Chabad group forms for upcounty Jewish community

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005

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The 2nd annual Montgomery County Muslim-Jewish Day of Friendship was commemorated around the area Sunday. In Germantown, (from left) Uneeb Qureshi of Gaithersburg, Tony Chohen of Olney, Saqib Ali of North Potomac and Sahal Kango of Gaithersburg help remove an old bathtub from the house at Button Farm, where an Underground Railroad Replica Museum is being established.

A new outreach group for members of the upcounty Jewish community has been formed, and the first event Chabad of Germantown has planned is a program on navigating Rosh Hashanah, which this year begins Oct. 3.

The hour-long session will be held 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. The event is free and no membership or affiliation is necessary. There will be an assortment of traditional Rosh Hashana dishes available to sample.

Chabad of Germantown intends to give people the opportunity to examine the foundation of their religion and to truly understand and experience Jewish life, tradition and culture, according to group organizer Mendel Kaplan. The group is dedicated to increasing the awareness, knowledge and observance of Judaism in the Germantown, Damascus and Clarksburg areas.

For more information contact Kaplan at 301-916-4483.

Gospel jazz and theater

The Soul Inspiration Ministries is presenting a Gospel and Jazz theater featuring ‘‘The Me Nobody Knows” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 1 at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. Gospel jazz artist Wydell Croom and authors Sheritha Bowman and Yolanda Powell will be there for an evening of inspiring theater, jazz music and a CD and book signing reception.

‘‘The Me Nobody Knows” features five women, an off-and-on-again wedding and a message about the human heart and spirit. This play is for every woman who has ever wanted her ‘‘me” to be free and for every man who wants to know the heart of women. Tickets are $20. For more information, please call 301-528-9930 or visit

Celebrate RuralMontgomery’s fall festival

The public is invited to a fall celebration of Montgomery County’s nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the pumpkin patch at Butler’s Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown.

Free family activities include: live music from the Mill Run Bluegrass Band, hayrides and pumpkin coach, twisted pumpkin maze, inflatable farm train, barnyard buddies, face painting, jump in the hayloft, bonfire and marshmallow roast, raffle with prizes and anniversary cake. Food, beverages and pumpkins will be for sale. Pony rides available for small charge. A program at 6 p.m. honors the 25th Anniversary of the Agriculture Reserve and its founders.

The festival is sponsored by the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Celebrate Rural Montgomery is a non-profit consortium of 67 civic groups, farm businesses and government agencies.

For more information, visit Visit

Home crafters wanted

Crafters are needed to sell their products during the Seneca Valley High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association’s Second Annual ‘‘Shop ‘Til You Drop” event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3.

The event raises money for the school’s After-Prom in 2006. The After-Prom is a drug and alcohol-free party, which provides a safe environment with activities and food.

The cost to participate is $50 for an 8 foot by 8 foot space. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunting and fishingcelebration

The Rockville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of is holding its Annual Hunting and Fishing Day celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at 18301 Waring Station Road. The event is open to the public and admission and food are free.

There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue and soft drinks.

There will be demonstrations on the safe use of pistols and black powder firearms, as well as archery and many hunting and fishing displays. There will be games for the kids, as well as a kid’s fishing derby starting at noon. Door prizes will be part of the day’s events, as will a turkey shoot from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Izaak Walton League is one of our country’s premier conservation organizations, dedicated to the protection of America’s air, soil, woods, waters and wildlife, and the safe and intelligent use of natural resources.

Golf for good cause

Time is running out to sign up for the annual Golf Tournament sponsored by Onesimus, a ministry of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Boyds. The event will be held Oct. 10 at Glade Valley Golf Course in Walkersville and registration is due Monday. Onesimus Human Resource Development provides services for those re-entering society after prison.

The cost for the tournament is $70 per golfer and includes a buffet lunch, cart and greens fees. A shotgun start kicks off at 9 a.m. and lots of prizes will be offered.

To register contact Betty Hawkins at 301-972-0533 or Mary Saxon-Clipper at 240-773-9898.

Bird feeders available

Wild Birds Unlimited, 18311 Leaman Farm Road, is having its annual Great Feeder Trade-in sale, and has trade-in feeders available at no charge to local schools, churches and parks. The feeders are all clean and in good condition. To request a free feeder, contact Wild Birds Unlimited at 301-540-3300.

South African-based groupto perform

The United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley, 13421 Clopper Road, Germantown, hosts Thula Sizwe, a South African-based group, which will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. A free-will offering will be received. Call 301-540-3449.

Pronounced ‘‘too’-luh siz’-way,” meaning ‘‘hush and listen,” this South African-based group has been promoting its rich Zulu heritage since 1988. They performed during President Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and have toured extensively around the world.

Have an announcement or an event you want to see in Town Crier? Call Melissa Chadwick at 301-670-2071 by 9 a.m. Friday. You also can fax information to 301-670-7183, or e-mail