Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:
There will be no services at Ohev Tzedek on September 24; instead, we will be meeting at Heritage Manor at 9:30 am.
The community Selichot program and service will be held Saturday, September 24 at Temple El Emeth. Dr. Zieva Dauber Konvisser will present “Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing,” sharing stories from survivors and survivors’ families which serve as testimony to their inner strength and determination – a victory of the human spirit – and inspire each of us as we meet the challenges of our lives. Mincha, Maariv, and Havdalah begin at 7:20 pm; refreshments will be served at 8 pm. The program and service will begin at 8:30. Please RSVP to the El Emeth office (330.759.1429) by the end of the business day today.
As the High Holidays are approaching, we are trying to finalize plans. If you would like to register a child for either Junior Congregation or for childcare services, please call and let the office know by Tuesday, September 27.
Geraldine Brooks, author of The People of the Book, a story about the history of the Sarajevo Hagaddah, will be speaking in the Orr Auditorium at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 28. Temple Ohev Tzedek will be planning a program around her visit, which will include dinner off the menu at a local New Wilmington restaurant, the lecture, and a book signing immediately following. For more information, please contact the Ohev Tzedek office. If you would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP to the office as soon as possible.
Join us for the last summer Kabbalat Shabbat service and vegetarian/dairy potluck picnic at Boardman Park’s Chester Long Pavilion Friday, September 30, 6-9:30 pm. Please RSVP to the OT office today, letting us know what dish you will be bringing.
JCC Lunch and Learn: September 30, 11:30-1. Israeli Shlichim, Gon and Shai Erez, will talk about the history of Jerusalem and the complexity of the Western Wall as it relates to Jewish and Israeli society. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Reservations required by 9/23 at 330.746.3250 x. 159
The High Holidays food drive will begin on Saturday, October 1 and run through Saturday, November 5. Please bring your non-perishable food and toiletry items to the temple and place them in the yellow barrels in the lobby. Please help us help the hungry in our community. Second Harvest welcomes all donations, but peanut butter, cereal, tuna fish, canned fruit and vegetables, and dry pasta are most needed.
Harold Davis and Mindi Einzig’s blues group, Kristi Blue and the Midnites, will be presenting “The History of the Blues,” a one-hour lecture, Powerpoint, and live performance telling the captivating stories of blues legends Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, and more. The stories will show the evolution of American music up through Elvis. Historic blues songs will be presented as both original recordings and live performances. Join Kristi Blue and Harmonica Harold for on Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm at the Canfield library.
Join us Sunday, October 16 to decorate Ohev Tzedek’s sukkah for the holiday! Snacks and cider will be provided for those who come. Please call and let the office know how many will be attending by Tuesday, October 11.
We will be celebrating Sukkot with a lovely international vegetarian/dairy dinner in the Ohev Tzedek sukkah on Monday, October 17 at 6 pm. Dinner will be followed by a Maariv service and jam session/sing-along: Psalm-Songs for Sukkot. Bring instruments, song sheets, and your voice! Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by October 7.
The 2016 Jewish Film Festival will conclude with Little White Lie on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm at Encore Cinema. Please see the brochure in the back of the Ohev Tzedek sanctuary for more information about the film.
Adult Education Classes for this summer are nearly over. The Psalms class will culminate with the Psalms for Sukkot program on Monday, October 17. Classes for the fall are as follows. Please call the office to register:
Mussar: The study of middot (positive personality traits and characteristics) and the practice of perfecting them is an excellent way to enter the new year and to improve all of our relationships. We will meet one weekday afternoon per week to discuss and to find ways of bringing these important values and traits into our lives. Please let us know what afternoon best fits your schedule – however, we are leaning towards Mondays at 1 pm, beginning November 7.
Star Shlep – An Exploration of Short Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy: Using Jewish science fiction/fantasy short stories as the starship, we will explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy of issues of Jewish identity, survival, and development. Texts: Wandering Stars and More Wandering Stars (both edited by Jack Dann); People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy(edited by Swirsky and Wallace); and other sources. This class will meet Thursday nights at 7 pm beginning October 27.
Rabbi Oresky is also interested in offering another class on Monday nights. If you are interested in a class on Biblical poetry, saying Kaddish, Jewish comedians, the Sh’ma and its blessings, or books of the prophets (Joshua and Judges), please call the office.
The JCC pool is hosting a Dive In Movie, showing Kung Fu Panda 3 4-6 pm on Friday, September 23. Cost is $5 for non-members. Register at jccyoungstown.org/familyprograms.
Lunch and Learn: Home and Neighborhood Safety – Learn how to protect your home from intruders and stay safe in your community, We’ll hear from James Welch of the Vice Squad and members of the Youngstown Community Police. Thursday, September 29, 12-1 pm at the JCC. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required by September 27.
J Cafe: Book Review with Alyce Gross – Please welcome us in bringing former resident and author Alyce Gross back to Youngstown. Alyce will speak about her latest book, Widow-Wise, a series of stories that begins with three nice Jewish girls as freshmen sharing a dormitory room on the campus of The Ohio State University in 1956. Fifty-three years later, they sat together and shared the stories of their lives. Widow-Wise is vivid and full of promise as the author poses thoughts and observations about men and women with savvy insight into today’s world. Price ($8/member, $10/non-member, $12 after 9/30) includes lecture and lunch. Thursday, October 6, 12-1:30 pm at the JCC.
Darlene’s Destinations: Fun Home – The winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. She wrote the memoir as a student at Oberlin College. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect her in surprising new ways. Price ($75/member, $85/non-member) includes orchestra seat, transportation, and tip for bus driver. Dinner on your own. Sunday, October 16; leave for Cleveland at 11:30 am and return at 7:30 pm.
Movie and Lunch Bunch: Al Jolson – The Jazz Singer – Starring Al Jolson, the world’s most popular musical comedy artist, The Jazz Singer is considered by Warner Brothers to be their most supportive triumph. Don’t miss this classic movie! Price ($5/member, $7/non-member, $10 after 10/14) includes movie and light lunch. Wednesday, October 19, 12-2 pm at the JCC.
The JCC pool is hosting a Pumpkin Plunge 4-6 pm on Friday, October 21. Cost is $5 for non-members. Register at jccyoungstown.org/familyprograms.
Israel-A Startup Nation Dinner and Lecture: Eran Arden, co-founder and CEO of Israeli-based startup TIMOCCO will discuss Israel’s high-tech industry. The country has the highest number of entrepreneurships per capita, second only to the Silicon Valley, and is home to global research and development centers such as Google, Apple, and IBM. Thursday, October 27, 6 pm dinner, 6:30 lecture. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required by October 20.
Congregation Ohev Tzedek 5245 Glenwood Ave. Youngstown, OH 44512 330-758-2321 www.ohevtzedek.org Neil Yutkin and Francie Yarwood, Presidents Saul Oresky, Rabbi