Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Magruder offers discussion on teenage decisions

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Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood will hold a public symposium to address the topic ‘‘Teenage Decisions and How They Affect our Community.”

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the school auditorium. Guests can browse information tables beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature a discussion on why teens are vulnerable to risk-taking behavior; how to recognize a problem and how to help; and the impact that underage drinking or illegal drug use can have on families and communities.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Speakers will include David Baker and Officer Luis Hurtado of the Montgomery County Police Community Outreach Program and James Bjork of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The program is geared for students in grades six through 12 and their parents.

Tikvat Israel to continue film series Saturday

Congregation Tikvat Israel in Rockville will hold the second in a series of three films this weekend as part of its Israeli Film Festival.

The events feature contemporary Israeli films followed by a discussion and dessert moderated by Eric Zakim, associate professor and executive director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Center for Israel Studies and coordinator for Modern Hebrew Language and Literature, and Sheila Jelen, associate professor of Hebrew Literature at the University of Maryland.

The remaining schedule is:

*Jan. 12, ‘‘Live and Become,” based on a true story centering around Israel’s relocation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in 1984 to save them from impending famine.

*Jan. 19, ‘‘James’ Journey to Jerusalem,” a story of the adventures of the young James, a devout Christian attempting a pilgrimage from his African village to the Holy Land.

The films will be shown at 8 p.m. at the synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Road.

The cost is $10 for Tikvat Israel members, $12 for non-members.

The program is sponsored by Tikvat Israel’s adult education committee. To reserve a seat, call 301-762-7338. For more information, visit

Congregation to hostdiscussion on abortion

Congregation Tikvat Israel in Rockville will host a panel discussion, ‘‘Jewish Law, the U.S. Supreme Court and Abortion: Is there a Conflict?” at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Tikvat Israel is located at 2200 Baltimore Road in Rockville.

The panel will feature Rabbi Susan Grossman, member of the Standards and Practices Committee and rabbi at Beth Shalom congregation in Columbia; Del. Jamie B. Raskin (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law; and Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville.

The panel will address Supreme Court decision last spring in Gonzales v. Carhart, how Conservative Judaism has interpreted that decision based on Jewish law and what guidance the case has given state legislatures as citizens press for laws restricting or liberalizing the availability of abortion.

The discussion cost is $5. Breakfast of bagels and coffee will be available for purchase prior to the event.

The program is sponsored by Tikvat Israel’s adult education committee. Call 301-762-7338 or visit for more information.

Family, Federation to dedicate Torah in New Orleans

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and a local family are organizing a volunteer trip to New Orleans that will center on the re-dedication of a scared scroll, or Torah, at a synagogue that was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

The trip, from Jan. 17-21, will also include volunteer projects such as food distribution at a local food bank and renovation of houses still in disrepair from the hurricane.

The trip is open to the community. For information and application, call Ida Singelenberg at 301-230-7264 or send an e-mail to, or visit

During the trip, Montgomery County resident Lester Ulanow and his family will donate a Torah to Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Metairie, La., a suburb of New Orleans. The Ulanows obtained the scroll from the Save A Torah Foundation, which locates, acquires and restores Torahs that survived the Holocaust or had been taken from Jewish communities in other locations throughout the world.

Congregation Beth Israel was destroyed by more than 10 feet of floodwater during Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the New Orleans area. The Ulanows gift to the synagogue is in honor of the recent bar mitzvah of their son, Ethan.

Looking for thecommunity’s next Athena

Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Greater Olney-Sandy Spring Athena Award.

Presented in memory of Brooke Grove Retirement Village founder Eleanor Howe Marston, the program was created to recognize and honor women for community service and professional and personal leadership.

Particular consideration is given to nominees who demonstrate a dedication of self and a generosity of spirit toward the greater Olney-Sandy Spring community.

Carolyn Snowden, a longtime activist in the Sandy Spring community who is well-respected for her contributions, and Lisa McKillop, who volunteered extensively for the Olney Theatre Center and other area organizations before accepting a job as director of Hospice Caring Inc. for nine years, earned the first two Athena awards.

Award criteria and nomination forms are available on the Olney Chamber of Commerce Web site,, and the Brooke Grove Web site,

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 7. The 2008 Athena Award for the greater Olney-Sandy Spring community will be presented at a luncheon at Brooke Grove on April 25.

For more information, call the Olney Chamber of Commerce at 301-774-7117.

Seeking Rosa Parks alumni for Hall of Fame

Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney is collecting information about the successes of former Rosa Parks students from 1991 to 1996 to create a school Hall of Fame.

Organizers would like pictures of former students and a summary of what they are doing now.

Information can be sent to the attention of Mary Ellen Sturm or Gina Woodward at Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney, MD 20832, or via e-mail to

On campus

*Patrick J. Ewing, a 2004 graduate of Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 19 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He is the son of James and Clarice Ewing of Derwood.

*Madelyn Hirsch, daughter of Kathleen and Jeffrey Hirsch of Olney, recently was accepted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, at Salisbury University. Hirsch is a senior majoring in nursing and a 2004 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney.

If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton, fax it to Judith Hruz, Editor, The Olney Gazette, at 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183; or e-mail it to me at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. All items subject to editing and space availability.