Religion Briefs, June 5, 2022


OXFORD – Immanuel Lutheran Church, 25 Great Hill Rd. Oxford, is holding a free Vacation Bible School the week of July 25-29, 9am-noon, for ages 3-14.

“Children can learn about God and his son, Jesus, through crafts, games and songs,” the members said in a statement.

Team helpers are needed. To register, call Shirley Towne at 203-426-5477 or the church office at 203-888-4713.

Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society Hosts Young Adult Event

MADISON — Young adults ages 18 to 35 who grew up attending the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison are invited to attend a faith formation meeting at Jacobs Beach in Guilford at 10:30 a.m. June 12.

After worship by the beach, teens who participated in the Faith Formation religious education program and are graduating from high school this year will participate in a transition ceremony. Bridging is a ceremony that honors and celebrates the transition from leaving the youth community to finding your place in the young adult community.

A young adult revival network, YARN Social Media Platforms, is available to connect with other Unitarian Universalists in the United States and Canada. There will be a Unitarian Universalist young adult conference offered this summer on Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire.

Further information is available from Amy Buckley Velasquez, Director of Religious Education and Music Officer: [email protected]/

Church holding a tag sale on June 18

NORTH BRANFORD — The Northford Congregational Church, “A Little Church with a Big Heart,” is holding an outdoor tag sale on the lawn to benefit the church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 18 at the church, 4 Old Post Rd., Northford.

A limited number of craft spaces and vendors will be available for $20 paid in advance (non-refundable). Setup will begin at 7:30 a.m. Bring your table and chairs. Contact Aloha at 203-484-0794 for more information and to reserve a spot. The rainy date is June 25.

Church holding a tag sale on June 11

MILFORD – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, will be holding a tag sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., outdoors, rain or shine, on June 11.

For information, call Mrs. Marty Mautte, c/o the church 203-874-2701

The Mishkan Israel Congregation organizes events

HAMDEN — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, invites people in person or online for Friday night Shabbat services at 6 p.m., led by Rabbi Brian Immerman and Cantor Arthur Giglio.

9:00 a.m. Rabbi Immerman leads Shabbat morning Torah study on Zoom.

Masks are encouraged for all in-person events. If you’re not feeling well, join us for services virtually from home. To join us online, go to for a username and password, or call the office at 203-288-3877. For pastoral emergencies, Rabbi Immerman directly at 203-584-7396.

Laurel Oaks enrolling students for fall

HAMDEN — Laurel Oaks Adventist School, 14 West Shepard Ave., is enrolling students in fall Christian education for Pre-Kindergarten 4 and full-day kindergarten, and grades 1 through 8. Bus transportation is free for residents of Hamden.

Parents can get more information and schedule a visit by calling Sandy Viniczay at school 203-248-3251 or emailing: [email protected] Website:

Services, programs of Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel

NEW HAVEN — Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel, 85 Harrison Street in Westville, offers in-person services twice a day. Weekday services are also available on Zoom. To request the Zoom link, email [email protected] or call 203-389-2108, ext. 114.

Children’s Services: Children’s Havura, K-2 Kehila and Junior Congregation meet on Saturday mornings. For more information, email BEKI’s Director of Youth and Family Programming at [email protected]

June 8: Chat with “I’ll Find You” director Martha Coolidge on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. To request the Zoom link to the chat, email [email protected] or call 203-389 -2108 , ext. 114.

BEKI’s Tikkun Olam Social Action Committee collects medical and non-medical supplies for Ukraine. Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, acetaminophen, aspirin, allergy medications, and digestive medications, but only tablets, capsules, or gel tablets, not bottled liquids, are requested. Dressings, plasters, diapers, menstrual pads or tampons are also welcome. To arrange a time to stop donations, call the BEKI office.

B’Nai Jacob Congregation organizes services, events

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following services and programs. We are streaming and live for Shabbat evening and morning services. We no longer zoom in on these services. We ask everyone entering the building to get vaccinated, including boosters.

June 3: Graduation from the religious school during the evening service.

June 4: After services, Kiddush honors Roz Atkins for her years as chair of the Adult Education Committee.

June 12, 3:30 p.m.: BJ Players presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

June 14, 7 p.m.: Annual meeting

Morning minyans on weekdays at 7:45 a.m. at the Chapel and on Zoom. Try to attend the chapel live in order to read the Torah on Mondays and Thursdays.

Minyans evening at 6 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday. 6:30 p.m. on Friday night Shabbat.

Morning Minyans 7:45 a.m., live and by Zoom except Saturday.

The Or Shalom Congregation organizes the services

ORANGE — Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, runs the following services and programs. To register for a Zoom event, call the office at 203-799-2341 or email [email protected]

Minyan Services on Zoom: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday, 8:30 a.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Shabbat services on Zoom and in person: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Temple Beth Sholom Services

HAMDEN – Temple Beth Sholom, 189 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, offers daily morning and evening minyans, as well as Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services. All services are in person and on Zoom.

The morning minyan takes place Monday through Friday at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. On Rosh Chodesh the minyan begins at 7:15 a.m. and on Yom Tov the minyan begins at 9:30 a.m. Evening (and afternoon, if applicable) minyan is Monday to Friday at 6:45 p.m.

The Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 7:30 p.m. The Shabbat morning service begins at 9:30 a.m.

More information can be found at

Temple Emanuel organizes concerts, events

ORANGE — Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, announces the following programs and events. All take place in person and online. COVID-19 precautions still include a mask requirement for anyone over the age of 2 for indoor events. Adults should be fully vaccinated. For more information about services and celebrations at Temple Emanuel, and to register or purchase tickets for special events, visit or call the office at 203-397-3000.

Weekly services:

6:30 p.m., first Friday of the month, family Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service, every other Friday.

First Saturday: 10-11:30 a.m., Shabbat Morning Minyan; every other Saturday, weekly Torah study.

Temple Beth David offers online programs

CHESHIRE – Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, uses the Zoom online platform and Facebook Live for its events.

Shabbat services are held weekly on Fridays at 7 p.m., except the first Friday of the month when a youth Shabbat service is held at 6:30 p.m., with Oneg Shabbat held in the social hall by different temple families each week .

To join Zoom Shabbat services, confirm the start time by the calendar at

To reach the temple, email [email protected] or call 203-272-0037; Rabbi Micah is always available to speak at [email protected]

Saint Andrew’s invites all to worship

NORTHFORD — Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, invites residents to Sunday services at 10 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each service.

For more information, visit Reverend Bryan Spinks is the priest in charge. For more information, contact Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, 203-710-7005; or Reverend Spinks, 860-304-5266.


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