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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

January 13, 2021 | 29 Tevet 5781 - טבת
Shabbat Candle Lighting 5:33 pm | Havdalah 6:22 pm
Parashat Vaera 5781 | פרשת וָאֵרָא

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
Scott Allen, Executive Director
Rabbi Lauren Henderson

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, January 13 | 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 @

Or Nashim Rosh Chodesh Shevat 5781
7:30 pm Wednesday, January 13 | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited! We begin with Rosh Chodesh candle lighting at 7:30pm and at 7:45 pm our guest speaker, Rabbi Lauren Henderson, will talk about the intricacies of the Jewish calendar and the special significance Rosh Chodesh has for women. If available, bring your own single candle to light in your home and a Jewish calendar. Read more

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, January 19 (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, January 27 | '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 with an RSVP to Harriet Kaminsky. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants on Zoom platform. Review this month's selection.

What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, February 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.

Wise Aging: A Group Study with Rabbi Beiner
Thank you, for making this first session a success by reaching our capacity of 18 students! If you're interested in future cohorts of this class and would like to be added to the waitlist, please register here to let us know.

        In January and February
        SCHOLARSTREAM Presents:

How We Navigate Ethical Dilemmas and Reshape Rituals... | Tuesdays at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Join members of the CJLS as they take us through four teshuvot that have recently been passed by the law committee. Peggy Freedman will host a follow-up discussion after the formal sessions.
The Stories We Tell: Revealing Ourselves in Ancient Narratives | Wednesdays at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT
Join Ziegler faculty as they explore our biblical and rabbinic narratives to draw lessons for today. Please 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 | New message coming 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

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)

1/23 Ari Millrud
2/13 Joshua Layton
3/6 (Havdalah) Brianna & Caleb

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

Birthdays | January 13 - 19

Todd Estroff

Morris Lebowitz
Scott Bradshaw
Erin Morrey
Anat Granath

Henry Blum
Joel Dworkin
Kenneth Reish

Ben Walker

Ari Milrud
Cathy Schiff
Alan Pilzer
Carol Elan
Rodolfo Romo

Ariana Lewis
Bennett Simpson
Howard Wexler

Jake Sagel
Gordon Singer
Elana Berghoff

Yahrzeits | January 16 - 22

Feibis Vurnbrand, Father of Sara Ghitis

Fred Permison, Father of Gail Seidman

Joseph I. Epstein, Father of N Sandy Epstein
Frank Plotnikov, Grandfather of Richard Parker
Caryn Sue Kamm Heaven, Mother of Jason Heaven
Florence Gladys Permison, Mother of Gail Seidman

Nathan Issac Gershon, Father of Ellen Banov
Stephen Schactman, Father of Raina Nadler

Esther Zimmerman
, Mother of Sherry Frank
David Bader, Father of Myrna Rubel


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.

January 5 - 11

Adult Education
In Honor of our Aliyah
Dora and Falvio Manela

In Memory of Daniel Kenneth Lippitt
Renee and Searle Videlefsky

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Adel Rosh
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

In Memory of Daniel Kenneth Lippitt
Janet Kolodner
Zahava and Frank Berkowitz
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

In Memory of Stanley Gold
Harriet Kaminsky
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

In Memory of Sylviane Benisti-Zaoui
Michele and Jeffrey Howard

COH Book Club
In Memory of Adel Rosh
Robin Lewis

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Memory of Jerry Rosenblum
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

In Memory of Daniel Kenneth Lippitt
Leslie and Fred Wachter

In Memory of Muriel Greenblatt
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

General Fund
In Appreciation of Rachelle Simon
Amanda Westheimer

In Memory of Jerry Rosenblum
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

In Memory of Daniel Kenneth Lippitt
Jan Jaben-Eilon
Dora and Flavio Manela
Gabriela and Morris Benveniste

In Memory of Stanley Gold
Dora and Flavio Manela
Gabriela and Morris Benveniste

Kiddush Fund
In Honor of Marci Abtams-Feinstein,
HGA President Installation
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

Men's Club
In Memory of Kenneth Robert Lewis
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

Minyan Fund
In Memory of Daniel Kenneth Lippitt
Robin Lewis

In Memory of David Seidman
Robin Lewis
Arline and Ronald Scheinzeit

In Memory of Kenneth Robert Lewis
Robin Lewis
Arline and Ronald Scheinzeit

Prayer Books and Library Fund
In Memory of Adel Rosh
Richard Gay

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Honor of Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Meryl and Paul Kaufman

In Memory of Stnaley Gold
Robin Lewis

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

Book Festival Goes Big, Virtual | Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan
Macom & Handmade Chanukah Candles from Safed, Israel

Next Generation's Season of Events
Atlanta Jewish Film Fest (February 17-28)
Trees Atlanta Tu B'Shvat Annual Tree Planting (1/31)
Etgar 36 - Get On The Road - Learn More

Jewish Federation Resources
Ramah Darom at Home

Inside Jewish Atlanta
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