In honor of its rabbi, the congregation of Beth Shalom placed a royal blue mantle over the Torah at services Friday.
The mantle, which will remain at the Taylorsville synagogue for two years, honors Rabbi Seymour L. Essrog, who was elected president of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement, a worldwide group of 1,400 rabbis.
Essrog, who was installed in the office Feb. 19 in Jerusalem, will lead the organization, which is the interpretive body on Jewish law and standards for Conservative Judaism, for a two-year term.
"It is the only cover of its kind in the world," said Essrog, who has served the Carroll County congregation for five years. "Beth Shalom is truly privileged to have it here."
Mount Airy: Firefighters from Winfield assisted Mount Airy at 4: 22 a.m. Sunday, responding to an electrical fire in the 2900 block of Heavenly Cause Court. Units were out 32 minutes.
Winfield: Firefighters from Lisbon in Howard County assisted Winfield at 5: 02 p.m. Saturday, responding to a brush fire on John Pickett and Woodbine roads. Units were out 30 minutes.
Mount Airy: Firefighters responded at 1: 59 p.m. Saturday to a fire in the 12600 block of Molesworth Drive in Frederick County. Units were out 18 minutes.
Pub Date: 3/03/98