, Salem, MA

October 5, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The Christian Women’s Connection October brunch will be held on Monday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Speakers this month are Kristy Lacroix and Stefany Pike, a mother and daughter duo who will share a sparkling, interactive and inspirational story. Reservations are required by Saturday, Oct. 19. Free childcare is available for children up to age 5. For more information, to make a reservation, for childcare, or to make a cancellation, call Jan Kerwin at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379.

“Connections” is a new group for widows and widowers at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. The first event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Shirat Hayam at 55 Atlantic Ave. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served and Rabbi HaLevi will lead a discussion titled “Lean on Me: We All Need Somebody to Lean On.” The goal for the event is to identify the need in the community, discuss options for future programs and to connect to others. Admission is free and advance reservations are requested at or 781-599-8005.

Jewish teens who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school and reside in Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation’s service area are invited to attend one of the following informational meetings for the 2014 Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I): Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly; Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., JCC, Marblehead; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, Peabody. Interested teens and parents will hear from alumni and from Deborah Coltin, the trip organizer and supervisor. The 2014 program includes the fully subsidized 12-day trip to Israel in July 2014, in addition to educational programs for teens and parents, and leadership training opportunities for teens. For more information, visit Registration for informational meetings and questions about Y2I 2014 may be directed to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or

In celebration of St. Richard’s 50th anniversary, the parish will hold a 5K road race on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. that starts and finishes at Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. Entry fee is $20, with prizes in several categories. The first 100 runners to register will get a free T-shirt. The race will be followed by a family picnic beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m. at Endicott Park. There will be a cookout, baked goods and games. The cost of the cookout is $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family. Anyone interested in running in the race should contact Mary White at 978-352-2510. Race registration forms are available at To purchase a ticket to the picnic, contact Julie McCarriston at 978-777-7739.

The next class of Inspirational Jewish Teaching, which is designed for educators in Jewish schools and promotes the Lappin Foundation’s mission of enhancing Jewish identity across generations, will be taught by Renee Schneider of Colorful Kids, and will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody. The topic will be mural making with a focus on Hanukkah. For more information or to register for the course, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email

A workshop for people to learn how to create a written document that preserves the legacy and story of their special piece of Judaica that they can pass on to their children and grandchildren will be led by Elisabeth Horowitz, English professor, poet and creative writing instructor at Salem State University and North Shore Community College. The workshop will be held at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St. in Peabody on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bagels and coffee will be served. This Evocative Objects Writing Workshop is a free program of the Lappin Foundation and Temple Ner Tamid and is open to all. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 14 to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or by email to

Comedy Night at Temple Beth Shalom, at 489 Lowell St., Peabody, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. and with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sarah Blodgett, Rich Gustus and Chrissy Judge Kelleher will be on stage, and have previously performed at Giggles, The Comedy Studio and Catch a Rising Star. Tickets are $30 each and include three drinks, munchies, dessert and coffee. Your check is your reservation. Call 978-535-2100 or email

The Lappin Foundation presents Movement for Your Jewish Soul, a program that invites the adult Jewish community to go beyond the food and experience Jewish holidays in another dimension with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi, who will guide participants through a multisensory experience using gentle movement that will help participants experience the essence of Jewish holidays and strengthen physical and spiritual connections to them. No yoga experience is required. The program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 18, April 7 and June 2 at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. The program is free and class size is limited. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat. Extra mats will be available. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

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, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.