Sha'are Shalom Congregation (formerly Loudoun Jewish Congregation) in Leesburg has hired Ilana Garber as its rabbinic intern. Garber, who is scheduled to be ordained a Conservative rabbi in May, will lead services and perform rabbinic duties once a month for the congregation as the Gladstein Family Rabbinical Fellow for 2004-05.

On Friday, Garber will lead services when the congregation holds its monthly Shabbat potluck dinner and family service. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by Tot Shabbat at 7 and regular Shabbat Services at 7:30. 10 Cardinal Park Drive SE, Leesburg. To RSVP to the dinner, call 703-724-7543 or visit

Garber will also lead Saturday morning services at 9:30 a.m., which will be followed by a potluck kiddush luncheon to welcome new members. Saturday night at 7:30, Garber will hold a Torah study group. For more information on the group, call 703-444-7325 or visit

Pastor Don Prange of St. James United Church of Christ will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday about learning from and practicing acceptance of others. 10 Broad Way, Lovettsville. 703-443-0524.

1Cross, an organization of churches in southern Fauquier County, is sponsoring a concert featuring ZOEgirl, three local Christian bands and Pittsburgh gospel rapper Real Deal Brady Hill at 4 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Chiles Farm on Energy Road in Bealeton. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. 540-336-5776.

Congregants of the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will consider Sunday what it means to be a true seeker sensitive church. The UUS rock band will perform.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 21355 Davis Dr. 703-406-3068 or

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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