, Salem, MA

February 16, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — “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 begins Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, with the movie “Marjorie Morningstar,” the 1958 film version of Herman Wouk’s novel. Future dates and movies include “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

Artists in Worship will be held at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Tabernacle Congregational UCC Church, and will continue each Sunday during Lent. Artists of all levels are invited to create artwork or craft projects in the sanctuary balcony during the worship service. Art supplies will be provided, but artists may bring their own supplies. An art exhibit will be on view the Sunday following Easter and will showcase the work of those who participated. For more information, call 978-744-3164 or email The church is at 50 Washington St., Salem.

Chabad of Peabody’s annual Purim bash is set for Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Peabody. The event includes a halftime megillah reading; a video presentation of Jews in sports; a buffet dinner; a sports show by The Sports Court Jesters; music and dancing; and popcorn, cotton candy and other snacks. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as true fans. Admission is $10 for children and $15 for adults, with a $60 maximum per family. Advance reservations are required by Sunday, Feb. 17, at

The Chabad of Peabody presents “When More Makes Merrier: A Holistic Approach to Happiness” on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at 83 Pine St., Peabody. The lesson introduces Jewish wisdom that provides a holistic understanding of what happiness is and how it can be achieved through material satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment. The cost is $10 per person. Reserve a spot at

Children of all ages are invited to experience the Model Matzah Bakery at the Chabad of Peabody, 83 Pine St. From threshing and winnowing the wheat stalks to kneading and rolling, each child will bake their own matzo from scratch. Parents are invited to join their children or join in a discussion/class on how to create a fun, interactive Passover Seder that will keep young children engaged and excited. The class will be led by Raizel Schusterman. The cost is $5 per child and free for parents. Reserve a spot at

BostonYJP and Chabad of the North Shore present “Purim in Prison,” a Purim party for young Jewish professionals north of Boston at the Great Escape Restaurant in Salem. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. and will include an open bar, hot kosher hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by comedian Johnny Lampert. Meet, network and socialize with young Jewish singles, professionals and businesspeople north of Boston. To reserve a spot, visit For more information, contact Rabbi Shmaya Friedman at 781-581-3833 or

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Join the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn for “UU 101,” led by the Rev. Judy Smith-Valley. The course will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 27 at 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. The course will introduce Unitarian Universalism; help attendees decide if UUism is right for them; provide information related to Unitarian Universalist worship, theology, history, social justice, faith development and governance; provide resources within and outside the congregation for the independent exploration of topics; and introduce participants to a cross-section of current members. The class is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat by calling 781-595-8836, ext. 11, or email for more information.

As part of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’s spiritual formation during Lent, the church will hold a Lenten retreat, called “Going Deeper in Prayer Using Art Materials,” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The retreat will provide an extended time of teaching and hands-on experiences designed to help attendees discover how each of five tools (clay, movement, colored pencils, chalk and markers) can be helpful in prayer times. Attendees should bring a bagged lunch. The cost is $10 for supplies, and reservations should be made no later than Wednesday, Feb. 20, by contacting Wendy Dixon at For more information, visit or call the church office at 978-774-3163.

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 by March 1 to Phyllis Osher at or

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.

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.

At 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 27, 1963, St. Mary’s Parish was divided in two, and a new parish, St. Richard of Chichester, was officially recognized and named to honor the patron saint of Cardinal Cushing. St. Richard’s will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with a Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. at 90 Forest St., Danvers. Light refreshments will be served in the rectory conference room following the Mass. Learn more at, or visit for event details.