Religion Notes


July 28, 2006

Jewish parents' group has Fun Fest

The Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services will hold its second annual Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Activities include a magic show for families with children ages 6 and older at 11:30 a.m., followed by "Learn Magic" hands-on workshops for ages 7-9 and 10-12.

Torah Tots, a New York-based musical troupe, will perform at 1 p.m. Activities for teens, crafts, a fire truck, balloon animals and face-painting are also planned.

Tickets purchased before Aug. 25 are $10 a family; $15 a family after Aug. 25.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, ext. 26, or

Chapelgate to hold SAT, PSAT courses

Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer an SAT and PSAT preparation course for high school students. Classes will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26 at the academy.

Tuition is $185 and includes materials for the class.

Information: 410-442-1600 or visit

Glen Mar Methodist has support groups

Glen Mar United Methodist Church is offering a Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association support group.

The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Meetings are held at the church, 8430 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-465-4995.

Woodstock church plans pasta dinner

Granite Presbyterian Church, 10637 Old Court Road, Woodstock, will sponsor a pasta dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow in the church social hall.

The menu will offer a choice of chicken Alfredo with linguine, or meatballs and spaghetti. Included are salad, dessert, a beverage and bread and butter.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $11 at the door. Children ages 6 to 11 will pay $5, and those younger will dine for free.

Information: 410-461-5349.

Lubavitch offers Torah classes

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering a free Torah class for women, led by Rebbetzin Chanie Baron, at noon Wednesdays.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome, and mothers are invited to bring their children.

A study group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to discuss the Tanya, the classic late 18th-century work on Jewish mysticism by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

A second group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays to study the Talmud, the interpretation of the Torah.

Classes are free; registration is not required.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Journeys publishes book on its liturgy

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers. The book describes the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy, which draws on many cultures and faith traditions, and includes readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Journeys Community meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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