Religion events from around the Washington area

With the Jewish High Holidays on the horizon, the following synagogues and congregations are some of the organizations offering their observances of Rosh Hashanah, from Sept. 4 to 6, and Yom Kippur, from Sept. 13 to 14:

Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Free. 202-362-4433. Israel, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-364-0717 or www.adasisrael.org.

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Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-370-9400 or www.bethelhebrew.org.

Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. 301-469-8636 or www.bethesdajewish.org.

Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County, 11520 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-3632 or www.ourshul.org.

Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. 410-263-3924 or www.knesethisrael.org.

Congregation Kol Shalom, 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. 410-266-6006 or www.kolshalomannapolis.org.

Congregation Sha’are Shalom, 18 Henry Ford Cir., Waldorf. 301-645-4606 or www.ShaareShalomSomd.org.

Etz Hayim Synagogue, 2920 Arlington Blvd. 703-979-4466 or www.etzhayim.net.

Mishkan Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-474-4223 or www.mishkantorah.org.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100 or www.sixthandi.org.

Tifereth-Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. 202-882-1605 or www.tifereth-israel.org.

Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400 or www.washingtondcjcc.org.

Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. 202-895-6309 or www.whctemple.org.

Saturdays through Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market is open for the season, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or stthomascroom.org/­ourlocalbounty.

Saturday, 9 a.m.: Members of the 20s & 30s Club are seeking volunteers to join them in sorting and packing food collected for the Capital Area Food Bank. Capital Area Food Bank, 4900 Puerto Rico Ave. NE. Free. Send e-mail to Ryan Zalaskus at 20sand30s@cathedralcongregation.org.

Saturday, 11 a.m.: Lio Kuok Man conducts the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra and violinist Hoi Yan Lok in an all-Mozart program. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-489-8383 or e-mail wcichan@gmail.com.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.: Holy Transfiguration Church will host its 20th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival. There will be homemade Middle Eastern food and pastries, beer and wine, live music and dancing, church tours, vendors and children’s activities. A roast lamb dinner will be served Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and all day Sunday. Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Rd., McLean. Admission and parking, free. 703-734-9566 or visit www.holytransfiguration.org.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 10 a.m.: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, discusses “The Tension between Security and Liberty.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The “Blessing of the Backpacks.” Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tour features a docent showing slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Take binoculars and a camera. Meet at the welcome desk, adjacent to the underground parking elevators, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: The annual YouthCUE concert features 140 multidenominational singers from North America, accompanied by members of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by founder Randy Edwards and Paul Neal; works by Handel, Rutter, Dan Goeller and Mack Wilberg. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org or www.youthcue.org.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows. Climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Bring a camera. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical pianist Jeremy Filsell performs a program of Russian piano works by Sergei Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967. www.church-redeemer.org.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: The weekly Bible discussion and study group begins its long-term focus with the Gospel of Mark from the Scholars Version translation of the Gospels. A brown bag lunch follows. Program continues weekly through May 22. Sponsored by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. During construction, held at Lutheran Reformation Church, Fireside Room, 212 East Capitol St. NE. $25. 202-546-4964.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Classical pianists Lou Ivey and Mark Conrad perform music written for four hands by 19th and 20 century composers followed by a discussion with the audience. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free, donations welcome, coffee and desserts served. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Wednesdays through Nov. 20, 7 p.m.: Covenant class is offered over a 10-week period. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or www.wesleydc.org.

Thursday, 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: “Cathedral symbols and iconography.” A docent leads a walk and discusses the building’s unfolding stories by decoding the symbols’ meanings in its stone work, stained glass and fabric art and teaches visitors how to read them. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the library, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 4-7 p.m.: Fish fry. Fried whiting or tilapia with green beans, cole slaw, bread, beverage and dessert. Trinity Church Hall (accessible to people with disabilities), 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; $8, seniors; $5, 11 and younger. 301-627-2636.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Potluck and game night for all ages. Bring your favorite games to play with family or friends or use the church’s games. Take a potluck dish for dinner. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Next Saturday 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring gingerbread and regular pancakes, with proceeds benefitting the Discovery Weekend at the West River United Methodist Center, the St. Paul’s music program and hunger ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

Next Saturday 8:45 a.m.: Members of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church will lead a two-mile guided hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring as they demonstrate how freedom seekers eluded trackers, found food and navigated their way north to freedom. Take water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. Transportation will be provided, but carpools are welcome. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or rector@staugustinesdc.org.

Next Saturday 9 a.m.-noon: Labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian practice that provides a guided pattern for walking prayer, will be held. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or www.historicchristchurch.org.

Next Saturday 4-8 p.m.: Come to a grilled marinated flank steak dinner with macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, green beans and salad bar. Dine in or carry out. A bake sale follows. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 21720 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville. $14; ages 7-12, $7; 6 and younger, free. 301-963-2185.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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