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January 5, 2013

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Congregation Ahavas Achim events

Upcoming events at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive streets, Newburyport:

Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9.

Adult Ed with Rabbi Avi Poupko, every Wednesday night at 7:30 starting Jan. 23.

Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Israeli Dancing with Fran Kaplan.

Jan. 20, Hebrew School outing to Amesbury Sports Park.

Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Havdallah program and Tu B’Shvat Seder.

‘Half the Sky’ program Jan. 16

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., the Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society will sponsor a presentation of the “Half the Sky” Movement. This presentation is about gender inequity, one of the major issues of our time.

Women comprise 70 percent of the world’s poorest people. Gender inequity is one of the major issues of our times. In so many cases, poor women are the victims, but they are also the ones driving change, from the micro-credit initiatives, to community healthcare, they are empowering their sisters — they have taken successful initiatives. In the book ‘Half the Sky’ Nicholas Kristof and Meg Ryan have made the voyage to meet these women.

Intro to Meditation class offered

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a six-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation.” The class is designed for anyone interested in learning Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. Class begins Thursday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will last six weeks. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

‘Wednesdays at

the Well’ at

Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.

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