Md. Jews planning programs to help celebrate holidays
With the approach of Rosh Hashana, the first day of the Jewish year 5754, Maryland Jews are planning to celebrate the High Holidays not only with the traditional religious services in synagogues but also with programs that explore many other aspects of Jewishness.
The solemn observance of Rosh Hashana, a time of repentance and God's forgiveness, begins at sundown Wednesday, to be followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
This evening, at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville, interfaith couples and Jewish converts will receive instruction on synagogue worship and the symbols of the holidays. Participants will also discuss family stresses and family strengths associated with religious differences and faithfulness. Cultural as well as religious meanings of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur will be explored.
The session, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is to be led by Beth Land Hecht and Rabbi Richard Camras. The program is sponsored jointly by Jewish Family Services and the Baltimore Board of Rabbis.
Beth El is at 8101 Park Heights Ave. Reservations are required for the event, titled "The Holidays Are Coming." Information: 466-9200, Ext. 381.
Starting Sunday and continuing through Dec. 12 at the Jewish Historical Society's Lloyd Street Synagogue Gallery in Baltimore, exhibit of photographs will trace the development of the Jewish community of Annapolis in the two decades following World War II. The exhibit examines ways that Jews adapted to American cultural trends while maintaining their Jewish identity.
Titled "Into the Mainstream: The Transformation of a Jewish Community in Maryland's Capital City, 1945-1965," the exhibit includes 27 photographs by the late Morris Lieberman and interpretive captions and oral history quotations drawn from interviews with more than a dozen Jewish and non-Jewish citizens of Annapolis.
The gallery adjoining two historic Baltimore synagogues is at 15 Lloyd St., between Baltimore and Lombard streets east of downtown. It is open to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Information:732-6400.
The Baltimore Jewish Council has prepared a calendar listing religious holidays this month through next June. It is intended primarily for school teachers and administrators, government offices, courts and civic groups scheduling events and wishing to avoid conflicts with Jewish observances.
To obtain a free copy of the calendar, which includes major Jewish dates through the next five years, call 235-9006.
Michael Horton, founder and president of Christians United for Reformation, an education and publishing organization in Anaheim, Calif., will speak at a breakfast for Christian pastors Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn, 1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson.
Mr. Horton, a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary who has studied at Oxford and Cambridge in England, is the author of many books, including "Putting Amazing Back Into Grace."
The breakfast program, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and sponsored by GreenLeaf Christian Books at 1901 E. Joppa Road, is free to pastors but reservations are required. Information: 668-6400.
For the divorced:
"Life is a Vineyard, Harvest Our Talents" will be the theme of the 19th annual Conference for Separated, Divorced and Widowed Persons sponsored by the Roman Catholic `/ Archdiocese of Baltimore but open to men and women of other faiths as well.
The Rev. Sam Lupico will address the conference and discuss his participation in an international meeting of separated and divorced Catholics this summer.
The Baltimore archdiocesan event will include lunch and 17 workshops on subjects ranging from financial management to emotional adjustment. It is scheduled all day Oct. 2 at Seton-Keough High School, 1201 S. Caton Ave. Information and registration: 547-5422.
The Rev. Patrick H. Hipkins, pastor of Davis Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church at 2409 Roslyn Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, will be the guest of honor at a dinner at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave.
For tickets and information: 367-8276.