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Area's Jewish community observing High Holy DaysThe...


Area's Jewish community observing High Holy Days

The Jewish community, which marked the beginning of the year 5753 at sundown Sunday with the celebration of Rosh Hashana, will conclude the High Holy Days on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of the Jewish religious calendar, beginning at sundown Tuesday.

Leonard Sollins, president of East Baltimore's 119-year-old B'nai Israel Congregation, has invited Jews not planning to attend services elsewhere to avail themselves of the full Yom Kippur schedule this year at the historic synagogue at 27 Lloyd St.

B'nai Israel's services will be led by Oded Peles, a young cantor who studied in Israel. The assisting cantor will be Yitzchok Fischer. Rabbi Seymour Essrog, former spiritual leader of Randallstown's Beth Israel Congregation, who earlier had a 30-year career as an Army chaplain, will preach.

The Jewish Historical Society completed the restoration of the 400-seat B'nai Israel building in 1987.

It is part of the complex that also includes the 147-year-old Lloyd Street Synagogue, a Jewish museum and a garden.

Rabbi Essrog, a member of B'nai Israel, said he was excited by its resurgence.

Over the last two years, its membership has jumped from 50 to 160 families.

The Yom Kippur services begin at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday with Mincha, followed by Kol Nidre at 6:30 p.m.

The services Wednesday are Shacharis at 9 a.m., the Reading of Torah at 11:15 a.m., Yiskor at noon and Ne'ilah at 5:45 p.m.

Methodists remember:

Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville, which traces its founding to a bolt of lightning, plans a series of events to commemorate the church's 150th anniversary.

The lightning killed Jacob Hiss, head of a large family who farmed near the present location of the church in the 8700 block of Harford Road. After his death, his survivors formed a Methodist congregation that met in the Hiss home. In 1842, they built a small stone chapel, which still stands as part of the church complex.

Anniversary celebrations include a dinner and dance tomorrow at Overlea Hall and a worship service in the church Sunday, at which Bishop Joseph Yeakel will preside. The service will feature music written specially for the occasion.

For more information, call 668-5665.

Catholic University:

The Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., vice rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park since 1986, has been appointed vice rector of Catholic University's Theological College, Washington.

Since 1939, the college has been the Washington university's seminary, training priests for Roman Catholic dioceses throughout the country.

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