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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

April 21, 2021 | 9 Iyyar 5781 - אייר
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:57 pm | Havdalah 8:46 pm
Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim 5781 | פרשת אַחֲרֵי מוֹת־קְדשִׁים

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

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 @

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, April 27 (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).

11:00 am Wednesday, April 28 | Yom Ha'atzmaut | Celebrate Israel's 73rd Birthday
Join us for a celebration of Israel's 73rd Birthday together with the distinguished panel of rabbis below.
Click the graphic for complete information -- or here to RSVP

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 Saturday, 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

What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, May 5 | 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.

Modern Hebrew 101 for Adults
11:00 am Mondays (May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21) | From the comfort of your living room join Tziona Zalkow, Or Hadash member and master Hebrew teacher, to bring Hebrew to life! If you are familiar with Hebrew from synagogue but have never really ventured into conversational Hebrew, this is the class for you. We will learn practical vocabulary, explore the basics of grammar, and practice speaking and hearing this beautiful living language. This series is free with your RSVP! Questions? Email Tziona ( and Amy (

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Monday, May 10 (the link is password protected) | 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.


Youth and Education Programming

If you have questions about registration, please email Dr. Amy |

Click here to see what's up!
Join us as we continue to help spark Jewish love and curiosity in the next generation.

Machon Hadash Calendar 2020-2021

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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.

Shinshinim Yom Ha'Atzmaut Family Celebration: 3:30 pm Sunday, April 25 @ Temple Emanu-El
The whole family will love this drive-thru celebration with Israeli music, delicious Israeli food, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut activities! Click here to sign up for a time slot.


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:

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 21 - 27

Robyn Salzberg
Lynn Epstein

Joab Eichenberg-Eilon
Elizabeth Appley

Hallie Schiff
Carolyn Lippman
Renee Hoelting
Mark Murovitz

Mark Cohen

Stuart Brooker

Hallie Schapiro
Margo Edlin
Searle Videlefsky
N. Sandy Epstein
Richard Franco

Rochelle Mucha
Eli Franco
Carmi Nemhauser
Emily Perling

Yahrzeits | April 24 - 30

Marvin J. Lalli, Father of Howard Lalli

Isaac Kurgan, Father of Ada Gelb and Grandfather of Mia Kurgan Atkins
Herschel Harry Katz, Grandfather of Erica Bloom

Michael Craig Movsovitz, First Husband of Lori Edlin

Harold R. Gelb, Father-in-law of Ada Gelb
Kalman Hesselsohn, Father of Lola Sliom
Sol Eisenband, Father of Robert Eisenband

Tillie Sachs, Mother of Barbara Sachs

Ivan Videlefsky
, Brother of Searle Videlefsky

Isaac Strauss, Father of Renee Lebowitz
Frances Friedman, Mother of Douglas Friedman
Margaret Weiller, Mother of Margo Edlin
Felix Rosenzweig, Father of Michael Rosenzweig


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 13 - 19

Adult Education
In Memory of Rae Friedman
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

For the complete and speedy recovery of Gene Rubel
Ellen and Sam Banov

Building Fund
In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Melinda and Steven Wertheim

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Luis Fajnwak
The Chesed Committee

In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Robin Lewis
Sherry Frank
Sheila and Michael Dalmat
Abby Friedman and Harry Heiman
Stacey Hader Epstein and David Epstein

Education and Youth Program Fund
For the complete and speedy recovery of Gene Rubel
Arlene and Harvey Brightman

General Fund
In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Susan and Marc Backer
Deborah and David Woodsfellow

In Honor of the the wedding anniversay of
Rae-ann and Scott Allen
Angela Habeeb-Ajao

In Memory of Luis Fajnwaks
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

In Memory of Ronald Schneiderman
Susan and Richard Miller

Kiddush Fund
In Honor of the birth of Elise Jade Marcus
Elaine and Jerome Blumenthal

Music Fund
In Memory of Martin Epstein
Anne and John Jeffres

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Ruth Berman and Marion Berman
Hanora Rosen and Edward Berman

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

Jewish Grandparents Network Gatherings (Sunday 4/25, 5/2) RSVP
Shinshinim Yom Ha'Atzmaut Family Celebration @ Temple Emanu-El | 3:30 pm Sunday, April 25 (RSVP)
Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh | 12:00 pm Friday, May 7 (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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