Loudoun Jewish Congregation begins its Hanukkah celebration with a potato latke supper, candle lighting, dreidel games and a raffle at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 10-C Cardinal Park Dr. SE, Leesburg. Guests are asked to bring a gift not exceeding $3 in value for the children's grab bag exchange.
To attend, contact Judy Tully at 540-687-6873 or email@example.com. For Hanukkah shopping, the congregation's gift shop is open Sundays from 8:45-11:15 a.m. and offers menorahs, mezuzahs and other items. Proceeds benefit growth of the synagogue.
Bahais invite the public to an afternoon of prayer devotions and a talk on "Progressive Revelation and Manifestation of Messengers of God" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Room B, 21030 Whitfield Pl., 703-444-3228. Light refreshments will be served.
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will hold its annual Hanukkah Boutique this Sunday and next from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Free bagels, doughnuts and coffee. For more information, call 703-391-8669.
Historian to Speak
Research historian Harry A. Butowsky, manager of the National Park Service Web page (www.cr.nps.gov/history), will be guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Potomac chapter of Hadassah at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.
Butowsky will speak on the "endemic nature of anti-Semetism in Europe." His doctoral dissertation was a study of German historian Leopold von Ranke and the Jewish question in 19th-century Germany. Butowsky is an author and adjunct history instructor at George Mason University. For more information, call 703-444-7325
An interfaith discussion moderated by Leesburg pastor John Lown is scheduled from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Dr., in Reston's Spectrum Center. The discussion is based on the book "Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths," by Bruce Feiler. Lown most recently served as interim pastor at Leesburg Presbyterian Church. Call Toya O'Hora at 703-437-8147.
Middletown (Md.) United Methodist Church holds its annual holiday fair, "Fruits of the Spirit," from noon-8 p.m. Nov. 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23, featuring area crafts, specialty food, homemade baked goods, a Granny's Attic of gently used antiques and collectibles, a live auction at 8 p.m. the first day and a silent auction throughout the weekend. A handmade quilt will be raffled. The church is at 7108 Fern Cir., off Route 40A. For more information, call 301-371-5550.