Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:
Saturday, December 24: Services (Torah portion: Vayeshev) begin at 9:45 am.
Beginning at 10 am on Sunday, December 25, Ohev Tzedek will host our annual Typical Jewish Christmas event, featuring homemade Chinese food (prepared by our very own Chef Art Einzig), popcorn, and two Gene Wilder films. Attendance for the films is free, but there will be a minimal fee to cover our costs for the meal.
Our annual joint Ohev Tzedek/El Emeth Hanukkah party will be Thursday, December 29, from 6-9 pm. This year’s party will feature candle lighting and a sing-along (please bring your own menorah and candles), homemade latkes, family-friendly dancing and lessons with Lyndall McPhail, and the Seventh Annual World Series of Dreidl (flier attached with more information)! The party is free to members of both temples and their guests, but there will be an $8 fee for those who are not affiliated with either temple or coming as a guest.
Please contact the Ohev Tzedek office if you are interested in any of these classes, or to suggest others.
Mussar – The study of middot (positive personality traits and characteristics) and the practice of perfecting them is an excellent way to fulfill the vows that we made for the new year and to improve all of our relationships. We meet Mondays at 1:30 pm to learn about, discuss, and actualize these important values and traits in our lives. Although we have been meeting since early November, feel free to join this class now, but do please register since we must know how many copies of materials to provide.
The Sh’ma and its Blessings – Using Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s excellent volume in the My People’s Prayer Book series as a guide, we will explore this central prayer as an entry into exploration of tefilla, Jewish prayer. This class begins Monday night, Jan. 9 at 7 pm.
Jewish Composers and Musicians from Biblical to Classical to Pop – A treat for the mind and the ears: we will learn about Jewish composers and musicians from King David to Carole King and listen to and discuss their music. How, if at all, did their Jewishness influence their music? Feel free to suggest composers and musical selections when you register for the class. Time to be determined.
What’s So Funny About Being Jewish? A Study of Jewish Comedians – Who doesn’t have a favorite Jewish comedian? Why has comedy been a Jewish occupation for so long? How could a people with an often-tragic history produce such a large number of really funny people? We’ll watch and listen to comedy routines both old and new and search for common threads. Time to be determined.
Darlene’s Destinations: Into the Woods – This beloved reimagining of fairy tales centers on a childless baker and his wife, who embark on a quest to find the four items required to break a witch’s spell. The new production ditches the original orchestrations for a single piano, with the performers chiming in with everything from a bassoon to a waterphone. Price ($75/member, $85/non-member) includes orchestra seat, transportation, and tip for bus driver. Sunday, January 29 – depart JCC at 11 am, return at 7:30 pm.