This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, May 27: Services (Torah Portion: Bemidbar) begin at 9:45 am. During services, we will be dedicating the memorial plaques of Mollie Kessler and Meyer Shtamfater. A special Kiddush luncheon will follow, sponsored by the Kessler family, in their memory.

Join us at Ohev Tzedek on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at 1 pm for a cookout with kosher hot dogs and hamburgers, salmon burgers, and all the fixings! The entire Jewish community is welcome! Please RSVP with payment and meat preference to the Ohev Tzedek office by the end of the day Thursday ($10 by 5/24 or $15 at the door). Harold Davis and Mindi Einzig will be leading an open mic and join others who want to play that day, so bring musical instruments or, if you’re less musically-inclined, Frisbees! Carys Yarwood will also be performing a dance she choreographed herself. Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, May 20: Services (Torah Portion: Behar-Bechukotai) begin at 9:45 am. A special Kiddush luncheon will follow, in celebration of Erv Schwartz’s 93rd birthday!

Join us for services next Saturday, May 27 for the dedication of the memorial plaques of Mollie Kessler and Meyer Shtamfater. A special Kiddush luncheon will follow, sponsored by the Kessler family in their memory.

Join us at Ohev Tzedek on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at 1 pm for a cookout with kosher hot dogs and hamburgers, salmon burgers, and all the fixings! The entire Jewish community is welcome! Please RSVP with payment and meat preference to the Ohev Tzedek office by May 23 ($10 by 5/23 or $15 at the door). Harold Davis and Mindi Einzig will be leading an open mic and join others who want to play that day, so bring musical instruments, or, if you’re less musically-inclined, Frisbees! Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, May 13: Services (Torah Portion: Emor) begin at 9:45 am.

Join us for a special Kiddush luncheon next Saturday, May 20, in celebration of Erv Schwartz’s 93rd birthday!

A launch event for the new book, A History of Jewish Youngstown and the Steel Valley, co-authored by locals Tom Welsh, Joshua Foster, and Gordon F. Morgan Jr. in collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, is scheduled for Monday, May 22 at 5 pm at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center on West Federal. The book is based on historical accounts, archival data, and interviews with members of the Jewish community in and around Youngstown. Continue reading

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Rabbi Saul’s Sermon for April 29, 2017: Between the Holidays – Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzma’ut

Sermon for April 29, 2017: Between the Holidays  Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzma’ut

Dear Friends,

We find ourselves this Shabbat between two holidays – we commemorated Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day – this past week, and we will celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day – this Tuesday. A ceremony last weekend at the JCC and another at the Mahoning County Courthouse marked the former, while a community-wide celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut on Sunday at the JCC will mark the latter.

I fear that both of these holidays, still relatively new on the Jewish calendar in comparison, have lost some of their emotional impact in the last several years. The crowds at both of the community Yom HaShoah events were comparatively small, which doesn’t bode well for how effectively we will continue to get across the message that remembering the Holocaust must continue even after all of the survivors are gone. Seventy-plus years after the end of the Shoah, the horrors of that 12-year period of suffering and tragedy have, for too many people, faded along with the memories of the survivors. The world has seen too many tragedies and genocides since then to give the Shoah the uniqueness that it once held, and this is dangerous in many ways. It is up to us, therefore, to carry forward the memories of those who died and those who survived, so that, along with those who fight against all persecutions and genocides, we can collectively shout “Never Again.” G-d forbid that the Shoah should ever become our prime motivation for survival as a people, but we should nevertheless make sure that it will always receive the focus that it deserves as both memorial and motivator. Continue reading

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