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e-Hadashot (
חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

March 31, 2021 | 18 Nisan 5781 - ניסן
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:41 pm | Havdalah 8:42 pm
Pesach 2021 | פֶּסַח 5781

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

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, March 30 (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 7 | 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.

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 havdallah! Click here to register. (Click the graphic for an enlarged image!)


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

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Monday, April 12 | Or Nashim is open to the community 'all' (guys and gals) are invited! Click the link and join us in observing Rosh Chodesh Iyyar. Our topic: Pioneer Women of the Zionist Movement, led by Stacey Hader Epstein. Stay tuned for content about a special guest speaker... you won't want to miss!


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.

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 | After Pesach!

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

Applications now being accepted:
JumpSpark - Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarships | March 31 deadline.

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 | March 31 - 6 April

Max Nemhauser
Adira Hall

Steven Wertheim
Lee Greenberg

Jennifer Parker

Isaac Rubel
Arline Scheinzeit
Stephen Szabo

Anthony Sagel
Howard Lalli
Dominick Lalli

Bernice Savell

Daniel Nathan

Yahrzeits | April 3 - 9

Clare Yachelson Langstein
, Mother of Helaine Shuster
Shirley Zicht Simpson, Mother of Matt Simpson
Dora Rabovsky, Aunt of Fred Wachter

Lillian Gottfried, Mother of Gladys Schussel

William Turner, Father of Renee Hoelting
Erwin Adler, Father of Michael Adler
Ruti Shatil, Mother of Ohad Shatil

Elimelech Ringler, Father of Zahava Berkowitz
Amnon Graetz, Father of Lucy Graetz
Rebecca Gordon, Grandmother of Arlene Brightman

Helen Gilbert, Mother of James Gilbert
Rose Shoshana Bank, Mother of Shelli Bank
Martin Winter, Father of Jeffrey Winter
Joseph D. Franco, Father of Richard Franco and Robert Franco
Sylvia Schnitzer, Mother of Stanley Schnitzer

Alicia Ludner
, Sister of Rosi Fiedotin

Isaac Karpuj, Grandfather of Rabbi Mario Karpuj
Helen Levine, Grandmother of Scott Allen
Dovid Jonah Leibowitz, Brother of Morris Lebowitz


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 23 - 29

General Fund
In Honor of Rabbi Lauren and Dr. Amy
Jenise and Henry Spil

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

Atlanta Community Hunger Seder (3/31) - RSVP
JumpSpark: Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarships | March 31 deadline.
Yom Hashoah | "Unto Every Person There Is a Name" (4/8-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 -- Take a Road Trip/Learn more
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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Wed, April 21 2021 9 Iyyar 5781