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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

May 12, 2021 | Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5781 - סיון
Shabbat Candle Lighting 8:13 pm | Havdalah 8:56 pm
Parashat Bamidbar 5781 | פרשת בְּמִדְבַּר

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

Annual Meeting Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Please mark your calendars and join us for the Annual Town Hall Meeting
when you will be asked to vote on this year's slate.
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, May 12 | 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 Sheila Dalmat @

Shavuot Programs: May 16 (Sunday) -17 (Monday)
On Shavuot, we reenact the moment when the entire Jewish community gathered at the foot of Mt. Sinai to receive the eternal wisdom of Torah. Every single year, we receive this wisdom again for our moment. This year, we're offering up three different virtual learning opportunities, enabling you to learn Torah with others from coast-to-coast and across the globe. So if you're looking for intimate, live learning and conversation with local teachers; short and sweet sessions from brilliant Conservative/Masorti teachers across the globe or something a little funky and different, blending arts, music, Torah, food, and more, we've got you covered. Click here for details
Monday, May 17 Shavuot and Yizkor Service
In-person signup is available


What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, May 19 | 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. Now using community Zoom connection (requiring passcode) and posted to the homepage along with any study materials provided.

Men's Club Event: Cooking with Mitch 
5:00 sunday, May 23 | A special event led by Master Chef and Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival winner... Mitch Frank! Mitch will guide us all through the preparations and cooking, all leading to a (hopefully) yummy experience by 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP and prepare to amaze the family!


Modern Hebrew 101 for Adults | New schedule
10:00 am Mondays (May 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12) | 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 (

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, May 25 (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, May 26 | '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.

Family Promise Week | June 6 - 13
 TOC (Tikkun Olam Committee) along with the Or Hadash community are excited to be a part of an incredible volunteer opportunity in collaboration with Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb - ending the cycle of homelessness one family at a time. Donations Needed: In order to prepare for our families the week of June 6th, we need to stock the pantries (food and supplies). Please sign-up for as many items as you wish and bring them to SSUMC (Sandy Springs United Methodist Church) no later than Thursday, June 3rd. Please ensure your items are labeled "Family Promise". You may drop donations at SSUMC (86 Mt Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA 30328) office M-F 9am-Noon or during Sunday worship. Reminder, all dontations made to Tikkun Olam Fund/Family Promise are used in support of our commitment. Volunteers Needed: Our host location is First Baptist Church of Roswell. In addition to overnight hosts, we will be providing home prepared meals during the week. Please use appropriate sanitary precautions when preparing food and use disposable containers. Additional details provided at each individual meal SignUp slot

Learn about the families you are helping through this program... click here!

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Thursday, June 10 (the link is password protected) | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited! Begin the month of Tammuz with us! Sign up to join our Rosh Chodesh Chevruta and contribute to the future of Or Nashim. If you would like more information about Or Nashim, please reach out to Anne Greenbaum (

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

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

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

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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! 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.

If you have any questions or requests for the week's ShinshiNews Ha'aretz (or in general) reach out to Yuval:


Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
(Support our Kids! Active links point to B'nai Mitzvah Projects/Page)
5/15 Hannah Higgins
8/21 Molly Buchalter
9/4 Aidan & Layla Magnus

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

Birthdays | May 12 - 18

Mia Kurgan Atkins
Jan Jaben-Eilon
Elias Greenbaum
Ohad Shatil

Robert Schussel

Kayla Furie
Ezra Duke

Jerome Blumenthal
Sarah Jeffres
Sheila Cohen
Yitzhak Hermoni

Jeffrey Lazarus
Issac Kaufman
Michelle Berghoff
Eduardo Milrud

Michael Shuster
Dawn Behr-Ventura
Leslie Wachter
Gail Duner

Yahrzeits | May 15 - 21

Harry Siegman, Father of Beth Berger
Gloria Axelrod Pollock, Mother of Stanley Pollock

Francine Messinger, Sister of Marcia Abrams Feinstein

Marvin Jordan Lewis
, Father of Robin Lewis
Helen Lukowski, Mother of Jay Lukowski
Sheldon Wayne Moss, Brother of Rosanne Kauss
Arie Boucchechter, Father of Sara Fabian

Avraham Finkelstein, Father-in-law of Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein
Joseph Teitelbaum, Grandfather of Marjorie Friedman

Israel Zakheim, Grandfather of Jonathan Ginsberg
Judith Kross-Epstien, Sister-in-law of N Sandy Epstein

Esther Trestman, Grandmother of Michelle Berghoff
Herman Kutner, Father-in-law of Judge Jeanney Kutner


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.

May 4 - 10

Adult Education Fund
In Honor of Jerry Blumenthal's 83rd Birthday
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

General Fund
In Appreciation of Dr. Steve Wertheim
Steve Schneider

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
For the Complete and Speedy Recovery of
our daughter Caroline Katz Gold
Missy and Martin Gold

Tikkun Olam Fund/CAC
For the Complete and Speedy Recovery of
Deborah Woodsfellow
In Honor of All May Birthdays
Denise Fields Lee

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

Preserving Holocaust History: Collecting Artifacts and Eyewitness Testimony (5/13 @ Noon-RSVP)
JF&CS | Learn how to position yourself for success (Thursday, May 13 - RSVP)
Re-Discovering the Land of Israel: Free Virtual Tour Sundays: 5/23, 6/6 & 6/27 (RSVP)
Etgar 36 -- Back on the Road for Summer Journeys (seats available)!
Atlanta Jewish Federation Local Shinshinim Program | Apply to Host 2022
JScreen | Genetic Testing Just Got Easy (Testing discount code available)
JELF [Jewish Educational Loan Fund] Register for fall and spring/summer semester(s)
Jewish Federation Resources
Inside Jewish Atlanta 
Israel in the News
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Wed, June 16 2021 6 Tammuz 5781