Variety of events scheduled as Hanukkah nears


December 02, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Wednesday. A full schedule of events this weekend and next week is tied to the annual celebration of the Jews' victory over their persecutors more than 2,000 years ago and the freedom they won to practice their religion.

Among the programs Sunday:

* At 1 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., the musical duo of Jeff Klepper, a cantor, and Dan Freelander, a rabbi, will present a free concert and workshop, open to the public.

Their compositions, based on traditional Jewish texts, have become favorites among youth in synagogues and schools throughout North America. The name of their collaboration, Kol B'Seder, means "Everything is OK" in Hebrew. Information and registration: 764-1587.

* At 2 p.m. at Levindale's Liberty Adult Day Care Center, 8737-C Liberty Road, Randallstown, students in local Hebrew schools and other Jewish youth groups will provide the entertainment for their fifth annual "Light Up Your Hanukkah" party. For admission fees and other information: 521-1811.

* At 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, pianist and Holocaust survivor Agi Rado will perform and discuss her experiences during World War II, when she was interred in the German concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Admission is free but tickets are required for the program sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Chautauqua Society and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. A grant from the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust made the concert possible. Information: 235-9006.

* At 2:30 p.m. at the Jewish Historical Society, 15 Lloyd St., Hannah Mogram will entertain children with Hanukkah songs, and there will be a puppet show with a Hanukkah theme. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Information: 732-6400.

* At 3 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave., pianist Vladimir Svoysky and clarinetist Igor Shakhman will perform works by Glinka, Gershwin and Schubert. Admission is $1 for center members, $2 for others. Information: 542-4900.

There will be two programs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.:

* Jewish Family Services and the Baltimore Board of Rabbis will present "December Dilemmas," a discussion for interfaith couples experiencing tensions between the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah and the Christian celebration of Christmas.

Advance registration for the program at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., is required. Information: 466-9200, Ext. 381.

* At the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Hanukkah traditions and symbols will be explained in a holiday program for the deaf and hearing-impaired. For information and reservations: 466-9200, Ext. 387.

There will be two Hanukkah-related programs Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.:

* A concert of Jewish music by the Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra and a Hanukkah party at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave. It will include the lighting of a holiday menorah, led by Cantor Elias Roochvarg. For ticket information: 578-6900.

* An address on "Human Rights in a Post-Cold War Europe" by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.-5th, who was co-chairman of the Helsinki Commission on European Security and Cooperation, at Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 6621 Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore.

The program, sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council to celebrate Human Rights Day and honor Hanukkah as a festival of religious freedom, is free to the public. Information: 235-9006.

Silver anniversary meal:

Silver anniversary meal: The 25th annual spaghetti dinner prepared by the men of Towson United Methodist Church as a fund-raiser for local charities will be served from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 501 Hampton Lane, near Dulaney Valley Road and the Baltimore Beltway.

Homemade cakes and pies also will be featured. The price is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. For children under 5 with a parent, there is no charge. Information: 823-6511.

World AIDS Day '93:

World AIDS Day '93: An interfaith service of support for people with the AIDS virus, their friends and families will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Information: 764-1587.

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