SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 5, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief


The Salem News

---- — The Aleph Academy, a new Jewish preschool that focuses on Judaic studies, will open in September and run through June at the Chabad of the North Shore’s headquarters in Swampscott. Activities offered include preschool concepts and readiness skills, creative arts, music, Jewish holiday celebrations and stories, and specialty instruction. The school is co-founded and directed by Rabbi Aliza Friedman and Joie Reimer-Spritz. The Academy will host an open house Sunday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m., at 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. Details are available at www.thealephacademy.com.

“Resurrection,” a musical cantata, is the story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus. The St. Patrick’s Family Players, a multidenominational musical group, will perform this musical drama at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 3 Margin St., Peabody, today, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, visit www.stpatricksfamilyplayers.org, or call 617-923-4394.

Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church presents its Spring Pops and Auction event, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at 323 Locust St., Danvers. The event features Danny Titus, a lively and popular musical performer, as well as an auction with donated items from the congregation and community, certificates for restaurants, museums and other local attractions and services. Admission is $10 and proceeds support the missions and operations of the church. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the church at 978-774-7582, or visit www.nsuu.org.

The 19th EGGstravaganza Easter Egg Scramble at Danvers Church of the Nazarene, 181 Dayton St., Danvers, is set for Sunday, April 13, beginning with a Palm Sunday celebration service at 10:30 a.m. Check-in starts at noon, followed by the scramble, which features thousands of candy-filled eggs for children up to age 10. At 1 p.m., prizes will be awarded and free hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, activities and personalized pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available. This is a free, rain-or-shine event that is open to the North Shore community. Space is limited and advance registration is requested at www.danverschurch.org or 978-777-2060.

Journey to Calvary, a drive-thru Easter event, will be presented Friday, April 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Asbury Grove Methodist Campground, intersection of Asbury and Highland streets in Hamilton. Drive by the live staged events of the Easter story. Viewing will be continuous, and admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, April 19. For information, call 978-468-2113.

Rabbi Mathis will lead a Semi-Potluck Seder on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m., at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. The cost is $25 per person, $15 ages 12 and under, and $54 for nonmembers. A chicken dinner and chicken soup with matzah balls will be served. RSVP by April 7 to Beth Simons at TBS, 978-535-2100 or bsimons@templebethshalom.org. For more information or for a list of foods to bring, contact Beth Simons.

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church invites the public to observe the stations of the cross every Friday during Lent, at 188 Elliott St., Danvers. Services will be held each Friday at noon, concluding on Good Friday, April 18. At each station, there will be time for intercession as participants focus on “Bringing our Burdens to the Cross of Christ.” For more information, visit www.ctr-anglican.org.

The Lappin Foundation has formed the Youth to Israel Alumni Association, which invites all alumni from 1971 to 2013 who participated in any of the teen trips subsidized by Lappin Foundation and by the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, including Y2I, LGI, USY, NFTY, Young Judaea and others. The first alumni event will take place on Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m., with a free, special screening of the IMAX film “Jerusalem, The Movie.” Alumni are invited to reconnect, reminisce, and re-visit the magic and beauty of Jerusalem. Seating is limited to 300. Attendees will receive a goodie bag of Israeli treats. Alumni can reserve up to two tickets each by contacting Evan Coltin at 978-740-4410 or ecoltin@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.

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.