This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Mazel Tov to Jim Gianakos on his successful heart surgery!

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 Simchat Torah. 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 as soon as possible.

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

The annual Second Harvest High Holidays food drive will finish up this 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!

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.


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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