2015-04-09 / Faith Community


Holocaust Remembrance

Temple Shalom will host its 40th annual communitywide Interfaith Yom Ha Shoah Service (Day of the Holocaust) on Thursday evening, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. This year is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

A focal point of the service will be the reading of excerpts from the book “In the Hell of Auschwitz” by Judith Sternberg Newman, the mother of a temple member who experienced the horrors of Auschwitz firsthand.

Prayers and music will be provided by Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer, Cantor Fred Scheff and Stephen Martorella of the temple and from clergy from various houses of worship throughout Newport County.

A candle lighting ceremony will take place in memory of the 6 million Jews who perished and in memory of all the righteous of other religions and nations who also lost their lives.

All are cordially invited to attend to remember and to pledge “Never to Forget.” Temple Shalom is at 223 Valley Road in Middletown.

Nonviolent Action Forum

Reverend Sharon Key will lead a “Spring into Nonviolent Action” forum on Sunday, April 12, at Central Baptist Church, from 11 a.m.-noon. The reverend is a certified trainer in the philosophy and strategies of nonviolence as developed by Martin Luther King Jr. through The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at The University of Rhode Island. She has trained in churches, police departments, prisons and in Israel and Palestine.

The public is invited to learn more on the practice of nonviolence and putting that practice into action. Key will also preach at Central Baptist that day at 9:30 a.m. The church is located in Jamestown at 99 Narragansett Ave. For more information, call 401-423-1651.

Book Club

The Emmanuel Church Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to discuss the two books read during the Lenten series: “The Sunflower” by Simon Wiesenthal and “The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World” by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. All are welcome to attend (whether you've read the books or not). Emmanuel is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Islam and Violence Addressed at Channing

Dr. Eleanor Doumato, author of “Teaching Islam: Textbooks and Religion in the Middle East,” will present a slide show on “Why Can’t They Take a Joke? ‘Charlie Hebdo,’ Islam, and the Violence Question” on Wednesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will take place in the parish hall behind Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St. A $5 donation is requested, payable at the door. Preregister at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Temple Shalom

Temple Shalom’s family education series will continue on Sunday, April 12, with “Our Temple History” at 10 a.m. The annual Yom Ha’Shoah service, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom is at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-846-9002.

Touro Synagogue Tours

Touro Synagogue is open for tours on Sundays, through the Loeb Visitors Center. The center is open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and synagogue tours depart at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Warm Up Wednesdays

Neighbors are welcome to come in for the warmth of friendship at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., during Warm Up Wednesdays. Drop in anytime 1-4 p.m. and enjoy fellowship, games, and refreshments.

Benefit Concert at St. John’s

Christian Palm, a celebrated world-class baritone from Germany, will perform at St. John the Evangelist in a fundraising concert for The Choir School of Newport County on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Palm is a graduate of the St. Thomas Choir School in Leipzig, Germany, where for eight years he sang in the famous choir once directed by J. S. Bach. He will perform art songs of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams, and pieces by Bach, Novello and Luther. The students of The Choir School will join for a singalong finale of Parry's “Jerusalem.” Donation is $20. The concert will take place in the Guild Hall, with a reception to follow.

Insight Support

Insight, a nonprofit organization that helps people living with vision loss learn how to be more independent, hosts a monthly educational group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 14, in the church hall at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone living with a visual impairment, as well as family members and friends. For more information, contact Rick Andrade at 401-941- 3322 or visit in-sight.org.

All Saints’ Spring Tea

All Saints Academy’s Spring Tea will be held on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in St. Lucy’s parish center and will feature a traditional tea, raffles, and silent auction. Tickets are $12. For more information or tickets, call 401-848-4300. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.

Houses of worship are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages by emailing news@newportthisweek.net.

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