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Columbia Jewish to hold talks

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will sponsor a talk by Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, "What Jews Should Know About Islam," at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Alan Elsner, author of the novel The Nazi Hunter, will lead a discussion of his book from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. May 4 at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The programs are free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-730-6044.

'Lift Up' concert set for tomorrow

Inside Out, a collaborative ministry formed by members of local churches, will partner with the Kittamaqundi Community Church for a "Lift Up" benefit concert and dinner at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

Gospel artist Jean Watson will perform. A pre-concert reception begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door, are $15. Proceeds will help install an elevator in the church's historic 19th-century carriage house. Information:

Locust church seeks fair vendors

Locust United Methodist Church, 8105 Martin Road, Columbia, is seeking vendors for its Community Spring Fair, to be held May 3. The deadline to register is Sunday.

Information: Sylvia Waters, 410-772-0940.

Silent retreat starts today

The Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer "Seven Sacred Pauses," a silent retreat with Macrina Wiederkehr, a Benedictine sister and author, from 6 p.m. today through noon Sunday.

Places are available for commuters only. The cost is $85.

Lunch is available for those who want to attend the Sunday talk from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours of the newly renovated areas of the center will be available from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and again after the talk.

Information or to reserve lunch ($6): 410-442-1320.

Night services to focus on Passover

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will speak about "Digging for the Truth Behind Passover" during Friday night services, which begin today at 8 p.m.

The eight-day holiday of Passover begins tomorrow after nightfall.

Information: 410-531-5115.

St. Anthony Shrine plans Healing Mass

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will offer a Healing Mass, with prayer for restored health for those who are sick in mind, body and spirit, at 3 p.m. Sunday, and May 18 and June 15.

A Healing Mass with Benediction will be offered at 3 p.m. April 27, May 25 and June 29. Friday Healing Masses are to be offered at 7:30 p.m. May 2 and June 6.

The sacrament of penance is available from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, today and April 25, and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, next week and April 30. Information: 410-531-2800.

'Single-Again' event set for tomorrow

The Catholic Single Again Council of Baltimore Inc. will sponsor a "Single-Again" conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

The theme is "Open Windows ... to Your Growth." Ann Kaiser Stearns, author of Living Through Personal Crisis, and radio personality, and columnist the Rev. Joe Breighner will speak.

Registration, available at the door, is $45. Information:

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