The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 2001 · Page 30
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D6 SATURDAY. APRIL 7, 2001 RELIGION THE SAUNA JOURNAL • JEWISH CEREMONY A Female Perspective Women's seders create new traditions for Passover celebrations By BETH J. HARPAZ The Associated Press NEW YORK — Naomi Reiss sat with her daughter, sister and grandmother, celebrating the Passover holiday with a "seder" meal as Jews have done around the world for generations. But this night was different. On this night, the story of the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt focused not on Moses, but on his sister Miriam. On this night, God was described not as "He" but as "She." And on this night, prayers were recited not by fathers and grandfathers in a dining room, but by 500 women in a Manhattan restaurant. "I look forward to having everything in women's voices, once a year," said Reiss, attending a women's seder for the third year in a row. Reiss is one of thousands for whom women's seders have become an annual Passover tradition. The event in which she took part was sponsored by Ma'yan, a Manhattan-based feminist organization. As women's seders grow in popularity they are becoming increasingly mainstream, sponsored by groups ranging from Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson, Texas, to the National Council of Jewish Women in Indianapolis, to the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C. "Something about this has touched a nerve with Jewish women," said Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, who has organized the Indianapolis event for the past 10 years. "This is about filling in the blank spaces." Place in Biblical history Most of these seders take pains to honor women from the Book of Exodus whose names have been lost in popular retellings of the Passover story There are Shifra and Puah, the midwives who refused to murder Jewish newborn boys as the Pharoah ordered; Yochaved, Moses' mother, who hid her infant for three months; and Miriam, who placed her baby brother Moses in a basket in the Nile for the Pharoah's daughter to fmd. "It's a revelation to all of us to hear the women of the Bible mentioned," said Gerry Raker, a grandmother of nine who attended the Ma'yan seder with a SPECIAL EVENTS The Associated Press Sonya Schneider, (center left) MIrle Goldsmith, (center) and Barbara Fox (right) put their arms around each other as they sing with friends during a woman's seder recently in New Yorlc. group of older women. Women's seders also celebrate Miriam's leadership as a grown woman. The Bible describes how, after the Jews crossed the Red Sea, the "prophetess" Miriam raised her "timbrel," or tambourine, and led the women in song and dance to celebrate their freedom. Many women's seders erupt in dancing to the tune of "Miriam's Song," a folksy, upbeat piece composed in 1988 by Debbie Friedman, who leads the Ma'yan seders. Traditional seders place a cup of wine on the table for the Prophet Elijah; women's seders also add a cup of water in honor of Miriam. Ancient rabbinic writings associate Miriam with a well of water that followed the Jews as they wandered in the desert. Miriam's cup is filled communally, with each person at the table adding a drop from her own glass. Women's seders also have added an orange to the symbolic food on the seder plate, which traditionally includes horseradish to represent the bitterness of slavery, and parsley to represent new life, hope and the spring season. The orange refers to an anecdote from the era before women were allowed to become rabbis. According to the story, a male rabbi once said; "A woman belongs on the bimah (the lectern at the front of a synagogue) like an orange belongs on the seder plate." An orange tradition Adding the orange to the seder plate at the Indianapolis women's seder prompted a change in shopping habits. "There's a local grocery store where everyone buys their Passover supplies," recalled Rabbi Sasso, "and the owner couldn't figure out why all of a sudden everyone had started buying oranges for Passover." The run on oranges in Indianapolis illustrates a larger fact about the traditions created by women's seders. As Susan Weidman Schneider, the editor of Lilith, a Jewish feminist magazine, put it: "Many of these rituals have been moved very comfortably into private life." For example, she added, her magazine is "seeing more and more ads for Miriam's cups and seder plates with oranges." At Congregation Beth Elohim, a temple in Brooklyn, "Miriam's Song" was taught in Sunday school this year along with the Passover prayers in Hebrew. And Scholastic Press — a commercial publishing house — published a children's book called "Miriam's Cup" by Fran Manushkin, now