March 23, 2013

Religion Calendar

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"Mystic Journey: Finding Your Blueprint for Soul Making," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshop with Robert Atkinson. Portland Friends Meeting House, 1837 Forest Ave. Portland. The cost is $75 for Jung Center members, $85 for nonmembers, and there are a limited number of spaces at $20 for college students with ID. For details, email

Easter Sunday Sunrise Services

6 a.m., Sunrise Service at the Community of the Resurrection, Poplar Ridge Road., off Route 121, Otisfield. All are welcome.

6:15 a.m., Blue Point Congregational Church Sunrise Service at Pine Point Beach; meet at Hurd Park public parking lot.

6:30 a.m. Daybreak Service with Raymond Village Community Church and Casco Village Church and held in Casco. Breakfast follows at Casco Church.

6:25 a.m., annual Community Easter Sunrise Service of the Kennebunks on the peninsula between Kennebunk Beach and Mother's Beach.


Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, Portland, has been named one of the 36 most inspiring rabbis in America by The Jewish Daily Forward, the premier national Jewish newspaper.

Rabbi Alice Goldfinger made these comments about the recipients: "And the lesson from these 36, a special number in our tradition, is that American Jews, regardless of denomination, geography or gender, harbor a deep longing for spiritual leadership -- and respond to it not only in synagogue, but in classrooms, hillels and hospices. They yearn for rabbis who touch the soul and create community. These rabbis offer that kind of leadership. Whether the broader rabbinate can do so may hold the key to the future of the American Jewish community."

Visit for more information about Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, which is celebrating 109 years as a traditional Jewish spiritual home in Maine.

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