Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Salem United Methodist fetes 175 years

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Salem United Methodist Church in Brookeville will celebrate its 175th anniversary this weekend with two special events.

A musical celebration featuring the church choir, bell choir, soloists and guest performers will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. An informal reception will follow.

On Sunday, an anniversary celebration worship service will begin at 10 a.m., featuring guest speaker Jeanne Klauda, pastor of the church from 1981 to 1985. A luncheon will follow.

All events are open to the public. The church is located at 12 High St. For more information, call 301-774-7772.

B’nai Shalom cantorto be part of performance

Cantor Sara Geffen Geller of B’nai Shalom of Olney will be part of the Cantor Assembly performance at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, set for Sunday.

The program is designed ‘‘to aid other nations in distress, in this case Darfur refugees,” while at the same time spreading joy while celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary, Har Shalom Hazzan Henrique Ozur Bass said in a press release.

The beneficiary of the funds raised by the concert, set for 7 p.m., is the Israel Coalition for Darfur and Sudan Refugees, with a goal of providing assistance to Darfuri refuges in Israel and in Africa and raising public awareness of the issues in Israel (

The concert will include performances by 12 members of the Cantors Assembly, including Geller and Bass. Others include Kim Komrad, chair of the Seaboard region of the Cantors Assembly, and Hazzan at Kehilat Shalom in Montgomery Village; Jerome Barry, retired but previously Hazzan at Temple Israel in Silver Spring; Wendi Fried, of Shaare Tefila in Silver Spring; ; Aaron Marcus, who retired as a Hazzan, but is now working as ritual director at B’nai Tzedek in Potomac; Jeffrey Weber, of Adas Israel in Washington, D.C.; Ed Cohen, of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Va.; Roger Eisenberg, of Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills; Thom King, of Beth El in Baltimore; Elisheva Dienstfrey, of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Va.; and Sidney Rabinowitz, retired but previously served at Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn.

The concert is open to all and will be interpreted in sign language.

Tickets are $18 each or $20 at the door, with children age 10 and under free.

For reservations or more information, call Debra Abramowitz at 301-299-7087, Ext. 6, or send an e-mail to

Congregation Har Shalom is located at 11510 Falls Road.

Celebrating seniors in May

In celebration of National Older Americans Month, the National Council of Negro Women’s Montgomery County Section will hold its annual Senior Citizens Recognition Program 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Layhill Center of Genesis Health Care, 3227 Bel Pre Road.

The chapter will honor two Layhill residents, Margaret K. Williams, who is 105 years old , Margie J. Smith, who is 98 years old.

Entertainment will be provided by The Delta Players, eight active senior citizens directed by Charles H. Clyburn; The Generettes, a line dance group led by Jessie Barnes; and Ray Greene, a retired NIH scientist and area pianist, whose repertoire includes classical, popular and ragtime.

On campus

*Danielle M. Rager, a senior at James Hubert Blake High School, has received a four-year, full-tuition academic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. She will begin her studies in the fall, majoring in bioengineering. She also has been awarded a $16,000 Engineering Honors academic scholarship from the Swanson School of Engineering over four years. Rager has maintained a 4.0 unweighted grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, is a Maryland Distinguished High School Scholar finalist, and has appeared on the ‘‘It’s Academic” quiz show. She performs at Strathmore as a violinist with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Philharmonic and is a volunteer at Montgomery General Hospital.

*Daniel Pace Miller of Brookeville was among the 140 graduates who received bachelor’s degrees at spring commencement exercises on May 10 at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C.

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