Friends and Neighbors

Speaker to discuss the Jews of Zimbabwe

You are invited to hear Modreck Zvakavapano Maeresera and Tudor Parfitt, as they lecture on "The Lamba Jews of Zimbabwe" at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.

You will want to attend this event; Maeresera is a leader in the Lemba Jewish community in Zimbaabwe. He coordinates a program of Jewish cyber-learning, studying with volunteer rabbis and teachers via the Internet in Harare, where he teaches other students what he has heard and recorded. In the rural congregation of Mapakomhere, 150 miles from Harare, Maeresera leads Shabbat services and promotes Jewish education.

In a press release statement he said, "My vision is to have a vibrant Lemba community that is fully committed to observing Judaism, the religion of our forefathers, and to have the necessary infrastructure that a Jewish community would need, such as synagogues and schools and religious leaders." He said, in the near future he would like to see Lemba fully reintegrated into mainstream Judaism.

Parfitt is the President Navon Professor of Sephardi-Mizrahi Studies and Research Professor in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and has studied emerging Jewish communities around the works. He has studied the Lemba Jews for decades.

It’s free and open to the public.

Kids’ art event continues through Monday

The Children’s Trust will present a "Kids Grove Arts Party," from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday in the kids zone at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. The event is in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abrakadoodle Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Each day the Abrakadoodle staff will present "Art in Our World Curriculum," one-hour sessions where children will draw, paint, sculpt, design mosaics and collages and well as create in the styles of multicultural master artists to include Picasso, Bearden, Matisse, Miro, Hokusai, Monet, Martinez and Kahlo.

Other highlights will include a 10 a.m. show each day, the musical "Party with Picasso and Friends," presented by Sugar and Spice Puppet Theater, and at 11 a.m., the musical "The Dean of Green, " an eco-children’s theater production that teaches children the importance of growing up green, healthy living and protecting the earth. The play is directed by Corky Dozier, event creator and founder and director of the Coconut Grove Children’s Theater. Dozier also celebrates she 50th year in children’s theater, this year.

Author to speak in Key Biscayne

Lunch with an Author will present award-winning author Mary Murray Bosrock, presenting her newest book, "Grandma Has Wings," at noon Thursday in the Island room of the Key Biscayne Community Center, 10 Village Green Way.

Bosrock, a part-time resident of Key Biscayne, is a popular radio and television guest and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News and A&E Network. She said she got her "wings" when her two sons, Matt and Steve, gave her six granddaughters in eight years. It amazed her, she said, that her little girls noticed things like arm fat, brown spots, veins and dropping chins, and learned to love what she couldn’t change by turning it into a story. Her granddaughters loved the story so much, that Bosrock decided to share it with other grandmas.

She also is the author of the book series, "Put Your Best Food Forward," which sold worldwide and has been published in Polish, Chinese, Russian, Thai and India.

The event is free and open to the public. to make reservations call 305-365-8953 or go to,

Black elected officials to be honored

The Broward Black Elected Officials will present their 2013 Community Service Honorees at the gala "Hold Fast to Dreams," at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 at the Seminole Hard rock Hotel and Casino.

Receiving the Political Spotlight award are, Broward County Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness and West Park Vice-Mayor Felicia M. Brunson; Community awards will be presented to Bobby and Bertha Henry and Levoyd and Beverly Williams. .

The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, and a special award will be presented to Broward County Vice-Mayor Barbara Sharief.

Tickets are $150 per person and $1,500 per table of 10. For reservations, tickets and more information call the gala hotline at 954-969-6200. The attire is dressy or semi-formal.

Jewish Baby Boomers to mingle

The JSBoomers, a new group for Jewish single baby boomers (born 1946-1964) at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, will have a "Sip, Nosh, Chat" mixer at 6 p.m. Friday at the temple 137 NE 19th St.

The event is free and an opportunity for single boomers to meet new people in a warm, Jewish setting. Community members are invited and are encouraged to bring a friend. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Those attending are invited to stay for the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat services, to be followed by Oneg. To make your reservations, call 305-573-5900 or go to,

Lecture to discuss the Jews of Greece

As a part of its bi-weekly program, the Isidoro Lerman Senior Adult Enrichment Program of Temple Menorah will present a lecture by Dr. Rachel Lapidot entitled, "The Jews of Greece."

The lecture will be in the Olemberg Hall at 7445 Carlyle Ave. in Miami Beach. The cost is free to Temple Menorah members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 305-866-0221 to make yours.

Steve Miller to speak atUM

Blues-rock legend Steve Miller will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Gusman Hall on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

During the lecture, Miller will share personal anecdotes, including those regarding his humble start, his rise to fame, and what he feels is important for the success of today’s young musicians.

Admission is free but tickets are required. To RSVP and for your ticket, call 305-284-4940 or visit,

Miller will appear in concert with the Frost Concert Jazz Band at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the BankUnited Fieldhouse. The group will perform classic blues tunes and some of Miller’s biggest hits arranged by Frost students specifically for Miller with big band.

For tickets and more information, call TicketMaster at 800-745-300 or visit,

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