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Congregation Har Shalom announces events

Congregation Har Shalom, 2537 County Road 203, will host these programs:

A Shabbat morning service will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the synagogue. Eli Herb will lead the service. Participants may bring lunch foods to share.

Avodat Lev, a Service of the Heart, will take place from 6:15 to 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg will take place from 7 to 7:20 p.m. Friday. Herb will lead the service.

“Telling and Retelling” will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to this series of classes about oral traditions and storytelling led by rabbinical student Maggid Elisha Herb. This event includes a free catered dinner.

The Midrash is a process of learning-based texts which inspire a process of discussion and meditation. Participants also will discuss the ways in which the printing press changed Jewish culture and how it affected the oral tradition.

Olympics chief: Saudis may finally send women

LONDON (AP) – IOC President Jacques Rogge cannot guarantee “100 percent” that female athletes from Saudi Arabia will compete at the London Olympics, although he remains optimistic the Gulf kingdom will send women to the games for the first time.

Rogge told The Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee is discussing the “operational details” with Saudi officials for ending their four-decade-old policy of sending only men to the games.

Saudi Arabia is a deeply traditional and ultra conservative Muslim society, and women are severely restricted in public life and are not allowed to drive.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei have never included women in their Olympic teams.

While Qatar and Brunei have committed to sending female athletes to London, whether Saudi will do the same remains uncertain three weeks before the start of the London Games.

Saudi Olympic Committee president Prince Nawaf said in April that female participation had not been approved by the country’s leaders and that Saudi-based women traveling to London would be contrary to the kingdom’s traditions and norms.

Herald Staff and Associated Press

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