This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:


Sale of chametz forms must be in to the office by April 7.


Saturday, April 8: Services (Torah portion: Tzav) begin at 9:45 am. This week will feature a special Kiddush luncheon in honor of Shirley Kessler’s 95th birthday! Please call and let the office know if you plan to attend by Wednesday, April 5.


Pesach services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 18, both at 9:45 am.


The annual Ohev Tzedek Second Seder will be held Tuesday evening, April 11, at 6 pm. Please note: the last day to RSVP with payment to the Ohev Tzedek office is Wednesday, April 5. 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 Allison’s 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!


The annual JCRC Holocaust commemoration schedule 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 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 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.



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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