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Jewish organization honors 5 for work in human services


Four women and a man were presented with $7,500 prizes each by a Baltimore Jewish organization yesterday to reward their "individual excellence and visionary thinking in the field of human services."

As the first recipients of the Harry Greenstein Fellowship Awards, the five human services professionals were selected by the Associated Jewish Community Federation for "leadership that will affect Baltimoreans' quality of life into the next century."

The awards honor the memory of Mr. Greenstein, who was executive director of the local Jewish agency for 37 years.

Given the unrestricted monetary prizes in an afternoon ceremony yesterday at City Hall were:

* Paul L. Jahnige, a graduate of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, whose aims include the "greening" of inner-city neighborhoods. His application for the Greenstein Fellowship described the benefits of the urban trees and community gardens promoted by Community Resources, a nonprofit group he heads.

* Deborah E. King, clinical nurse specialist and a member of the nursing faculty at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, whose project seeks a partnership between health care providers and religious organizations.

* Malinda B. Orlin, associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Social Work, who coordinated the university's participation in the recent federal Empowerment Zone grant to Baltimore.

* Lucy Y. Steinitz, who heads the Jewish Family Services agency in Baltimore that sees community organizations as extensions of families.

* Rosalie Streett, executive director of the lobbying group Maryland Parent Action, who was honored for her national as well as her local leadership in the development of family support centers.

The five Greenstein Fellows will report on their plans for use of the money and their progress at an Associated Jewish Community Federation conference next spring.

Information: 727-4828, Ext. 306.

Parish birthday:

St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, has invited the public to help it celebrate its 120th birthday Sunday, beginning with a Pentecost service at 10:30 a.m.

The birthday party will continue outdoors if the weather is good, or in the Parish Hall if it rains. Gifts to the church from parishioners and visitors alike -- office supplies, nonperishable food for the poor or flowers and shrubs for the church gardens -- will be welcome.

St. Mark's began in 1875 as a mission outpost of St. Thomas' Church, Garrison Forest. In 1927, the original frame building was replaced with the present stone structure in the Gothic style.

Information: 486-3016.

Guest preacher:

The Rev. Ruth Travis of Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church will preach at a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. tomorrow at East Baltimore's Fountain Baptist Church, 1215 E. Monument St.

A month of events has been planned by Fountain Baptist, leading to its celebration of Men and Women Day on June 25, when the Rev. Melvin Boyd of Village Baptist Church will be the speaker at a 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Roslyn Ushury of Wilson Park Christian Community Church will preach at a 3:30 p.m. service that day.

Information: 675-1372.

Celebrating 140 years:

A benefit concert at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Light Street Presbyterian Church, a block south of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, will mark the church's 140th anniversary and assist its programs, including the Tuesday Soup Kitchen and the Light Street Housing Corporation.

The concert, for which $5 and $10 tickets can be purchased at the church, 809 Light St., will feature the Voices of Zion choir of Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church; Nancy Stagnitta and Shea Welsh, a flute and guitar duo; gospel singer Terri Tyson and organist Maria Lee, who will play the church's 93-year-old tracker instrument.

Information: 539-0125.

Before the tour:

The Whosoever Will choir directed by Marcel Coates will perform at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave., before a concert tour in the United States, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany.

Information: 947-8121.

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