Local parish to observe Holocaust remembrance

NEIGHBORS

April 04, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

On Sunday, parishioners will observe Yom Hashoah, the Day of Holocaust Remembrance, at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City. The church joins 20 other Baltimore area churches.

The remembrance will commence during the morning Masses, each of which will begin with the lighting of six candles, one for each of six death camps, using a simple ceremony suggested by the National Association of Christians and Jews.

Later during each Mass, intentions or prayers will be offered for the six million Jews who died and for those who survived.

In the chapel at 7:30 p.m. on April 10, the church will sponsor guest speakers Ben and Jean Schreibman, who were sent to the church by the Baltimore Jewish Council. These Holocaust survivors donate their time to tell others about their experiences.

Jean was Polish and escaped the Nazis with her family to Russia, where they were further persecuted. The family spent time with other Jewish refugees in Siberia.

Ben spent his war-time years in a total of seven Nazi camps. At the end of the war, when the Germans were fleeing Nazi bombing, the inmates of his camp were loaded into railroad cars for shipment to a remote area. Allied bombing in Dresden stopped the train, and the German guards fled, leaving the prisoners locked in the cars. Miraculously, the train was untouched by the bombs. The prisoners later were rescued by the Allies.

The local Day of Remembrance activities are the brainchild of parishioner Jeanette Parmigiani. In the final year of her history classes at University of Maryland Baltimore County, she wrote her senior paper on the Holocaust and was so moved by the experience that she pressed her church's liturgy committee to honor the Holocaust victims.

"Where was Christian Europe when this was going on?" she asks.

A mother of teen-agers, Mrs. Parmigiani is concerned that young people hear the message of survivors like the Schreibmans. She has arranged for the church's Youth Group to attend the evening meeting and to hear the speakers.

Resurrection Church invites the community to join their Day of Remembrance. The church is located behind the K-Mart, off Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

For directions or more information, call the Rev. Frank Brauer at the church's phone, 461-9111.

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Ellicott City's Joetta Cramm entered the halls of local history over 20 years ago through the back door.

Then the president of the American Association of University Women, she and others wanted to participate in Ellicott City's Bicentennial celebration.

A suggestion was made to hold walking tours through Ellicott City, and after researching Celia Holland's book "The History of Howard County," the group began to work.

Joetta's career as local historian took off when, in 1974, Jo DiSantis of the community college asked her to teach a class.

Twenty years later, she's still teaching.

This spring, she's offering the original walking tour from 10 a.m. to noon on April 16.

For $5 per person, you can visit Ellicott's Mills, explore the vistas offered by the hills and hear detailed history of the buildings.

A bus tour of eastern Howard County from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23 will tour Elkridge, including "Old Brick" Church, Furnace Avenue, Lawyer's Hill and the Thomas Viaduct.

The cost is $10 per person. Call Recreation and Parks at 313-2762 for details on these day-tripping events.

She's also offering a class, "History of Howard County," at Howard Community College. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 21, you will be led through our county's history.

The course includes a bus tour. Call the college at 992-4823 for registration details.

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It's almost yard sale time again: time to pack the kids up in the car and browse for your neighbors' bargains.

Elkridge's Melville Chapel is holding a Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and is looking for people who need to rent tables.

The rain date is May 21. If your spring cleaning locates some discards, think of bringing these treasures to Melville Chapel.

Tables cost $10 for the day, and if you bring your own table, a space costs $7.

You must pay for your table in advance. Call Betty Leaf at (410) 796-5984 for information.

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If we think we have problems with our teen-age daughters in the 1990s, just think about an old-time Jewish father. He was required to find a suitable husband for each daughter, and see the match to marriage. Mount Hebron High School's drama students will show us how it was done next weekend, when they present the play "Fiddler on the Roof."

The play centers on a family with three daughters of marriageable age, their father, Tevye, and the mischief that follows.

Tevye is played by senior Mac Dwyer, a student who has acted in many Hebron productions. "His voice has developed very nicely," says the play's director Tom Sankey.

Mac wants to continue in music in college, and plans to teach high school music as a career.

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