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Beth Shalom to mark New Year for Trees

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will hold a Tu B'Shevat Seder and Dinner for adults and children at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 25.

The annual event celebrates the New Year for Trees, when in springtime in Israel sap begins to rise again. The event will feature carob, almonds, figs, dates and other food grown from trees, particularly in Israel, and a Haggada designed for the holiday.

The cost is $13 for those ages 13 or older; $12 for ages 9 to 12, and $8 for ages 4 to 8. Children to age 4 eat for free.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-531-5115.

King-Heschel service is today

In a tribute to the interfaith community, Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 11th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. today.

Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Richard Walters will welcome members of the Celebration Church of Columbia and neighbors from Locust United Methodist Church on Martin Road in Columbia.

Choirs of both congregations will join Beth Shalom's choir in the service. The Rev. Robbie Davis, senior pastor of Celebration Church, will speak. Elected officials, including members of the state legislature, and the Howard County Office of Human Rights are expected to attend.

King and Heschel are honored each year for their work together in the civil rights movement.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Lubavitch Center to offer classes

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will offer a six-week Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course, Beyond Belief: Reflections on Jewish Faith, Reason and Experience, at 10 a.m. Sundays, starting Feb. 3.

The classes, which provide the Torah's perspective on important questions addressed by all religious faiths, are designed to help students understand how Jewish beliefs can bring meaning to their lives and guide their choices.

The cost is $75, with 20 percent discount for additional family members, and includes the text. Registration: 410-740-2424, or www.myJLI.com.

The center will offer an Ethiopian dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 27. The meal will include doro wat (chicken); tibs wot (beef); and kik wot and wat wot (both vegetarian). Pancake-like bread, used to eat the meal, is included. Dessert will be Thai sweet rice with mango.

The cost is $15. Reservations: www.lubavitchofhowardcounty.org/contact.php.

The Lubavitch center is offering bricks for sale in its newly completed courtyard. The bricks, which can be engraved with a text of the purchaser's choice, can memorialize a loved one, celebrate a child or honor someone important in the purchaser's life.

To submit a request for prayer for someone who is ill: www.lubavitchofhowardcounty.org.

Trip planned Feb. 20 to Baltimore basilica

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip for those ages 55 and older to the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

The first cathedral built in the United States, designed by architect Benjamin Latrobe, recently celebrated its 200th anniversary with a $32 million restoration project. The trip involves walking; lunch is on your own at the Inner Harbor. The cost is $35.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Volunteers sought for spiritual care

Volunteers are needed to provide spiritual care for patients at Howard County General Hospital. The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

Information: 410-740-7898.

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