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The Columbia Jewish Congregation has services every Shabbat on Friday night and Saturday morning...

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A crash course in jewish italian history:
from the maccabees to world war ii

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:00pm
The Meeting House, 5775 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia, MD
Loretta Vitale Saks' visual and oral presentation will engage and amaze you as she recounts the story of Jews in Italy told through the eyes of her mother. She will focus especially on the life of her family in Mussolini's fascist Italy during WWII. Was the Italian WWII experience the same for Jews as it was in Germany et al.? "Racial" laws, separation from family members, and a "cat and mouse" experience of being hidden by righteous Italians who saved their lives, and led to their coming to freedom in America.
Loretta Vitale Saks is a graduate of Brandeis University, the Department of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she became a clinical social worker. She has been the Director of Social Work Field Education and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the CUA in Washington D.C. She is married to former Associate CJC Rabbi Bob Saks and is the mother of two wonderful sons. Reserve your seats now by contacting Robin, 410-730-6044 or robin@columbiajewish.org. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Chanukah auction and pot luck dinner
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30pm
at The Meeting House

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with live music, good food, latkes, dreidels and dozens of fantastic items on which to bid, both in live and silent auctions!

CJC will provide paper goods, beverages and delicious LATKES for the congregation! Please Click here to RSVP and sign up for the Pot Luck Dinner. If you need assistance, please contact Robin, 410-730-6044. We would appreciate your registration by DECEMBER 12, 2014.

Chinese dinner and a movie
Thursday, December 25, 5:00pm
Join us for the traditional "Chinese and a Movie" at OMI on the evening of December 25! The evening begins at 5:00pm with a family movie, Nicky Duece, followed by a catered vegetarian Chinese meal from Hunan Legend at 6:00pm, continuing with the movie Keeping the Faith (PG13) starring Edward Norton at 7:00pm. $25 for adults (ages 13 and older), $10 for children (ages 12 and younger). All are welcome-family, friends, non members!

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