, Salem, MA

March 8, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — Temple Beth Shalom and Temple Ner Tamid will celebrate the holiday of Purim on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and concluding with a martini bar and karaoke for adults at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Festivities include costumes, food and a Purim Shpiel, written by Cantor Steve Abramowitz, which tells the Purim story to the tune of familiar Broadway songs. Dinner costs $18 for adults, $10 for teens ages 11 to 17 who help with games for the younger children, and free for children under 10. Reservations are due by Monday, March 10. Beth Shalom members may RSVP to or 978-535-2100, and Ner Tamid members may RSVP to or 978-532-1293.

A Chagenu Community Purim Circus celebration will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 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 with preregistration at 781-631-8330, or $50 per family at the door. For more details, visit

The Artist Series of the Maple Street Congregational Church features four local choruses today, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., including the Vocal Ensemble of Beverly High School, Building Bridges Through Music from Lynn, the Follow Hymn Gospel Choir from Lynn and the Chancel Choir of the Maple Street Church. Each chorus will present a selection, and the program will conclude with a finale by all four groups combined. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For further information, call 978-774-4510.

St. Thomas Children’s Closet, 5R Margin St., Peabody, has reopened with hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays for clients to shop for clothing at no charge for their children. New families are being accepted and must be referred by an agency or another client. St. Thomas Children’s Closet serves newborn babies up to 18-year-olds. Donations of new and gently-used clothing for children may also be dropped off on Saturdays between 1 and 3 p.m.

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 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 today, 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 presents “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. in the Parish Center Hall, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. For more information and a full schedule, visit, 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.