, Salem, MA

March 23, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The Orthodox Church of St. John the Russian will offer a Pysanky Easter Egg decorating class on Thursday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the church located at 16 Mt. Pleasant Ave., in Ipswich. The ancient egg decorating craft has been passed down through generations. Adults interested in learning the craft are invited to reserve a space for either date by calling 978-380-6499. Limited space is available. Tools and special dyes will be provided, but participants should bring three or four uncooked white eggs, a pencil, a plumber’s style candle in a holder, and an old soft dish towel to work on. More information will be provided upon phone registration. Attendees are asked to enter the church parking lot at 34 Lafayette Road in Ipswich.

Recording artist and songwriter Bob Franke and other musicians will perform Franke’s “Good Friday Cantata”: Meditations on the Passion on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m., at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Vocal and instrumental performers from New England and beyond gather annually to participate in the cantata, which features songs about Jesus Christ’s passion and contemporary people who have faced figurative crucifixion. Vocalists in addition to the St. Andrew’s choir include Geoff Bartley, Howard Bursen, Ellen Groves, Chuck Hall, Doug Johnson, Kate Katzberg, John Kirk, Jan McLanahan, Sally Rogers, Kate Seeger and Kim Wallach. Instrumentalists include Paul Combs, John Kirk, Joshua Levin-Epstein, Martin Grosswendt and Franke. A suggested $15 donation will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 781-631-4951 or visit

The 38th Walk for Haiti, sponsored by Faith and Concern Inc. of Peabody, will be held on Good Friday, March 29, starting at 9 a.m. on the track adjacent to the Torigian Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Anyone interested in participating in the walk or helping to raise money for Haiti’s continuing recovery from the earthquake of 2010 should call Gail Bowlds at 978-535-1431 or Edith Burns at 781-598-1838. Checks made payable to Faith and Concern Inc. should be mailed to 6 Wildwood Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.

All Saints Episcopal Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, March 31, on the church’s front lawn, 46 Cherry St., across from the Danvers Town Hall. All children ages 9 and under from the Danvers area are invited to participate in the hunt, which will take place rain or shine. The event, supervised by Sunday school teachers, will take place immediately after the 10 a.m. service. Children and their families are also welcome to attend the service beforehand. For more information, visit

The United Polish Organizations of Peabody will hold its 53rd annual Easter dinner “Swieconka” on Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m., at St. Michaels’ Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Tickets cost $20 each and may be obtained from the following member organizations: Daughters of St. Joseph; Plav Walter Dombrowski Post 63; Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 63; St. Michael’s Society; St. Joseph’s Faith Community; or by calling Lola Busta at 978-531-5592; Janis Marren at 978-531-8837; Anne Kostos at 978-774-0985; or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-7999. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Tables of eight will be reserved.

As participants of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Leadership Development Institute (LDI), members of Swampscott’s Congregation Shirat Hayam (CSH) and congregants of three other Boston-area synagogues joined together to learn tools and strategies necessary for managing change. The intensive seven-session workshop focused on developing the leadership skills of lay leaders and professionals in Jewish institutions, and, using Jewish education as the context, participants explored the commonalities and the values of their organizations. Those who attended from the North Shore are Andy Caplan, chair of CSH’s Board of Directors; Jennifer Bookman; Mikaela Levine; Joe Selby and CSH staff members Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, Cantor Elana Rozenfeld, Education Director Jed Filler and Chief Executive Officer Bob Krentzman. The LDI was funded in part by the Jewish Federation of the North Shore.

The North Shore Forum to End Homelessness for families and youth will be held on Sunday, March 24, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. The forum features keynote speaker Dr. Megan Sandel, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University School of Medicine. North Shore representatives and senators are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sue Kirby of Promise the Children at 978-910-0190.

The bakers of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold their 2013 Easter Bread (Babka) Sale on Friday, March 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the church social hall, 64 Forrester St., Salem. To place an order or for more information, call 978-744-5869.

The 34th annual Good Friday Walk will be held Friday, March 29, and will begin and end at St. John the Evangelist Church on Cabot Street in Beverly. Registration is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A portion of the route will head down Hale Street to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, where lunch will be served. Following lunch, walkers will retrace the route back to St. John the Evangelist Church. Transportation options are available for seniors; call Alan Battistelli at 978-927-5847 to make arrangements. Youth leaders are encouraged to set up walking teams within their schools; five hours of community service credits will be awarded to students who complete the walk. All registered walkers will receive T-shirts. The walk raises funds for North Shore families in need. For more information, registration forms and volunteer opportunities, contact Diane Battistelli at or visit

Join the Chabad of Peabody for a Community Passover Seder on Monday, March 25. A candle will be lit at 7:45 p.m., followed by the Seder at 8 p.m. The event includes a gourmet dinner, hand-baked shmurah matzah from Israel and wine. Attendees are encouraged to participate as Rabbi Nechemia explains the story of how the Exodus comes alive through mystical meanings and Kabbalistic insights. Hebrew and English haggadahs will be provided. Space is limited to 50 seats, and tickets cost $50. Reservations are required at, or email

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents “Inspirational Evenings” featuring Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series titled “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run April 1, 8, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Union St., Hamilton. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, call the library at 978-468-5577.

“Images of Jewish Women in American Film,” a film and discussion series sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive, will trace cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. The series includes “Hester Street,” April 22, at the JCC in Marblehead; “The Way We Were,” May 2, at Aviv Centers in Peabody; “Private Benjamin,” June 5, JCC in Marblehead; and “Kissing Jessica Stein,” July 22, at Aviv Centers in Peabody. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or

To celebrate its 50-year anniversary, St. Richard’s Parish in Danvers will host a 10-day and eight-city/location Mediterranean cruise, departing Sept. 20 from Rome. The cities/locations include Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and Naples. The cruise fare begins at $2,336.90, and airfare to Rome ranges from $996 to $1,200. For more information, call Roger and Dot Richard at 978-777-0270 or email

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church will 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 the church office at 978-774-4510.

The Girls Book Club is a free program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and funded in part by an allocation from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. Girls ages 9 to 12 and mothers are invited to participate in club, featuring a series of books that focus on the lives and adventures of American Jewish girls. The club will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Putnam Pantry, Route 1 north, Danvers, on April 10, June 5, Oct. 2 and Dec. 11. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. Grandmothers and special friends are also welcome to participate. Books and refreshments are free. Registration is requested to Phyllis Osher at or