Purim celebration scheduled Sunday at Long Reach High...

RELIGION NOTES

March 09, 2001

Purim celebration scheduled Sunday at Long Reach High

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and six county Jewish schools will sponsor the ninth Community Purim Carnival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia.

Games, a Moonbounce, kosher refreshments, prizes, raffles and crafts are planned. Children can come in costume.

Purim, celebrated today, commemorates the deliverance of the Persian Jewish community from massacre in the 3rd century B.C. The holiday is celebrated with public readings of the story, costumes and plays for children, gifts of food and charitable donations.

Admission is $3 for adults; children are admitted free.

Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 21.

Ceremony to celebrate dedication of Torah scroll

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will present the Lion Tales Puppet Theatre in a Purim show for younger children at 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The congregation will celebrate the dedication of its newest Torah scroll at 4:30 p.m. with a ceremony, dancing and Klezmer music. The hand-lettered scroll, originally from Poland, was rescued from the Holocaust.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Rabbi to lead discussion about Jewish prayer

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin will discuss Jewish prayer at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The talk, "Rabbinic Fantasies, Values and Visions Found in Jewish Prayer," is funded by a grant from the Jack Pearlstone Institute for Living Judaism.

Cardin, a former editor of Sh'ma: a Journal of Jewish Responsibility, is director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. She is author of "A Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life Cycle Events" and "Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss."

Admission is free. Dessert and a discussion are planned after the lecture. Dietary laws will be observed.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 21.

Lenten Scripture program planned for Thursdays

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is presenting an ecumenical Lenten Scripture program from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through April 5 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The Rev. Michael O'Brien, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, will talk about "Nourishment for the Journey" next week.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Lenten speakers series to discuss faith in action

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church is holding a Lenten speakers series about putting faith into action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Brendan Walsh, founder of Viva House in Baltimore, will discuss "Committed Christian Life" next week.

Information: 410-964-1434.

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