Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Har Shalom celebrates world Jewish traditions

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Congregation Har Shalom’s World Jewry Committee, a group dedicated to connecting the congregation to the Jewish community in Washington and worldwide, is set to host a week of cultural performances, events and educational lectures this month.

As a part of World Jewry Week, musician Flory Jagoda is gearing up for a performance of Jewish Sephardic music at 8 p.m. Friday at the congregation, located at 11510 Falls Road in Potomac. Born in the Bosnian village of Vlasenica, Jagoda will sing certain songs in the Judeo-Spanish language Ladino in the tradition of her Jewish ancestors, who were expelled from Spain.

‘‘Ladino was used by people who spoke both Hebrew and Spanish in the middle ages in Spain,” said Sheila Moldover, communications chair at the congregation.

In 2002, Jagoda was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts for her efforts to preserve the rare cultural music.

Tickets for the concert are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. For advance reservations, call 301-299-7087, extension 2338, or

Also at the congregation, Potomac native Rabbi Joshua Cahan is set to speak at Har Shalom’s annual Torah Lecture and brunch set for Sunday.

The lecture, ‘‘Inclusiveness: Testing the Boundaries of Jewish Law,” will discuss the roles of women and homosexuals in Jewish law. He will also look at methods that have been used to revise and reevaluate the laws. The lecture and brunch will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Har Shalom. The event is free for congregation members and costs $5 for non-members. For reservations, call 301-299-7087 extension 2315 or by Friday.

Maryland State Boychoirto hold auditions

The Maryland State Boychoir is now accepting applications for auditions. Auditions will be held Jan. 19 Feb. 9. All boys, ages 7-17, who love to sing are encouraged to apply. To schedule an audition or for more information, call 410-668-2003.

Previous training or experience is not required. Members of the Boychoir receive outstanding training in voice, as well as musical theory. Additionally, the choir offers boys the chance to sing great music, tour domestically as well as internationally, and to make new friends in a fun and challenging environment.

Now in its 21st concert season, The Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as ‘‘Official Goodwill Ambassadors.” The Boychoir performs more than 60 times each year throughout Maryland and surrounding states, and on national and international tours that have taken them to 30 different states in the U.S., Ireland, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Canada.

Traditional Chinesewatercolors at library

Throughout the month of January, residents can catch a glimpse of a Chinese watercolor painting display at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive in Potomac. Hsi-Mei Yates, a painter and teacher of Sumi-ink watercolor painting, will display her work along with the work of her students until Jan. 31. Following Chinese philosophy, Yates teaches her students to draw on a sense of inner peace as they create the paintings, which explore scenes from nature. Yates was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and has been living in the United States since 1983. She now lives in Stafford, Va. For more information about the artist, visit

Caring volunteersneeded at hospice

Montgomery Hospice, a nonprofit hospice that provides end-of-life services to residents of Montgomery County, is looking for volunteers to help support terminally ill patients and their families and caregivers. Patient Care Volunteers provide patients with in-home visits and everyday support, such as running errands. Bereavement Care Volunteers are also needed to provide emotional support to loved ones of hospice patients who have passed away. Applicants must be interviewed and complete a training session before volunteering at Montgomery Hospice. The next three-day training session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1. The training will be held at the hospice, located at 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, in Rockville. To request a volunteer application, contact Terry Stewart at 301-921-4400 or visit

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