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November 22, 2017 | 4 Kislev 5778 - כסלו
Shabbat Candle Lighting 5:12 pm | Havdalah 6:00 pm
Parashat Vayetzei | פרשת ויצא

Beyond Two Minutes of Torah and Ma Hadash - מה חדש

Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz and Rabbi Mario Karpuj

Beyond Two Minutes of Torah: 70 Years After the UN Declaration on Partition of Palestine

From Rabbis Analia and Mario: The State of Israel is the birthplace of a new Jewish people

In the Week Ahead

Wednesday, November 22
In observance of Thanksgiving the office will close at 2:00 pm today,
and will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 

Friday, November 24
6:30 pm Servicio de Shabbat with Oneg to Follow

Saturday, November 25
9:15 am Shabbat Service
12:00 pm Kiddush

Monday, November 27
11:00 am Arts & Crafts Monday | RSVP

Tuesday, November 28
7:00 am Morning Minyan and Nosh
12:00 pm Torah in the Woods
7:00 pm NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
7:30 pm Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 29
What's Hot and What's Not In Israel resumes December 6
4:45 pm Machon Hadash

Click flag to learn what happened
on this date in Israeli history.

Thank you Adina Bradshaw for initiating the Prayground for our kids and helping to keep it beautiful!

Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah

12/2: Noah Rosenberg
12/9: Jessica Lewis
1/6: Joshua Reingold

Tikkun Olam Opportunities: 
Women's Shelter Meals, Clothing Drive, Family Promise Week & Christmas Eve Lunch at SSUMC

Shearith Israel Women's Shelter Holiday Meal | 6:30-8:00 pm, December 10 - 16
Each year Congregation Or Hadash members have the opportunity to provide dinner and companionship for the women of Rebecca's Tent. Volunteers are needed to prepare a kosher or pareve meal for approximately fourteen women, bring to the shelter to warm and serve. The shelter is looking for chicken, fish, pasta, salad, vegetables, dessert, and bread. Plan to arrive at the shelter (1180 University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306) by 6:30 pm and to stay until 8:00 pm. Members can choose a night on their own or partner with other Or Hadash members. To reserve your spot for the remaining evenings [Monday (12/11) Tuesday (12/12), Wednesday (12/13), Thursday (12/14), Friday (12/15), Saturday (12/16)], please RSVP to Denise Lee by  Wednesday, December 6, 2017. For more information contact Gordon Singer

Annual Clothing Drive Program | Now through Sunday, December 17
Through our partnership with Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (SSUMC), items collected will be given to Sandy Springs residents who are in need. Please bring new and/or unwanted coats, warm hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, socks, tights, and other clothes to Or Hadash and place in the collection boxes.  

Volunteers needed Sunday, December 17 as follows:
11:00 am: Four members to meet at COH, load items into their cars and drive to SSUMC for unloading.
11:30 am to 2:00 pm: Six members to meet at SSUMC to help unload, set up, separate items; monitor distribution of items and clean up. Please RSVP to Jodi Ginsberg.

Family Promise Week | December 17-23, 2017
Do you know how it feels to be hungry and without a roof over your head? Homelessness is all around us – right here in Atlanta. It brings feelings of diminished self-worth and disconnection from society. Each of us at Or Hadash can help put an end to homelessness – one family at a time. We partner with SSUMC and North Springs United Methodist Church to serve FAMILY PROMISE – the first Interfaith Hospitality Network. This unique non-profit organization, founded in Summit, New Jersey in 1986, has helped 700,000 people rebuild their lives and regain their dignity and independence in the process. Each of us can help by providing food and supplies, serving dinner, helping with homework/activities, visiting, and/or staying overnight to attend to guests and offer breakfast support. Volunteers are needed December 17-23, 2017. Your help is greatly appreciated! Contact Karen Weinberg for more information.

Sign up for Family Promise Volunteer | Help to prepare and serve meals, set up and break down rooms, and engage with families in homework, studies and crafts.

Sign Up for Family Promise Supplies/Donations | We also need to stock the pantries (food and supplies) and provide activities for Saturday afternoon. Please sign up for as many items as you wish and bring them to Or Hadash no later than Tuesday, December 19th. Please label your items “Family Promise.”

Christmas Eve Lunch at SSUMC | 12:30 pm Sunday, December 24
Let's come together as a community to serve those in need through our partnership with SSUMC. We will help prepare and serve lunch. Volunteer signup coming soon. Unable to help, but want to participate? Please consider making a donation towards the cost of food. Click here to donate online or send your check marked for the Tikkun Olam Fund.

Congregational Highlights

Arts & Crafts Monday | 11:00 am Monday, November 27 | Everyone is welcome! We will work on different art community service projects throughout the year - using our hands to create and put some good out into the world. No experience or supplies necessary (and yes, we will also make some things to take home or give as gifts). RSVP to Devi Knapp for planning purposes. This program is sponsored by Baken: Mental Wellness Initiative and runs most Mondays through December 18.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group | 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 28
This NAMI program is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others. The group is led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:00 pm at COH. No RSVP required. Learn more.

