This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:


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!


Saturday, April 15: Services (Chol Hamoed Pesach) begin at 9:45 am.


Pesach services, including Yizkor, will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at 9:45 am.

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.


The April meeting of the women’s Rosh Chodesh group will take place at Phyllis Oresky’s at 6 pm, Thursday, April 27. Please RSVP to Phyllis or to the Ohev Tzedek office by Monday, April 24, if you plan to attend.


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.


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. While we are currently in the middle of a novel, there is still time to join the class if you’re not already a Star Shlepper; if you’d rather not join in the middle of a book, the next novel is scheduled to begin at the beginning of June. This class will continue to meet Thursday nights at 7.




JCC Events


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’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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