Members of the Muslim community will observe Eid-ul-Adha, one of the holiest days of their calendar, during a prayer service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Yemenite Soccer Field, Lehigh Street, Lackawanna.
The religious celebration commemorates God's command to the prophet, Abraham, to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as related in the Koran. It coincides with the holy pilgrimage of 3 million to 4 million Muslims to Mecca, the holy city of Islam in Saudi Arabia, to fulfill one of the five fundamental pillars, or requirements, of the Islamic faith.
Khalid J. Qazi, chairman of the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, said members of the four area mosques that make up the society will participate in the service.
Temple Beth El names leader
Norman J. Weiss, a physician who specializes in the care and rehabilitation of visually impaired people, has been elected president of Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.
Other temple officers elected are chairman of the board, Joel Weiss; vice presidents, Irwin Davis, Morris Horwitz, Sharon Jacobs, Donald Mitgang and Sheila Trossman; treasurer, Robert Hronsky; and secretary, Ellen Safeer.
Pastor to take youth post
The Rev. Gregory W. Hager will be installed as Lutheran Youth Organization adviser for the Niagara Frontier Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, during a service at 4 p.m. July 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.
Pastor Hager has been serving at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Fla., where he was responsible for youth and educational ministries. The graduate of East Aurora High School, Erie Community College and Trinity Seminary of Columbus, Ohio, will succeed the Rev. Charles Greene, who left the youth post after many years to become pastor of Amherst Lutheran Church.
Seminar centers on Holocaust
A two-day seminar on "Teaching the Holocaust" will be sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo and the Canisius College Office of Public Information from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at the college.
The program, consisting of general sessions and small-group workshops, is designed for school librarians and public and private school teachers throughout Western New York who teach English, history and social studies. Anyone interested in participating should register by calling the Holocaust Resource Center by July 10.
Woman cantor joins temple
Barbara Ostfeld Horowitz, internationally known as the first woman cantor in Jewish history, will join Temple Beth Am in Amherst effective Sunday as a teacher and choir director.
Cantor of Temple B'rith Kodesh, Rochester, for the past three years, Cantor Horowitz was officially invested as a cantor by Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1975. For 12 years she was cantor of Temple Beth El, Great Neck. She also has taught at Hebrew Union College.
Cantor Horowitz joins her husband, Cantor Mark Horowitz, on the Temple Beth Am staff.
Point Abino services resume
Non-denominational religious services, conducted by Buffalo area clergy, have resumed for the summer at 10 a.m. Sundays in Holloway Memorial Chapel, Point Abino Road, Point Abino, Ont.
Clergy scheduled to preside at the services, which are open to the public: Sunday, the Rev. Daniel E. Budd, Unitarian Universalist Church; July 8, the Rev. John A. Buerk, Parkside Evangelical Lutheran Church; July 15, Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg, Temple Beth Zion; July 22, the Rev. Ward B. Ewing, Trinity Episcopal Church; July 29, the Rev. John B. Smiley, First Presbyterian Church.
Also, Aug. 5, the Rev. Matthew L. Winters, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Aug. 12, the Rev. Sue Ann Steffey Morrow, associate dean of the Chapel, Princeton University; Aug. 19, the Rev. Robert E. Zapfel, assistant chancellor, Buffalo Catholic Diocese; Aug. 26, the Rev. Thomas P. Stewart, Westminster Presbyterian Church; and Sept. 2, the Rev. Ralph W. Loew, pastor emeritus, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Apparitions expert to speak
Wayne Weible, an authority on reported apparitions of the Mother of Jesus at Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, will speak at 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 22 at St. Leo's Church, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
Weible has made 12 pilgrimages to Medjugorje where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is said to have appeared daily over eight years to six young people. The Lutheran from South Carolina has just completed a book, "Medjugorje, The Message," which gives the first major account of the events from a Protestant perspective.
Proceeds of Weible's talks will benefit Mother Angelica, who operates the Eternal Word Television Network, and the Vineyard Community Food Center. Reservations are available by calling 284-0809 or 284-0421.
Carmelite novena starts July 8
The annual public novena in honor of Our Blessed Lady of Mt. Carmel will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road.
The eight-day observance will be conducted by the Rev. Paul McDonald of Holy Rosary Church, Thorold, Ont. Services will include a Mass each evening at 7:30. The novena will conclude July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.