, Salem, MA

April 19, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — The Rev. Marya DeCarlen has been named the new, full-time priest in charge at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore in Danvers. DeCarlen’s ministry with the parish begins Sunday, April 27. Her appointment comes after the church’s yearlong intensive search for leadership of the new worshipping community, which was formed by the merging of Danvers (Calvary) and Peabody (St. Paul’s) parishes. DeCarlen is currently the rector at St. James Church in Groveland, where she has served since 2003. She has a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, and holds a baccalaureate degree in religion and philosophy from Stephens College. She has been an ordained priest since 1984.

DeCarlen succeeds the Rev. Richard T. Loring who, on Easter Sunday, will end his 15-month service as All Saints’ transitional priest. Loring will be celebrated on Sunday, May 4, with a luncheon immediately following DeCarlen’s 10 a.m. service. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is at 46 Cherry St. in Danvers.

The Congregational Church of Topsfield will hold a celebratory worship service and a festive outdoor reception to commemorate the installation of the church’s 41st minister, the Rev. Martin J. Riekert. The installation service takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, at the church, at the intersection of Main and Washington streets at Topsfield Common. A reception will follow at the Emerson Center, 9 E. Common St. In addition to the congregation and general public, there will be United Church of Christ dignitaries, area ministers, state Rep. Brad Hill and other special guests in attendance. To help plan for the reception, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Thursday, May 1, to, or Jan at 978-273-6295.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will host the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’ annual Parish Historians Society meeting on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The daylong program will focus on three centuries of change at St. Michael’s and feature presentations on liturgy, architecture, music and conservation of historic documents. Built in 1714, St. Michael’s is the second oldest Episcopal Church building in New England, and this year, the church is celebrating its 300th anniversary. The event is open to parish administrators and historians of all faiths, and interested members of the general public. The cost is $20, which includes all programs and lunch. Information and registration forms are available at, or by email at

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.

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.

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

Babies up to 9 months of age along with mothers and caregivers are invited to PJ Library Baby Lounge for a morning of gentle movement with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi, and helpful hints for making Jewish ritual a part of a baby’s life. Baby Lounge meets on Thursdays, beginning April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. To register, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or PJ Library Baby Lounge is a free program that welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

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 revisit 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