Cantor Robert Gerber

, who has more than 25 years of cantorial experience, most recently with Har Sinai Congregation, has now signed a new three-year contract with Har Sinai Congregation to begin July 1.


"Cantor Gerber, who came to Har Sinai Congregation last year, balances incredible talent and international performing experience with a personal touch and love for this congregation," Stewart D. Sachs, president of Har Sinai Congregation, said. "He makes a difference at Har Sinai Congregation, and we're happy he signed a long-term contract with us."

The Jewish Community Center

, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., is holding its 2012 Photo Contest through Feb. 17. For more information, e-mail Nancy at

or go to http://www.jcc.org/photocontest.

Holy Family Parish

, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown, is holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. - noon, in the parish hall. Breakfast is $3 per child 12 and under, and $5 per adult, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Also, the church is holding Lenten Friday Fish Fry dinners on Feb. 24, and March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall. Tickets are adults $10, children (under 12) $4, and $35 per family. The menu includes fried fish and shrimp, macaroni and cheese, or potato salad, greens, rolls, beverages. For more information, call 410-922-3800.

Har Sinai Congregation

is organizing the trip for 30 people with ARZA World. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 22, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to

or call 410-654-9393.

Temple Emanuel

, 909 Berryman's Lane in Reisterstown, is presenting "Winter Wonderland," a cure for the cold weather blues, on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event offers an evening of fun, food, wine tasting, beer, soft drinks and a silent auction. Open to members and nonmembers, the cost is $36 per ticket. For more information, contact the Temple office at 410-526-3676.

Jewish Community Services

and the Jewish Community Center will hold a Model Seder for adults ages 18 and over with special needs and their families on Thursday, March 22. The cost for attending is $13 per person, and reservations are required by March 15. Seder participants will use a Haggadah prepared especially for the event. There will be traditional Passover foods and people can take part in telling the story of Passover and singing. Rabbi Tsvi Schur will lead the Seder, with music provided by locally based Jewish performer Avraham Rosenblum.

For more information, location and reservations, call Stacy Israel at 410-559-3576, or JCS Volunteer Services, 410-843-7456.


St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Reisterstown

presents a dinner and encore performance of the play Church Folks, by Pamela R. Smith on Saturday, March 31, at Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main Street in Reisterstown.

The cost for adults is $35, children ages 13-17 is $20 and children ages 5-12 is $10. The menu includes salads, chicken, ham, meatballs, sides, desserts, and beverages. For more information, call Raleigh Gillyard at 443-803-8481, Linda Chambers at 410-654-0296, Florence Smith at 410-241-3627, Josephine Utley at 410-504-4775, Diane Caldwell at 410-262-4758, or Noreen McAphee at 410-258-9452. The doors open at 4 p.m., dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m.

Har Sinai Congregation
invites community members to join Rabbi Benjamin Sharff and congregants on an 11-day trip to Israel, April 22-May 2, to Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Haifa and Jerusalem.
Tour highlights include a visit to Independence Hall and the Palmach in Tel Aviv, Safed, Golan Heights, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Dead Sea, and an ascent to Masada, among others.
The $3,669 trip package includes accommodations for eight nights, 14 meals, motor coach transportation, tour guides, program and entrance fees, and gratuities. Airfare to and from Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv is not included.
Jewish Community Services
is offering scholarships for eligible students graduating from high school. Grants are available for Jewish students from the Baltimore area from single-parent homes for assistance in pursuing higher education at an accredited U.S. college or university.
In addition, a scholarship is available for a Jewish student with documented diagnosed learning disabilities. For both categories of awards, the application deadline is March 15. For an application, call 410-466-9200 or go to http://www.jcsbaltimore.org/jcs-scholarship-program.
Covenant of Grace Church, 820 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown is holding ongoing free English classes on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm, through May. For more information, contact Nancy Carfine at 410-833-2160, cogpca@comcast.net, or go to http://www.cog-pca.org.
Living Hope Baptist Churc
, 14450 Hanover Pike, is hosting Awana clubs for boys and girls. Clubs are available for children 3 years through 6th grade, and youth groups for teens in grades seven through 12 at 6:45 p.m., on Wednesdays, through May 23.
The church is hosting a men's fraternity ministry "The Great Adventure" Saturdays through March, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
For more information, call 410-833-7764, or go to http://www.livinghopebaptistchurch.us.
Har Sinai Congregation's
religious school
, located at 2905 Walnut Avenue in Owings Mills, is available to families who are not members of the Reform Jewish congregation.
Kindergarten through third-grade students meet on Sundays, while fourth- through sixth-grade students meet on Sundays and Tuesdays. For more information, contact Melanie Waxman at 410-654-9393 or email mwaxman@harsinai-md.org.
The Lochearn Academy of M
, which is affiliated with Lochearn Community Presbyterian Church, is hosting music lessons for youth and adults in voice, organ, strings and winds.
The church is at 3800 Patterson Ave. For more information, call 410-944-4478 or 410-448-4774.