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October 13, 2021 | 8 Cheshvan 5782 - חשון
Shabbat Candle Lighting 6:46 pm | Havdalah 7:32 pm
Parashat Lech-Lecha 5782 | פָּרָשַׁת לֶךְ־לְךָ

Spiritual Leader:
Rabbi Lauren Henderson


In the Week Ahead

We are here to answer your questions

Gail Duner, President
Jason Parker, Executive Director
Rabbi Lauren Henderson

We are looking forward to our Congregational Retreat the weekend of October 22-24, held at Camp Ramah. We expect over 100 participants and encourage you to join us for this Or Hadash signature event. There are members from all ages and stages and many families with kids from 2-18 years old. Please reach out to Jason Parker, our executive director, for more information and for available financial support to make this opportunity accessible for you.

Congregational Highlights
Ongoing Programming Linked on Homepage:
Shabbat Services | Tuesday Minyan | Torah in the Woods | Sunday Minyan


Sunday Morning Minyan [October 17] is Canceled

Start checking those closets for your new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, socks, tights, blankets, and other winter clothing to benefit families who are in need in Sandy Springs & Dunwoody. Watch for details starting October 27!



70 Faces of Torah: An Evening of Learning with Rabbi Arie Hasit
7:00 pm Thursday, October 14, at COH (onsite RSVP is requested : Doors open at 6:30 pm) and on Zoom. Onsite guests are welcome to linger for schmoozing and nosh from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm | Rabbi Arie Hasit, a graduate of the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, is the founding rabbi and CEO of 70 Faces Mazkeret Batya, an experimental "start-up" Jewish community in a moderate-sized town in the center of Israel. Rabbi Hasit, who made aliyah in 2005, has been creating a community based on the idea that there are 70 Faces of Torah, and no single one way to be Jewish. His community, which includes a traditional, egalitarian synagogue, focuses on bringing together Jews of all background for study, acts of loving kindness and cultural events, while respecting that sometimes our differences mean that we can't do everything together. LinkedIN :


COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, October 13 | 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 @

ScholarStream 5782
8:00 pm Wednesdays in October (6, 13, 20, 27) | Free Access to Series 1: Torah Relationships. All sessions are recorded so you can access them at your leisure. Click here for complete information.

Run with the Rabbi…Stroll with Stan and Judi
Sunday, October 17, 2021 : 10AM Runs; 11AM Festival Start | Create a COH Contingent for the Maccabi/HOD Fun Run this coming Sunday at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Sign up for the Run here and then do the 5K run with Rabbi Lauren or stroll the 1K (6/10 mile) with Stan and Judi Schnitzer. Bring kids and grandkids, too. They’ll run for free and get a t-shirt, a medal, and two tasting tickets for the Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival. Make sure to visit our COH Men’s Club team, The Pirates of the Cow-Rib-Bean, to taste their chili, chicken, brisket and ribs.

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesday, October 19 (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 @ COH
1:30 pm Wednesday, October 27 | '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 (and Zoom-ins) are welcomed. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants. Sneak-peek selections. For more information about this book club, contact Harriet Kaminsky ( or Hanora Rosen ( Homepage link requires passcode.

How to Chant Torah: The Basics
10:30 am Sunday, November 7 & 14 | 6th graders preparing for b'nai mitzvah are invited to this overview of how to read Torah trope, the symbols in the text that tell us which melody to use as we chant each phrase. We will learn the 3 most common melodic phrases and practice reading them in each child's Torah portion. Please RSVP here.

Jews and Taboos Sessions for 8/9th and 10th Graders
4:30 pm Sunday, November 7 | Post b'nai mitzvah, our teens are invited to join teacher Rachel Lazarus for monthly discussion of topics that are important to our teens as they move farther into Jewish adulthood, but tend to to make some people uncomfortable. Topics are geared toward the interest of the group; and that most taboo of subjects ... God. For more information about this program, please reach out to Dr. Amy.

