EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 19, 2013

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation hosts annual film festival

By Yadira Betances

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NORTH ANDOVER — "The Other Son" and "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" will be shown May 5 starting at 3:30 p.m., at Osgood Landing, 1580 Osgood St., as part of the annual Jewish Film Festival.

The Other Son tells the story of Joseph, a young man preparing to join the Israeli army, who finds out that he is not his parent’s biological son. He was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and beliefs. “Can your son, the one you brought up, every stop being your son? Can the “other” be any less your son? Or, as Joseph asks, am I still Jewish?” The film is in Hebrew, French and Arabic, with English subtitles.

Hava Nagila is a documentary through the history, mystery and meaning of the Jewish standard from Eastern Europe to Palestine and the United States. The film features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis and Glen Campbell.

The film festival is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Tickets are $18 can be purchased online at www.mvjf.org. Proceeds benefit Federation programs.

Lazarus House celebrates anniversary with Mass, reception

LAWRENCE — Lazarus House Ministries is celebrating its 30 anniversary with an interfaith worship service May 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Melkite Church, 241 Hampshire St., where the ministry started.

A reception follows at Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St.

Lazarus House was established on March 14, 1983, as a a 5-bed emergency shelter on Holly Street by Brother Tom Petite, who volunteered with Mother Teresa of Calcutta in India. Mother Teresa suggested to Brother Petite to go back to his hometown and help the poorthere.

In the following years, the advocacy program opened the Good Shepherd Thrift Store, the first of three thrift stores opened; The Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen started serving breakfast and lunch; a free medical clinic was established with the help of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Lazarus House opened two homes, one for eight single individuals and a duplex for families as a ministry to help homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.

In 1993, Bridget Shaheen became executive director a position she still holds today. The new century brought tremendous changes to Lazarus house including opening Capernum Place, a transitional housing program for families and individuals with disabilities, a single, two or three-bedroom apartment in a 20 unit building. Lazarus House bought the building which housed the Lebanese American Awareness Association at 242 Hampshire St. The building was renovated and outfitted with a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, a conveyor belt and a lift to better serve the elderly and people with disabilities.

The first culinary trainees completed their ESL classes, their paid internships at six local restaurants and passed the National ServSafe Certification exam. All participants were hired full time with benefits at the establishments where they interned.

For reservations to the reception, contact the event manager call 978-269-5206 by May 9.

Religion listings

:Atkinson Congregational, 101 Main St., Atkinson: Cathy Dionne discusses our faith journeys during an adult Bible study, tomorrow at 8:45 a.m.

:Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center of Merrimack Valley, 310 North Main St., Andover: The center celebrates Lag B'Omer, with a community-wide celebration featuring a barbecue and fire show, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Lag B'Omer marks the passing of the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, best known as the author of the Zohar, the fundamental text of the Jewish mystical tradition, the Kabbalah. It also commemorates the end of an epidemic which killed 24,000 students

:Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: International artist Douglas Major performs an organ recital tomorrow at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15. The parish is hosting an introduction to “Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd” children’s formation program, May 4, 9 :30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10. To register, email chughescuozzo@christchurchandover.org. The church is partnering with St. Anne's in-the-Fields, Lincoln to sell artworks and paintings from Sant Art ak Kouti (Center for Art and Couture) in Cange, Haiti tomorrow after 8 and 10 a.m. services.

:Corpus Christi at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence: Novena to St. Anthony is Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

:First Baptist, 122 Main Street, Plaistow: Members of the Triangle Guild host their annual Mother Daughter dinner May 1 at 6 p.m. Following the dinner, the Bensons perform gospel music.

:Mary Queen of Peace of Sts Mary and Joseph Parish, 200 Lawrence Road, Salem: Mass of the sacrament of the sick is May 5 at 2:30 p.m. Reception follows.

:New Creation Healing Center, 80 Route 125, Kingston: Interfaith healing service will be offer May 3 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

:Sacred Hearts, S. Main St., Bradford: Annual Mass of anointing of the sick is May 17 at 11 a.m. Reservations can be made by call Bill LaPierre at 978-373-1281 by May 10.

:St. Augustine, 34 Essex St., Andover: The Catholicism DVD series is held Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through June 18. Filmed on location across the world, the program focuses on what Catholics believe while immersing viewers in art, architecture, literature, beliefs and Catholic traditions. Year of the Faith Scripture study will be held Mondays through May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The study was designed by the Rev. Mitch Pacwa and examines themes instead of specific Bible books. Topics include belief in Jesus, assent to Creed, conversion, witness of charity, faith and new evangelization. To register, contact Sister Madonna at srmadonna@staugustineparish.org. Cost is $15.

:St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., Manchester: George Weigel, Catholic theologian, papal biographer and author speaks on his latest book, "Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church," May 5 at 1 p.m. Free, but registration required by calling Janet at 603-889-9333. Bishop Peter Libasci leads Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary May 18. It begins with the Rosary at 7:30 a.m., Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a catered breakfast. To register, log on to www.catholicnh.org/nhdccw.

:St. Joseph of St. Mary and Joseph Parish, 33 Main St., Salem: The Rev. John Michalowski leads a workshop on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius now through June. Participants will pray 45 to 60 minutes a day over the assigned scripture passages or meditations from Ignatius’ exercises, then write their experience in a journal.

:St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: Mass of anointing will be celebrated May 14 at 3 p.m. for people who do not attend services regularly because they are home bound due to age, illness or living in nursing homes, rehab centers and assisted living communities. For reservation, call Trisha at 978-686-4050.

:St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: The documentary series “Catholicism” will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m.

:St. Robert Bellarmine, 198 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover: Fifth anniversary Mass in memory of the late Rev. Frank O'Hare will be celebrated May 4 at 4 p.m. Reception follows.

:Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill: Book club discusses “Once We Were Brothers,” by Richard Balson, tomorrow at 10 a.m.

"Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill: The Rev. Frank Clarkson leads an introductory class on Unitarian Universalism history and tradition, and information about the Haverhill church, April 30, April 30, May 7 and 21, from 7 to 8:30 pm.