This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

In our last bulletin mailing, we included a post High Holidays survey. If you have not yet done so, please send your anonymous response in as soon as possible; we would like to discuss the survey results at the Board meeting this Wednesday. For your convenience, the survey has been replicated electronically via SurveyMonkey here (also anonymous):


It has been a real pleasure to see how many congregants have stepped forward during this time of transition to lead our services. Many people have expressed an interest in learning to lead various parts of the Shabbat morning service including:

  • Birkot Hashachar & P’sukei d’zimrah (early morning service)
  • Shacharit
  • Torah service
  • Torah reading
  • Haftorah reading
  • Musaf

Please email Sandy Kessler ( to let him know if you are interested in pursuing this and, if so, which of the parts you would like to learn. We’ll then arrange an organizational meeting time to work out the time details.

Join us for a Kabbalat Shabbat service and potluck! We will meet in Boardman Park’s Elton Beard Family Cabin at 6 pm on Friday, November 17. All are welcome! Please bring your favorite vegetarian/dairy dish to share. Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by Thursday, November 16, and let us know what you will be bringing.

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

Audrey Scheuer will host the November meeting of the women’s monthly Rosh Chodesh group on Sunday, November 19 at 6 pm. Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office.

Hadassah is now collecting winter clothing items at RAKS. Drop off days are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (number 6984). For pick-up, call Bonnie Lehman (330.856.2158); for tax receipts, call Phyllis Landau (330.565.2280).

Once again this year, the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown (at the corner of Wick Ave. and Wood St.) will be hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner, inviting neighbors who may be alone or in need. The evening of the feast is the Thursday before Thanksgiving, November 16, 4:30-6:30 pm. This will be the 37th year of this venture in faith. There will be food and entertainment – the occasion will be a time of joy for everyone.

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.

Join us Monday, December 25, at 11 am for the Ohev Tzedek tradition of a typical Jewish December 25: movies and Chinese food!  We will again be showing two movies: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, featuring Jewish comedians in two lead roles (Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers), and The Nutty Professor, to honor the passing of comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Stick around between showings for a special lunch of house-made Chinese, prepared by our own Chef Art Einzig. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Movie admission is free, but a minimal fee will be charged for the meal (menu and price TBD). Please RSVP to the office by Monday, December 18.


JCC Events

Thomases Art Gallery – John Folchi: Industrial Subtleties: November 30-January 17. JCC main hall. New York artist, John Folchi, explores the intricate details of our industrial surroundings through realistic oil paintings, shedding light on the overlooked colors, textures, and surprising beauty of objects deemed solely utilitarian.

CHUM Food Pantry Volunteering: Friday, December 1, 9:45 am-12 pm. 189 Churchill Hubbard Rd. If interested, contact Sarah Wilschek: 330.746.3250 x. 123 or

Holiday Bazaar Vendor & Craft Event: Sunday, December 3, 11 am – 4 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. For more information, contact Chris at 330.746.3250 x. 195 or

Liz Rubino Studios Presents JUST DANCE!: December 5-7, 3:30-4:30 pm. JCC. $22/member, $30/non-member. Students will learn choreography to pop music hits while working with various styles of dance such as hip-hop, break dance, and contemporary. Students will be filmed at the end of three days to receive a digital download of their dance numbers to practice at home!

Diaper Packing, Making Kids Count: Friday, December 8, 10-11:30 am. 7178 West Blvd in Boardman. If interested, contact Sarah Wilschek: 330.746.3250 x. 123 or

Lunch and Learn: The Moral Code of the IDF: Friday, December 8, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Free. Join us for an educational afternoon with our Israeli expert, Gon Erez, who will conduct a historical review of the ethical dilemmas faced by the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) and how they have shaped the army’s current values and ways of operation. THE IDF is one of the most developed militaries in Western civilization, especially when it comes to the topic of war ethics. Israel’s past and present is filled with challenging urban battles, which has made the IDF the most experienced army in this field and a beacon to other western armies. A light lunch will be served.

J Café: Exploring Art – Industrial Influences: Wednesday, December 13, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. $8/member, $10/non-member. Join art gallery curator Katelynd Gibbons for a review of some of the notable art of our region from the 18th and 19th centuries through the contemporary era. Engage in discussion about how different artists have been influenced by industrial connections, and explore the range of impacts the industrial past has had on cultural identity and art history. A light lunch will be served.

Wellness Program: Yellow Brick Place: Friday, December 15, 12-1 pm. JCC Multi-Purpose Room. Free. Angela Palumbo and Carol Apinis will educate us on the mission of the Yellow Brick Place, which supports and educates cancer patients and those closes to them by providing individual and group services in the tri-county area. Come and learn how this organization helps to nourish and comfort the mind, body, and spirit during the fight against cancer. A light lunch 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. Proceeds benefit the JCC Scholarship Program.


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