This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, January 7: Services (Torah portion: Vayigash) begin at 9:45 am.

The January meeting of the Board of Directors has been cancelled. The February meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm.

If anyone has any pictures from the El Emeth/Ohev Tzedek Hanukkah party last Thursday night, please email them to the office. We would love to include them in our bulletin!

If you enjoyed the dancing at the Hanukkah party, you will love A Time to Dance’s guest and beginner dance party on Sunday, January 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Join Lyndall McPhail and her company of dancers for this fun and free event. All level of dancers and visitors are welcome. (38 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles, OH 44446: behind the Pine Tree Plaza where Robbins, Tibbets Wick, and 422 come together)

Rabbi Oresky’s “The Sh’ma and Its Blessings” class begins this coming Monday, January 9 at 7 pm. The class will explore the Sh’ma as an entry into exploration of tefilla, Jewish prayer.

We will be showing Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about global warming, on Sunday, January 22 at 1:30 pm. Before the Flood is an intriguing look at the evidence behind global warming, including interviews with major world leaders, as well as showing actual instances where the changes in environment are becoming obvious. Ohev Tzedek is showing this film as part of the beginning of a newly forming Social Action Committee. The film will be followed by light snacks and a discussion. Please RSVP by January 17.

We will be celebrating the Shabbat of Song of the Sea and Tu B’Shevat on Saturday, February 11, so we are looking to put together a few musical numbers for this joint celebration. We are looking for members who are willing to lend their voices and their musical talents to this event. Please call the office as soon as possible and let Rabbi Oresky know that you would be willing to do so. A Tu B’Shevat Seder will follow the service.

MSJS and Akiva students, families, and staff will lead a Kabbalat Shabbat service, following a Friday Night dinner on Friday, February 24 at 6 pm. The charge for each adult is $10 (make checks payable to “CJE”); children up to 10th grade are free. Please RSVP with payment to the Ohev Tzedek office by Wednesday, February 8.


Adult Education

Please contact the Ohev Tzedek office if you are interested in any of these classes, or to suggest others.

MussarThe 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.


JCC Events

Authentic Self-Defense – Learn the fundamentals of authentic self-defense including how to strike with your knees, feet, hands, and elbows. The class will also include basic ways of dealing with strikes and grabs from an aggressor. Learn from eighth degree black belt, Grandmaster Samuel David Naples. This class is geared toward the adult student who wishes to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones from those who could do them harm. Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30, January 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, February 2, 6. Price: $50/member, $65/non-member.

Movie & Lunch Bunch: The King’s Speech – When England’s throne is suddenly thrust upon him, King George VI must overcome a lifelong debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation. After his iron-willed, compassionate wife secretly enlists an eccentric speech therapist, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that will ultimately empower the monarch to find his voice, inspire his people, and rally the world. A light lunch will be served. Thursday, January 19, 12-2:30 pm in the JCC Multipurpose Room. Price: $5/member, $7/non-member, $10 after January 2.

Lunch & Learn: Eating Healthy at Any Age – Registered Dietician Leigh Ann Marchio, RD, LD will join us for an informative talk about some of the healthiest eating habits for any age. This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served. Friday, January 20, 12-1 pm.

Lunch & Learn: Israeli Diversity – Israel has one of the most diverse societies in the world. Immigrants from various countries around the world have made Israel a multicultural country. Join us for a fascinating lecture as we learn about the influence that many of these cultures have had on Israeli society. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Friday, January 27, 11:30-1. RSVP to Gon Erez (330.746.3250 x. 159) or online at by January 23.

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.

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