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Baked potato fundraiser is Thursday

The 21st annual Cornerstone United Methodist Women’s Mission Fundraiser is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 202 N. 4th St., Marshall. A baked potato supper will be offered for $8 or donation. A large baked potato with toppings, beverage and dessert will be offered. Takeout meals will be available.

Justice Ginsburg surprise speaker at Jewish new year service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a surprise guest speaker Wednesday evening during services for the Jewish new year in Washington, telling worshippers she believes being Jewish helped her empathize with other minority groups.

Ginsburg spoke mostly about her Jewish faith, acknowledging that the Jewish justices who have served on the court have shared some similar views, which she linked to their Jewish heritage.

“If you are a member of a minority group, particularly a minority group that has been picked on, you have empathy for others who are similarly situated,” she said during about 20 minutes of answering questions from attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

Ginsburg spoke at services for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which began Wednesday evening and which Jews continue observing Thursday. The service she attended was organized by Sixth & I, a historic synagogue that hosts a range of Jewish and cultural events. Worshippers were not told ahead of time that she’d be appearing.