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Confirmation Rite in Camarillo

April 17, 1999

The Right Rev. Chester Talton, suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, will officiate at the sacrament of confirmation at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Camarillo today.

At 3 p.m., members of Episcopal parishes in the deanery and members of St. Patrick's in Thousand Oaks will participate in the regional celebration.

St. Columba's is at 1251 E. Las Posas Road. For more information, call St. Patrick's at 495-6441 or St. Columba's at 526-5141.

Singers to Perform in Ventura

Christian recording artists Billy and Sarah Gaines will perform at all three weekend South Coast Fellowship services today and Sunday in Ventura.

Today's service is at 6 p.m. and Sunday's are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

"As Dove award winners, the Gaineses have five top radio singles," said Mark Goeser of the fellowship. The two also sing pop and rhythm and blues.

South Coast is at 4050 Market St. Call 658-7646 for more information.

Remembering the Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed in a shared ceremony in Ojai by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and K'Hilat Ha Aloneem, Jewish Community of the Oaks, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The community is invited to participate at 530 W. El Roblar. Call 640-8878 for more information.

Church Plans Vocations Fair

The fourth month of celebrating the 40th anniversary of St. Anthony's Catholic Church will focus on the sacrament of holy orders and vocations to religious life.

A vocations fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Condon Center.

Everyone is invited to meet the sisters, brothers, novices, priests and seminarians.

The church is at 2511 South C St. Call 486-7301 for information.

Congregation Hosts Lectures

Congregation Am HaYam will host special speakers this month and next.

Alice Greenfield will speak on "The Soul of Israel" on Sunday at the Monday Club.

On May 23, Lillian Rosenbloom's topic will be "Waters of Eden." Rosenbloom is administrator of the mikvah at the University of Judaism. The mikvah is the ritual Jewish bath, symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

Each free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oxnard Monday Club. Seating is limited, and attendance is by reservation only.

A five-week class in beginning Hebrew will start at 8 p.m. April 27 in a member's home. The only charge is for the textbook.

For more information call 985-2853.

The Oxnard Monday Club is at 1401 W. Gonzales Road.

Chamber Singers to Perform

The Westmont Chamber Singers will perform "A Cappella From the Renaissance to the Present" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bardsdale United Methodist Church in Fillmore.

The choir, from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, will perform in the church's 100-year-old sanctuary, which is among the orange groves of the little community of Bardsdale.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The church is at 1498 Bardsdale Ave. For more information, call 524-2070.

Thousand Oaks Church Turns 45

The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will celebrate its 45th birthday Sunday.

The public is invited to join the congregation at its 10 a.m. service. Refreshments will follow.

The church is at 1000 Janss Road. Call 495-7215 for more information.

Jewish Academy Offers Classes

The Conejo Jewish Academy in Agoura Hills will begin its spring semester Monday. The academy offers adult classes to the community on a variety of Judaic subjects.

Course titles include "Home Sweet Home" on Jewish practice in the home, at a cost of $12.

"Biblical Literacy--the Book of Exodus and the Most Important People, Events and Ideas of the Bible" will run for six weeks, starting at 8 p.m. Monday. at a cost of $18.

A five-week class called "Kings" will examine the lives of some of the kings of Israel. The class meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week. Cost is $18.

Other classes on the Talmud, Hebrew, Kabbalah and Women to Women will be offered. Call the academy at (818) 991-0991 for more information. The Conejo Jewish Academy is at 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills.

'Celebration of Tolerance' Dinner

United Jewish Appeal and Federation of Ventura County has scheduled a "Celebration of Tolerance" dinner at Ventura's Doubletree Hotel at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance, will receive the Champion of Tolerance award. Hier's films, "The Long Way Home" and "Genocide," are past winners of Academy awards and will be shown.

The event is being held in conjunction with Ventura County middle schools' Teaching Tolerance programs. Robert Lefkowitz of Ventura and Lori Reisman, women's division chairwoman of United Jewish Appeal, will also be presented with awards for their work on the Teaching Tolerance program.

The public is welcome at the banquet, which costs $50 per person. For more details or to make reservations, call 647-7800.

Jewish Academy Hosts Lecture

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a lecture and "an evening of inspiration and gratitude" Tuesday for guest of honor Christoph Meili.

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