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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

May 5, 2021 | 23 Iyyar 5781 - אייר
Shabbat Candle Lighting 8:08 pm | Havdalah 8:56 pm
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai 5781 | פרשת בְּהַר־בְּחֻקֹּתַי

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

Tikkun Olam Garden Project: Seed-To-Feed | 8:30 am Sunday, May 9
What better way to start Mother's Day than to volunteer! We need individuals young and old to answer the call of your inner carpenter and join us this Sunday at 8:30 am to build planters for our upcoming synagogue garden! If you would like to support the Garden Project with your funds (we'll need them for materials and seedlings), please donate to the Tikkun Olam Fund. Let us know you're coming... RSVP!

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


Yoga in the Courtyard
2:00 pm Saturday, May 8 | COH member, Rachel Herman will lead an in-person Yoga session in the courtyard. Space will be limited to 20 guests. Participants are asked to bring your mask, mat, towel, and water bottle. Click a date to RSVP: May 8

Or Nashim Zoom Event
7:00 pm Monday, May 10 (the link is password protected) | All women and daughters of Or Hadash are invited! Begin the month of Sivan with us and join our Rosh Chodesh Meeting. This month our focus will be on Shavuot and the Book of Ruth, Robin Lewis will be our host. If you would like more information about Or Nashim, please reach out to Anne Greenbaum (

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, May 11 (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).

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 @

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.

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. The Zoom connection will be on our website's 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 look for more details closer to the event.


Modern Hebrew 101 for Adults
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 (

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.

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

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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

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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)
5/8 (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 | May 5 - 11

Regina Coffee

Andy Kauss
Les Schneider
Jessica Ginsberg

Jeffrey Feldstein
Isabel Neuman
Naomi Furie
Elliot Furie

Cobi Beresin
Ted Marcus
Robert Marcovitch
Dina Fuchs-Beresin

Max Stein
Kelli Berenthal
Alexis (Lexi) Poline
Kayla Deckelbaum

Amanda Sagel
Adina Karpuj
Dana Freiman

Lucille Epstein
Paulina Lebowitz
Lauren Deckelbaum

Yahrzeits | May 8 - 14

Edward Jaben, Step-Father of Jan Jaben-Eilon and Darla Jaben

David Lotner, Father of Gary Lotner and Grandfather of Jessica Lotner
Jake Rosh, Father of Lee Greenberg
Leonard Katz, Father of Sheila Cohen

Amy Singer-Hershon, Great Aunt of Gita Berman
Yehoyakhin Eilon, Father of Rabbi Joab Eichenberg-Eilon
Rebecca C. Schreiberg, Aunt of Lisa Cohen
Kalman Salpeter, Father of Michael Salpeter

Michael Louis Cohen
, Father of Mark Cohen
Hilda Zalkow, Mother of Leon Zalkow
Seymour Eckstein, Father of Linda Winter
Pamela Cohn-Allen, Wife of Scott Allen

Ruth Ann Harris Kahn
, Mother of Karen Kahn Weinberg
Michael Patiky Miller, Father of Rachel Lazarus

Macs Binenfeld, Father of Richard Binenfeld
Lawrence William Kaminsky, Husband of Harriet Kaminsky and Father of Gwen Kaminsky
Morton S Cohn, Grandfather of Seth Zimmerman


Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in the sanctuary.
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April 27 - 3 May

Adult Education Fund
In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

Building Fund
In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Melinda and Steven Wertheim

Chesed Fund
In Honor of Ted and Annette's growing family
Ellen and Sam Banov

In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Deborah Payne
Jenise and Henry Spil

In Memory of Max Sweeting
Ronelle Genser

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Leslie and Fred Wachter

In Memory of Max Sweeting
Leslie and Fred Wachter
Michelle and Alan Epstein
Bonnie Kessler and Jeffrey Kremer

General Fund
In Honor of Jerry Blumenthal's Birthday
Esther and Michael Levine

In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Susan and Marc Backer
Angela Habeeb-Ajao
Gail and Bruce Duner
Elaine and Jerome Blumenthal
Deborah and David Woodsfellow
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

In Memory of Max Sweeting
Pamela and Alan Buchalter
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

Men's Club Fund
In Memory of Frances Friedman
Marjorie and Douglas Friedman

Minyan Fund
In Memory of Florence Weinberg
Robin Lewis
Ellen and Sam Banov
Rachelle and Barry Simon

Music Fund
In Memory of Florence Weinberg
and Max Sweeting
Michele and Jeffrey Howard

Prayer Books and Library Fund
In Memory of Max Sweeting
Robin Lewis

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Max Sweeting
Sherry Frank

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


Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh | 12:00 pm Friday, May 7 (RSVP)
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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