This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

This year, the community Hanukkah party will be hosted by Rodef Sholom on the first night of Hanukkah (Tuesday, December 12) at 6 pm. All area temples will be participating in this year’s celebration, which will feature a gourmet salad bar and latkes from all three synagogues, musical entertainment, a children’s program by Gon and Shai Erez (our Israeli schlichim), and the annual World Series of Dreidel! Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by Monday, December 11; we will then forward all of OT’s reservation info to Rodef.

Shabbat services (Torah portion: Lech Lecha) will begin at 9:45 am. The kiddush luncheon following services has been sponsored by Sandy and Chaya Kessler and family. Students from Chaya’s classes will be joining us for services this 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.

Rodef Sholom will be hosting a stained glass concert, featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Randall Craig Fleisher), on Sunday, November 5, at 2 pm. Refreshments provided by the Sisterhood will follow the concert in Strouss Hall. All are welcome – no admission.


JCC Events

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. Registration was required by Friday, October 20.

Movie & Lunch BunchFlorence Foster Jenkins: Wednesday, November 8, 12-2:30 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $8/member, $11/non-member. In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he’s facing his greatest challenge yet.

Budapest and Its Jewish Community: Wednesday, November 8, 5-6:30 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $10/person. Join us for an evening to learn about the emerging Jewish community in Budapest, Hungary. Guests Sara Ozorai and Heidi Pusztai will share their Jewish journeys including learning about and embracing their Judaism as adults.

Amish vs. Chasidic: A Research Review: Tuesday, November 14, 6-8 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Amish and Chasidic (Ultra-Orthodox) people both practice a very unique and old-fashioned lifestyle. Join us as Dr. Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar discusses her unique sociological research comparing the two communities. The event is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served.

Volunteers are needed for the annual JCC gift wrap fundraiser at the Southern Park Mall Sunday, December 17, through Sunday, December 24. Multiple shifts are available. Register at

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