Religion Notes


April 16, 2004

Jewish groups to sponsor a day of remembrance

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis will sponsor a Yom Hashoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance, "Community Observance for Justice and Humanity," at 7 p.m. Sunday at Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Col. Irving Heymont, former military commander of the Landsberg Displaced Persons Camp in Germany, will speak.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

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

Journeys Community focus: sanity in an insane world

The theme for this weekend's Journeys Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "Keeping Sane in an Insane World."

Journeys Community services are held in the auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: Harry Brunett,, 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

An eight-week book study group will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the game room at Vantage House. The book is Dear Heart Come Home by Joyce Rupp, a study guide on spiritual development. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays.

Information: 410-788-8490.

Jennings Chapel church to mark 150th anniversary

Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary at 10 a.m. April 25.

The Rev. Harry Baxter, a retired former minister at Jennings Chapel, will speak, as will the Rev. Paul Shoffeitt. Music, singing and a children's program are planned. A light lunch will be served.

Everyone is welcome to share memories.

Information: 410-489-7185.

Singer-songwriter Hansen to perform at coffeehouse

Singer-songwriter Eric Hansen will perform at One World Coffeehouse, sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, at 7 p.m. April 24 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Knights of Columbus plans breakfast buffet Sunday

The Knights of Columbus, Father Comyns Council 9638, will sponsor a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in Harrison Hall, adjacent to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

The cost is $6; $5 for senior citizens; and $4 for children ages 6 to 11. Children to age 6 eat for free.

Proceeds will help support charitable activities of the council.

Information: 410-796-2023.

Russian dissident to give talk at Lubavitch Center

Eleonora Shifrin, a Russian dissident who helped Jews immigrate to Israel, will speak at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education at 7:30 p.m. April 25.

Shifrin, who lives in Israel, is chairwoman of the Yamin Israel Party. She will discuss "Can Israel Survive as a Jewish State?"

Dessert will be provided. Activities for children are planned while parents attend the lecture.

Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education is at 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

Information: Rabbi Hillel Baron, 410-740-2424.

Fun, games, food planned April 24 at Meeting House

Columbia Jewish Congregation plans an evening of fun and games and food at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The third Elimination/ Survival Dinner, catered by Lucky's China Inn, includes a random drawing for a $1,000 jackpot. Only 200 tickets will be sold. A silent auction is planned.

Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Jewish Congregation Torah Fund. Tickets are available at the congregation office in the Meeting House, or 410-730-6044.

Church of the Resurrection to hold Shoah memorial

The Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City will hold its 13th commemoration of the Shoah, or Holocaust, at each of its weekend Masses by lighting six candles to remember the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis. A seventh candle is lighted for non-Jewish victims of the Nazis.

A program in the multipurpose room of Resurrection School at 7 p.m. Sunday will feature a talk by Werner V. Cohen, who left Germany at age 17 in January 1939 on a Kindertransport, as part of the British program to bring 10,000 Jewish children to safety in England.

Information: Jeanette Parmigiani, 410-465-1169.

Bon Secours center plans women's weekend retreat

Bon Secours Spiritual Center will hold a workshop, "Opening to God: A Women's Weekend Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen," a 12th-century Benedictine abbess, from 5 p.m. April 23 to 3 p.m. April 25 at the center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.

The cost is $185. Registration is required.

"Spirituality of Gardening: Tilling One's Soil - Nourishing One's Soul" will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the center.

The cost is $45 and includes lunch.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Choral group Alleluias offers free concert Sunday

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group from Howard County, will offer a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Arbutus.

Information: 410-247-4673, or

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