Condolences and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Elsie Berger, mother of Ohev Tzedek member, Jeannie Peskin. The funeral was held this morning. The family will receive visitors at Sha’arei Torah Synagogue in Canton (432 30th St. NW) from 2:30-4:30 pm today.

The family will then receive visitors at the Peskin residence (2012 Crestwood Blvd. in Youngstown) on Wednesday (10/18 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm), Thursday (10/19 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm), Friday (10/20 from 2-4 pm), Saturday (10/21 from 7-9 pm), and Sunday (10/22 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm).

Shiva Minyan will meet at the Peskin residence on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 am and 5:45 pm, Sunday at 8 am and 5:45 pm, and Monday at 7 am.

We extend our deepest condolences to all of her family members. May G-d help them with strength, comfort, and healing. Baruch dayan ha-emet – Blessed is the righteous judge.


Mazel tov to Jim Gianakos, who is currently recuperating at Cleveland Clinic in room J620! For those who would like to call him, his cell number is 330.707.7275.


Thank you so very much to everyone who brought in donations for the annual Second Harvest High Holidays food drive! This year, we collected almost four full barrels of food and dry good donations to help the hungry in our community!

Shabbat services (Torah portion: Noach) will begin at 9:45 am.

The October meeting of the women’s Rosh Chodesh group (the first meeting for the new year) will be held at the home of Mindi Einzig at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 23. If you would like, bring a dessert or “nosh” to share. Please RSVP to Shari Della Penna (330/774.7599) to let us know if you can join.

Youngstown State University’s Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies presents Forgotten Lessons of Jewish Activism: How American Jews Mobilized to Fight for Human Rights in the USSR (and Saved American Jewry in the Process), a lecture by Shaul Kelner, on Tuesday, October 24, at 5 pm at the Youngstown Historical Center of Labor and Industry. Professor Kelner will explore the structural and symbolic dimensions of the American Soviet Jewry Movement’s mobilization strategies, drawing lessons for activism and community-building today. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The October 28 kiddush luncheon has been sponsored by Sandy and Chaya Kessler and family. Students from Chaya’s classes will be joining us for services that Shabbat. Please make every effort to attend to help us in welcoming them.

Volunteer opportunity: Hospice of the Valley will be offering training classes for new volunteers on Saturday, October 28, and November 4, from 8:30 am-4 pm at the Hospice House (9803 Sharrott Rd.). Volunteers are needed to visit patients in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties. For an application or to reserve a spot, please call Rosemary Antonucci at 330.549.5902.

To any members looking for an interior house painter, we would just like to remind people that Ron Sabelli is experienced, reasonable, and uses only non-toxic materials. For those who are interested, Ron’s number is 330.726.1882.


JCC Events

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.

Adult Cookie Decorating: Wednesday, November 1, 5:15-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $35/member, $47/non-member. Learn the beginning techniques of decorating with royal icing that ends in delicious and colorful cookie creations to take home and enjoy! Price includes instruction, a dozen cookies, tips, bags, and meringue powder to mix a fresh batch of icing.

Forgotten Jewish Foods with Chef Jeremy Umansky: Thursday, November 2, 6-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $8/member, $11/non-member. Did you know that foods ranging from ham to foie gras have Jewish roots? Did you know that latkes have been around since before Jews had even heard of or seen a potato? Join Cleveland-based Chef Jeremy Umansky on a journey through time and rediscover forgotten Jewish foods. You’ll kibbitz and nosh on unique and delicious foods that haven’t been enjoyed since before your great grandparents were born. Price includes food tasting and recipes to take home. Space is limited. Register by Friday, October 20.


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