Cookie walk upcoming

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge, is hosting its annual cookie walk, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. All cookies are sold by weight and proceeds will go towards sending the youth group to their summer 2019 mission trip to Florida.

For more information, call 440-543-5505.

Church channels Mr. Rogers

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Road is holding a new Advent series, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, which will focus on how to help neighbors through the actions and quotes of Mr. Rogers. For more information, call 440-543-5505.

Kol Israel takes over Face to Face

Kol Israel Foundation recently announced that it will acquire the Face to Face Holocaust education program currently being run by Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, effective Jan. 1. The program will continue to be held at Shaarey Tikvah, but Kol Israel will manage it.

“It’s going to allow the Face to Face program to go to the next level,” said Jeff Epstein, president of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah.

Kol Israel Foundation, founded in 1959 by local Holocaust survivors, provides the classroom-based Holocaust education program, Sharing Our Stories. The program uses survivor video testimony presented by their adult children and grandchildren and is free to schools and community organizations.

For nearly 25 years, Face to Face has educated students from Northeast Ohio’s public schools about Judaism and the Holocaust through personal testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

Louise Freilich, Face to Face director for the past 16 years, recently announced her retirement effective June 30, 2019. Her upcoming departure triggered the opportunity to explore a new structure that would sustain and grow the program.

Muriel Weber, president of Kol Israel Foundation, said, “The programs’ merging is a timely response to the increase in intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism, both globally and here at home.”

Sager to become cantor laureate

Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple announced last week that after almost 40 years of service, the longest tenured of its clergy team, Sarah J. Sager, will transition to the position of cantor laureate beginning July 1, 2020.

Cantor Sager has been a fixture within the Northeast Ohio Jewish Community since she arrived at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in 1980, board members said.

In her new role as cantor laureate, she will continue to enrich the lives of congregants of the temple in Beachwood, develop and grow adult education initiatives and offer her support as both a pastoral leader and for select life cycle events.

Throughout the coming weeks, the synagogue, along with its board of trustees and senior leadership, will establish a formal search committee to replace Cantor Sager. Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple plans to seek input from its congregants throughout this process.

For more information, contact Rebecca Suhy at 216-401-2253 or

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