Sunday is last day to get boxes for Jews in Odessa, Ukraine

RELIGION NOTES

March 10, 1995|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

Sunday will be the last day for members of Baltimore's Jewish community to pick up empty boxes to participate in a program of assistance to Jews in Odessa, Ukraine.

Participants in what is known as the Family Share Package Drive are asked to fill the boxes, which are available at eight locations, with specified items. They include new school, office and art supplies, new toys, children's drawings, comic books, baby supplies, toiletries, first aid material and nonperishable kosher treats, such as candy and coffee.

Also requested are Judaica, including Jewish books, audiotapes, new menorahs, kiddush cups and mezuzot.

A $10 donation will cover the cost of shipping each filled box to the Jewish community of Odessa, a "sister city" for Baltimore-area Jews.

The empty boxes and further instructions may be obtained from 9 a.m. to noon at the Park Heights Avenue and Owings Mills branches of the Jewish Community Center and at these synagogues: Beth Israel, Beth Tfiloh, Chizuk Amuno, Oheb Shalom, Shomrei Emunah and Suburban Orthodox.

The filled boxes are to be returned to the community center at 5700 Park Heights Ave. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 2. That day will conclude the Baltimore Jewish Council's "Odessa Week."

Among the public events scheduled April 2 is a concert, "From Odessa With Love," to be performed by the Migdal Or troupe at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

For more information, call Rebecca Adel-Pollack at 542-4850.

Lutherans celebrate

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America concludes "Lutheran Schools Week" today, celebrating the steady growth of enrollment in the church's educational program.

Affiliates of the Delaware-Maryland Synod operate 29 preschools. The number of preschools churchwide has grown from 1,250 to 1,450 since 1988, and 50 more are set to open this year.

"People are looking for a place where children are taught the word of God, where they can receive a good education and where they are safe," said Norma Pilot-Peters, a Lutheran school director.

Information: 825-9520.

Catholic "converts"

About 470 adults preparing to join the Roman Catholic Church -- along with family members and friends, including godparents -- attended a prayer service Sunday afternoon at North Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Cardinal William H. Keeler presided.

The new "converts," as they are called, will be received into the church formally on Holy Saturday, April 15. They include 340 candidates who were previously baptized in other Christian faiths and whose baptisms are considered valid by Catholic authorities.

Information: 547-5379.

Purim

The Jewish holiday of Purim, celebrating a Hebrew victory over enemies in Persia about 2,400 years ago, will be observed Wednesday evening and Thursday with traditional services for adults and parties for children.

The children's activities will include a parade of costumes at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Jewish Center's Hebrew School, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive in the Green Gate area of Baltimore County, north of Mount Washington.

Information: 653-7485.

Free concert

The 26-voice, all-male Yuval Choir of Israel will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the main sanctuary of Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road in Pikesville.

The public is invited at no charge. The choir is on a two-week tour of the United States and has performed for the United Nations and at the White House.

Information: 486-1900.

AH Sacred music

A public concert by the touring Concordia Choir will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2625 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore.

An offering will benefit the choir. Information: 426-4301.

Family of singers

The Church Aid Auxiliary will present a concert by Mrs. Rose Bruce and Family, a musical group, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.

Information: 669-2082.

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