Religion Briefs

Har Shalom announces events

Congregation Har Shalom, 2537 County Road 203, will hold these events:

Har Shalom Jewgrass Shabbaton will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot, at Fifth Street and Main Avenue. A potluck Kabbalat Shabbat will follow at the Larson home. For more information and directions, call 375-0600.

A Shabbaton with Rabbi Eliot Baskin will be held at 10 a.m. April 21. This will be a Torah service Parashat Shmini on the theme of remembrance of the Holocaust observing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.

A Hollywood Havdala and discussion will be held at 7 p.m. April 21. This will feature the documentary “BloodLines.”

Judaism 360 will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 22. Brunch will be followed by a teaching about the celebration of Earth Day which will look at the original Jewish Earth Day, Tu B’Shevat, and its ramifications for ecology, spirituality and Jewish life today while previewing the Chai Mitzvah Program.

Gay student wins lawsuit over ‘Jesus’ T-shirt

CINCINNATI – A gay student whose high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays won a lawsuit against the school, saying it violated his freedom of expression.

The mother of 16-year-old junior Maverick Couch filed the federal lawsuit on his behalf against Wayne Local School District and its Waynesville High School principal. It claimed Couch had been threatened by school officials with suspension if he wears the shirt, which bears the message “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe,” the lawsuit says.

Couch plans to wear the shirt at school Friday to show support for the Day of Silence, an annual event held nationally for students to draw attention to bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

Herald Staff and associated Press