Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Berwick, Ohio. Kriss Galloway updates the Jewish Community Center events calendar.

Kriss Galloway, manager of marketing and communications began her on-airpresentation with a very practical and festive announcment. The Jewish Community Center of Grater Columbus will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Shemini Atzaret and Simchat Torah.

The JCC will reopen on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

She then offered a brief explanation of the holidays to the WCRX-LP audience.

In Israel, Shemini Atzeret is also the holiday of Simchat Torah. Outside of Israel, where extra days of holidays are held, only the second day of Shemini Atzeret is Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah." This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.

Each week in synagogue a few chapters from the Torah are read publicly, starting with Genesis Chapter 1 and by the end of the year completing the reading with Deuteronomy Chapter 34.

On Simchat Torah, the last Torah portion is read and then the reader proceeds immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding the listeners that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.

Galloway said that completion of the readings is a time of great celebration. There are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls and plenty of high-spirited singing and dancing in the synagogue with the Torahs.

Galloway then gave an update on the progress of the first annual Juried Member Art Show. Since her last report, the juror had selected the artworks for exhibition, the show has been hung and the show is open to the public and on display in the JCC lobby.

Thirty-two pieces were chosen from among the more than 60 works of art submitted by JCC members.

The exhibit is open now through November 4 during the JCC’s normal hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, from 1:30 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The JCC, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, is sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” day at the JCC on Friday, October 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a candidates’ reception.

Expected to speak are candidates for Bexley and Columbus mayoral races, as well as those for Columbus City Council.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Galloway recommended contacting Debbie Vinocur at (614) 559-6214.

Galloway then described the schedule for the JCC preschool Holiday Bazaars. On November 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the JCC New Albany Preschool at 79 N. High St. in New Albany, will hold its bazaar. She also said that vendors are needed for this event. For more information on becoming a vendor, call (614) 283-9672.

On November 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the JCC East Preschool will hold its bazaar at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. Galloway also said tha vendors are needed for this sale.

For more information on becoming a vendor for this event, call (614) 237-5223, ext. 102, or contact Nili Talis at

Dr. June Gutterman, vice president of Community Services at the Columbus Jewish Federation, will share stories from her life about being a member of the Jewish and Gay communities during “My Story: In the Life, Jewish and Gay,” on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodale Park Shelterhouse, 120 W. Goodale Blvd.

Sweets and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Lindsay Folkerth at (614) 559-6228 or e-mail her at

J-Link and the JCC North Preschool are hosting a Fall Shabbat Dinner on Friday, October 19, at Antrim Park, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. RSVP by October 12 to Lindsay Folkerth at (614) 559-6228 or the preschool at (614) 764-2414.

Galloway then reported on the Gallery Players’ production of “Jerry’s Girls,” a musical review based on the songs of composer Jerry Herman.

The show opens Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and runs for two consecutive weekends, closing on Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Herman is best known for his productions, Hello, Dolly (songs: “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes and “It Only Takes a Moment”), Mame (“It’s Today!” “If He Walked into My Life,” “Open a New Window” and “Bosom Buddies”), and La Cage Aux Folles (“I Am What I Am”), as well as Mack and Mabel and Milk and Honey.

Galloway reminded WCRX-LP listeners that JCC has lots of activities for seniors and that the JCC provides transportation within a 10 mile radius. Any senior can participate whether or not they are Jewish. Kosher lunches are provided every weekday at noon by Life Care Alliance. Suggested donation is $1.25, and registrations should be made a day prior. For the day of the broadcast Galloway listed the menu: BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes, spinach, mixed fruit, and challah bread. For more information on any of the New Horizons programs, Galloway said listeners should contact Debbie Vinocur at (614) 559-6214.

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