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December 21, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

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Temple Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee presents “Comparative Religion: The Three Abrahamic Religions,” featuring Dr. Michael Szycher on Sunday, March 2, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Szycher presents a layperson’s guide to the similarities and differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; sacred time, space and objects; religious rituals, traditions, mysticism and spirituality; and the question “Can religion and science co-exist?” Complimentary bagels, lox, pastries and drinks will be available for participants. Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 24, at bsimons@templebethshalom.org.

Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore will host a New Year’s Brunch for widows and widowers on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Rabbi HaLevi will present a brief program titled “New Year’s Resolutions — Resolve to Have a Good Year.” The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Marla Gay at 781-599-8005, ext. 27, or visit www.shirathayam.org.

The Temple Sinai Art Gallery is seeking artists for its January 2014 exhibit, “The Tree of Life,” at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead. For more information and to submit artwork, visit www.templesinaiweb.org/gallery.

Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, 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.

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