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March 1, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief


The Salem News

---- — A Chagenu Community Purim Circus celebration will be held on Sunday, March 16, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road in Marblehead. The event, which features Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures, includes four circus workshops for children from 1 to 2 p.m. and a circus performance from 2 to 3 p.m. The circus workshops are $10 per child and the circus performance is $36 per family when you preregister at 781-631-8330, $50 per family at the door. For more details visit jccns.org.

Music educator Joanne Hammil will be the guest performer at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead’s Multigenerational Service at 10:30 a.m. Hammil directs several intergenerational and children’s choruses in Greater Boston and presents dynamic, participatory concerts and workshops across the country. Her songs have been performed and recorded by many artists and have been widely published. The church is located on 28 Mugford St. with parking available on Mugford and adjacent streets, or at the Gerry School parking lot on 50 Elm Street.

Hebrew in a Heartbeat, a four-class course in modern conversational Hebrew for teens who are total beginners with no Hebrew reading skill, will meet on Sundays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St. in Peabody, March 2 to 23. Elana Gerson, the instructor, has won awards for her work with U.S. Military linguists at the Defense Language Institute. She has extensive experience teaching adults, kids and teens in a variety of settings including Hebrew schools and camps. Hebrew in a Heartbeat is a free program of the Lappin Foundation, whose mission is enhancing Jewish identity across generations and is supported by CJP. For more information or to sign up for this program contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org.

The Lappin Foundation is planning to quantify the impact of its Youth to Israel Adventure on Jewish identity. The success of the program interests Jewish communities across the country. The foundation needs to contact at least 75 percent of Y2I alumni from 1971 to 2007. Anyone with information should send names and emails of people they know who participated in Y2I, aka LGI, or ask them to send the information by emailing ecoltin@lappinfoundation.org or by calling 978-740-4410. If they know which year they participated, that would also be helpful. The foundation also needs names and emails of alumni of Israel teen trips who received a subsidy from the Federation from 1971 to 1988 for any teen Israel experience, including USY, NEFTY, Young Judaea and others, since they will be included in the study. Contact Evan Coltin at the number and address given above.

The Christian Women’s Connection March Brunch will be held on Monday, March 10, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., in Danvers. The event includes trumpet music by Ronald Westervelt and a presentation, “Surprise Packages,” by Dixie Westervelt on how she has dealt with surprises in her life. Men are welcome to attend this month. Brunch is $14 inclusive, and free baby-sitting is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by Saturday, March 8, and can be made by contacting Jan at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379. For childcare or to make a cancellation, call Jan.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Marblehead presents the following programs in the Parish Center Hall, 80 Atlantic Ave.: “The Psalms,” a scriptural series with Dr. Steven Fahrig on Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, from 7 to 8:15 p.m.; and “Why Catholic,” a program to increase one’s understanding of the Catholic faith, sacraments and more, on March 2 and 3 through April 5 and 6. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.staroftheseamarblehead.org, or call 781-631-0086.

Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, March 9 and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.