Woman's religious devotion leads to student cantor position in Arnold


September 03, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ABOUT THE TIME she was age 14 growing up in Amarillo, Texas, Susan Adelman began to dream of becoming a cantor.

Since her bat mitzvah, she demonstrated her devotion to her religion by teaching Hebrew and music in her synagogue's religious school.

Last Friday, her dream moved a little closer to reality when members of Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold held an Oneg Shabbat in Adelman's honor to welcome her as their student cantor.

She will commute on weekends to Maryland from New York City, where she is studying for a master's degree at the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College. Adelman, 24, whose warm smile is as infectious as her rich voice, has spent a year studying in Jerusalem.

"I had never been there before, and the whole experience made me fall in love with the land," she said.

Adelman will be invested as a cantor when she completes her degree. Women have been cantors since the 1970s, and she will be joining a growing number of them.

"This year, we have eight women and three men in our class," said Adelman.

Ready to run

Runners from around the region will be poised at the starting line at Severna Park High School at 8 a.m. Sept. 13 for the annual Dawson's Severna Park 5-mile Run.

Sponsored by the Annapolis Striders, Chesapeake Bagel Bakery and Road Runners Clubs of America, this race follows a gently rolling course along community roads and the B&A Trail Park.

Water, refreshments and prizes will be offered at the race. Trophies will be provided by the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Mail-in registration is due Saturday, but participants are welcome to register on the day of the race. Information: 410-268-1165.

Church celebrates

Friends and neighbors are invited to Rally Day at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church at 9: 30 a.m. Sept. 13.

Celebrating the fall schedule, the day includes worship, mission, games and fun for the children plus an outdoor feast with entertainment by Dave Ingall's Oompah Band.

Starting Sept. 20, services are at 8: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9: 45 a.m. Contemporary worship services will be offered at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month and 8: 30 a.m. on the fourth Sunday.

Information: 410-647-1658.

Old Mill band craft fair

Inspired by the thought of cooler fall air?

Turn that motivation into something marketable and make arrangements to sell your wares at the annual Old Mill High School Band Boosters Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

Reservations: 410-987-4095.

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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