Terrie Weintraub recently made history as the first person who has converted to Judaism at Temple Oseh Shalom. She also became a bat mitzvah on the same day, the temple's sixth anniversary.
Weintraub was raised Catholic, and on June 17 she converted to Judaism, the religion of her husband and her grandchildren.
"It has been a milestone for the congregation because I'm the first conversion they have had," Weintraub said.
While bat mitzvah candidates usually are around age 12 to 13, Weintraub is in her early 60s. She is not the only woman of her age in the congregation to enter this ritual. Twice the temple has had bat mitzvah groups of eight to 10 older women, but "it is unusual for a woman of my age to convert and become a bat mitzvah on the same day," she said.
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When she and Jewish husband, David, married 27 years ago, the couple agreed to respect each other's beliefs. They attended services together at their respective houses of worship.
While living the Jewish life and celebrating the Jewish holidays, Terrie said she "became more interested in what I was hearing and seeing. Some of my spiritual concepts came to be more in line in the Jewish religion."
And when her two older grandchildren started learning Hebrew, Weintraub started classes as well at David's temple in New Hampshire. She wanted to be able to pray and read in Hebrew with her grandchildren.
"I wanted to be as smart as they were," she joked.
Conversion usually takes several years, but Terrie started studying for her conversion in April 2010. Some things came easy since she had been practicing Jewish customs for many years. She moved to Bluffton five years ago and said she felt a connection with the people in the Temple Oseh Shalom congregation.
"I realized how much I knew about Judaism, and when I came to this congregation, I felt at home," she said. "The support I have had from the congregation has been amazing. You know they say it takes a village to raise a child; it takes a congregation to raise a Jew."
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH
The Women's Missionary Society will host a tea party social at 1 p.m. today at the church. Cost is $10. Money raised will pay for three of the church's youth to attend the Quadrennial Leadership conference July 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. The church is at 25 Boundary St., Bluffton.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
The church will sponsor a Family Day of Fun picnic featuring its praise band, food and activities from noon-3 p.m. today at the Hilton Head Gardens apartments.
Details: Stephani Wyatt, 843-681-3033, 843-689-3625
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK
The fourth annual Food for the Body and Soul Program sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Beautification Committee of Penn Center is from noon-3 p.m. today. The appreciation cookout thanks those who keep the park clean. Youth from various churches will perform. Pastor Daniel Russell of New Life Deliverance will speak.
Details: Edith Galloway, 843-524-6634
Sisters You're Not Walking Alone Women's Center glamour portraits fundraiser is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Tickets may be purchased at the TLC Thrift Store, 11J Robert Smalls Parkway (next to Staples), Beaufort. Packages are $19.95. The center is part of Transforming Lives Through Christ Ministries. Details and to make an appointment: Patience Cummings, 843-575-0452
Angel Food distribution is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. Life House Church in Beaufort also is a host site (843-379-9673). Lion and The Lamb Ministries in Hardeeville is a host site south of the Broad River (843-540-2207). Online orders may be placed at www.angelfoodministries.com.
ADAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
The church concludes the celebration of its 149th church anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Pastor Willie Wilson Sunday. Guests are Israelite Baptist Church and the Rev. Joseph McKnight at 12:30 p.m. and Laurel Bay Baptist Church and the Rev. Paul Graham at 2:30 p.m. The church is at 736 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: Queen Orage, 843-838-2887, 843-838-5364
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
The annual Women's Day Program is at 10 a.m. Sunday with Evangelist Martha Frazier as speaker. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
SPRING HILL AME CHURCH OF SHELDON
The church will hold its "Throw It in the Trunk" celebration for high school graduates at 11 a.m. Sunday. Battery Creek High School Principal Edmond Burnes will speak. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road, Sheldon.
Details: Pastor Keith Parker, 843-846-6680
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
The 2011 Perfecting Believers Conference continues at 10:45 a.m. Sunday when Bishop Charles Ross of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will speak. The Award of Excellence Luncheon is at noon Sunday, honoring community residents for their contributions to the Lowcountry. The temple is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6988, 866-708-3686
TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH
The Women of the Church concludes its Women's Day Celebration with the Rev. Shelia Nesbitt, pastor, and the St. James Baptist Church Family of Yonges Island as guests at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 911 Craven St., Beaufort.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Parish Associate the Rev. Dr. Mike Armistead will play Gospel guitar at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. Armistead is an accomplished player who performed for several years at Grace Community Church before arriving at Providence. The Chancel Choir also will sing.
"Where Jesus Was a Kid!" is the title of Vacation Bible School being conducted by Providence and St Luke's Churches at 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Vacation Liberty School, for ages 10-15, is from 5-7:30 p.m. July 25-29 at the church. Admission is free. Details: Bob Harris, 843-379-2575, email@example.com
The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Christian Science" is the subject of the Bible Lesson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, Scott Street, Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
Helen Roper Dovell will lead the fellowship at 10 a.m. Sunday in acknowledgment of members' efforts in social justice locally and worldwide. This service kicks off the UUFB summer series dedicated to the public advocacy campaign, Standing on the Side of Love, that seeks to harness love's power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Manuel Holland will speak about the path to tolerance at 10 a.m. Sunday. Child care will be provided. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
CENTRAL OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Vacation Bible School is from 6-8 p.m. Monday-July 1 with the theme, "We Are Fired Up For God!" The church is at 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Details: Tosha Suggs, 843-422-8677, 843-681-5784
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Nerve 2 Serve mission camp, sponsored jointly by First Presbyterian and Christ Church of Bluffton, will be held for second- through eighth-graders from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost for each camp is $40 a child; scholarships are available. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Pastor Jack Ladson, pastor of the Scottsville Baptist Church, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
A Pre-Holy Communion Revival begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. The Rev. William Bush Jr. of Gibraltar Church of the Rock of Pinetop, N.C., will speak.
The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
CANAAN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
The church is sponsoring a July 2 trip to Wild Adventures Amusement and Water Park in Valdosta, Ga. The bus will leave the church at 6 a.m. and return around 11 p.m. Tickets are $45. The church is at 908 Trask Parkway, Sheldon.