available in many libraries. Women's seders began in the 1970s, spurred in part by the publication in Ms. Magazine of a feminist version of the Hag- gadah, the text of Passover prayers and stories. Ma'yan also publishes a feminist Hag- gadah that has sold 40,000 copies. "On this night, we gather together to prepare for Passover outside of our kitchens in a way our foremothers could never have imagined," the Ma'yan Haggadah reads. "What do we cleanse ourselves of tonight? The exhaustion of cleaning and cooking. The echo of exclusionary language. ... The silencing of women's stories." "We're celebrating the fact that we're living in a time where, when we want to be in the kitchen, we can," says Tamara Cohen, Ma'yan program director. "When we want to be working, we can. And when we want to speak up around the table and share our insights, we can. That hasn't been true for most of Jewish history Women didn't have access to the language of the texts because in the past they weren't taught Hebrew." • Pastor Sterling Hudgings, senior pastor of Agape Family Church, Manhattan, and his wife, Pat, will speak at the birthday celebration of the Salina Aglow Lighthouse at 6:30 p.m. Friday at CLC, 2925 Florida. • The public is invited to the Easter Cantata at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. The Cantata, directed by Barb Miller, is titled "On a Hill Too Far Away" It will be performed at 7 p.m. Good Friday and again Easter Sunday at 10:45 a.m. There will be open communion at the 6 p.m. service Easter Sunday. • The chancel choir of Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 E. Neal, will present "Once Upon A Tree," an Easter Cantata at aU services Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Other Holy Week events include a Lenten devotional lunch at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday; Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 p.m., and Easter Sunday worship services at 8:30,9:45 and 11 a.m. • Among the activities for Holy Week at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 743 E. Magnolia, will be services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday; 6 p.m. Seder Meal and 7:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and first communion on Thursday; Good Friday service at 7 p.m.; and a 7 p.m. Easter vigil service Saturday On Easter, there will be a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service; 7:45 a.m. breakfast in the social room; 8:30 a.m. children's video and craft; 9:30 a.m. children's Easter egg hunt; and 10:30 a.m. communion worship service. • Holy Week activities at the Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, 2508 Belmont, include Palm Sunday service with palms brought in by children; the Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m.; a Model Seder and a reenactment of the Garden of Gethsemane scene; a prayer vigil from 6 a.m. April 14 to 6 a.m. Easter day; Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., with a breakfast to foUow; Easter Sunday school at 9:15 a.m.; Easter morning regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. • The speaker for Easter Sunday at the Unity Church of Salina will be Thandi Nhleij^et- wa of South Africa. The service will be at 11 a.m. at 901 Beatrice. • The Alton Easter Sunrise Pageant of the Alton United Methodist Church will be at 6 a.m. at the Alton Bluffs. Transportation to the bluffs wUKbe available from the church parking lot. Please bring blankets and chairs. There will be'a breakfast served at the chiirch following the service. An offering wUl be taken. '' • University United Methodist Church, 1509 S. Santa Fe, wiU present "Watch the Lamb" at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday Call 825-9505. • The Passion Gospels wUl be heard at 6:30 p.m. Thursday "at the All Saints Orthodox Church, 2818 Scanlan. On f H- day, the Royal Hours are at 9 a.m., with the taking down frb'm the cross vespers at 4 plJn. Lamentations are offered at 6:30 p.m. • Palm Sunday services at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 255 S. Seventh, will be at 8:30 and 11 a.m. There will be a procession of palms, and the congregation will participate in the reading of the Passion of our Lord according to St. Luke. Other Holy Week activities include a 7:30 p.m. ^r- vice on Maundy Thursdaypa 5:15 p.m. service on Good Friday; services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday; and the youth congregation will serve a breakfast from 9 imtil 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. • Holy Week activities at First Baptist Church, 843 Lewis, include the 9:30 a.m. processional and worship on Palm Sunday; 7 p.m. communion service on Maundy Thursday; and a 7 a.m., youth-led service at Lakewood Park, with a 9:30 a.m. Easter celebration at the church. • The First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio, will have an Easter story and egg hunt for children through ,the sixth grade beginning at 11 a.