B'nai B'rith marks 150 years of effort for human rightsThe...


September 30, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

B'nai B'rith marks 150 years of effort for human rights

The 150th anniversary of B'nai B'rith, the world's oldest and largest Jewish service organization, will be celebrated with a religious service, speech-making, awards presentations and reception at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore's Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave.

It will be an evening of proud history and symbolism. Since its founding in New York City in 1843, B'nai B'rith, also known as Sons of the Covenant, has promoted interfaith tolerance and human rights, supported philanthropies such as hospitals and sponsored a host of educational and welfare projects in this country and around the world.

Frada Wall, who is chairing the Baltimore celebration, said Maryland Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, will present a flag that was flown over the Capitol Sept. 16 -- Rosh Hashana -- to senior Rabbi Donald Berlin.

Kent E. Schiner, a Pikesville insurance underwriter serving his second two-year term as president of B'nai B'rith International, will speak about past and present accomplishments of the organization and its hopes for the future.

His experiences as international president have ranged from a visit last year with the Jewish community of Cuba to being present at the White House for the recent handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg will present a proclamation to Leonard Liberman, president of the Maryland State Association of B'nai B'rith.

The ceremonies will conclude with a reception, complete with an anniversary cake. All members of B'nai B'rith and their friends and families are invited. Information: 484-6200.

Interfaith education:

The 25th anniversary of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary and University will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 with an interfaith worship service featuring the Morgan State University Singers and the St. Mary's Seminary Choir.

Four community leaders associated with the institute will be honored during the celebration: Owen Daly II, former board chairman of Equitable Trust Bank and trustee emeritus of St. Mary's; the Rev. Olin Moyd, pastor of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church who is on St. Mary's faculty; Myrtle Stanley, social worker and school teacher active at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church; and George Thomsen, lawyer, Presbyterian layman and former member of the institute's executive board.

The North Baltimore campus is at 5400 Roland Ave. Information: 323-3200.

Forty years:

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity at 2300 W. Lafayette Ave. in West Baltimore has set more than a week of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with a prayer breakfast at which the Rev. Linwood Garrenton of Christ Church in Rochester, N.Y., will speak.

The Rev. Van S. Bird and Father Garrenton will officiate at an anniversary service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A concert of sacred music will be presented at the church at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 by the choir under the direction of organist Hardwick Spencer.

From noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 9, Holy Trinity will have its Anniversary Cultural Festival, featuring music, dance and art relevant to the history of the church and its West Baltimore community. Food will be served after the opening of the festival with a parade of marching bands and guilds of the church.

All the anniversary celebrations will take place at the church except for a bull roast with live entertainment and door prizes from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at La Fontaine Bleu, 3107 Erdman Ave. For information and reservations: 945-0002.

Shrine dedication:

A series of services celebrating the first feast day of Blessed Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy, on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar will begin with a vigil before the Blessed Sacrament at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church, 400 S. Chester St. in Baltimore.

Services in the historically Polish parish will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard at 7:30 p.m., during which the archdiocesan Shrine to Divine Mercy will be dedicated.

Information: 732-3960.

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