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Religion briefs

Santa Rita Park to hold day camp

A day camp sponsored by Matthew’s House Ministries will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the basketball court in Santa Rita Park.

The camp is open to children who have finished kindergarten through fifth grade. The camp will feature Bible stories, crafts, music and games.

Registration will take place at 8:45 a.m. Children should bring a sack lunch, sunscreen and water bottle.

Har Shalom announces events

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

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

Avodat Lev – 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.

Economy forces sale of Ala. synagogue

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Jewish congregation in Birmingham is selling its synagogue after being stung by the tough real estate market.

Knesseth Israel Congregation is selling its campus for $5.5 million. The property includes a social hall, a kosher kitchen, office space and a ritual bath.

Co-president Leslie Kahn said leaders hope to find a buyer who might be willing to share space with the congregation, which dates back to 1892 and has about 100 families as members.

Rabbi Eytan Yammer says the group can’t afford the campus because its old synagogue sold for only a quarter of what members expected amid the economic downturn.

Yammer says the congregation will move elsewhere if necessary.

Herald Staff and Associated Press