Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:
Saturday, April 22: Services (Torah Portion: Shemini) begin 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.