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Israel's founding to be celebrated in a...


Israel's founding to be celebrated in a busy week

An address by Israel's highest-ranking woman diplomat is among the Baltimore events during a week of celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the Jewish state, beginning Wednesday with a musical program at the Mechanic Theatre.

The 8 p.m. performance at the Mechanic, called "A Toast to Jewish Music," will feature Broadway singers and actors Bruce Adler and Eleanor Reissa. Next Thursday at 7 p.m., the weeklong celebration will continue with a wide-screen showing at North Baltimore's Senator Theater of the film "Exodus."

The address by Ambassador Collette Avital, consul-general of Israel in New York, is part of a symposium on "Israel Today," to begin at noon June 4 in the Sheraton Hotel near the Inner Harbor.

A native of Romania, Ambassador Avital has represented Israel in Belgium, France, Canada and Portugal, and in 1986 she headed a project to upgrade the status of women in the Israeli diplomatic service.

Planned all day June 6 at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills is a celebration called "Tastes, Smells and Sounds of Israel," which will include activities for children and teens as well as adults. Information: 356-5200.

Lutheran life

With a $3,500 grant from the Aid Association for Lutherans, the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is producing a video on the life of local congregations to be introduced at a pastors' conference June 10 in Thurmont.

The video will be distributed later to all 226 churches affiliated with the Delaware-Maryland synod, which has its headquarters in Towson and is headed by Lutheran Bishop George Paul Mocko. Information: 465-3112.

Baptist missionaries

The Rev. Dale R. South and his wife, Cecilia Garden South, have been appointed by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board to work as a team in Paraguay, starting and developing congregations in the South American country.

Since 1984, Mr. South, who was born in Granite City, Ill., has been pastor of Long Green Baptist Church at 13010 Manor Road in Baltimore County.

He received a master of theology degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.

Mrs. South, a Boston native, is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. While working as a dental assistant, she has taught basket weaving at their Glen Arm home.

The couple and their two young children will go to Rockville, Va., next month for seven weeks of orientation before leaving for the missionary assignment in Paraguay.

With more than 3,900 missionaries in 128 countries, Southern Baptists have a goal of sending 5,000 Christian evangelists overseas by the year 2000.

Episcopal ministry

The Evangelism Committee of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah at 5801 Harford Road in Baltimore is sponsoring an evening program for families at the church June 5.

It will start with a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and include a showing -- in two parts with an intermission -- of the two-hour film, "Jesus," produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. Information: 426-0709.

Orthodox Judaism

Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish organization with chapters in the United States and Canada, founded in 1922 to promote religious, educational and social action programs, has revitalized its Maryland Commission on Legislation and Civic Action.

The chairman of the state group is Hillel Traub, a Baltimore lawyer, who said that one of Jewish Orthodoxy's goals is "constitutionally permissible public funding for the secular component of yeshiva education."

Another concern of Agudath Israel is protecting the right of employees to take off for Jewish holidays and Sabbath worship -- "a right that is still often abused," Mr. Traub said.

"Our goal now is to develop a grass-roots network of people who LTC are directly involved, people who will write that letter, or will make that needed phone call to a state legislator or congressman on a matter of concern to us," he said.

Bon Secours:Bon Secours: Two Sisters of Bon Secours who are also nurses, Mary Gemma Neville and Rita Thomas, were honored this week for 50 years of service at the headquarters of the religious order in Marriottsville.

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