre Rueff, Father of Fred Rueff
Roselyn Kessler, Mother of Bonnie Kessler


Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in the sanctuary.
Click here to find out how to purchase a Memorial Brick for your loved one.
How will you assure Jewish tomorrows? Click here to learn about LIFE & LEGACY.

April 6 - 12

Chesed Fund
In Honor of the anniversary of Annette and Ted Marcus
Evelyn Sacks

In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Gail and Bruce Duner

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Honor of Susan Blum's 50th Birthday
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

General Fund
In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Angela Habeeb-Ajao

Music Fund
In Honor of all April Birthdays
In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
In Honor of Jennifer and Jason Parker
Denise Fields Lee

Rabbi Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Edith Payne
Deborah Payne

Click here to honor or memorialize a loved one
with your tax-deductible donation to Congregation Or Hadash.


Jewish Atlanta

Click the links below to read what's happening within our community and the Greater Atlanta area.
Stay updated on community involvement during the days of COVID-19 with

RosenWald, A panel Discussion on the film (Showings 4/11-14)-Discussion April 15 RSVP
The Weber School: Havinawalk, fundraiser in support of PAL (4/18-RSVP)
Re-Discovering the Land of Israel: Free Virtual Tour Sundays: 4/25, 5/23, 6/6 & 6/27 (RSVP)
JScreen | Genetic Testing Just Got Easy (Testing discount code available)
JELF [Jewish Educational Loan Fund] Register for fall and spring/summer semester(s)
Etgar 36 -- Back on the Road for Summer Journeys (seats available)!
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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