This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Please note that tomorrow is the last day to RSVP for the community Not-Quite-Hanukkah Hanukkah celebration on Sunday, December 10 at 5:30 pm. The celebration will 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! If you call the Ohev Tzedek office, we will RSVP for everyone from the shul all at once.

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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.

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

The El Emeth Sisterhood Hanukkah Party will begin at noon on Tuesday, December 12. Please RSVP to El Emeth by Friday, December 8.

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.

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

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 each day (9 am-noon, noon-3pm, 3-6 pm, and 6-9 pm). Proceeds benefit the JCC Scholarship Program. If interested, visit or contact Sarah Wilschek at 330.746.3250 x. 123.


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