The Salem News
---- — Sunday, Jan. 5
Connections: New Year’s Brunch, 11 a.m., Congregational Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore will host a New Year’s Brunch for widows and widowers. Rabbi HaLevi will present a brief program titled “New Year’s Resolutions — Resolve to Have a Good Year.” $10 person. For details or to reserve a spot, contact Marla Gay at 781-599-8005, ext. 27, or visit www.shirathayam.org.
SATURday, Jan. 11
Spirituality film discussion, 6:15 p.m., First Universalist Society, 211 Bridge St., Salem. The Rev. Michelle Walsh will facilitate a series of films and discussions, beginning with Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Light potluck gathering at 6:15 p.m., followed by film at 7 p.m. and discussion afterward. Free, all welcome. 978-744-3224.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Pancake Breakfast and Mass, St. Richard Parish, 90 Forest St., Danvers. St. Richard’s 50th-year anniversary celebration concludes with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:45 a.m., followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, beverages and toppings. $4/person, $10/family. Tickets available after Mass on Jan. 4 and 5, and at the door. www.stricharddanvers.org.
Thursday, Jan. 23
PJ Library Move & Groove, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Pre-kindergarten children, ages 2.5 to 5, are invited to enjoy stories and creative movements at PJ Library Move and Groove with Elloree Jennings. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are requested by contacting Phyllis Osher, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-740-4404. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free program sponsored by The Lappin Foundation and Cohen Hillel Academy, and supported by CJP.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Giggles and Goodies, 8 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly. Comedian Johnny Lampert appears at Giggles and Goodies, the annual comedy night at Temple B’nai Abraham. $35/ticket. Reserve a spot by Thursday, Jan. 16, at 978-927-3211, ext. 14. Limited tickets available at the door. Also, back by popular demand, tell a joke for $5. Proceeds benefit the synagogue’s religious school.
Sunday, March 2
Comparative Religion: The Three Abrahamic Religions, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Dr. Michael 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 available for participants. Reserve a spot by Feb. 24 to email@example.com.