Religion Notes


November 04, 2005

Hebrew-reading classes are planned

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will offer a Hebrew Reading Marathon, a two-session course in reading Hebrew, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

The course will be taught by Cantor Abe Golinkin and Dvorah Golinkin, son and wife of the late Rabbi Noah Golinkin, who created the program. The National Hebrew Literacy Campaign, originated by Rabbi Golinkin, has been in operation since 1978.

The cost is $22.

Information: Nicki Stenzler, 410-997-2183.

Also at Beth Shalom, Rabbi Susan Grossman will offer "The Star and the Cross: Where Judaism and Christianity Differ," a comparative study of Hebrew and Christian Scripture and thought, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, this week, and Nov. 15, 22 and 29.

The cost is $20 for members; $28 for nonmembers.

Information or registration: 410-531-5115.

Preschool to hold a book fair

The Parent-Teacher Organization of Gan Israel Preschool will hold its Community Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

A family night with refreshments and activities is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. A large assortment of children's books and some adult books will be available.

Information: 410-740-2424, or

Trinity Episcopal dinner is tomorrow

Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner that includes salads and desserts from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children to age 6 eat for free. Information: 410-799-7080.

Alleluias scheduled to sing tomorrow

Christ United Methodist Church, which meets at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, will present "High and Lifted Up," a performance by the Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group based in Howard County, at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets are $15; children ages 7 to 12 are admitted free. The interfaith center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-381-6329.

Series of workshops slated for parents

The Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services in Howard County and Hadassah of Howard County will offer three workshops for parents.

"Gentle Discipline: There ARE alternatives to losing control," with pediatric nurse practitioner Janet Schultz, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gan Israel Preschool, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia. The workshop will present strategies for avoiding yelling, spanking and punishments.

"December Dilemma: Celebrating holidays in an interfaith home," a workshop for families seeking practical solutions for the holiday season, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 23 at Bet Yeladim, the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

"Talking to Tweens and Teens: How to discuss sex and drugs with your child," led by Schultz, is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Registration is requested by Jan. 15. For directions: 410-888-9100.

Admission is free to all the workshops, but registration is requested.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 26, or

Interfaith discussion set for Wednesday

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will sponsor a discussion circle for interfaith couples, open to everyone, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The congregation recognizes a variety of ways to express Jewish identity within an interfaith marriage or partnership.

Information: 410-730-6044, or

`Harvest Home' fundraiser planned

St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City will sponsor "Harvest Home," the parish's mission and outreach fall fundraiser, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow. The event will be held at the church's Center for Ministry & Education, 9120 Frederick Road.

Food, music, a live auction, a "nose-to-toes" 50/50 raffle and bidding on themed raffle baskets are planned. Proceeds will benefit St. John's medical mission to Jamaica, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and the Episcopal Housing Corp., a housing and community development project that serves needy Maryland families.

A turkey dinner, a tradition at St. John's for more than 45 years, will be served at two seatings: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the All Saints' Hall. Music and a live auction are also planned.

Tickets cost $40 at the door, if available.

The event is open only to those ages 21 and older.

Information: Alison Coker, 301-596-6585, or www.stjohns

Clarksville church planning supper

Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church, at Route 108 and Linden Linthicum Lane in Clarksville, will sponsor an oyster and ham supper, family style, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Crafts and bake tables are also planned.

The cost is $16 for adults; $7 for children to age 10.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Artisans sought for crafts fair

Columbia Cooperative Ministry is seeking artisans to participate in its Craft Fair and Living Gift Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Setup will begin at 8 a.m. Each display area is about 8 feet by 4 feet and includes a 3-foot-by -6-foot table and two chairs. The cost, which is not refundable, is $35. Proceeds will go to the ministry, a nonprofit organization.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

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