50 Russian Jews to be included in veterans services


May 26, 1994|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

About 50 Russian Jews, who fought for the Soviet Union during World War II, are scheduled to take part for the first time in Memorial Day services of Maryland's Jewish War Veterans group at 1 p.m. Sunday in Owings Mills.

The participation of the former Soviet soldiers, now residents of the Baltimore area, is planned as part of the annual ceremonies sponsored by the veterans' group at the War Memorial on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. The public is invited.

A flag-raising and taps will be performed by the 29th Division Honor Guard, and Edward D. Blatt of Philadelphia, national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, will be among the speakers.

The services are expected to conclude at 2:30 p.m. Information: 356-5200.

Name change

Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned, an ecumenical organization committed to "working at the grass roots for racial harmony and justice," is changing its name to Interfaith Action for Racial Justice.

"Our board decided that the name change is necessary because we need a name that says what we do, not merely who we are," said John C. Springer, the group's director.

The organization, with offices at 325 E. 25th St., "is no longer just a deliberative, contemplative body that is concerned about a wide spectrum of social conditions," Mr. Springer said, "but an active force for helping to change this particular condition [racial injustice].

"Discussion alone is not enough. This organization -- through its name -- ought to stand for vigorous, focused action."

The group is dropping its sponsorship of the Walk Against Hunger in Africa, held each October for the last six years, so that more attention can be given to the Congregations Pairing and Sharing project, which forms partnerships of churches, synagogues and mosques across racial, economic and city-county lines.

Mr. Springer said the organizational changes, including the new name, will be implemented over several months by a marketing and communications committee headed by Teresa Blythe. Other committee members are Dori J. Blitzstein, Justine Chase, Jack L. Levin, Jerry Rauch and Pat Thompson.

A meeting to discuss the pairing and sharing project will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Rising Sun First Baptist Church, 2211 St. Lukes Lane, Woodlawn.

Information: 889-8333.

Pearlstone installed

Richard L. Pearlstone, a Baltimore businessman, was installed Tuesday in New York as national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, the country's largest Jewish fund-raising organization.

Mr. Pearlstone, 46, will be honored for his philanthropic activities at the annual meeting of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St.

The new UJA chairman is chief executive of Cross Keys Asset Management and executive vice president of Delta Properties, consultants and developers specializing in commercial real estate.

Information: 727-4828.

Support group

Maximum Life Christian Church at 6322 Security Blvd. in Woodlawn has formed a support group intended to "restore hurting Christians to wholeness through Biblical scriptures," adapted from the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Information: 281-1240.

Rabbi remembered

A sculpture will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Sunday at Shaarei Zion Synagogue, 6602 Park Heights Ave., in memory of the late Rabbi Israel Tabak, who led the congregation for more than 45 years.

Rabbi Tabak had been president of the Rabbinical Council of America and chairman of the national board of the Religious Zionist Organization of America.

He wrote several books on Jewish history, including a biography of Rabbi Abraham Rice of Baltimore.

Information: 764-6810.

Healing service

Epworth United Methodist Church at 600 Warren Road in Cockeysville has scheduled a healing service Monday, at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Jeffrey W. Jones is pastor. Information: 667-6054.

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