This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:


Please note that the deadline for completing the 2017 Post High Holidays survey is Monday, November 27. 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.

Shabbat services (Torah portion: Vayetze) will begin at 9:45 am. A Kiddush luncheon will follow, sponsored by Art and Mindi Einzig in memory of Mindi’s father, Thomas Micklas.


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).


Please note that the date has been changed for our special community-wide joint Hanukkah celebration to Sunday, December 10 at 5:30 pm. It’s the Not-Yet-Hanukkah Hanukkah Celebration! The celebration will still be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom (1119 Elm St. at the corner of Elm and Woodbine). The party will include a gourmet salad bar and latkes, pizza and chips for the kids, sufganiyot and ice cream for dessert, musical entertainment, and a children’s program led by our Israeli schlichim, Gon and Shai Erez. The party will feature human dreidel, latke throw, jam jam, donut decorating, Hanukkah arts and crafts, and, of course, the now famous World Series of Dreidel! We will also be joined by MSJS students! Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, December 6. If you call the Ohev Tzedek office, we will RSVP for everyone from the shul all at once.


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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