Condolences and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

We note with sorrow the passing of Newman Levy, brother of member Joe Levy. May his memory be for a blessing. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones. Funeral services were held at the Rodef Sholom chapel in Tod Homestead Cemetery.


The monthly meeting of the women’s Rosh Chodesh group will take place at Phyllis Oresky’s at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 29. Please let the office or Phyllis know if you plan to attend.

Saturday, April 1: Services (Torah portion: Vayikra) begin at 9:45 am.

There will be an unveiling for Millie Rusnak at our cemetery on Sunday, April 2, at 11:30 am. A meal, sponsored by Sherri Mulne, will follow at Ohev Tzedek.

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting the PJ Library Pesach event on Wednesday, April 5 at 6 pm.

Join us for Shabbat services on Saturday, April 8, and stay for a special Kiddush luncheon in honor of Shirley Kessler’s 95th birthday! Please call and let the office know if you plan to attend.

Pesach services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, at 9:45 am. The annual Ohev Tzedek Second Seder will be held later that evening at 6 pm. Please RSVP with payment to the Ohev Tzedek office by Monday, April 3. Please see the attached flier for more information.

Our own Allison Pitinii Davis (Linda and Murray’s daughter) will be reading from her new book, Line Study of a Motel Clerk, at Kravitz Deli on Friday, April 14, at 7 pm. A reception will follow with music by Kristi Blue and the Midnites, featuring her uncle, Harmonica Harry. Bring your copy of the book along (it’s now on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble) – Allison will be signing books after the reading!

Line Study of a Motel Clerk examines a family’s century-long effort to make a home in a world on the  move. Two families immigrate to America’s Steel Valley (Mahoning Valley) and open a trucking motel (Davis Motel North Lima) and laundry. The businesses change hands through three generations as the region’s industry booms and busts. When the two disparate families become one, the new generation must examine what it means to endure in a place, a culture, a language, and a history.

The annual JCRC Holocaust commemoration program for this spring’s series of Yom Hashoah holiday observances is as follows: Sunday, April 23, at 4 pm at the JCC – the annual Shoah Memorial Ceremony; Tuesday, April 25 at noon in the Rotunda of the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown – the 24thAnnual Community Holocaust Commemoration event.

Artist Tobi Kahn’s exhibition, Anointed Time: Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects, will be housed at the Butler Institute of American Art until April 30. This installation includes work from the early 1980s to present and is comprised entirely of Kahn’s shrines, sculpture, and ceremonial art. Please see the attached flier for more information.

If you or a loved one is in need of prayer and healing, please call in to the office to ensure that all names are included on the mi she’beirach list.


Adult Education

Current Classes

The Amidah — Using Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s excellent volume in the My People’s Prayer Book series as a guide, we will explore this core prayer to discuss tefilla, Jewish prayer, as a whole, and how Jews have ever understood our ongoing, evolving relationship with G-d. This class meets Monday nights at 7 pm.

Star Shlep: The Next Generation — Using Jewish science fiction/fantasy as the starship, we will explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy of issues of Jewish identity, survival, and development. We are now entering a new phase of the class and will be selecting a novel and/or more short stories to read together. Now is a good time to join the class if you’re not already a Star Shlepper. This class will continue to meet Thursday nights at 7.

Beginning Hebrew — A beginning Hebrew reading class will continue to meet on Sundays. Please call the office for dates and times.

Future Classes

Classes that receive a minimum of eight registrants will begin in April. Each is designed to be approximately 10 sessions. Some classes may require a text to be purchased in addition to the registration fee of $50/class. Unless otherwise noted, all will be held at Ohev Tzedek. Rabbi Oresky is also open to suggestions for classes not proposed below. All of the classes are open to the entire Jewish community.

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.

Selected Books of the Prophets: Joshua and Judges — Read beyond the haftarot! By delving deeper into some of the prophetic writings, we’ll begin to access the wisdom of this crucial middle third of the Tanakh. We’ll start with the first two books that follow the Five Books: what happened once our ancestors entered the Land? Why are these two books so different?

Saying Kaddish –Using The Kaddish Minyan and several other excellent sources and classroom discussion, we will explore “the time after” a loss of a dear one; saying Kaddish can be far more than a rote exercise – it can be a path to reconnection with the past, a meaningful activity of the present, and an important link to the future.


JCC Events

Darlene’s Destinations: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, this adaptation from the National Theatre of Great Britain is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Price ($65/member, $85/non-member) includes orchestra seat, transportation, and tip for the bus driver. Dinner on your own. Sunday, April 9, 1 pm.

Lunch & Learn: Chamber Music Concert — A concert commemorating Yom Hashoah, featuring music from composers affected by the Holocaust. Thursday, April 20, 12-2:30 pm at JCC. Free/member, $5/non-member.

Lunch & Learn: Controlling Diabetes — Friday, April 21, 12-1 pm at JCC. Free and open to the public.

Dive-In Movie: Pete’s Dragon — Friday, April 21, 3:30-5:30 pm at JCC. Free/member, $5/non-member.

Art Education and Exploration — The JCC art curator will lead a three-day after-school program to help children explore the world of art. April 25, 26, 27, 3:30-4:30 pm at JCC. $15/member, $20/non-member.

Israel Independence Day Celebration (Yom Ha’atzmau) — Everyone is invited to celebrate the 69th anniversary to the State of Israel! We will enjoy excellent Israeli food like falafel, pita and hummus, entertainment for the whole family, and experience a bit of what it’s like to be Israeli. This will be a fun, family event for all ages. Free and open to the public. Sunday, April 30, 12:30-3 pm at JCC.

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