Northern Breeze to perform concert to benefit senior housing

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 6:43 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The midcoast band Northern Breeze will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., to benefit 63 Washington Street, a supervised residence for senior citizens in Camden.

Best known as Sixty-three, the facility has been providing housing for Camden’s elderly for more than 100 years. The operation is in financial jeopardy and supporters have dedicated themselves to preserving the facility for the community.

For information about the concert, call 236-4829.

Rockland synagogue sponsors rabbi’s talk on food

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rabbi David Freidenreich, assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College in Waterville, will speak about Jewish dietary laws at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St.

The rabbi’s lecture, “Food and Jewish Identity — Is Keeping Kosher about Keeping Separate?” will discuss how dietary laws are designed to prevent Jews from eating with non-Jews.

These rules, like their counterparts in Christianity and Islam, seek to reinforce a sense of identity while protecting the boundary between “us” and “them,” Freidenreich has said.

He is the author of “Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish Christian and Islamic Law.”

For information on his lecture, call 594-4523.

Labor Day hymn sing set at North Searsport church

NORTH SEARSPORT, Maine — The Searsport and North Searsport United Methodist Churches will hold a joint worship service and Labor Day hymn sing at 10 a.m. Sept. 4, at the North Searsport United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Mount Ephraim and Loop roads.

Worship will be outdoors, weather permitting, and include a “musical sermon” about the work Christians are called to do as disciples of Jesus Christ. The scripture passages from Romans 13: 8-14, and Matthew 18: 5-14 will be the basis of the sermon.

For more information, call 548-2239.

Pro Life Education Association to hold annual brunch Sept. 10

AUGUSTA, Maine — The national director of Stop Planned Parenthood will be the keynote speaker at the Pro Life Education Association’s annual brunch at 10 a.m. Sept. 10, at the Senator Inn.

Rita Diller of Amarillo, Texas, is responsible for leading American Life League’s efforts against Planned Parenthood in the U.S. American Life League is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the U.S., according to information on its website.

Diller has served as a consultant to many groups and shares with others fighting Planned Parenthood the successful techniques that have been developed in other parts of the country.

For information, call Pat Truman at 622-6772.

Jewish Community Council solicits donations for international aid group

BANGOR, Maine — The Jewish Community Council is soliciting contributions for the American Jewish World Service, based in New York City.

The organization has been on the front lines of combating injustice around the globe for more than 30 years, according to the council. Currently, the service is focusing resources on alleviating the drought and famine in East Africa.

The Jewish tradition includes caring for and protecting the stranger, the orphan and the widow and those in need, according to the JCC. The rabbis of the Talmud taught that “We must support the poor of the non-Jewish community along with the poor of the Jewish community,” according to a JCC press release.

Donations may be sent to: Jewish Community Council, 6 State St., Suite 314, Bangor, 04401.

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