March 8, 2012 in Washington Voices

Religion Notebook: Beth Shalom offering annual Kosher Dinner

By The Spokesman-Review

Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave., will present its 71st annual Kosher Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The first Kosher Dinner the temple offered 71 years ago served 200 community members. That number has grown to about 2,000 guests at the temple each year.

Menu items this year include assorted appetizers of herring, kosher dill pickles and three-bean salad. A traditional Old World Jewish recipe is used for the kosher beef brisket, which is roasted with onions, carrots and spices. There will be potato knishes, seasoned mashed potatoes inside a pastry pocket, carrot tzimmes, Mediterranean spiced apples, challah bread, chocolate rugelach and Temple Beth Shalom’s special coffee blend from Craven’s Coffee.

The entertainment this year includes the Klezmer band, Chutzpah, the Kosher Redhots and the Mavens, who will sing songs written by Jewish composers.

Dinners to go will be available.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $9 for children 11 and younger. They are available at Huppin’s Hi-Fi Photo and Video, 421 W. Main Ave.; Maggie’s Grill, 2808 E. 29th Ave.; Manito Ship and Copy, 3030 S. Grand Blvd.; Pawn 1 North, 8014 N. Division St.; Pawn 1 Post Falls, 2427 E. Seltice Way; Pawn 1 Valley, 11812 E. Sprague Ave.; Rosauers, 2610 E. 29th Ave.; Super 1 Foods, 830 E. 29th Ave.; or online at Tickets also will be available at the door on the day of the dinner.

Information: (509) 747-3304.

Fig Tree benefit

The Fig Tree will hold its annual benefit breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday and lunch at 11:45 a.m. March 16 at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus.

This year’s theme is “Communicating Credibly,” which will deal with how the Fig Tree media models responsible media coverage. Speakers at the breakfast include Bishop Martin Wells of the Eastern Washington Idaho Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Jim Mohr of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies and Mark Kadel, executive director of World Relief.

Lunch speakers include Trish McFarland, executive director of the YWCA, Kadel and Heather Crandall of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

Tables are available as well as individual spaces. Reservations are required by Friday.

Information: (509) 535-4112 or

New pastor installation

Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave., will welcome and install its new pastor, the Rev. Rick Church, during a special service at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Church most recently served as chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and the Franciscan Hospital System in Tacoma. He has been a pastor of churches in Illinois; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Wichita, Kan.; and Los Angeles.

He graduated from California State University at Chico after studying journalism and religious studies. He earned a Master of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

He and his wife, Marilou, have six children.

Information: (509) 327-9322.

Tibetan Buddhist meditation

Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, will offer meditation Thursdays starting today from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave.

Phelgye is in Spokane from India as a visiting scholar in residence, teaching Buddhism and meditation at Gonzaga University.

Information: Email Lori Lindman at

Lenten activities

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Road, will present special worship services every Wednesday during Lent at 7 p.m.

All services follow a soup supper.

Information: (509) 747-0984.

Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave., will present “Our Story and God’s Story,” Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The event is a Lenten soup supper, and everyone will share their personal spiritual stories.

Information: (509) 327-9322.

Spring lunch and card party

St. Francis of Assisi Women’s Club, 4420 N. Jefferson St., will present its annual Spring Lunch and Card Party on Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m.

Lunch will include lasagna, salad, a roll, tea or coffee, and pineapple upside down cake. Bridge, pinochle or card games of your choice will follow the lunch.

The cost to attend is $6, and reservations must be made by Saturday.

Information: Call Mary Ann at (509) 466-4260.

Auction and rummage sale

Christian Heritage School, 48009 E. Ida Ave., Edwall, Wash., will present its 22nd annual benefit auction and rummage sale on Saturday at the school.

The sale and silent auction items begin at 8 a.m., and the live auction will begin at noon.

The school has two gymnasiums full of items for sale.

Information: (509) 236-2224 or

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