Saturday, May 31, 2003

Rabbi's twin in town for ceremony


Faith Matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

SYCAMORE TWP. - Next week, all over the world, Jews will celebrate the revelation of the core of their faith, the Torah, with the holy day Shavuot.

And in Sycamore Township, one synagogue will celebrate this holiday, which is observed with an all-night study session of the Torah, with a unique scholar-in-residence - the twin brother of its new rabbi.

Rabbi Moshe Meirovich has been serving Congregation Ohav Shalom, 8100 Cornell Road, since August, but the installation ceremony will take place June 8. Before August, he occasionally led worship on holidays at the 325-family, conservative congregation.

"I really had a chance to understand where they were going and what their goals were, and they were my goals, too," Meirovich said.

It is customary for a colleague to participate in the installation. In Meirovich's case, having his brother Harvey, a rabbi and dean of the Rabbinical School at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, was a special case.

Harvey Meirovich will lead the Shavuot study session on Thursday night, when the holiday begins, and give the sermon on the second day of Shavuot, Saturday.

For more information and times for the installation and Shavuot services, contact the synagogue at 489-3399 .

Summer family events

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 3020 Erie Ave., is hosting a weekly family night, "Twelve Nights of Summer," beginning Wednesday and running through Aug. 27.

The events, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., include dinner, crafts for children, a different program weekly and a closing worship service. The theme is "The Parables: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus." A different parable is featured each week.

The activities are open to the community. Dinner is available for $6 per person or $20 maximum per family. For more information, call the church at 871-1194.

King's Brass to perform

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass will perform sacred, secular and patriotic music at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, at 224 Dayton St., Hamilton, is free and open to the public.

To submit religion news, e-mail kvance@fuse.net or send fax to 755-4150.




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