This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

For those who were unable to sign the guest book at Rabbi Saul and Phyllis’s farewell party but would still like to, the book will be kept in the Ohev Tzedek office until Friday, July 28, at noon.

Saturday, July 29: Services (Torah Portion: Devarim – Shabbat Chazon) begin at 9:45 am. A Kiddush luncheon will follow services, sponsored by Barbara Goldberg in memory of Joseph Goldberg. The 29th is also Simcha Shabbat and Rabbi Saul’s last Shabbat leading services at Ohev Tzedek.

We will be gathering for the traditional reading of Lamentations by candlelight at 8 pm, Monday, July 31, Erev Tisha B’Av. This will be Rabbi Oresky’s last service as spiritual leader of Ohev Tzedek.

Next Saturday, August 5, will be the first service led under our new co-spiritual leadership. Please make every effort to attend services to support Sandy Kessler and Dario Hunter in this transition.

Hadassah is now collecting summer clothing at Raks as part of a fundraiser. (Fall items will be accepted in August and winter items in November.) Drop-off days are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; their number at Raks is 6984. For pick-up, call Bonnie Lehman (330.856.2158); for tax receipts, call Phyllis Landau (330.565.2280).


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 Lindbergh 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: Essential Oils with Young Living: Friday, July 28, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Learn about the benefits of essential oils from Rainie Frame from Young Living Essential Oils. She will discuss how essential oils can improve your sleep, rid your home of toxins and chemicals, support your immune system, ease effects of PMS or menopause, and reduce stress, anxiety, and fear. 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.

Lunch and Learn: Heart Disease: Friday, August 18, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. A cardiologist from Mercy Health will discuss ways to prevent heart disease, heart disease diagnosis, and treatment for heart disease. RSVP to Sheila Cornell is required by August 16.

Lunch and Learn: Walking a Tightrope: Tuesday, August 22, 11:30 am-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Join us for a fascinating, interactive lecture where we will explore the Supreme Court’s role in defending human rights and reshaping Israel’s Democratic yet Jewish identity. Rotem Malac, the speaker, is both a licensed attorney and a teacher, currently working as the central emissary in North America for the World Zionist Organization’s Department of Diaspora Activities. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Gon Erez is required by August 18.

Jewish Film Festival – Save the Dates: Purchase tickets online at
* To Life! – Sunday, August 20
* The Pickle Recipe – Wednesday, August 23
* Rosenwald – Sunday, August 27
* Rock in the Red Zone – Sunday, August 27
* Once in a Lifetime – Thursday, September 7
* In Search of Israeli Cuisine – Sunday, September 10


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