Religion Notes

October 26, 2007

Ensemble to perform at interfaith center

The Prometheus Chamber Ensemble will perform at Owen Brown Interfaith Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets are $20; $10 for youths to age 18.

Proceeds will benefit the mission and outreach programs of Christ United Methodist Church, an interfaith center congregation.

The ensemble will perform during worship services Sunday at the interfaith center. Services begin at 10 a.m.

Information: the Rev. Marilyn Newhouse, 410-381-6329 or

Rabbi to relate Torah-in-Iraq story

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, co-founder of Save A Torah Inc. and vice president of the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington, will tell the story of how a Torah was found by the 82nd Airborne Unit in Iraq and delivered to Temple Isaiah in Fulton.

The Wheaton rabbi will speak during Temple Isaiah's Sunday religious school to eighth- through 10th-graders at 9 a.m.; to sixth- and seventh-graders at 10 a.m.; and to fourth- and fifth-graders at 11:15 a.m. Parents and friends are invited to attend any of the sessions.

Temple Isaiah, a Reform Jewish congregation of about 500 families, is at 12200 Scaggsville Road.

A teen Shabbat service is planned for 7 p.m. today, and Dr. Neil Friedman will talk about breast cancer at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-888-9100, or

Clarksville church to hold supper Nov. 3

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville will hold its Oyster and Ham Supper from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane.

Fried oysters, baked ham and homemade side dishes are planned. The church typically serves between 600 and 900 dinners each year.

Tickets are $16; $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Rabbi to present sacred chant in music

Rabbi Shefa Gold, a singer and author, will present an evening of sacred chant in music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Gold, a leader in Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, received ordination from the reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of B'nai Or (Children of Light).

Gold is director of C-DEEP: The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, N.M., teaching workshops that draw on her grounding in Judaism, and her background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Native American spiritual traditions.

Admission to the concert is free, but reservations are required.

The event is sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Congregation.

Information: 410-730-6044, Ext. 310.

Peace in Israel series to continue

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will present the second in its series of talks, "Israel: Can There Ever Be Peace?"

Israeli physicist Opher Ganel will discuss "A Crisis of Leadership? How Internal Israeli Politics Affects the Chance for Peace" at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Zvi Geva, a former commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, will discuss "Can Militarism and Peace Coexist in the Israeli Heart?" at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 6. "Life in Israel from a Minority Point of View" is the topic at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 13.

The series ends with a scholar-in-residence weekend Nov. 16-17 with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, co-founder and director of Rabbis for Human Rights. He will speak during Sabbath services at 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Reservations are required for a Friday night dinner and Saturday afternoon reception.

Rabbi Susan Grossman will discuss "Tales of the Jewish Supernatural" today during Shabbat services, which begin at 8 p.m.

Information: 410-531-5115, or

Church offering children's program

Registration is continuing for Christ United Methodist Church's LOGOS Ministry, being held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, next week, and Nov. 8, 15 and 29; Dec. 6 and 13; Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31; Feb. 14, 21 and 28; and March 6 and 13 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

The program for children ages 4 through high school and their families includes Bible study, family time, recreational activities and worship skills.

There is a fee.

Information: 410-381-6329 or visit ml, and look under "Kids' Programs."

The Owen Brown Interfaith Center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Channing Memorial offers discussions

Channing Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist and the Rev. Susan LaMar are offering "Contemplative Conversations" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the church office, Suite 4, 3230 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

The group provides an opportunity for meditation and quiet conversation about the spiritual dimension of the lives of participants.

After a 20-minute meditation, those who attend share conversation for an hour and meditate together for the last 10 minutes.

Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-203-04774.

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