, Salem, MA

January 12, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — 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 sizes three through six, canned soups, tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call the church office at 978-774-4510.

Temple B’nai Abraham’s Sisterhood will host a performance by Comedy Central’s Cory Kahaney on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Kahaney has appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America” series, “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Her critically acclaimed off-Broadway show, “The J.A.P Show,” was a multimedia homage to the brilliant Jewish comediennes, who paved the way for all women in standup, and was presented by the top Jewish comediennes. Tickets cost $30 and include beer, wine and dessert. Limited tickets are available at the door. Profits support Temple B’nai Abraham’s religious school. Mail checks — made payable to TBA Sisterhood — by Thursday, Jan. 17, to Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly, MA 01915. To receive confirmation of a reservation, include an email address or phone number with the check.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn’s worship service on Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature a screening of the inspirational and energizing short film “Celebrate What’s Right With the World” by National Geographic photographer and Academy Award nominee Dewitt Jones. Following the worship service, the congregation will continue with an appreciative inquiry event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both the service and event will be led by UUCGL’s interim minister, the Rev. Dr. Judith Smith-Valley. Both events are open to the public and will be held at the church, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. For more information, visit, call 781-595-8836, ext. 10, or email

Temple Beth Shalom Preschool is enrolling students for its fall program. The school offers a toddler program, which accepts children who are 15 months old. The fall program will begin on Monday, Sept. 9. For more information, contact Dawn Sudenfield at 978-535-2100.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sixth annual Jimmy Myers 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Jewish Community Center, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Myers, a Swampscott native, was a beloved coach at the J for 25 years, where he mentored thousands of kids about good sportsmanship and ran youth and adult basketball leagues. Nearly 100 kids and adults competed in the tourney last year. This year’s schedule: Grades 3-5 check-in, 9 a.m.; games start 9:30 a.m. Grades 6-8 check-in, 11:30 a.m.; games start at noon. Grades 9-12 check-in, 2 p.m.; games start 2:30 p.m. Adults check-in, 6:30 p.m.; games start 7 p.m. The fee is $45 per three-person team. All money raised goes toward sports and recreation programs at the JCC. Register at or contact JCC Sports Director Andrew Dalton at 781-476-9904 or

A parent orientation meeting for Our Whole Lives, a sexuality education program that will be offered to teens in the spring and fall jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Marblehead and Salem, is being held Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marblehead congregation, 28 Mugford St. The program, which offers registration to nonmembers, will be held in 18 sessions divided between meetings in the spring and then again in the fall, and will provide some sessions at each location. The curriculum has been offered at many private schools, which purchase it from the denomination headquarters. Trainers for the program attend mandatory training and are prescreened by the congregations. The parent orientation meeting is mandatory for participating families and includes a sign-off by parents and guardians. Two socials will follow, in February and March, for the group and its leaders. Registration for non-UU members is $120. For more information, contact Irene Praeger, director of religious education, UU Marblehead, at or 508-207-2112. Visit

Musicians Kevin Margolius and David Sparr will perform a concert titled “Faces of the Night,” featuring Jewish music of danger, dreams and celebration, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Wine, cheese and crackers will be served from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the concert from 7 to 8 p.m., ending with a dessert reception. Margolius, a tenor, serves as the cantorial intern at Temple Beth Shalom and a student in the cantorial ordination program of Hebrew College. He is also the Mary Wolfman Epstein conducting fellow of the Zamir Chorale of Boston and the conductor of the Prozdor High School a cappella choir. Sparr, a pianist, has been the music director and accompanist at Temple Ohabei Shalom and is the owner/engineer of Little Dog Studios. In addition to accompanying and/or recording many of New England’s cantors, Sparr has also been working extensively with Argentinian cantors Gaston Bogomolni and Elias Rosemberg. Tickets to the event cost $18 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students. For more information or to reserve a spot, email