Temple Israel jazz series features Jackie Ryan

Summer brings with it a flurry of things to do, places to go and lots of concerts. Not to be left out is the "Jazz at Temple Israel" series, where at 8 p.m. on Saturday the Jackie Ryan Quartet will perform. Presented by the jazz series and jazz radio station WDNA 88.9 FM, the program will be at the temple, 137 NE 19th St.

The concert will feature jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan and local musicians Chuck Bergeron on bass, Brian Murphy on piano and John Yarling on drums.

According to a temple press release, Ryan has been "thrilling audiences across the globe with her powerful 3½-octave range and amazing stage presence." Her latest album, Listen Here, recently held the No. 1 spot on the JazzWeek charts. Her double CD Doozy held the No. 1 position nationwide on JazzWeek's industry-standard chart for seven weeks.

Ryan has sung all over the world, including the famous Ronnie Scott's Club in London, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York. She has also performed at many of the major jazz festivals. Her style ranges from gospel to blues to Brazilian bossa novas, from Latin to bebop and ballads. She also sings in several languages.

Tickets are $36 general admission; $72 for preferred seating; $10 for students and young adults (18-29) and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Empowered Youth graduation set

The annual graduation ceremony for Empowered Youth will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Cathedral Hall at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St.

According to a newsletter from Trinity, the Empowered Youth program is supported in part by the church's Outreach Ministry. The graduation is an annual tradition to honor graduating students for the successes they have achieved and the new opportunities they have earned during the past year.

Also, Bishop Leo Frade and Diane Frade will take their 15th and final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, leaving on Jan. 28. It will be a 12-day pilgrimage where participants will visit all the Christian sites and stay in first-class hotels. There will be a special worship service in the Cathedral in Jerusalem and visits to Masada and Qumran.

Visit or call 305-785-5347 for more information.

Program targets gay blood policy

On Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, 7701 SW 76th Ave. in South Miami, will honor June's LGBTQ pride month with a special worship service at 11 a.m.

According to David Traupman, a church spokesman, the service will focus on local and national efforts to end the FDA's policy banning blood donations by gay men.

Unitarian Universalist Miami board member Luigi Ferrer, program director at Prideline Youth Services, and Traupman will lead the service, which will feature readings, songs and messages geared to lift up the church's principles of "the inherent worth and dignity of every person" and "justice, equity and compassion in human relations," as well as the congregation's commitment to speak out when the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people are at stake.

Guest speakers will include Blake Lynch and Brett Donnelly, co-founders of Banned4Life a national advocacy group based in Orlando that is working to raise awareness about the FDA policy.

A coalition of South Florida LGBTQ organizations will meet after the service to explore ways to advocate for changing the FDA policy. The community is invited to the service.

Series explores Latin Jewish life

Because Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami, strives to "be a link in the chain of Jewish life," starting Sunday the synagogue will present a series titled "Linking to Latin America" from noon to 2 p.m. The series will describe Jewish life in particular countries of Latin America.

On Sunday, guest speaker Rabbi Manuel Armon will highlight Argentina. Following the service, lunch will be served. There is not a charge, but donations will be accepted. To make a reservation and for more information call 305-261-9821 or 305-205-3846.

Beth David presents story time

The Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation invites families in the community to join them at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, for the Beth David PJ Library story time and activity from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on July 21.

The activities will be led by Melissa Shub, Early Childhood Center teacher. It's free and open to families in the community. For more information go to

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