Faith Notes

Faith Notes

To have an item listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send mail to 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, MD 20854, e-mail to, or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos encouraged. If you have any questions, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457.

Shalem Institute is hosting an open house on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 140, Bethesda. The event is free and open to the public.

Alan B. Levenson Torah Lecture and Brunch, Featuring Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz, Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. Rabbi Breitowitz, renowned scholar, illuminates Jewish perspectives on current issues in law and ethics. No fee, but reservations requested. Lecture held at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Visit or call 301-299-7087, ext. 2315.

Moving Closer to God Through Metaphor, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8-9:30 p.m. Using ideas introduced by Rabbi David Nelson, with a focus on developing new metaphors to understand God through physics, class participants will engage in a meaningful discussion about how 21st century Jews view God. Class fee: $10. Lecture held at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Visit or call 301-299-7087, ext. 2315.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's annual Super Sunday fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 25, in three locations in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Super Sunday is The Jewish Federation's largest single day fundraiser of the year where hundreds of volunteers - neighbors, families, congregations, groups and individuals - gather to place phone calls to the Jewish community and ask for help in supporting Federation's annual campaign to care for those in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. Call 301-230-7239 or email Federation can be found on the internet at

Fall classes offered at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac, Md. 20854. For more information about registration and class fees, and about class details, call the Adult Education phone line at 301-299-7087, ext. 2315.

* "Mishnah: Tractate Sukkah" Thursdays, through April 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Non-members contact the rabbis' office for information. Study Tractate Sukkah, exploring laws about and theology derived from the symbols and practices of the holiday of Sukkot.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is hosting a new series of discussion programs that will explore Judaism's relationship to books, letters, words and meaning. Groups are led by Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence at The Jewish Federation; all events are free and open to the public. Contact Michele Duchin at 301-348-7377 or email Visit

The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) installed Lawrence S. Herman as its thirteenth Board President at its twenty-fourth Annual Meeting. Along with Herman, four Vice Presidents were also installed to share leadership of the agency's Board of Directors. These Vice Presidents are: David B. Raskin, Vice President for Programs; Dennis Speisman, Vice President for Administration; Abba J. Blum, Vice President for Finance; and Kenneth R. Gilman, Vice President for Development.

Rockville Presbyterian Church, 215 West Montgomery Avenue, is searching for volunteers to be on call to assist in the nursery. Call Charlene Janes at 301-251-6682 or e-mail

Friendly Family Services meet at St. Dunstan's Church, 5450 Massachussetts Ave. at Fort Sumner Drive, Bethesda at 9:15 a.m. Sundays, with fun songs, a children's Bible lesson, and Holy Eucharist in a 40-minute service geared to small children. Young families are invited to try this "easy entry" service. Call 301-229-2960 or e-mail

"Prayer Book Hebrew," Tuesdays from 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 301-299-7087, ext. 2315. This is a continuing course for those who have completed a basic Hebrew siddur series of classes using Level I of "Alef Isn't Enough." This course is designed to open the door to understanding the Hebrew of prayers. The fee is $30 in addition to registration fee.

First Church of Christ, Scientist holds testimony meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 100 Nelson St. Rockville. Free child care and parking is provided. Call 301-762-8222.

The Seven Locks Baptist Church, 11845 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, holds weekly prayer meetings in the sanctuary at 6:45 p.m. Call 301-279-9388.

Shalem Institute offers a guided mid-day Prayer Peace Circle, on Wednesdays from noon-12:45 p.m. in the Shalem Meditation Room & Library, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 140, Bethesda. For more information, contact 301-897-7334 or visit