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Religion briefs for Oct. 13

Religion briefs for Oct. 13
From Staff Reports Modified: October 12, 2012 at 12:36 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

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Annual food fest is planned

St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will present its annual Food Fest from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2-3 at 15000 N May.

The event will feature dine-in and carryout items like cabbage rolls, thalami (homemade bread), tabbouleh, baklava, salata (a Lebanese salad), hummus and Sfeeha (meat pie), among other things like cookies, cakes and pies. Guided church tours also will be offered, highlighting the church's iconography, architecture and religious history.

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Erb is named church's bishop

Rudy Erb has been named bishop of the Edmond First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Erb, 44, is director of information management for Enogex. He will serve as bishop in a lay capacity while continuing in his profession. He succeeds Craig Pitts, an attorney who also served the congregation in an unpaid capacity for several years.

A native of Idaho and graduate of the University of Idaho, Erb moved to the Oklahoma City area four years ago. He and his wife, Lissa, have four children, three of whom attend Oakdale and Edmond Public Schools.

Erb will be assisted in his church duties by Louis Utsch and Kenneth Cronk, who were called to be his counselors.

His previous church service includes serving as a Scoutmaster, a counselor to a bishop and as a member of the high council of the Oklahoma City Stake, which is a geographical area similar to a diocese.

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Installation of rabbi is set

An installation service for Vered Harris as new rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel will be at 7 p.m. Friday at 4901 N Pennsylvania.

Harris arrived in Oklahoma City in July to become the temple's first female rabbi in its 109-year-history. She previously served as education rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kan.

Harris replaced Rabbi Barry Cohen, who accepted a rabbinical position at an Illinois synagogue.