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Religion Briefs

March 14, 1998

Model of Labyrinth on Display

* A canvas reproduction of the famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France will be displayed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ventura today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is welcome to walk the labyrinth.

A workshop on the labyrinth's meaning for adults will be offered at 10 a.m. today. A children's workshop is set for 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Guided tours will be available at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

The labyrinth is an archetype found in all religious traditions around the world, said Marilyn Campbell of St. Paul's.

The church is at 3290 Loma Vista Road. For details or to register for a workshop, call 643-5033.

Free Gospel Quartet Concert

* Crimson River Quartet will perform Sunday at Newbury Park's First Baptist Church. The public is invited to the free concert.

The program will feature Southern gospel harmonies, messages of faith and hope along with traditional hymns.

First Baptist Church is at 166 S. Silas Lane. For information, call the church at 498-6114.

A Day for Community Service

* Members of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will observe their third annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday by doing a variety of service projects for the temple and the community.

Beach cleanup at Marina Park, a food and toiletry drive, a used-book drive and repairs to the Ormond Beach least tern habitat are some of the projects. Temple members will also provide lunch for the homeless at the former Camarillo State Hospital. Younger members will garden and paint on the grounds of the temple.

Mitzvah Day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the temple, and projects will begin at 10, running to midafternoon. The event is open to the community.

For information, call Linda Rubenstein of Temple Beth Torah's social action committee at 984-1270. The temple is at 7260 Foothill Road.

Temple Fair to Celebrate Purim

* Temple Beth Haverim will hold an all-day Purim Carnival on Sunday at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills.

Attractions include rides, games, prizes, food, a petting zoo and musical entertainment, said Bobbi Rubinstein of the temple. Admission is free to the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The school is at 29026 Laro Drive. For information, call Pam Katz at (818) 889-2501.

Church Plans Special Service

* Ascension Lutheran Church and School of Thousand Oaks will hold a special worship service, including a children's event Sunday at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The celebration will include music from Ascension Music Ministry. The children's program will offer a Christian clown program, music with Paul Phillips and more.

The free celebration begins at 10 a.m. For information or reservations, call 495-0406.

Ecumenical Dialogue at Seminary

* The Ventura County Council of Churches will host its next ecumenical dialogue Wednesday in the theology library at St. John's Seminary and College in Camarillo.

"Path to Unity: The Bible Is Shareable" is the topic. A $5 lunch in the college refectory will be available to participants preceding the dialogue at 12:15 p.m.

St. John's is at 5012 Seminary Road. For information, call Council of Churches President Kenneth Bergmann at 983-0157.

Outing to Focus on Kosher Food

* "Everything You Need to Know about Kosher Shopping for Passover" will be led by Rabbi Eliezer Eldlitz, administrator of the Kosher Information Bureau, at Ralphs grocery store in Camarillo on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Chabad Community Center of Ventura is sponsoring the kosher food outing. The Ralphs store is at 820 Arneill Road.

For information, call Rabbi Yakov Latowicz of Chabad at 658-7441.

Local Temples Join Shabbat Event

* Many Ventura County synagogues, temples and congregations will throw open their doors Friday to take part in a national "Shabbat Across America."

Temple Beth Torah in Ventura and Oxnard's Congregation Am Hayam are among the thousands of temples across the continent planning Shabbat services, down to the traditional kosher meal.

"We're inviting all nonaffiliated Jews so that they may experience a traditional Shabbat service and dinner," said Am Hayam's Elaine Allen.

Allen said Rabbi Gerald Hanig will lead attendees in an interactive Friday night beginners' service with all the rituals explained. Dinner and beginners' service start at 6:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Torah's Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller said it will also hold Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. for practicing and non-practicing Jews, also with a beginners' service and Shabbat dinner.

"This nationwide event is designed to teach a generation of unaffiliated Jews about the significance of the Jewish Sabbath," she said.

Shabbat Across America will begin at 6:30 p.m. throughout the country and Canada.

Congregation Am Hayam, a Conservative congregation, will hold its event at the Oxnard Monday Club at 1401 W. Gonzales Road. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. For information or reservations, call Elaine Hanig at 653-6865 before Tuesday.

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