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B'nai B'rith group to visit Cuban Jews for Sukkot


Kent E. Schiner, a Pikesville insurance underwriter serving his second two-year term as president of B'nai B'rith International, plans to spend part of the Sukkot holiday, which begins Sunday, with the Jewish community of Cuba.

Sukkot, a joyous nine-day festival, comes four days after Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In Cuba, Mr. Schiner will be the guest of the B'nai B'rith Maimonides Lodge, which was founded in 1943. He will be the first B'nai B'rith president to visit Cuba on behalf of the 149-year-old international Jewish organization.

"I am delighted to be paying tribute to the Maimonides Lodge for its unbroken tradition of service and identity with the Jewish people during decades of turbulent times," Mr. Schiner said. "I hope also to be bringing a message to the Jewish community of Cuba as a whole -- that they are not isolated, and represent a proud segment of the international Jewish family."

Since 1742: Saters Baptist Church, Maryland's oldest Baptist congregation worshiping in its original building, celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday with a Homecoming Service at the Baltimore County landmark, Falls Road and Saters Lane in Brooklandville.

Back when Maryland was still a British colony, Henry Sater gave "one acre of land for a meeting house, burying ground and all other conveniences for the church and congregation forever, to the end of the world." The Rev. Kevin D. Newman is pastor.

Latin Mass: More than 750 people packed downtown Baltimore's St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church Sunday for the first Latin Mass in the ancient Tridentine Rite to be offered there in many years.

Archbishop William H. Keeler has given the church at Saratoga Street and Park Avenue permission to schedule the old form of the Mass in Latin at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Americans United: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a 50,000-member public policy organization based in Silver Spring, has chosen as its executive director the Rev. Barry Lynn, a longtime civil liberties activist, lawyer and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

He succeeds the Rev. Robert L. Maddox, a Baptist minister, who had held the post since 1984.

Quaker report: Brewster Grace and his wife, Anne, who for the last four years have served as Quaker Middle East representatives based in Amman, Jordan, will be in Baltimore Oct. 15 and 16 for appearances sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. They will discuss United States policy in the Persian Gulf and the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. For more information, call 323-7200.

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