Religion Notes

Hadassah to hold gala, installation of officers Tuesday

The Howard County chapter of Hadassah will hold its Membership Gala and Installation of Officers from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.


Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, author of the book The Year Mom Got Religion, will speak, and Kol Rinah, an a cappella group from Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, will perform. Kosher pareve desserts and beverages will be served.

The cover charge is $25 for Hadassah members; $30 for nonmembers, who may join and pay as members.


Information: Jodi Berson, 301-596-3690, or Debbie Bastacky, 410-531-1555.

Mending the world in God's image to be discussion topic

Columbia Jewish Congregation will sponsor a panel discussion with Jewish leaders on Tikkun Olam, mending or establishing the world in the image of God, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The panel will explore the idea of applying Jewish tradition to contemporary problems, transforming good works in the world into a form of spiritual practice.

Panelists are to include Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism; Sue Hoffman, associate director of the Shefa Fund, a national Jewish philanthropic organization; and Rabbi Bob Saks of Columbia Jewish Congregation.

Information: 410-730-6044.

'Feminine Face of God' to be Journeys theme

The theme for this weekend's Journeys Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "The Feminine Face of God."


Journeys Community services are held in the auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

A small Journeys Community group, which discusses the theme of each preceding week and spends some time in quiet meditation, meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month in a private home.

Information: Harry Brunett,, 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

125th anniversary picnic at St. Michael's is Sunday

Members and friends of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poplar Springs are invited to a 125th anniversary picnic from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A line-dancing demonstration, Moonbounce, face-painting, hair braiding, clowns, magic show, balloon animals and an apple pie auction are planned. The picnic menu includes barbecue pulled beef, ham and turkey wraps, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, chips, iced tea, lemonade, ice cream and cake.


Tickets are $7; children ages 5 to 10 pay $4. Children to age 5 are admitted free.

Information: 301-854-6208.

Lubavitch Center offers class on mystical thought

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, offers a class in Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi's Tanya, a book of mystical thought applied to daily life, from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays at the center. Rabbi Hillel Baron is giving the class.

A class in Talmud, focusing on souls and the afterlife, is held from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Participants are welcome to join any time.

Information: 410-740-2424.


Evening of song and praise today at Clarksville church

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville will hold a Community Evening of Song and Praise from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in a tent near the church.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Alleluias chorus to hold auditions by appointment

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group based in Howard County, will hold auditions for singers by appointment.


Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. A keyboardist is also needed.

Information: Billy Lewis, 410-992-8942.