Religion digest

September 16, 2005

`Silly Sing-A-Long' is part of fun at Jewish Family Fest

Dean Friedman, a children's concert artist from upstate New York, will present a "Silly Sing-A-Long" at the Jewish Federation of Howard County's First Jewish Family Fun Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

The event will include music provided by Doug Sandler, games, food, crafts, a firetruck, a gift boutique and other attractions.

The cost is $12 a family at the door.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 21, or www.jparents.com.

Paganism forum scheduled in Columbia

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a forum on "Contemporary Paganism" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Carol Berry will discuss her book, Contemporary Paganism: Minority Religions in a Majoritarian America.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Grace Trinity to hold country fair tomorrow

Grace Trinity United Church of Christ, 9501 Old Baltimore Road, Frederick, will hold a Fall Country Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. A Moon Bounce, homemade baked goods, crafts, a harvest table and vendors are planned. Live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature the Orchard Boys Bluegrass Band. A fried-chicken dinner will be served. The cost for dinner is $7 for adults; $3.50 for children. Children to age 3 dine free. Carryout will be available.

Information: 301-865-5078 or 410-795-6546.

Calah Congregation to add children's services

Calah Congregation, an unaffiliated Jewish congregation in Columbia, is adding children's services for the High Holidays.

The Rosh Hashanah children's service will be held Oct. 4 and the Yom Kippur service, Oct. 13, at the same time as the adult holiday services. The sounding of several shofars will mark the end of the Yom Kippur service.

The congregation's services are a blend of modern and traditional; interfaith families are welcome. Dues include High Holiday tickets.

Calah meets at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Information: 410-792-8029.

Dances of Universal Peace to be taught in Cooksville

Dances of Universal Peace, a blend of movements and melodies from Sufi and other traditions, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in the meeting room of the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

The dances, which will be taught, include circle and partner dances. All are welcome.

Information: 301-675-6105.

`Gifts of Strangers' is theme of Sunday service

The theme for the Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "The Gifts of Strangers."

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

Information: 410-730-6079, or Journeyscommunity@mris.com.

Muslim Foundation helping Katrina victims

The Howard County Muslim Foundation is working with Islamic Relief USA to collect donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Donations can be mailed to HCMF, 3886 Whitebrook Lane, Ellicott City 21042. Checks should be made out to Islamic Relief USA for Katrina Disaster.

This year's food drive for local charities will earmark a large part of the nonperishable food collected for people affected by the disaster in New Orleans and Mississippi.

Information: www.irw.org.

Jewish congregation plans couples event

Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold an Interfaith Family and Couple Get-Together from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The Reconstructionist congregation welcomes interfaith and multicultural couples and families. The event will explore and celebrate differences and commonalities, and present ways to bring Jewish traditions and religious practices into the lives of interfaith families.

Information: 410-630-6044.

Shalom Aleichem moves services to Amherst House

Congregation Shalom Aleichem has moved its Friday night services to Amherst House, in Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia.

Shalom Aleichem is an unaffiliated congregation. The synagogue's religious leader, Rabbi Joanne Heiligman, is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has served Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated congregations.

The congregation's Sunday school meets twice each month and offers instruction in Hebrew, music, Jewish holidays and traditions, and, for older students, bar and bat mitzvah preparation.

Information about the school or congregation: Marc Shapiro, 410-740-5446, or www.shalom aleichem.org.

Oseh Shalom Congregation sets `Back to Shul Night'

The Oseh Shalom Congregation, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel will sponsor "Back to Shul Night" at 7:30 p.m. today.

A family-oriented Shabbat service will feature Jon Nelson, lead singer and co-composer for the group, Yom Hadash.

Nelson's music fuses world, rock, pop and funk with Jewish ideas and liturgy.

Information: 301-498-5151.

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