Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 25, 2013

Religion Briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — Curious Tales of the Talmud

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages, the institute’s new six-session spring beginning April 30. Rabbi Zalman Borenstein of North Andover Chabad will conduct the series on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through June 4 at Chabad Hebrew School, 10 Marwood Drive, Andover, in conjunction with Chabad of Merrimack Valley.

Participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.

Curious Tales of the Talmud is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

Anyone interested should call 978-995-7792 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

`Shabbat on the Road’

To provide more opportunity for congregants to observe Shabbat and to socialize with one another, Congregation Beth Israel in Andover has instituted a program called “Shabbat on the Road.”

The congenial Friday night get-togethers begin at 6:30 with a Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a kosher Shabbat potluck dinner. The dinners are held about once a month at the homes of members, who provide a main dish and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, appetizer or dessert.

The series, which has been ongoing for a year, is also open to non-members who might be considering affiliation with the synagogue, which encompasses the Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Andover and Reading areas.

The next dinners are scheduled for April 26 and May 17 at homes in Andover. To learn more about the program or to make a reservation, contact the synagogue office at 978-474-0540.

Upcoming at Temple Emanual

The following programs are planned at Temple Emanuel of Andover, 7 Haggetts Pond Road:

Temple Emanuel’s high school youth group TEMTY will hold its Creative Sabbath Eve Service on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. This service is open to the public.

Rabbi Miriam Philips leads Adult Prayer Study on Saturday mornings, April 27, May 11 and 18, from 11 a.m. to noon. He will help participants uncover the meaning behind Jewish prayer.

Temple Emanuel of Andover Brotherhood will have a breakfast Sunday, April 28, at 8:30 a.m. for Brotherhood members. Those who are not a Brotherhood member may join that morning. Bagels, lox, whitefish and more will be served. The topic is Transforming Urban America One Student at a Time, an intimate profile of the Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School work-study model in Lawrence. The speakers are Tony Conti, Ralph Acaba and Frank Mele.

For more on any of the programs, visit or call the temple office at 978-470-1356.

West Parish Church Spring Breakfast

West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, serves its Spring Breakfast on Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by the Women’s Evening Circle will feature scrambled eggs, fried eggs, French toast, ham, bacon, sausages, muffins and donuts, plus endless coffee, milk and juice. The public is invited to visit with friends and neighbors. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children over 4 years old.