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OVS Serves as Collection Site for Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Dear OVS Community,

Jewish Atlanta is rising up to support those impacted by Hurricane Florence and we want to share with you that you can help. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) is coordinating a community-wide effort to collect supplies and Congregation Or VeShalom is serving as a collection site. Please bring the supplies listed to the side to OVS by September 30. There will also be a community-wide sorting and packing event on October 7th, which we will share with the community as more information is available. Additionally, the Jewish Federation of North America is collecting funds here for those who want to donate to help those impacted by the storm.

As JFGA President/CEO Eric Robbins said, “Particularly as we head into Sukkot, which commemorates the sheltering of our people during the Exodus, we feel called to add our support and resources to this kind of rebuilding process.”

In strength,
Adam Kofinas

Executive Director, Congregation Or VeShalom


Supplies Needed for Hurricane Florence Relief
• Generators
• Tarps
• 5-Gallon Buckets
• Garbage Bags
• Water
• Cots/Mats
• Work Gloves
• Flashlights
• Batteries
• Reusable Water Bottles
• All Cleaning Supplies
• Baby Diapers
• Baby Wipes
• Infant Formula
• Children’s Vitamins
• Personal Cleaning
• Soap/Body Wash
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Adult Diapers

AmazonSmile - Support OVS

AmazonSmile: Support OVS When You Shop!Support Congregation Or VeShalom when you shop. Remember to place the word "smile" before you type in the website! Click the link here or on the logo to ensure you are signed up to support OVS.

You shop. Amazon donates!

High Holyday Schedule

For a full list of services, click here.

High Holydays 2018/5779 @ OVS

All are welcome to join us for the High HolyDays. For Guest Tickets or More Information, please fill out this form and contact our Executive Director, Adam Kofinas, at 404-633-1737 or


Erev Sukkot                     Sunday, September 23

Evening Services                               6:45 pm

Candle Lighting                                  7:14 pm


1st Day Sukkot                  Monday, September 24

Morning Services                               8:37 am

Mincha/Arvit                                       6:45 pm

Candle Lighting                                 no earlier
                                                          than 8:08 pm


2nd Day Sukkot               Tuesday, September 25

Morning Services                             8:37 am

Mincha/Arvit                                     7:00 pm

First days of Sukkot conclude          8:07 pm



Erev Shemini Atzeret      Sunday, September 30

Shacharit                                         8:15 am

Mincha/Arvit                                    6:45 pm

Candle Lighting                               7:05 pm


Shemini Atzeret                Monday, October 1

Morning Services                            8:37 am

Yizkor                                              approx.10:30 am

Mincha                                            6:30 pm

Arvit for Simchat Torah                   6:45 pm
Dancing with the Torahs

Yom Tov Candle Lighting                no earlier than
                                                        7:58 pm


Simchat Torah                   Tuesday, October 2

Shacharit                                        8:37 am

Mincha/Arvit                                   7:00 pm

Conclusion of Holiday                    7:57 pm

Future of OVS Committee

The Future of OVS Committee has been working through the summer collecting data in different ways. A community survey was recently sent to all current members as part of this effort. In addition, the committee held a series of town hall meetings in late August.

To share additional thoughts with our consultant, Michele Levin, please email her at

We plan to share the findings of the committee at the Annual Membership Meeting in December.

Dan Dinur and Morris Maslia
Co-Chairs of Future of OVS Committee

Thoughts from OVS Leadership

Rabbi's Kassorla's D'vrei Torah


Your Path to Spanish Citizenship

Thank you to Luis Portero for presenting to us on April 22, 2018. Luis is an attorney licensed to practice in Spain and served as counsel for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain during the parliamentary process of approval of the Law on granting the Spanish citizenship to Sephardim. He discussed the process of getting the law enacted, of which he was a major contributor, and presented on the steps involved in applying  for Spanish Citizenship through this program. A copy of his presentation, including a detailed walkthrough of the process, can be found here.

Or VeShalom is proud to be a guide for you through this process. Please note that the program ends on October 1, 2019, so it’s best to get started right away. To find out more and begin the process, click here.

OVS Founders Map Project

We are happy to announce that the OVS History Committee has concluded its two-year project of identifying, on an Atlanta city map, early OVS members’ residences and businesses located on Atlanta’s Southside. To learn more and find out how to purchase a copy of the map, click here.

You are invited to examine the map reproduced on glossy photographic paper and the accompanying booklet. 

Navigating Our New Site

Welcome to the NEW OVS site! We are working to add guides for each section of the site to help understand the more confusing sections. If a guide isn't listed, please contact the office for further instructions.

To view the guides page, click here.

Sat, September 22 2018 13 Tishrei 5779