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Congregation Har Shalom announces upcoming events

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

The “Hanukkadabra” and Hanukah Festival Celebration has been rescheduled to 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Har Shalom. This will be a kid-friendly celebration of the Festival of Lights with menorah lighting, stories, songs, dreidel spin-off and catered latke dinner. There is a suggested freewill offering of $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Hanukah gelt and prizes will be provided. People should bring their own menorah and candles, latkes and veggie/dairy side dishes or desserts to share. A Hanukah bonfire will be held for blessings and sharing. Volunteers are needed for every event to meet and greet, help set up, serve, clean up and put away tables and chairs. For more information, call 382-8300

A Torah service and Haftorah and Hamatsav discussion will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at Har Shalom.

Judaism 360 and Chai Mitzvah Tsadakah program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 16 at Har Shalom.

For more information, visit www.harshalomdurango.org.

Texas considers seizing Warren Jeffs’ ranch

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas wants ownership of Warren Jeffs’ massive polygamist ranch where prosecutors say the convicted sect leader and his followers sexually assaulted dozens of children, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday.

A judge will determine whether to grant the state control of the 1,600-acre property owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The sect bought the land for more than $1.1 million in 2003, according to court records. The affidavit, filed Wednesday, does not provide a current value for the Yearning for Zion Ranch. Texas has spent more than $4.5 million in prosecuting the cases against Jeffs and 10 of his followers.

Herald Staff and Associated Press

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