This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Thank you to those who came out and volunteered at Second Harvest last night!

Reminder: the April meeting of the women’s Rosh Chodesh group will take place at Phyllis Oresky’s at 6 pm, Thursday, April 27.

Saturday, April 29: Services (Torah Portion: Tazria-Metzora) begin at 9:45 am. This week is Simcha Shabbat, so join us as we celebrate all of April’s happy occasions!

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting an organic gardening class, led by our own Ron Sabelli, on Sunday, May 7, from 12-2:30 pm. This class will work both with our existing garden and with new grow boxes, which are perfect for those without yards or whose HOAs prevent the planting of a traditional garden. The $5 fee includes all materials except the vegetables you wish to grow, so pick up a packet of your favorite organic seeds! Subsequent sessions will be free. When harvest-time comes, everyone is invited to come out and sample the produce from everyone’s plantings! Space is limited to fifteen students, so RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office is a must by Tuesday, May 2.

On Sunday, May 7, at 3 pm, Ohev Tzedek will be hosting a showing of Denial, the story of a woman’s legal battle to prove the historical truth of the Holocaust. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free, but RSVP is required to the Ohev Tzedek office by Thursday, May 4.

The May Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, at 7 pm.

Join us at Ohev Tzedek on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at 1 pm for a cookout with kosher hot dogs and hamburgers, vegan 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). Bring musical instruments and Frisbees!

Rabbi Saul and Phyllis will be hosting an “all-night” study session and dairy potluck at their house on Erev Shavuot (Tuesday, May 30) at 8 pm. Bring your favorite vegetarian/dairy dish to share! Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 5/23. If you wish to do a teaching, please let Rabbi know by Monday, May 8, so he can coordinate study sessions.

Services, including Yizkor, will be held at 9:45 am on the second day of Shavuot, June 1.

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.

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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 starting May 8.

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 currently reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. There is still time to join the class for our next novel, Snow in August by Pete Hamill, scheduled to begin at the beginning of June. This class will continue to meet Thursday nights at 7.

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JCC Events

Israel Independence Day Celebration (Yom Ha’atzmaut) — Everyone is invited to celebrate the 69th anniversary of 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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