Religion Notes


January 26, 2007

Interfaith families to be topic Sunday

The Interfaith Family Discussion Circle of Columbia Jewish Congregation will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The topic will be "Identity Dilemmas in Interfaith Families: The Challenges and Rewards of a Dual Heritage."

Members will talk about the dilemmas, rewards and challenges faced by children, parents and grandparents in interfaith families. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Center to hold Day of Prayer

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will hold a "Friends' Day of Prayer" from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The Rev. Joseph Kenna will discuss Matthew 25:40. Mass is included.

The cost is $25 a person, and includes lunch.

Registration is requested by Feb. 5.

Information or registration: 410-442-1320.

Trinity to mark 150th anniversary

Trinity Episcopal Church, Waterloo, will celebrate its 150th anniversary (1857-2007) with a Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance, to be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 17 at Snyder's Willow Grove Restaurant, 841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum.

The cost is $30 a person. A cash bar is planned.

Information: 301-490-5516, or e-mail,

Trinity's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Old Montgomery Road in Elkridge, has fall and winter clothing available. A bag sale (each bag of clothing costs $3) is planned for next month and March.

The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

Service to honor Shabbat Shirah

Columbia Jewish Congregation and Bet Aviv Congregation will hold a joint Shabbat Service at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to celebrate and honor Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of the Song at the Sea (Exodus 13:17-17:16), the song of praise and gratitude to God sung by the Israelites at the miracle by the Red Sea.

The congregations will sing songs of peace and sow seeds.

Rabbi Sonya Starr, Cantor Margery Auerbach and Cantor Jan Morrison will lead services, which will be held at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Tu B'Shevat Seder set for Thursday

Bet Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten will hold a Tu B'Shevat Seder at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The event will celebrate nature and the beauty of trees. Fruit baskets will be donated to community organizations. Participants are asked to bring a piece of fresh fruit. Dessert will be served after the seder.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-997-7378.

Conservative Jewish rulings on agenda

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation is offering a four-session course on recent "responsa," or legal decisions, decided for Conservative Judaism by the movement's Committee of Jewish Law and Standards, of which Grossman is a member.

A session on organ donation is set for Tuesday; the role of women as witnesses is Feb. 6. Sessions have been held on stem cell research and same-sex relationships.

The cost is $5 a class. Beth Shalom Congregation is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-531-5115.

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