Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 9, 2013

Religion Briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — Beth Israel to celebrate Shavout

The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the season when the Torah was given on Mount Sinai. To celebrate the occasion, Congregation Beth Israel, 501 South Main St., Andover, will present a special program on Tuesday, May 14, with prayer services beginning at 7:15 p.m.

At 8 p.m., in observance of the Shavuot tradition of staying up late to study Torah, there will be a panel discussion titled “Responses to Violence, Both as Individuals and as a Civilized Society.” Panelists include Bob Moverman, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist; paramedic Jeff Tye, REMTP; Michelle Wexelblat, a licensed social worker; and psychotherapist Gony Halevi. Refreshments will be served.

Prayer services will be held the following two days, Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday services will also include the Yizkor Memorial Service.

Religious school planning open house

To acquaint prospective students and their families with the Religious School of Congregation Beth Israel of Andover, there will be an open house on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. at the school, 501 South Main St., Andover. There will be Jewish crafts for the children and coffee for the parents, as well as a chance to visit classes, meet the teachers and speak with Principal Esther Kaufman.

The school offers programs for all ages, ranging from the monthly Toddler Play Group to the weekly Midrasha program for middle and high school students. Congregation Beth Israel is a friendly congregation with strong traditional Jewish values and exciting educational opportunities for children. For more information, call the office at 978-474-0540.

Gan Israel Jewish Adventures ready for summer

Gan Israel Jewish Adventures, a children’s summer program, will be held July 1 to 19 at 10 Marwood Drive, Andover. The program offers a wide range of activities, including swimming, sports, baking, arts and crafts, trips to local attractions and special visitors such as a karate master and magician.

The goal of Gan Israel Jewish Adventures is to instill children with a Jewish pride in a fun atmosphere. Popular games and activities will be played with a Jewish twist. Hebrew songs will be sung. The overall themes are connected with Jewish attitude and perspective, with making the world a better place. All staff and counselors are handpicked for their love and care of children. For more information, visit, email or call 978-470-2288.