Mazel Tov, High Holy Days, and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Mazel tov to Jim and Jill Smythe on the birth of their grandson, Ravi Alexander Smythe Lepp! Ravi’s parents are Jennie Smythe and David Lepp of California.


Join us for the annual decorating of the Ohev Tzedek sukkah on Sunday, October 1 at 10 am! Light refreshments will be served; please RSVP to the office by Tuesday, September 26.

The annual Second Harvest High Holidays food drive will run through Saturday, October 14. Second Harvest will welcome all non-perishable donations, but the following are most needed: peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, dry pasta, canned soup, macaroni and cheese, tuna, instant mashed potatoes, baby food, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. All donations can be placed in the yellow barrels in the Ohev Tzedek lobby. Please help us help the hungry in our community!

The Federation is updating the information in the Jewish Community Blue Book, a valuable tool to help “the best small Jewish Community” around be able to stay in touch with each other. The directory is a valuable and handy source of information for members of the Jewish community and a great opportunity to advertise your business. If you have not already updated your contact information, please do so by contacting Kelli McCormick at the JCC.

Temple El Emeth and Rodef Sholom are pleased to announce that the 13th annual card party and luncheon on Tuesday, October 17, at 11 am will be held at Rodef Sholom. The $15 cost per person includes the luncheon. Please join the Sisterhoods for a wonderful day of cards, fellowship, and food. Please RSVP to the Rodef Sholom office with the reservation form that can be found in the Ohev Tzedek lobby (no phone reservations will be taken).


High Holy Days Events and Services

Kol Nidre: September 29, 7 pm (candles at 6:49 pm). The first service of Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, begins at 7 pm.

Yom Kippur: September 30, 9:30 am. Services begin at 9:30 am. Junior congregation begins at 11 am. The sermon, with recitation of Yizkor, will begin around noon. From 2:30-5:30, we will break for study sessions (TBA) and then return at 5:30 for Minchah with a reading of Jonah and a discussion. Neilah will begin at 6:30. Havdalah service and the blowing of the shofar will take place around 7:45 pm; we will break fast immediately following the blowing of the shofar.

Sukkah Decorating: October 1, 10 am. Join us in decorating our sukkah for the holiday! Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 9/26.

Erev Sukkot: October 4. (Candles at 6:41 pm)

Sukkot – First Day: October 5, 9:45 am (candles at 7:38 pm). Services begin at 9:45 am. A kiddush luncheon will be served in the sukkah (weather permitting).

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot: October 7, 9:45 am. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a sukkah luncheon following services.

Shemini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah: October 12 (candles at 7:27 pm). Shemini Atzeret services will begin at 9:45 am; Yizkor will be recited around 11 am. We will rejoin later in the evening, 6:30 pm, to celebrate Erev Shemini Atzeret. Come join the festivities as we celebrate the never-ending cycle of Torah with special aliyot, singing, dancing, and, of course, hot dogs! Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 10/9.


JCC Events

Nonviolence Parade and Rally: Sunday, October 1, 3 pm parade, 3:30 pm rally. Downtown Youngstown. Patricia Cunningham III will be recognized for her work in nonviolence and social justice.

Simeon Booker Award for Courage: Tuesday, October 3, 7 pm. DeYor Performing Arts Center. The 2017 Simeon Booker Award for Courage will feature a panel discussion of national figures titled Intolerance in Today’s America. The speakers will discuss Islamophobia, racism, and antisemitism.

An Evening at the Opera: A Performance by Merav Eldan: Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $11/member, $15/non-member. Israeli-born mezzo-soprano singer Merav Eldan will perform a beautiful selection of well-known arias from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, and more. She will also feature popular songs from the classic musicals of L. Bernstein and Gershwin, as well as songs by the great American composer A. Copland. A light dinner will be served.

Human Rights under the Palestinian Authority: A Palestinian Perspective: Monday, October 16, 6-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Jerusalem-based political analyst and human rights pioneer, Bassem Eid, will discuss human rights violations under the Palestinian Authority and the effect of the BDS movement on the Palestinian people.

Movie & Lunch Bunch: The Zookeeper’s Wife: Wednesday, October 18, 12-2:30 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $8/member, $11/non-member. The Warsaw zoo flourishes under the stewardship of Dr. Jan Zabinsky and the care of his wife, Antonina. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly-appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. A light lunch will be served.

PJ Library: Challah Tots: Thursday, October 19, 6-7:30 pm. JCC. Join us for a fun-filled evening of kid-friendly challah-making to prepare for Shabbat! We will make the challah dough together, and you will take it home to bake for Shabbat the next day. Open to children 3-8; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

4th Annual Pumpkin Plunge: Friday, October 20, 4-6 pm. JCC Main Campus Pool. Free/member, $5/non-member.

Family Campout: Friday, October 20, 4 pm to Saturday, October 21, 7 pm. $38/member, $50/non-member (price includes food and transportation). Join us for a fun-filled outdoor weekend in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We will camp in the park, hike during the day, and take part in an educational program led by Akiva science teacher Ben Katz. This program is suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of 10 may come on their own. Equipment is available. Space for this program is limited. Contact Gon Erez for more details.

Wellness Program – The Flu Shot: Vaccination and Education: Flu shots distributed Friday, October 20, 10 am – 12 pm. Lunch and speaker 11:30 am – 12 pm. Please bring your insurance card for coverage; if you do not have insurance, the cost is $25. A light lunch will be served.

JCC Journeys – Waitress: Sunday, October 22. 11 am JCC departure. $65/member, $85/non-member. Dinner on your own. (Space is limited – register by October 6.) Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses off their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.  

Mitzvah Day: What Mitzvah can WE do? Sunday, October 22, 11 am. JCC. The Social Action Committee of the JCRC is proud to present a Mitzvah Day program to the community. On Mitzvah Day 2017, we will learn about how we can make a positive difference to the world in which we live by giving our most valuable possession – our time! Guest speaker Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk, Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, will share about implementing Judaism’s teachings of Tikkun Olam – to repair the world – and will inspire participants to pursue social justice through social activism. Additionally, opportunities to register for 2017-18 Mitzvah projects will be presented.

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