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Ahavas Israel to hold its Shavuot service

Congregation Ahavas Israel at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will read the Ten Commandments, the culmination of its Shavuot service, at 11 a.m. today. The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

The two-day holiday, which began yesterday evening and ends tomorrow evening, commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. Shavuot also commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple.

The holiday renews commitment to the study of Torah, and emphasizes its relevance to everyday life, said Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center. "God gives us the Torah on a daily basis," he said.

Children who attend the service will receive an ice cream cone; it is traditional to eat dairy foods on the holiday. A Yizkor or memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

The Lubavitch Center is at 770 Howes Lane, Columbia. Everyone is welcome. It is not necessary to be a member to attend; synagogue affiliation is not required.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Shavuot service at Meeting House

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold a Shavuot service, with meditation, discussion, poetry and singing, at 8 p.m. today at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

A wine-and-cheese reception is planned at 7:30 p.m., and an Oneg Shabbat will follow the service and provide an opportunity for mingling and conversation. Questions from prospective members will be answered at that time.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-6044. Or www.

Yard sale to benefit outreach programs

Christ United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Furniture, kitchen items, books, toys and a large room of clothing will be available. Proceeds will help support the church's outreach programs.

Information: 410-381-6329.

Federation to hold 2nd Women's Event

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will hold its second Women's Event, honoring 10 women for their contributions to Jewish life in Howard County, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Debra Weinberg, who recently completed a mission to the former Soviet Union to advocate for elderly Jews, will speak. She will be introduced by WBAL-TV reporter Deborah Weiner.

A silent auction, raffle and music by Alex Brown are planned. Jewish dietary laws will be observed.

Tickets are $54 to $180. Proceeds will benefit Jewish Family Services and other community programs.

Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 21, or www.jewishhoward

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