Religion Notes


September 22, 2006

Rosh Hashana starts at 6:47 tonight

Rosh Hashana, the solemn and joyous festival celebrating the Jewish New Year, begins tonight locally at 6:47 p.m., 18 minutes before sunset, when candles are lighted in Jewish homes to inaugurate the Sabbath and the holiday.

"It's the Jewish New Year and the Day of Judgment, the day when we make a resolution to improve our ways, to make amends ... and go in God's way in the future," said Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education.

"The sound of the shofar [the ram's horn] is the call to return to God's ways and reconnect our soul with its source, with God. And then we pray and we also resolve to do more good deeds, and give charity -- those are the three ways to change the decree for us for the coming year," he said.

Rosh Hashana is joyous, Baron said, "because we express our confidence that God will forgive us and will grant us a good and sweet new year. And that's why we also eat sweet foods like apples dipped in honey."

The second day of the holiday begins tomorrow night, after the conclusion of the Sabbath. Rosh Hashana initiates 10 days of repentance; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins on the evening of Oct. 1.

Members of the Jewish Federation of Howard County are:

Bet Aviv (Rabbi Marc Lee Raphael) 410-992-9994

Beth Shalom Congregation (Rabbi Susan Grossman) 410-531-5115

Calah Congregation (Rabbi Herbert Kumin) 410-750-6229

Columbia Jewish Congregation (Rabbi Sonya Starr) 410-730-6044

Congregation Ahavas Israel, Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education (Rabbi Hillel Baron) 410-740-2424

Shalom Aleichem Congregation (Rabbi Yocheved Heiligman) 410-730-3917

Temple Isaiah (Rabbi Mark Panoff) 410-888-9100.

Free tickets to High Holiday services are available from the Jewish Federation of Howard County , 410-730-4976, Ext. 23, or www.Jewishhowardcounty. org.

The Alleluias to perform Sunday

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choir based in Howard County, will present a concert of anthems and hymns at 4 p.m. Sunday at Arbutus United Methodist church, at Shelbourne Road and Maple Avenue, Arbutus.

A free-will offering will be taken.

Information: 410-242-9029, or

Band set to play at coffeehouse

The One World Coffeehouse of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the local cover band, Friction, with Doug Miller of Columbia, in a concert of high-energy tunes from the 1970s and '80s.

The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; $6 for students.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Bon Secours plans a day of prayer

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a Friends' Day of Prayer from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.

The Rev. Joe Muth will lead the program, which includes Mass.

The cost is $20 for members; $50 for nonmembers; lunch is included.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Messianic group plans High Holiday services

Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation, "a Torah-based, conservative congregation accepting [Jesus as] the promised Messiah," according to its Web site, is offering High Holiday services. The congregation meets in Clarksville.

Information: 410-531-2093.

Church to sponsor flea mart tomorrow

Women of Christ Episcopal Church will sponsor a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow on the church lawn, off Oakland Mills Road. The rain date is Sept. 30.

Spaces for vendors cost $8; two for $13, four for $23 and five for $28.

Information: 410-953-8381 or 410-730-8578.

Counseling center now serves Howard

Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington has extended its services to Howard County.

The Ellicott City office, on the campus of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, is staffed Mondays and Wednesdays by Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin.

He is a licensed professional counselor with a specialty in Imago Relationship Therapy.

The therapy, created by Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want, offers practical strategies, based on a spiritual perspective, to repair and strengthen relationships.

Information: 202-449-3789, Ext. 706.

Thrift shop has fall, winter clothing

Trinity Episcopal Church's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Old Montgomery Road in Elkridge, has fall and winter clothing available. (The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church.)

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

The church is seeking vendors for its flea market, to be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at 7474 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Information: 410-799-7080.

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