-m. April 14 in Colaw Fellowship Hall. There will be a pupget show followed by an Easter, egg hunt on the church grounds. Children should bring baskets to gather eggs. CaU 823-6331 .n Latter Day Saints get new name By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday marked the dawn of a new name and, church officials hope, a new era for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church, headquartered in Independence, now calls itself Community of Christ, the latest effort to distinguish itself from the Mormon Church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. RLDS delegates who voted for the change in April 2000 said the new name clarifies the church's identity and translates better into other languages as the church expands abroad. "It's an effort to, in a posj^tive way, say who we are instead of who we are not," the Community of Christ president said. Like the Mormons, the Cptn- munity of Christ traces its history to Joseph Smith Jr., who Relieved he was chosen to restore the true church of Jesus Cli |;T ?t. ORSHIP WTTM rrs FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1425 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 Prayer Time In The Siuictuary..8:'10-g;00 a.ra. Bible Study For All Ages 9:W a.m. Morning WorsWp 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Family Niglil 7:00 p.m. Pastor: N. Rene Colaw Mnsic: Barb Miller Children: Ijicy Krebs Vonlli: Rod !3illiiig.s Senior AdulLs: Jack Driscoll Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2!)08 lielmont Blvd., 827-'1882 Tl Pastor: Dr. Dennis M. Patience SJ Nurseiy Provided Snnd.iy School for all ages 9:15 a.m. Worahip and Coniniiinion 10:30 a.m. car First Christian Church • n 2727 E. Crawford A lO 82.'-.-82!lf. • rcc@salnol.ora .Skilled Nursery AllemlMit 9:00 a.m Sunday School 10:00 a.m Worship "That all may know & love God" C»-Miiii.s(iTs: Kim Uliiklcy lioa & Greg Loiiibml lira FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD 905 W. Cloud 827-6353 S\mday School/Worsliip 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Soup-er Study) 6:30 p.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Pastor Terence D. Engler METHODIST Evangelical Lutheran Church In America 3 miles south of Smolaii on Burma Rd. Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Interim, Pastor, Raymond Mai (785) 668-2522 ASSAfilA Sunday Coii(emporiuy....8:15 a.m. Sunday TradilioniU 10:45 a.m. Sunday Scliool & Adult Bible Cl.isses 9:30 a.m. Pn-stiir Witltmii K. niisrIilHtm Preschool Monday-Friday STl JOHN'S [302 SouUi 7Ui 825-5081 Saturdays 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Aase • Pastor Russ Glaser Rev. Wendell Berggren, ftilalion Pastor YouDi Director, Scull EUiv'Ood 255 South 7th 825-4760 Sunday Worship..8:30 & 11:00 sum. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Loren D. Mai, Pastor Mindy Buster, Youth Dh-ector 743 E. Magnolia 827-8195 Sunday Worship..8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. R. Kevin JOine, Pastor Church of Christ 1646 N. 9th 827-2957 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.& 6:00 p.m. Wed, Bible Study 7:30 p.m, Jimmie Keas, Minister Discover the richness of a relationship with Christ FIRST COVENANT CHURCH 801E. Cloud St. Sa!ino,KS 67401 (785) 823-3792 Sohjrdoy 7 p.m. Youlh & Family life Center 'Jews for Jesus" Passover Presentofion Sunday Worship 8:30,9:45,11:00 am. ChrisKan Educarion Classes 9:45,11:00 a.m. NursCT^^rovidedfo^ FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 8th & Mulberry Sunday Ser\ice 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Wed. Evening Meeting 7:30 p.m. Itcaditig Kooni in Church Wednesday IS pra & 6:45-7:15 pm Salina Mennonite Church 2026 Starlight Drive, 825-2663 Join US as we seek to share God's love. Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Interim Pastors: Stan & Marlene Smucker S EPISCOPAL CHRIST CATHEDRAL 138 S. Eighth St. Moniiii^ I'raytT 827-4440 Diiily 8 a.m. KO|,Y HWIURtSI 'nii'sday 7 iun Thursday I) iLin. Wothu'.stlay with Saturday 5 p.m. lliic-tiou r):l.'j[)ni Suutluy.... Sunday ChrisUau Kducatinn ..9:00 iun. |Suiidiiy Nursery 9:00-11:30 a.m. TiinoUiy Klliic, Dean lISiS! ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST lljnj Rev. Karen Renner 11:10 a.m Worship All Visitors Welcome 2026 StarUght Dr. 827-2972 Grand Ave. Methodist 304 W. Grand 823-6272 9:00 a.m Suiulay School 10:15 am Worship CclebraUon 6:30 p.m Lcntcu Bible Study "Rolling Out the Red Carpet" Luke 19:2844 Rev. Rick HURCH ICROSS El 1600 Rush, al Cloud S Broadway "Christ in the Passover" A presentation by Jews for Jesus 8:30 & 10:45 Paul Wilkc, Pastor 825-5170 T Christ The King Lutiieran Church - Missouri Synod 111 W. Magnolia 827-7492 Sunday Worship..... 