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חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

November 18, 2020 | 2 Kislev 5781 - כסלו
Shabbat Candle Lighting 5:13 pm | Havdalah 6:01 pm
Parashat Toldot 5781 | פרשת תּוֹלְדוֹת

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



Clothing Drive now Ongoing through December 3, M-Thurs. between 9 am to 5 pm, please bring your new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, socks, tights, blankets, and other winter clothing to COH and place in our bins in foyer outside the front door of the building! Member volunteers are needed at the shul to organize/sort on Sunday, December 6. If you would like to help out… sign up here. Drop-off items will be accepted at the shul on Sunday (12/6) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Tell your friends!

Family PromiseDonations for Family Promise - November 2020 Or Hadash continues its collaboration with Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb - ending the cycle of homelessness one family at a time. While Family Promise is not hosting families at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (SSUMC), due to COVID-19, families supported by Family Promise are hosted by and living at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody. Cash donations are needed to help these families as well as to defray the increased costs of cleaning/sanitizing and utilities at St. Luke's. Click here to make a donation to COH Tikkun Olam Fund/Family PromiseYour help is extremely important and greatly appreciated!

Trivia Night for the Whole Family
6:00 pm Sunday, November 22 | Join your Or Hadash community on Zoom platform for a fun-for-all-ages trivia night! Your RSVP is requested. All registrants will receive the Zoom link for access to the event. Need more details, please contact Scott Rosenbaum |

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, November 24 (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).

Series concludes in December:
Tuesdays 1, 8 and Wednesdays 2 and 9.
Please click here for complete information
and to register.


What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, December 2 | 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.

COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, December 9 | 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, December 16 | 'Lite' reading, perfect for anyone home during the day who loves to read, talk, and share a laugh or two. Future group meet-ups will be decided at this meeting. 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. Read more.

Learn to Chant Torah and Haftarah Trope
Starts Sunday, January 10 via Zoom Platform

Torah Trope Class | RSVP
10:00 am Sundays, in January and February 2021
Gene Rubel will teach Torah trope as well as understanding the Torah reading ceremony. At the end of the course, the student will read an aliyah from the Torah on a Shabbat morning. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to read subsequently rather than focusing on the one reading. The teaching will start with Shma and end with the ten commandments, and will include: Reading text with meaning using cantillation marks as guides, Learning the alphabet of trope, Breaking down a reading, Actual ceremony and tips for preparation and actual participation. Extensive material will be provided in DropBox to augment class sessions. Prerequisites: Elementary Hebrew reading. The student must commit to practice for 15 minutes every day during the eight weeks course.

Haftarah Trope Class | RSVP
11:00 am Sundays in January 2021
Join Gene Rubel and learn how to chant Haftarah trope. At the end of this four week course, the student will recite a Haftarah on Shabbat morning. Extensive material will be available online to augment weekly classes.
Prerequisites: Elementary Hebrew reading and knowledge of Torah trope.

Questions? Contact Gene Rubel:

Wise Aging: A Group Study with Rabbi Beiner
7:30 - 9:30 pm Mondays on Zoom platform: January 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 1, 8, 15

You are invited to join other Or Hadash members in an 8 session program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of those of us over age 60, facilitated by Rabbi Judith Beiner. With some thoughtful exploration, this “second chapter” is filled with new opportunities for the pursuit of our own passions and interests.  Explore the opportunities and challenges of this stage within the context of a trusted peer group. Combining study of Jewish texts with contemplative practice, topics to be covered include: becoming one’s authentic self; life review; relationship to our bodies; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships, cultivating qualities of soul; practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change, and death; creating relevant rituals; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy.

Please use the COH Amazon portal link with your account (or create one) to order a copy of Wise Aging before the first session.

NOTE: There is a $36 fee, per registrant, which we will charge to your account upon registration. If cost is an issue for you, please be in touch with Scott Allen. A single reservation reserves the entire 8 sessions. Participants must commit to being at the first two sessions so the group is able to form together. Register here.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Beiner: or 770.677.9352


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)

11/21 Ella Tucker (Havdalah)
11/21 Liyel Margolias
12/12 Jonah Blank

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

Birthdays | November 18 - 24

Julian Yudelson
Bram Schapiro

Melkamu Morrey
Philip Socoloff
Aaron Stambler
Mike Bender
Cathy Jacobson

Sam Banov
Adina Bradshaw
Wayne Greenberg
Hannah Throne
Johanna Epstein
Mila Sagel

Ethel Milgram
Ella Tucker

Jason Morrey
Noa Benveniste
Liyel Margolias
Mary Ginsberg

Harriet Fisher

Yahrzeits | November 20 -26

Samuel Deutsch, Father of Anne Greenbaum
Marilyn Ruth Malitz Fastow, Mother of Stephanie Kupor

Bonnie Layfer, Mother of Jennifer Parker

Berta Parker, Mother of Richard Parker
Selwyn Simon, Father of Barry Simon
Mollie Bader, Mother of Myrna Rubel
Beulah Wolfish Sher, Mother of David Raphael

Bertha Zier
, Mother-in-law of Ilene Zier
Cecilia Wainsrok Lipka, Mother of Dora Manela


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.

November 10 - 16

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Jill Schussel Coyle
Gladys and Robert Schussel

In Honor of the birth of Nili Gene Frid
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell and Leonard Thurschwell

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Honor of the birth of Nili Gene Frid
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

In Honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Kira Nadler
Jane Seville and Toni Whistler

General Fund
In Honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Kira Nadler
Susan and Marc Backer

In Memory of Eunice Wertheim
Eve and Daniel Frid

In Memory of Norman Videlefsky
Dora and Flavio Manela
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

Overnight Camp Scholarships Fund
In Memory of Jill Schussel Coyle
Gladys and Robert Schussel

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Jill Schussel Coyle
Gladys and Robert Schussel

In Memory of Quincy C. Cornelius
Cathy Jacobson

Tikkun Olam Fund
In Memory of Saul Schussel
Gladys and Robert Schussel

In Appreciation of Luna Manela
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

Tikkin Olam Fund/Family Promise
In Appreciation of Karen and Dan Weinberg
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

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
Next Generation's Season of Events
Etgar 36 MindTrips (11/15) RSVP
JF&CS: Tween & Teen Mental Health in the Age of Covid (12/1)
Atlanta Jewish Film Fest (February 17-28)
Macom & Handmade Chanukah Candles from Safed, Israel

Jewish Federation Resources
Ramah Darom at Home

Inside Jewish Atlanta
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