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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

February 17, 2021 | 5 Adar 5781 - אדר
Shabbat Candle Lighting 6:07 pm | Havdalah 6:56 pm
Parashat Terumah 5781 | פרשת תְּרוּמָה

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

Experience Awesome... WE ARE OR HADASH!

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

Scout Shabbat
6:30 pm Friday, February 19 | Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat service when we welcome members of the MJCC's Cub Scout Pack 1818 (and all Scouts) at our annual Scout Shabbat. We encourage Scouts to show up in their Class A/B uniforms -- and have a costume ready! Participants will sing, recite the Scout oath and law, and join in a special Purim themed event! Afterword, Scouts are invited to their own breakout room for a “Zoom Oneg"!

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, February 23 (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).

Daytime Book Club
1:30 pm Wednesday, February 24 | '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.

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:30 pm Wednesday, February 24 | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited!
Join us in observing Taanit Esther. Queen Esther's Strategy and Ours! Or Nashim plans for the year ahead. 


What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, March 3 | 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.

ACFB Hunger Walk/Run (March 7) 2021 Is Virtual!
Hunger Walk Run is a critical fundraiser for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and our many hunger relief partners in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Right now, the community is counting on us to continue to respond to this emergency. There is a ripple effect for families and seniors already facing hunger prior to the pandemic and many continue to face incredible hardship as they are faced with unemployment and homelessness. Statistics: 13% of all people, 16% of children, and 8% of seniors in Metro Atlanta are food insecure—they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Click here for complete information and to join our COH teams!

COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, March 10 | 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 @

Purim Off Ponce at the Drive-In
7:00 pm Saturday, March 13

Or Hadash is a community partner in this year's annual Purim Off Ponce hosted by The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN). Join us at the movies! Click the graphic for event details and to purchase tickets.


Are you interested in making new connections with other members? Are you looking forward to in person meetings, but don't want to wait to make a new friend or share ideas on a common interest?

The COH Membership Inreach Team is looking for participants in a program we're calling "Pan Pals". Open to all age groups, we want to help foster new connections within the community.

Participation is simple. Each Pan Pal will be paired up with another Pan Pal and commit to staying in contact via text, email, phone, or mail. The word mitzvah comes from the root tzavtah, meaning connection. The very core of a good deed is how it connects us with others. In our current times, we have to discover new ways to connect with and support one another.

If you, or a family member, are interested in being a Pan Pal, please email Karin Golan at, or contact COH directly @ Include your contact information and your interests. We look forward to making new connections for you, and our community! --The Membership Inreach Team 


Art & Jewish Life: Ceremony, Culture, Context
Thursdays in March and April (3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8)

Are you interested in learning more about the role of artists, architects, and artisans in Jewish life? Would you like to become an expert in one small piece of our history? 

This is a small group study seminar where we will learn and teach one another about the art and artifacts of Jewish ritual and daily life from antiquity to modernity, with a few stops in between. The group will be limited to eight people, and over a four week period each participant will present a 20 minute illustrated talk on one of the topics. A willingness to learn and some knowledge of PowerPoint are the only prerequisites.

Contact Jane Seville for information: or 678.502.6264  

Image Credits: First century BCE Greek inscription from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of Gentiles to the Temple precinct, reading:
“ foreigner shall enter…” (© The Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

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 | Coming in next issue!

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

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.

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.

 Feel free to reach out to Dr. Amy at with any questions.

Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
(Support our Kids! Active links point to B'nai Mitzvah Projects)
3/6 (Havdalah) Brianna & Caleb
3/14 (Sunday) Noa Tsur
5/8 (at Home) Jake Shulman

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

Birthdays | February 17 - 23

Lanie Kirsch
Jessica Lazarus

Joel Freedman

Maya Shatil
Karyn Alexander
David Greenstein
Viviana Fajnwaks

Marcus Rubenstein
Evan Colker
John Levy

Anne Grabois-Davis
Levi Myles Gordon
Brian Schiff

Michael Mittel
Warren Binderman

Yahrzeits | February 20 - 26

Helen Berman, Mother of Beverly Hornick
Alvin Samuel Duner, Father of Bruce Duner
Toby Parker White, Mother of Jason Parker
Adolph Rubel, Father of Gene Rubel
Hannah Karp Laipson,  of Deborah Payne
Sara Gelb, Mother of Harriet Kaminsky
Ronald Alan Schneiderman, Husband of Dana Freiman

Moses Collis, Father of Lisa Cohen
Louis Voron, Father of Sherrie Reish
Ethel Applebaum, Mother of Richard Elan
Sidney Whistler, Father of Toni Whistler

Cyril Meyer Sliom, Husband of Lola Sliom

Lenora Buchalter, Mother of Alan Buchalter

David Zalkow, Father of Leon Zalkow

Bessie Greenbaum, Mother of Elias Greenbaum
Morris Siegel, Father of Faye Gelb
Rena Barlas, Mother of Dorie Sokol
Hilda Finkelstein-Banov, Mother of Sam Banov
Ruth Yudelson, Daughter of Julian Yudelson
Jacqueline Nan Weinstock Granath, Mother of Brian Granath


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.

February 9 - 15

Chesed Fund
In Honor of Estelle Genser
Ronelle Genser

General Fund
In Memory of Lenora Buchalter
Pamela and Alan Buchalter

Men's Club Fund
In Appreciation of Rae-ann and Scott Allen
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

Music Fund
In Honor of Rae-ann and Scott Allen
Jenise and Henry Spil

For the Complete and Speedy Recovery of Gene Rubel
Denise Fields Lee

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Dvora Moran
Merrill and Edda M. Knight

Tikkun Olam Fund
In Memory of Ron Schneiderman
Dana and Larry Freiman

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

2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival | February 17-28
Challenges in the Middle East with CGI Anat Sultan-Dadon (February 23) RSVP
JDAIM Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month in February
Next Generation's Season of Events
MJCCA Virtual Programming for the Whole Family (February +)
JScreen | Genetic Testing Just Got Easy (Testing discount code available)
The Fall of Liberal Zionism: A Three-Part Series (3/2, 3/21) RSVP
JELF [Jewish Educational Loan Fund] Accepting Applications March 1-April 30
Etgar 36 -- Take a Road Trip/Learn more
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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Thu, February 25 2021 13 Adar 5781