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General congregational events

Or Hadash Community Hike 

April 29, 2018 - 12:30pm

Or Hadash Community Hike (at Ft. Washington State Park on Joshua Rd.) immediately following first session SMILE school dismissal at 12:30 pm. Bring a picnic lunch to the park; hike will begin around 1:30 pm. No previous hiking experience needed, spend some quality time outdoors with your Or Hadash community in nature. Questions? Email Len Zangwill at or Barbara at

Mah Jongg Game night

April 30, 2018 - 7:00pm

Join us to play Mah Jongg - all experience levels welcome (we even teach)! Please bring a refreshment to share, if possible. Also, spread the word and/or bring a friend, or two. RSVPs are a must so that we can arrange for enough tables, sets, and cards. Questions should be directed to Michelle Smithman or Nadine in the office.

Congregational Dinner and Meeting

May 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Congregational Dinner and Annual Meeting followed by Erev Shabbat service with the Makaylah. Annual meeting includes voting on the slate, budget review, and committee reports. There will be wonderful student presentations, too.

Knitting/Crochet Havurah meeting

May 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

The next meeting of the Knitting/Crochet Havurah will be Monday, May 21 at 12:30 pm, in the Boardroom at Or Hadash.

Bring what you are working on and join the conversation as we stitch! All levels of experience welcome.

Organizations that we are making items for, such as blankets and hats, include The Mitzvah Circle and the NICU at St. Christophers.

Please RSVP if coming, and for any questions, email

Friday Night Shabbat Havurah

June 1, 2018 - 6:30pm

Get in on the Spirit of Shabbat at Or Hadash

It's great to take a deep breath at the end of a long week and create a separation between the week and the weekend.  That's what Friday night Shabbat rituals help us do, create a Shabbat frame of mind.  How we get to that frame of mind is probably different for each of us, but for many it may include some version of a relaxed evening meal with friends, lots of talking and kibitzing, and some Shabbat rituals.

Healing Service

June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

The service is intended for those who are seeking physical or emotional healing for themselves or someone they care about. We share inspirational and comforting readings and music and enjoy the warmth and support of our community. The service starts at 7 pm and usually lasts about an hour. No RSVP is necessary and this service is open to all.