This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, July 8: Services (Torah Portion: Balak) begin at 9:45 am.

Memorial plaques may be ordered for loved ones to be hung in the sanctuary and lit on the anniversary of their deaths and on all days when Yizkor is recited. To arrive in time for dedication during Yom Kippur, orders must be placed by Tuesday, July 11. Please call the office for more information.

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting a going-away party for Rabbi Saul and Phyllis on Saturday, July 22, at 6 pm. Dinner will be followed by Havdalah. There is no charge for dinner, but donations (suggested $10) will be collected toward a going-away gift for Rabbi Saul. RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office is required by Monday, July 17.

The July meeting of the women’s monthly Rosh Chodesh group will be held at Phyllis Oresky’s house on Monday, July 24, at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Phyllis or to the office by Monday, July 17.

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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 are exploring 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 are exploring the farthest reaches of the galaxy of issues of Jewish identity, survival, and development. We are currently reading Snow in August by Pete Hamill. This class will conclude on Thursday night, July 20, at 7 pm.

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JCC Events

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival: Bagels over Berlin: Thursday, July 27, 7 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. In honor of Irwin Stovroff’s 95th birthday. Antisemitism and discrimination in the United States made life uncomfortable for Jews in the 1930s and – in unison with Hitler’s propaganda machine – placed a share of the blame for the coming war on the Jews. Anti-Jewish rhetoric from no less than Henry Ford and Charles Lindberg was everywhere, and discrimination was omnipresent – from limited educational and employment opportunities to house restrictions and social limitations. Nonetheless, American Jews responded to the outbreak of war with an overwhelming determination to fight for the country they loved. Through his interviews with over 30 Jewish war veterans, including Youngstown’s Irwin Stovroff, director Alan Feinberg reveals how Jews volunteered in large numbers for the US Army Air Corps, the branch of service with the highest mortality rate in the first part of the war. Yet, with any war veteran, each Jewish soldier or airman’s story is different and personal. RSVP online.

Lunch and Learn: Body and Self-Image: Friday, July 28, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Wendy Persson will discuss how body-shaming affects women of all ages, sizes, and physical capacities. Come join us for an hour of experiential learning to help you appreciate and love the body you have. RSVP to Sheila Cornell is required by July 26.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Diletto Winery: Thursday, August 17, 6-8:30 pm. $45/member, $60/non-member. Join us for a fun evening of dinner, drinks, and drama! Everyone’s a suspect in the crime, so head to Diletto Winery to come help solve the mystery. Price includes participation in the murder mystery program, a four-course meal, and a glass of wine, sangria, or beer. Participants must be 18 or older. Space is limited. Register by August 10.

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