2017 AIPAC Atlanta Club Series | 6:45 pm Thursday, November 30
Congregation Or Hadash is pleased to host this event featuring Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and David Gillette, Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC. The evening's topic Iran and its Role in the Middle East. Check-in at 6:45 pm | Program at 7:15 pm. Space is limited, advance registrations are required ($18 couvert per person). Read more | RSVP

Scholar-in-Residence with Rachel Adler, Rabbi, Ph.D. | December 1-3, 2017
Congregation Or Hadash is pleased to announce this year's scholar-in-residence, Professor Rabbi Rachel Adler, the Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, Feminist Studies at Hebrew Union College of Los Angeles. Rabbi Adler is one of the first theologians/ethicists to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics. This weekend's events are free and open to the community, however an RSVP is required for planning purposes. For a complete list of scheduled events and to RSVP, click here

Or Hadash Minyan Turns 10! | 9:15 am Saturday, December 9
Join the Tuesday and Sunday Morning Minyan participants at our Shabbat morning service to celebrate 10 years  of Minyanim. A special Kiddush will follow. Contact  Ronnie Genser for details.

ShabbaTalks | 10:00 am Saturday, December 9
Exploring Theology with Rabbi Analia. Generally, ShabbaTalks is a discussion of articles from David Hartman, A.J. Heschel, Eliezer Berkovitz, Jacob Milgrom, and Neil Gillman. No RSVP required.

Or Nashim Painting with a Twist | 7:00 pm Sunday, December 10
We will meet at Paint Studio #277 (6780 Roswell Rd, #D-120). Participants will create their own original work of art based on a central model. Space is limited. To view the model and RSVP (Passcode:ORNASHIM), click here.

COH Book Club | 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 13
A Strange Death by Hillel Halkin will be discussed. Hosted by Linda and Alan Lippitt. View schedule. For information about this book club, please email

BINGO at the Breman | 7:30 pm Wednesday, December 13
Volunteer for BINGO night. Bring the whole family and join in the fun of putting smiles on faces... your involvement will be greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Marshall Cohen. RSVP here.

Latte 'n Learning | 9:30 am Thursday, December 14
Everything you wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask, led by Rabbi Analia. This is a casual gathering for study and conversation. This week's topic: Theology Behind the Binding of Isaac. All are welcome. No reservation required.

Hanukkah Fiesta and Dinner | 7:00 pm Saturday, December 16 | RSVP
Join us on the 5th night of Hanukkah for a festive evening of community building. Following Havdalah services, a Mexican themed dinner, latkes, sufganiyot, crafts, and lots of fun kids' activities are planned! This event is open to the Atlanta community and prospective members! Cost: $36/family, $10/individual. RSVP deadline: December 14.

Daytime Book Club | 12:00 pm Friday, December 20 (rescheduled date)
All members are welcome to join the Daytime Book Club meeting the fourth Wednesday each month at COH. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants. Contact  Hanora Rosen for more information. December's book is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, read more

Birthdays | November 22 - 28

Mary Ginsberg
Noa Benveniste

Harriet Fisher

Zoe Weitzner

Shiri Richman
Daniel Lederman
Asher Lerner
Emilio Sierra

Linda Winter

Clifford Baker

Benjamin Rosenberg
Patty Maziar

Yahrzeits | November 24 - 30

Marilyn Ruth Malitz Fastow, Mother of Stephanie Kupor
Yoel Mayer Shapiro, Grandfather of Debra Cohen and Hall Cohen

Bonnie Layfer, Mother of Jennifer Parker

Eleanor Peach Krachman, Mother of Brian Krachman

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

Bertha Zier
, Mother of Steven Zier

Steven Waranch, Brother of Carol Elan
Hans Wasserman, Father-in-law of Frank Spiegel

Dorothy Gelb, Mother-in-law of Faye Gelb
Elsie Gross, Aunt of Carl Feigenbaum


Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in sanctuary.
Click here to find out how to purchase a Memorial Brick for your loved one.

Donations | November 14 - 20

Thank You!

Education & Youth Programing Fund
In Memory of Donald Neuman
Michele and Alan Epstein

General Fund
In Memory of Saul Schussel
Harriet Kaminsky

In Honor of Caden Fraser Gelb
Harriet Kaminsky

In Honor of Morris, Susan and Philip Socoloff
Annette and Ted Marcus

Rabbis' Discretionary Fund
In Appreciation of Rabbis Analia and Mario
Phil Socoloff
Sue and Marc Backer

In Memory of Larry Kaminsky
Gwen Kaminsky

In Memory of Saul Schussel
Gladys and Bob Schussel

In Memory of Pearl Wulfsohn
Michal Ilai and Julie Glasson

Click here to honor or memorialize a loved one with your tax-deductible donation to Congregation Or Hadash.

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Wed, November 22 2017 4 Kislev 5778