Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9, and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.
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, but 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, United Church of Christ, have named the Rev. Marthinus J. Riekert as the church’s 43rd senior pastor. Ministers are elected or called by the Congregational Church of Topsfield membership following an expansive search process. Riekert is currently pastoring a church in Auckland, New Zealand. He will preach his first Sunday service in Topsfield on Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9 E. Common St.