Author to speak on renewal of Jewish spirituality


Rodger Kamenetz, author of last year's acclaimed book about Jewish meditation and mystical teachings, "The Jew in the Lotus," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

The subject of the Baltimore native's talk is "Facing East: Renewing Jewish Spirituality."

As in his book, published by Harper San Francisco, Mr. Kamenetz will describe a meeting that occurred in India between Buddhist leaders and Jewish scholars, including himself, for discussions of spiritual survival in exile.

The Dalai Lama initiated the dialogue. The book was praised in reviews.

Mr. Kamenetz is professor of English and director of Jewish studies at Louisiana State University. Educated at Yale, Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities, he is the author of five books.

Admission to Monday evening's program will be $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Aleph-Bet Jewish Day School of Anne Arundel County.

Information: 647-3873.

Welfare reform

Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard, speaking for the U.S. Catholic Conference, has called on Congress to reform the welfare system so that it strengthens family life and encourages and rewards work.

"Genuine welfare reform should rely on incentives more than harsh penalties," Bishop Ricard said in a letter to congressional TC committees. "For example, denying needed benefits for children born to mothers on welfare can hurt the children and pressure their mothers toward abortion."

Urging reforms that affirm personal responsibility, self-discipline and basic morality, the bishop wrote, "Our society must discourage adolescent sexual activity and teen pregnancy with at least as much urgency and persistence as we bring to discouraging smoking and substance abuse among our young."

Bishop Ricard is chairman of the Domestic Policy Committee of the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy.

Children's ethics

Naomi Schultheis, Sunday school director for the Washington Ethical Society, will lead a Baltimore Ethical Society discussion Feb. 19 on "Why, What and How to Teach Ethics to Children."

On Feb. 26, Jai P. Ryu, professor of sociology at Loyola College, will speak on "Adolescents in Modern Society," discussing "the historical development of the concept of adolescence, society's response to this age group and policy implications in the short run and the long run."

The free Sunday programs of the Baltimore Ethical Society begin at 10:30 a.m. They are held at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 1311 Bolton St. Information: 581-2322.

Learn at lunch

Zipora Schorr, director of education at Beth Tfiloh Community School, will discuss "Contemporary Insights from Biblical Passages" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the offices of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Mrs. Schorr's talk is part of the 1995 "Lunch & Learn" series sponsored by the Associated's young adult division. Admission is $10. Information: 727-4828, Ext. 251.

At St. David's

St. David's Day School in Roland Park will offer a variety of programs this month, beginning Monday, to introduce parents and the community to the teaching that occurs there.

For more than 35 years, the pre-school at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., has provided small classes to introduce children, ages 2 to 5, to the excitement of learning.

Between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Feb. 10, and between 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 11, families are invited to a free open house at the school. The Feb. 11 program will include Valentine-making instruction by artist Toni Gardner.

Ten weeks of classes for 2-year-olds, in which parents participate as observers, will begin at the school Feb. 22. Early childhood specialist Bea Badders will conduct the classes, for which registration is required.

Information: 366-2133.

Global art

An open house and international art show will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at the world headquarters of Catholic Relief Services, 209 W. Fayette St. Information: 235-2772, Ext. 3223.

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