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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

April 7, 2021 | 25 Nisan 5781 - ניסן
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:46 pm | Havdalah 8:35 pm
Parashat Shmini 5781 | פרשת שְּׁמִינִי

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


Reflections on the Omer
Saturday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm | Join us for a powerful concert with Rabbis Lauren Henderson, Ariel Wolpe, Ari Kaiman, and Sam Blustin. A virtual evening of song, mindfulness, and learning on Sefirat haOmer, the counting of the days from Pesach to Shavuot. Please bring your own supplies for a communal havdalah! Click here to register. (Click the graphic for an enlarged image!)

Yom HaShoah 56th Annual Community-Wide Holocaust Commemoration.
11:00 am Sunday, April 11, 2021 | A Virtual Event. Click here for complete details.


A Yom Ha'atzmaut Program for Elementary and 6-9th Graders
12:30 pm Sunday, April 11, 2021 | In the Courtyard. Click here to register.

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Monday, April 12 | This month’s Or Nashim event is open to the entire congregational community (gals and guys). In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Stacey Hader Epstein will lead the evening’s presentation on Pioneer Women of the Zionist Movement. Our special guest will be Dr. Marlene Appley, who fled Hitler from Czechoslovakia, and in 1948, made aliyah, where she helped found Kibbutz Sasa and helped defend and build the new Jewish state. Click here to join us!

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, April 13 (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).

Yom HaZikaron | Israel Celebrates her 73rd Year
6:30 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | Join us for a Havdalah Ceremony. Click here for complete details.

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 (link will be posted to the homepage) 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.

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, from Schecter Institutes exploring the holidays in between Pesach and Shavuot | From Sorrow to Joy: The Spring Holidays. Also, a collaborative series on Wednesdays, 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. Sign up individually for each of the sessions that you plan to attend. The deadline to register for a given session is 11 AM ET on the morning of the session. Bypass the registration fee, by using this case-sensitive coupon code: SandyApr21. Click 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 7 - 13

Joshua Landis
Hannah Feldstein

Susan Blum

Ariella Ventura
Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein
Karin Golan

Howard Maziar
Dana Cohn

Lindsey Adler
Edward Salzberg
Rachel Kaufman
Caroline Ginburg

Yahrzeits | April 10 - 16

Alfred Taubman, Uncle of Suzan Perlstein

Alec Jacobson, Father-in-law of Cathy Jacobson
Estelle Fleishman Segal, Mother of Natalie Kaiman
Leo Guttman, Father of Gita Berman

Barbara Levine-Hershey, Mother of Howard Levine

Harriette Gan, Mother of Andrew Gan
Mary Savell, Mother of Jeff Savell
Meyer Kolodner, Father of Janet Kolodner
Milton Berman, Father of Beverly Hornick
Raymond Brightman, Father of Harvey Brightman

Reuben Ritz, Father of Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein
Beverly Kaiman, Mother of Jay Kaiman

Norma Rose Cuttler, Mother of Sandra Cuttler and Grandmother of Jessica Lotner
Rae Friedman, Grandmother of Douglas Friedman
Rubin Brenner, Grandfather of Jodi Ginsberg

Abe Ash, Grandfather of Renee Lebowitz
Gladys Schleicher, Mother of Frances Schleicher
Edith Payne, Mother-in-law of Deborah Payne
Irving L. Rome, Husband of Emily Rome


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.

March 30 - 5 April

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Mary Ginsberg
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

In Memory of Elimelech Ringler
Zhava and Frank Berkowitz

In Honor of the engagement of
Jessica Ginsberg and Cody Rogers
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

In Appreciation of Kirk and Lori Halpern
Rafael Harpaz

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Mary Ginsberg
Jodi and Jonathan Ginsberg

Tikkun Olam Fund
In Appreciation of Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser
Jodi and Jonathan Ginsberg

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

Yom Hashoah | "Unto Every Person There Is a Name" (4/8-RSVP)
Hadassah Event: Advance Care Planning with Ronnie Genser, President Bereavement Navigators (4/11)-RSVP
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 (still space available)
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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Wed, April 21 2021 9 Iyyar 5781