Remembrances set of Holocaust's toll a half-century later

RELIGION NOTES

April 21, 1995|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

The Baltimore Jewish Council is arranging three weeks of programs in homes, starting Sunday, at which Holocaust survivors and death camp liberators will describe their World War II experiences to groups of children and adults.

Jewish families throughout the Baltimore region have volunteered to be hosts. The programs, part of the annual observance of Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, will continue through May 14.

For information about the home gatherings, including times and locations: 542-4850.

A communitywide observance of Yom HaShoah, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Europe's concentration camps by Allied forces, will begin at 2 p.m. April 30 at Baltimore's War Memorial, Gay and Lexington streets.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Alvin D. Ungerleider, who led the troops that liberated the German camp of Dora-Mittelbau on April 11, 1945, will be the principal speaker. He has said that what he saw that day is "burned into my brain and my soul like nothing else in my life."

After he and his men "smashed through the gates and witnessed the sight of dead bodies, of human beings in the worst state of degradation," he spoke Yiddish to the survivors and grouped them together to recite the Kaddish, the prayer of mourning for the dead.

During the War Memorial ceremonies, a member of the family of Dwight D. Eisenhower will accept from the Jewish council a posthumous award to the president and general who was the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe.

Among many Holocaust observances scheduled this month at area churches, schools and synagogues is a lecture by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Shomrei Emunah Congregation, 6221 Greenspring Ave.

The subject of his talk is Chief Rabbi Joseph Carlebach of Hamburg, Germany, who was killed in the Rila concentration camp. Information: 358-8610 or 358-4630.

Divorced, widowed

Among the speakers in a daylong program tomorrow in Columbia sponsored by the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics will be the Rev. James Denn, chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.

The 8:30 a.m.-to-6 p.m. "Living Life Fully" program, open to men and women of all faiths, will be held at Columbia's Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Information: 730-0860.

"Transform Co-Dependent Love into Healthy Love" is the subject of another program for the separated, divorced and widowed at 2 p.m. April 30, part of a series at Mercy High School, 1300 E. Northern Parkway. The speaker is Kathleen Kircher, a teacher and counselor in Cincinnati.

For information about the series, or about support-group meetings being organized by the Single Again Council and the archdiocesan department of family life at six Baltimore-area Roman Catholic churches, call Sister of Mercy M. Joannes Clifford at 433-8880, Ext. 23, or Betsy Boffen at 866-1721.

Orthodox Easter

Members of eight Eastern Orthodox congregations in the Baltimore area, along with 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will celebrate Christ's Resurrection Sunday.

The Easter liturgy traditionally begins for the Orthodox about midnight Saturday when a priest lights a large candle from a vigil lamp in the darkened church.

For information about services at Baltimore's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St., call 727-1831.

New bishop

The Rev. Philip C. Zampino, who was rector of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville from 1971 to 1980, has been elected a suffragan, or assistant bishop, of the Charismatic Episcopal Church of North America, which he joined last year.

He will be consecrated in ceremonies Sept. 8 in the chapel of the Life in Jesus Community, 9002 Clemsonville Road, Unionville in Frederick County, which Father Zampino has headed since 1982. Information: 795-4869.

About gay men, lesbians

Jack Rogers, vice president of San Francisco Theological Seminary, will give free, public lectures on scriptural interpretations regarding homosexuality at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 9:30 a.m. April 28 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.

Information: 433-2012.

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