Religion notes

May 09, 2008

`ARK' dedication coming Sunday

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, will dedicate "The ARK," a renovated double classroom trailer that has been outfitted with a gabled roof, wood carvings, photographs of Israel, tapestried curtains and an Aron Kodesh -- a handmade cabinet that holds the Torah scrolls.

The trailer is to be named in honor of the "The Amazing Rich Kavalsky," Beth Shalom's educational director, who is retiring after 10 years of leading the congregation's religious school, Hebrew high school, youth services and B'nai Mitzvah (Bar and Bat Mitzvah) program.

The ARK will serve as a Beit Hamidrash, or House of Study, for religious school classes and daytime programming for older adults, said Rabbi Susan Grossman, and as a youth lounge and a venue for separate services for children, families and other groups.

The congregation's main building is slated for expansion and renovation over the next few years.

The dedication of The ARK will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Information: 410-531-5115.

Special service celebrates mothers

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual seekers' group, will celebrate Mother's Day by honoring mothers everywhere and exploring these special relationships.

The group 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.

Music, video, reflection and meditation are used to explore spirituality individually and in community. All are welcome.

The theme for the May 18 service is how we respond to change and how its value can be celebrated in our lives.

Information: 410-730-6079.

Collecting bikes for the world

The social ministry committee of First Evangelical Lutheran Church will collect used bicycles for Bikes for the World from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow on the church parking lot, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

The bicycles will be sent to people in need around the world. A $10 donation is requested for each bicycle to help with the cost of shipping. Adult and children's bicycles are welcome.

Adult tricycles are also acceptable, as are usable parts, tools and accessories. Bikes for the World also accepts operating portable sewing machines and cell phones.

Information: 410-465-2977.

A look at global climate change

Registration is still open for the five-week discussion group, "Climate Change with a Jewish Perspective," sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County.

New members are welcome to join the discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday and May 28, June 4 and June 11, at federation offices, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

There is a charge of $20 for discussion guides. Information: 730-4976, ext. 103.

The federation will sponsor a day of golf at the Waverly Woods Golf Course in Marriottsville on May 19. The cost is $150 a person; $600 a foursome. Proceeds will help fund educational scholarship, youth leadership and teen trips to Israel.

Information or to register: Avrum Weiss, 410-730-4976, ext. 102.

The federation plans a Howard County Jewish Festival celebrating "Israel@60" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The festival is to open with a one-mile "Walk for Israel" at 9:30 a.m. Food, entertainment and games are planned. Admission is $5 or $20 a family. Children to age 6 get in free.

Information or to register: 410-730-4976, ext. 102.

Volunteers are needed. Art vendors are welcome to apply to participate. Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 101.

Healing Masses at Howard shrine

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will hold Healing Masses, with prayer for restored health for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit. They are scheduled at 3 p.m. May 18 and June 15, and 7:30 p.m. June 6.

Those who attend can ask individually for healing and be prayed over. Healing Masses with Benediction will be offered at 3 p.m. May 25 and June 29.

A Memorial Day Mass will be offered at noon May 26.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Jewish day camps for boys and girls

Gan Israel Day Camp, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is accepting registration for its four-week summer sessions, to be held June 23 through July 18.

Groups are available for boys ages 2 to 8, and girls ages 2 to 12.

The camps will offer sports, swimming, crafts, music, day trips and activities emphasizing Jewish traditions and history. Weekly programs and part-day options are available for preschoolers.

The cost is $160 for a full weekly session; $600 for four weeks.

Information or registration: 410-740-2424.

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