This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, January 21: Services (Torah portion: Shemot) begin at 9:45 am.

We will be showing Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about global warming, on Sunday, February 5, at 1:30 pm (please note the new date – the showing of Flory’s Flame is being rescheduled). 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 February 1

Dance Lessons for Beginners: Join the fun and learn to dance with Lyndall McPhail. Learn the basic patterns to six different dances (swing, waltz, rumba, salsa, cha cha, and polka). Be ready when the weddings, festivals, and reunions start this spring! There are partner dances, but you don’t need a partner to come to class. No dance experience needed – everyone learns together! 6 weeks, starting Sunday, February 5, at 2 pm at Creekside Fitness Center in Boardman (membership to Creekside not necessary to attend class). $30/person for 6 weeks or $10/person weekly drop in rate.

We will be celebrating Shabbat Shira by reading the Song of the Sea on Saturday, February 11, so we are looking to put together a few musical numbers for this 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 participate. Since that day is Tu B’Shevat, we will hold a Seder following the service. Please RSVP to be included.

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

Current Classes

Please contact the Ohev Tzedek office if you are interested in any of these classes, or to suggest others. Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet at Ohev Tzedek.

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 meets Monday nights at 7 pm.

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 meets Thursday nights at 7.

Beginning Hebrew – A beginning Hebrew reading class will continue to meet on Sundays at 1:30 pm.

Future Classes

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

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.

Couples Sip and Paint – Thursday, February 9, 5:30-8 pm. $30 per person/member, $40 per person/non-member. Price includes art supplies, wine, cheese, and snacks.

Black/Jewish Book & Dialogue Club, Featuring the book Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self – The Civil Rights movement brought author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal together, and in 1969 their daughter, Rebecca, was born. Some saw this unusual copper-colored girl as an outrage or an oddity; others viewed her as a symbol of harmony, a triumph of love over hate. But after her parents divorced, leaving her a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds that only seemed to grow further apart, Rebecca was no longer sure what she represented. In this book, Rebecca Leventhal Walker attempts to define herself as a soul instead of a symbol – and offers a new look at the challenge of personal identity in a story at once strikingly unique and universal. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Director of Africana Studies, YSU. Sunday, February 12, 2 pmPlease RSVP to Sarah Wilschek by February 6.

Movie and Lunch Bunch: Gentleman’s Agreement – One of the first films to directly tackle racial prejudice, this acclaimed adaptation of Laura Hobson’s bestseller stars Gregory Peck in an Oscar-nominated role as a journalist assigned to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism. Searching for an angle, he decides to pose as a Jew and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance. A light lunch will be served. Thursday, February 16, 12-2:30 pm. $5/member, $7/non-member, $10/after January 30.

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