Chabad Jewish Center will hold events celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement at the center, 804 Hillview Drive, Ashland.

Chabad Jewish Center will hold events celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement at the center, 804 Hillview Drive, Ashland.

Rosh Hashana events begin with a Rosh Hashana dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Morning services observing the holiday will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17 and 18, followed by a Shofar Blowing and a Kiddush Buffet. A family service and story time with Shofar blowing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Lithia Park near the playground.

Yom Kippur events begin with an evening service including Kol Nidrei and holiday opening at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. A morning service including Yizkor will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and a Ne'ila closing service with final Shofar blast and buffet "Break Fast" will be held at 5:30 p.m. the same day.

For more information, or to reserve a space for the Rosh Hashana dinner, call 541-482-2778.

Rosh Hashana services led by Rabbi David Zaslow will be held at the Havurah Shir Hadash beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Havurah synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave.

A list of holiday services and gatherings can be found at Call 541-488-7716.

Temple Emek Shalom will hold services celebrating the High Holy Days at 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Events begin with a Rosh Hashana service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, with a dessert potluck following the service.

A morning family service will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and the main service will be held at 10 a.m., with a Tashlich (the symbolic casting away of sins) following the services.

The second day Rosh Hashana services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. A Shabbat Shuvah (the Sabbath of Return) service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Kol Nidrei will be chanted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The Yom Kippur family service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26., and the main service will begin at 10 a.m. Also on Wednesday: Contemplative music and meditation at 3 p.m., Yizkor at 4 p.m., Mincah and Jonah text study at 5 p.m. and a Ne'ila (closing) service at 6:30 p.m.

Sukkot celebrations begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

For more information, call 541-488-2009 or visit

Tawny Sportsman, Women's Ministries Speaker for the Oregon Conference, will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Medford Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St.

A potluck luncheon will be held between the two events. All are welcome to attend. Call 541-772-6021.

The fall term for choir school at St. Peter Luthern Church begins today, Sept. 14, with rehearsal times for different age groups.

From 3:15 to 4 p.m., rehearsal will be held for children in kindergarten through third grade, and 4 to 5 p.m. for children in fourth grade and older at the church, 1020 E. Main St., Medford.

Children will refine their singing skills, learn music fundamentals, perform publicly as part of Sunday services, develop cooperative behaviors and experience Christian education.

Tuition is $20 for the semester, $10 for each additional student and scholarships are available. Call 541-857-1926.

Local ministry "The Prodigal Movement" will hold a benefit concert in partnership with Faith Christian Center and Awaken Youth Ministries to benefit at-risk and homeless youth at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Faith Christian Center, 585 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point.

Christian bands slated to perform include hip-hop group Nu City, youth band Chosen, Christian pop singer MrKym and rapper Harmony Hi-See.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of toiletries, jackets, coats, socks blankets, or other items.

Visit or call 541-944-4962.

Waters of Life, formerly Foothills Baptist Church, will hold a celebration for the relaunch of the church with events beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the church, 2722 Springbrook Rd., Medford.

A continental breakfast and study will begin at 9 a.m., a dedication of the new site will begin at 10:15 a.m., and a worship celebration will begin at 11 a.m., a free barbecue will be held at noon and a closing celebration event will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Activities for kids will be provided. Call 541-772-8265

Sons Of The Oregon Trail, a country-western and gospel group, will perform a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Free ice cream will be served prior to the concert from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. Call 541-951-4967 or email

Guest speaker Marlise Karlin will speak at the upcoming Unity in Ashland service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Karlin will also appear at Simplicity of Stillness Method workshop from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Call 541-488-9220.

The Center for Spiritual Living will conclude its September joint Global Outreach Food Drive with Centers For Spiritual Living all over the world on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Center will be giving the non-perishable food collected during this month locally to Access.

Rev. Joy-anne Fournier's sermon on the theme of "God's One Song, the Uni-Verse" will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Center, 1385 Lear Way, Medford.

A picnic will be held immediately following the Sunday service from noon to 2 p.m. at Robert Pfaff Park in Central Point.

An ice cream social will follow the picnic.

Call 541-734-8581 for information or a confidential prayer request.

Sunday service and Sunday School hours will change to 11 a.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 16, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St.

The upcoming sermon will be on the subject "You Are the Temple."

The church will hold an upcoming special event with Dale Allen Hoffman, director of the International Aramaic Healing Circle on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.

Call 541-772-6902 or visit

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