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Shabbat of Conscience to be held tomorrow

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will observe a Shabbat of Conscience at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in support of the Global Days for Darfur, an international initiative organized by Save Darfur Coalition and other charitable, nongovernmental and other organizations.

"The Torah obligates us not to stand idly by while the blood of our neighbor is being spilled," Rabbi Susan Grossman said. She will discuss the situation in Darfur during the service.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Gospel Concert set Sunday afternoon

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a Gospel Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.

St. Pius V Sanctuary Gospel Choir and St. Peter Claver Imani Gospel Choir will perform.

Admission is free, but donations will be taken after the performance.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Rohr institute courses are being offered

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering the next in a series of Rohr Jewish Learning Institute courses, "Flashbacks in Jewish History," six lessons on the relevance of Jewish experiences with other cultures to modern Jews. Readings from some primary texts are used.

Classes meet at 10 a.m. Sundays at the center. The cost is $75; $135 a couple, including a textbook.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Chamber works concert set May 5

The Chalice concert Series of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will conclude its season with An Evening of Great Chamber Works for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano at 8 p.m. May 5 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

On the program is Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messaien, written during the composer's internment in a German prison camp.

Thomas Benjamin will give a lecture at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 for students. A $3 surcharge will be applied to tickets purchased at the door. Children to age 12 will be admitted free, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Oseh Shalom plans rabbi installation

Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel, will hold an installation ceremony for Rabbi Douglas Heifetz at 1:30 p.m. May 6. Rabbi Gary Fink, who has served the congregation for more than 26 years, will be designated rabbi emeritus.

Rabbi Linda Holtzman, director of the Department of Practical Rabbinics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will speak.

As part of the celebration, musician Joe Jencks will perform at 8 p.m. May 5 at Oseh Shalom. Tickets are $10.

The synagogue is at 7515 Olive Branch Way.

Information: 301-498-5151.

Yard sale, auction, health fair set May 5

Locust United Methodist Church, 6851 Martin Road, Columbia, will hold a yard sale, silent auction and health fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5. The rain date is May 19. Sellers are needed. The cost is $10 a space.

Information: Sylvia Waters, 410-772-0940.

A supervised truck will accept donations of clean household items, knickknacks, books and children's clothing from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow, and from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Christian aerobics at 2 churches

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics is offering eight-week sessions of cardio- and strength-training to contemporary Christian music, starting this month.

A class is offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Information: 410-985-7102.

A second class is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at South Columbia Baptist Church.

Information: 410-381-4668.

There is a fee; a discount is available for new students.

Church seeks DVDs, CDs, book donations

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is collecting book, videos, compact discs, digital video discs and records for its 11th Media Sale.

Donated items can be left in or around the blue box in the parking lot-side entrance to the church, if rain is not expected.

Tax statement forms are inside the lid of the blue box. If a car is parked near the door (and the door is unlocked) donations can be placed on any table inside the church.

Encyclopedias, and copies of the Reader's Digest or National Geographic are not accepted.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

'No Quick Fixes' is Sunday theme

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual-seekers group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

This week's theme is "No Quick Fixes."

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers, describing the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy.

Included are readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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