Interfaith Atlanta 1st Annual Fall Fest 2021
3:00 pm Sunday, November 14 | This is our message: Love your neighbor. See the stranger. Celebrate diversity. Be the change, grounded in faith. Join Rabbi Lauren and three of our members; Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Monica Hochstein, and Sharon Shatil who are also on the board of Interfaith Atlanta. We have a table! This is a free community event. Click here for event details and stay tuned for more.

What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
11:45 am Wednesday, November 17 | Mark your calendar to join Rabbi Mario Karpuj. Offered via Zoom, Rabbi Mario conducts an informal, and always lively, discussion about current events happening in and about Israel from Israel. Study materials provided.

History With Chutzpah Exhibit | @The Breman Museum
2:00 pm Sunday, December 12, 2021 | Through this exhibit you will hear remarkable stories of the Southern Jewish adventure. Featuring stories that may not be remembered in the history books but had a significant impact on their time as well as the present. The stories are about people, places, events actions, and of course Chutzpah.
Dear members, Join us for this magnificent exhibit. Depending on the number of respondents, a decision will be made if two groups are warranted. Cost: $12 per adult, $8 per senior, no cost for Breman members, to be paid at museum door. All attendees must wear masks inside the museum and be vaccinated. Please RSVP directly to Jenise Spil @ by Tuesday, November 30, to reserve your spot!



Youth and Education Programming

Machon Hadash is now in session!

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, or want to start receiving the MH Newsletter, please email Dr. Amy @


Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
(Support our Kids! Active links point to B'nai Mitzvah Projects/Page)
11/6 Jordan Clayman
11/6-H Daniela Palatchi
11/13 Aidan Colker
12/4-H Max Heaven

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

Birthdays | October 13 - 19

Naama Erez
Bonnie Simonoff
Aiden Erez
Jennifer Gold
Matthew Nathan

Rodolfo Romo Garcia
Robyn Diamond
Louise Meller
Robert Franco
Jake Weinberg
Robert Eisenband

Brian Granath
Hannah Levy
Erica Bloom

Liza Zimmerman
Matthew Levy
Joshua Rubel
Elliot Cohen
Edith Pilzer

Marsha Rueff

Jed Rosenfeld

Yahrzeits | October 16 - 22

Salim Bernstein, Grandfather of Henry Blum
Norman Videlefsky, Father of Searle Videlefsky

Lois Steinberg Kremer, Mother of Jeffrey Kremer
Bess DeHovitz Kahn, Grandmother of Karen Kahn Weinberg

Irving Kay, Father of Michael Kay

Roger Marc Levine, Brother of Jeffrey Levine
Anna Jacobson, Mother-in-law of Cathy Jacobson
David Ben-Tzion, Father of Tziona Zalkow

Ann Friedman, Mother of Beth Seidel
Donald Neuman, Father of Laura Neuman
Harold Weinberg, Father-in-law of Ronnie Genser

William Siegel, Father of Carolyn Lippman
Robert Kauss, Father of Andy Kauss



Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in the sanctuary.
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October 5 - 11

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Honor of Talia Rubel's Bat Mitzvah
Arlene and Harvey Brightman

Music Fund
In Honor of Or Hadash Staff and Clergy
Stacey Hader Epstein and David Epstein

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Appreciation of Rabbi Lauren
Shaina Kass and Gabriel Saslafsky

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


Jewish Atlanta

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MJCCA Book Festival
(Ending 12/9 with The Book of Psalms)
Georgia's Fight Against Antisemitism and BDS Hate (10/20 @ 8pm)
Grandparents Network: Live in the Family Room (11/2 @ 7pm)
JF&CS: Career and Calendar Events (Seeking Event Volunteers)
JScreen | Genetic Testing Just Got Easy | Testing discount codes ($75/$100) available
Etgar 36 -- Back on the Road for Summer Journeys | 2022 Registration
Atlanta Jewish Federation Local Shinshinim Program | Apply to Host 2022
JELF [Jewish Educational Loan Fund] Register for fall and spring/summer semester(s)
TalentEducators: Recruiting and retaining high-quality educators in Jewish education

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