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Published: Saturday, 11/3/2001

MTCU to hold its Fall Assembly

BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, the first professor of Catholic studies at the University of Toledo, will be the featured speaker for the Metro-Toledo Churches United Fall Assembly on Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St.

The topic is “Christian Missions in the World: Evangelism or Consumer Marketing?” The assembly begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and the cost is $12.50. Registration is required at 242-7401.

A plea to allow ultra-Orthodox Jews of priestly heritage to fly inside body bags - to avoid becoming ritually “unclean” when traveling over a Jewish cemetery - was rejected by Israel's El Al airline.

El Al, whose planes sometimes take off from Tel Aviv over a cemetery, said it briefly considered the idea before rejecting it on security grounds.

Under ritual law, Jews descended from the biblical Israelite priests must not enter cemeteries.

A recent ruling by prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv expanded the ban to include flying over a cemetery and suggested plastic body bags as a solution.

Proceeds from the inaugural New Hope Gala Auction Dinner, starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, will benefit 24 Toledo-area Christian organizations and charities, according to Jim Oedy of New Hope Christian Community Foundation.

The auction goal is to raise more than $150,000 for the ministries. Information: 382-0485.

A specially discounted pastors study tour to Israel and the Holy Land is scheduled for Jan. 28-Feb. 6 by New Chapter Holy Land Tours of Ministries, Inc., of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Chicago.

The study tour will give pastors an opportunity to visit many of the sites detailed in the bible. The cost is $1,189 for pastors and $1,389 for their spouses, with departures available from Chicago or New York. Deadline for registration is Nov. 15. Information: 800-577-5691.



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