This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

We would like to update the list of members’ Hebrew names before the High Holidays. Even if you have done this in the past, please email or call the office with your Hebrew name, your parents’ Hebrew names, and the Hebrew names of your children so we can double-check our records.


Saturday, September 9: Services (Torah Portion: Ki Tavo) begin at 9:45 am. A brief memorial service will be held at Temple Ohev Tzedek to honor the memory of Joel Lackey, son of Marty and Ella Lackey (z”l). It will begin after the Torah service around 11 am and will be open to all that wish to come together to remember this remarkable man.

High Holiday Reminders: If you have need of babysitting or junior congregation services, please call the office to RSVP by September 14.

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting the community Selichot program on Saturday, September 16 beginning at 8 pm. The program will start with a showing of the film Denial, the fascinating true story of a lawsuit brought against a scholar who attacked the credentials of a  Holocaust denier. Since the suit was filed in Great Britain, the burden of proof was placed on the defendant rather than the person placing charges. A service will follow the showing of the movie. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required to the Ohev Tzedek office by Friday, September 8.

Temple El Emeth and Rodef Sholom are pleased to announce the 13th annual card party and luncheon 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 Holidays Services and Programs

Selichot: September 16, 8 pm. Community Selichot service at Ohev Tzedek and a showing of the film Denial. Light refreshments will be served. The program will begin at 8 pm, with services immediately following. RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 9/7.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: September 20, 7:30 pm (candles at 7:05 pm). Services begin at 7:30 pm. Let us join together as a community to usher in the new year.

First Day of Rosh Hashanah: September 21, 9 am (candles at 8:02 pm). Services begin at 9 am. Junior congregation, led by Leigh Zircher, begins at 11 am (please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 9/14). Tashlish immediately following services.

Second Day of Rosh Hashanah: September 22, 9 am. Services begin at 9 am. Junior congregation, led by Leigh Zircher, begins at 11 am (please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 9/14).

Shabbat Shuvah: September 23, 9:45 am. Start the new year right by attending the first Shabbat service of the year! Shabbat Shuvah is, after all, the Sabbath of Return. Services will be held at Heritage Manor; no services will take place at Ohev Tzedek.

Kever Avot: September 24, 9 am. Meet Rabbi Dario Hunter at the Ohev Tzedek cemetery on Tippecanoe Rd. for the traditional honoring of our departed loved ones with the recitation of El Maleh Rachamim.

Sukkah Building: September 24, 10 am. Join us for the erecting of the Ohev Tzedek sukkah!

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 (please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by 9/14). 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

Jewish Film Festival – Save the Dates: Purchase tickets online at
* Once in a Lifetime – Thursday, September 7
* In Search of Israeli Cuisine – Sunday, September 10

Chazzanut (Cantors): The History of Jewish Music in the Synagogue: Thursday, September 14, 6-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Join us for an educational lecture from Israeli conductor Gaddiel Dombrowner. Dombrowner will analyze the historical significance of the art of the Chazzans (Jewish Cantors), who lead prayers in synagogue. The event is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served. Register by September 7.

Lunch and Learn: Telephone Scans and Friends: Friday, September 15, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Rob Elston will discuss best practices for preventing telephone scams and frauds, as well as tips for protecting yourself when using the ATM. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Sheila Cornell by September 13.

PJ Library: Let’s Celebrate the Jewish High Holidays! Wednesday, September 19, 6-7:30 pm. JCC. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot all in one night! Let’s learn about the high holidays together through arts and crafts and fun activities.

Movie & Lunch Bunch: Hidden Figures: Tuesday, September 26, 12-2:30. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $8/member, $11/non-member. Three brilliant African-American women at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. A light lunch will be served.

Family Cookie Decorating: Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm. JCC. $34/member, $45/non-member. Join us for some family fun decorating sugar cookies with a back-to-school theme! Bring your child and work as a team to learn the basics of decorating from Cindy Velt of Cindy’s Canfield Cookies and Sugar Love Studios.  Each family will receive six cookies to decorate and take home.

Nonviolence Parade and Rally: Sunday, October 1, 3:00 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, 7:00 pm. DeYor Performing Arts Center. The 2017 Simeon Booker Award for Courage will feature a panel discussion of national figured titled Intolerance in Today’s America. The speakers will discuss Islamophobia, racism, and antisemitism.

JCC Journeys – Waitress: Sunday, October 22. 11 am JCC departure. $65/member, $85/non-member. Dinner on your own. (Space is limited.) 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 offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

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