Temple Israel of Greater Miami will kick off its Jewish Spirituality Series on Sunday with Rabbi Arthur Green, who was named one of the "top 50 rabbis in America for 2012," by Newsweek Magazine.
Green will speak on the topic, "Spirituality for a New Era."
A highly respected scholar, teacher and expert in the field of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Green is rector of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and professor emeritus at Brandeis University. He also is the author of several books, including Radical Judaism: Rethinking god and Tradition. His most recent book is titled Hasidic Spirituality for a New Era.
The event will start at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast followed at 10 a.m. by the program, at which time Green will engage participants in an open conversation about the future and how each person can play a more active role shaping it.
The series will continue on Jan 22, when Nathan Katz, who arranged for the Dalai Lama to come to Miami three times, will speak on "Contemporary Global Spirituality."
According to a press release from the temple, more and more Americans describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." In his lecture, Katz will focus on the question, "What is spirituality, and can it truly be separated from religion?"
The author of 15 books, including Who Are the Jews of India, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and his recent memoir, Spiritual Journey Home, Katz is a Florida International University research professor in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Bhagwan Mahavir professor of Jain Studies, academic director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality, which is a co-sponsor of the series.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an award-wining author, poet, educator and the founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Miami, will close out the series on March 1, with the topic, "Amazing Chesed."
According to the press release, many Jews do not believe that grace is a central concept in Judaism, and an essential element in living "Jewishly." Shapiro disagrees and will draw from many facets of Jewish wisdom to answer that question in the affirmative.
Shapiro is recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism and his prayers are included in worship services across the denominational spectrum of American congregations.
Admission to the series is free and open the public, and will be held in the Wolfson Auditorium at Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St.
For more information call the temple at 305-573-5900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm congratulations to the Very Rev. Douglas Wm. McCaleb, who recently was elected the new dean of the Episcopal North Dade Deanery.
McCaleb, the spiritual leader at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 464 NE 16th St., was elected at the 43rd Annual Diocesan Convention.
The Diocese of Southeast Florida is composed of six deaneries, divided geographically for both administrative purposes and for representation on the diocese’s Executive Board. McCaleb is the executive head of the deanery, which is responsible for the planning and financial aspects of the deanery, as well as being responsible for the study of the needs and opportunities of the church and to evaluate diocesan programs. In his position of leadership, McCaleb will also delegate the necessary authority and responsibility to carry out such work.
Filipino Advent services
The Filipino Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Miami invites the public to the "Simbang Gabi 2012," a celebration of Advent Novena of Evening Masses to be Dec. 15-23, with the theme: Celebrating the Gift of Faith.
The celebrants are Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski; the Most Rev. Bernardito C. Auza, Papal Nuncio to Haiti; Msgr. Jean Pierre, the Revs. Jets Medina, Jesus Arias, Pedro Corces, Jeff McCormick and Sammy Alveroa.
Services will be as follows:
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St Boniface, 8330 Johnson St. in Pembroke Pines;
• 4 p.m. Sunday at St. David, 3900 S. University Dr. in Davie;
• 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Louis, 7270 SW 120th St. in Pinecrest;
• 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at St. Maximilian Kolbe, 701 N. Hiatus Rd. in Pembroke Pines;
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd, 14187 SW 72nd St. in West Kendall;
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima, 415 NE 105th St. in Miami Shores;
• 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 at St. Bartholomew, 8005 Miramar Pkwy. in Miramar;
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary — St. Richard, 7500 SW 152nd St. in Palmetto Bay;
• 7:30 p.m., Dec. 23, at St. Joseph, 8670 Byron Ave. in Miami Beach.
Miami Children’s Chorus
First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables will host the Miami Children's Chorus at 4 p.m. Sunday in a musical presentation of "Voices of Angels."
This is a concert that you should attend and bring your children. It is amazing what these young voices can do with the music taught to them.
Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors, and $25 for adults, $10 for children , students and seniors at the door.
The church is at 536 Coral Way.
There's going to be a happy Hanukkah time at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and Tauber Academy at 6:30 p.m. Friday. That's when the "FIRE/ICE Friday Night Live Musical Service and Hanukkah Party," will be at the center. The party will feature a giant Menorah lighting, Hanukkah and Shabbat songs led by Rabbi Jonathan Berkun and Cantor David Muchnick.
If you go, you should bring mittens and a scarf for faux snow play. There will also be snow cones, gelt, latkes, a donut bar; a dreidel dance game, edible menorah making, pin the flame on the Chanukiah and you will be able to make our own applesauce. The special guest will be Shlomie the Snowman. This is a free event, but participants are asked to bring an unwrapped new toy to benefit the Jewish Community Services Kosher Food Bank of North Miami Beach.
The center is at 20400 NE 30th Ave. in Aventura.
To make reservations call 305-935-1880, or go to email@example.com.
Something else from Temple Israel of Greater Miami: This weekend, in addition to launching its spirituality series, the temple at 137 NE 19th St. will formally install its spiritual leader Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn during the 7:30 p.m. services.
Heyn assumed the pulpit position in July. The installation service will follow a Shabbat Hanukkah dinner to be at 6 p.m. in the temple's Wolfson Auditorium. The cost of dinner is $25 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Call the temple office at 305-573-5900 to make reservations. Or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gospel artist Pat Johnson and the Majestic Voices of Christ from the Brownsville Church of Christ will headline the annual Holiday Celebration in Brownsville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Brownsville Transit Village, 5355 NW 29th Ave.
The celebration is coordinated by the Brownsville Neighborhood Association, headed by Everett Stewart, Sr., in conjunction with the Tenant Association. The event will also serve as a health fair for families and seniors, said Kenneth Kilpatrick, director of Residential Affairs and Safety at the Brownsville Transit Village Apartments.
It's free and open to the community.
‘Luau for the Lord’
A Luau for the Lord Praise Party, sponsored by Press Point Media Concepts, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Finnegan's River, 401 SW Third Ave.
The party will feature live entertainment by the Stylistic Steppers, a gospel conga line and DJ Smoove. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and more information visit the organization on Facebook at Press Point Media Concepts, or call 305-281-1965(cq).
Wayside Baptist Church at 7701 SW 98th St., will have a free Christmas program, titled "The Ornament," at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
All are welcome. Call 305-595-6550, ext. 105, for more information.
The Christmas musical "Emmanuel: Celebrating Heaven's Child," will be presented by the choir of Silver Palm United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 15855 SW 248th St. in Redland.
Created by Dove Award winner Russell Mauldin, the 35-minute musical of the Bethlehem miracle is something for the entire family. Sandy Keffer, who also directs the South Dade Community Choir will direct.
It's free and open to the public.
‘Go Tell It’
Grace Lutheran Chancel Choir in Miami Springs will present the Christmas cantata "Go Tell It," in music and readings during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday.
Grace Lutheran is at 254 Curtiss Pkwy. The program is free and open to the public.