10:30 a.m. E Sunday School & Adult Bible Study 9:16 a.m, |-1 Monday Night Service 7:00 p.m. rw— j 1 Rev. Lerov Pralle ^ PRESBYTERIAN FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Church School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Service 10:15 a.m. Broadcast on KINA AM 910 on your dial (Nursery Provided) Palm/Passiou Sunday Service 10:15, Maundy Thursday Commuiiion Service, 7;30 p,m. Pastors: Tliomas P. Reld Timothy M. Maguffee Becky Ewing, Director of Family Hope Center Dr. Richard Koshgarian, Director of Music Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Church School 6:40 am. Coffee & Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 am. Nurseiy Provided "Stones That Shout" Rev. Don Schroeder Kiniberly TVlbolet, Director of Congregational Nurture Don HammerU, Parish Associate EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION MiU( & Norton » 823-2850 Sunday School 9:15 am. Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Mary Kay Bond, Vicar 827-9294 Visit Qxir website at lilli>://w\s'^-.shopsallnaconi/cliurchtncamatlon TRINITY IPII LUTHERAN 'Mm Missouri Synod West Crawford 823-7151 at 9th & 10th Streets Rev. Robert Scliacdel • Rev. Cliarics Adams Dir. of ClirisUan Ed. & YouUi: Dana J. Beck "It's Not Fair" PhUippions 2:S-11 Sunday Worship....8:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 p.m. Simday School & Bible Classes 9:46 am, Children Welcome In Church & Nursery University 1505 S. Santa Fe 825-9605 Wiers Every Member Js A Minister Children's Mmistry Director: Shawn Martin Parish Visitor: Karen Pinkall Music Director: Mark Lucas Pastor: Robert Coi\way Worship Celebration 10:00 a.m. "Watch the Lamb" Passover/Palm Sunday Drama with songs of Ray Boltz and IWila Paris rr-i 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages \0\ Excellent Nursery and Elevator Innovative Cluldren's Worship Mh Word Mows hip A Cliarlsmatk CTiurcd of Praise & Worslilp' 1019 N. 9th 823-7434 Salina, Ksi Sunday School 9;4B tni. Sunday Seivice 10:30 a(i|. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Pastors: Larry & Etliel Knox Watch Channel 6, Thursday 9:00 p.m. & Saturday 5 Kill. 1100 W. Cloud 827-9771 •Sunday School 9:30 «.m. •,6;00 p.m. • Wed. Ministries 6:30 .pm. hilerini Pastor, Dana Wood Nursery Provided ST. JOHN'S MISSIONARV BAPTIST CHURCH 303 E. Iron Salina Community Tliealre 827-7082 Sunday Scliool 8:45 am. Sunday MominR Worship 10:00 am. Wed. Prayer MccUng/Bible Study 10:ao am. & 7 p.m. nt MLK Uldg. m N, Ohio , . Kev. Allen 1). SniiUi, Pastor ,^ "ni( Ctorcli Whm SciniMy Is SumMu M ChrisI hAW FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST Magnolia & Ohio 823-8828 Simday Worship 8:15 am. & 10:50 am. Sunday School-For All Ages 9:30 am. Sunday Evenmg Worship.. -•-•-o ""."..p 6:30p.m. Wednesday Evening Worship 6:45 p.m. Nnraciy Pnnidcd All Services • Handicap Acccs.sible ^ Glenn Davis, Pastor ALL SAINTS oRtho6ox chuRCh HOLY WEEK SERVICES Sun. 8:30 Ml Onhi<is9:Mi.ii.PiliiSiJiviay Unity 6:30 Bridegroom Ser\ice 6:30 am Pitsanclifitd Liluigy 6:30 p.m. Bridegroom Servict 6:30 p.m. Holy l^nciiion 6:30 a.m. Fool Washing 4 Lilutgy 6.30 p.m. Passion Gospels 9 a.m. Royal liouts 4 p.m. Apokathelosis 6:30 p.m. lanentalions M-T-W M-T Wed. Thu. Fri. t t»LUl) 1 ({.R Comer Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service., 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:16 a.m. "Preacliliic Repentance And The For^veneM Of Slo In JeBn »Chri»t" Donald Wichmann, Pastor 825-7465 FIRST United Methodist Church 122N.8tIiSt. 825-0228 Rev. Dr. C. Diane Walters Worship 8:30 a.m. Sunday School & Fellowship Cafe 9;40 a.m. Worship 10:45 am. Ntirsery all services "The Reading Of the Passion Narrative" KSAL radio 1150-AM Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Elevator Christktt Service Without Boundaries Trinity United Methodist fiev. Susan Stover 901 Neal (Vi mi. 8. of comer of Ohio & Magnolia) 826-5270 The Chancel Choir Presents "Once Upon a Tree" Worship 8:30,9:45 & 11:00 am. tj—, Sunday School 9:46 a.m. only Victory Baptist Church i Senior Center, 245 N.OUi J Sunday School Worship Evening Wed. Prayer Mtg.. ....9:30 a.mJ! ..10:30 a.m; ...7:00 p.m.' = 7;' nindamental & Independent - ConservaUvc music Bible is sole authority - Evangelism and dlsclplcshln First Baptist Church Traditional Worship with a Qontetnporary Flavor! 9:30 - Worship, ChUdren's Church 10:45- Sunday School Wednesday Family Night • Nursery Provided • I James Bridres, Potior '•L Kei/in Hazellon, Vouthf Education O' 785-825-4643 1- r 1 ft

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