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By CHRIS YAKAITIS and CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTER | September 25, 2005
On Dec. 19, 1906, the state of Maryland approved a charter that marked the founding of Kenesseth Yishroal, the "Assembly of Israel." It was the first synagogue in Annapolis, with about 150 members who met above a store on Market Space. Ninety-nine years and several locations later, Congregation Kneseth Israel, which bills itself as Southern Maryland's oldest Jewish congregation, is beginning a 100th anniversary celebration of its history, presence and service within the local community.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1998
One hundred years ago, the members of Sharp Street Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church gathered to dedicate their new Gothic Revival edifice, the first church built in Baltimore for an African-American congregation.Their spiritual descendants will gather in the same sanctuary today to celebrate a century at Dolphin and Etting streets."Sharp Street is literally the mother church of black Methodism in Baltimore, in Maryland and, in some sense, in the country," said the Rev. Bruce Haskins, the pastor.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2002
For 17 years, a sign posted in a barren field along Littlestown Pike promised the site was the future home of Westminster Church of Christ. The sign has long since faded, but the promise came true yesterday when the small congregation held its first service in its new home. "We got this land in 1985 and considered it a blessing," said Gary D. Pearson, evangelist to the 147-member congregation. "We have waited a long time, and we can finally cross `future' off that old sign out there." It took years of passing the collection plate while meeting in a building that resembled a house more than a church before the congregation raised enough money to start construction in August.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1996
Enter the Beth Israel congregation's Owings Mills synagogue, and behold the lobby. Behold a ceiling of sprinkler heads, I-beams and naked bulbs. A floor of bare concrete. Walls of unfinished Sheetrock."Our congregation accepts this," says Chaya Vidal, Beth Israel's executive director. "They walk through this area, like the desert, to get to the promised land."On that note, Vidal leaves the barren expanse for a sanctuary that feels fresh, bright and contemporary. In more ways than one, a transition is taking place: As Beth Israel settles into a new home in a growing Jewish community, the Conservative congregation is gradually turning a former factory into a house of worship.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2000
The cantor for an Upper Park Heights synagogue was sentenced yesterday to six months of home detention for not paying his taxes and filing a false insurance claim -- acts he said he committed because of severe financial hardships. Benzion Weiss, 44, will continue to serve as the cantor for Beth Jacob Congregation. Several congregation members spoke in support of him at a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and said they have forgiven him. "He publicly apologized to the entire congregation," said Dr. Gavriel Newman, the rabbi of Beth Jacob.
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By Michael Duck and Michael Duck,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 2003
Many church communities socialize over coffee and doughnuts Sunday mornings. But the Chinese Bible Church of Howard County may be the only local congregation sharing rice and stir-fried vegetables after each week's services. "Food is very important in Chinese churches," church elder Desmond Chan said. "When [Chinese people] sit down to eat, they share in the food, they talk, they share about their lives." The weekly meal celebrates the cultural and spiritual community of this Columbia-based independent Bible church, an offshoot of Rockville's Chinese Bible Church of Maryland.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2000
The growing congregation of a Bolton Hill synagogue is planning a move to a site in North Baltimore where a little-noticed, unused Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. substation has stood for nearly 50 years. Members of the Bolton Street Synagogue unveiled plans this week to move to the 4-acre site in the 200 block of W. Cold Spring Lane. They hope to move as early as next year. The congregation, which has met in the 1300 block of Bolton St. since 1986, was greeted Monday night with a warm reception from about 80 residents of the surrounding Roland Park and Evergreen neighborhoods.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
The days of wandering for one small Jewish congregation in Carroll County are at an end. B'nai Israel plans to settle on property in Eldersburg by the first of the year.The congregation, chartered nearly 20 years ago, cleared the last hurdle yesterday with the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals and will probably hold its first service in the Freedom Optimist Club building on Arthur Avenue this week."We want to have our own home," said Barry Heiserman, president of the congregation of 31 families.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | November 7, 1994
It is said that faith can move mountains. So, the small congregation of Grace Fellowship Chapel in Westminster should have no trouble building an 80-foot octagonal church.Faith has helped the congregation grow from the five founding families in 1985 to the current 50 families who make up this nondenominational, Christ-centered church.When construction on the church began in September, it started a new chapter in Grace Fellowship Chapel's history. With weather permitting, the congregation hopes to celebrate Christmas in its new home.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | October 6, 1992
After a decade of lugging hymnals, sound equipment and other materials to and from makeshift meeting rooms at Hammond High School, the South Columbia Baptist congregation finally has a church -- one parishioners built themselves.Built on Guilford Road overlooking Hammond High in Kings Contrivance, the new building was the dream of a small group of faithful who saw a need for an alternative to Columbia's village interfaith centers.The congregation, which had about 20 members in 1979 when it first began searching for a meeting place, now has about 165 members.
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