Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, also celebrates the prospects of new beginnings. So as Jews around the world and in our own community gather to celebrate the High Holy Days, Betty Horwitz, a member of Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th St. in Pinecrest, wrote to let us know about the new beginnings at her temple.
For example: Cantor Mark Kula, who for more than 25 years, served as the temple’s cantor, is now an ordained rabbi and serves as the temple’s new spiritual leader.
And that Cantor Shiree Kidron, who join the Cantor’s Assembly only two weeks ago, is now the synagogue’s cantor, "leading us in song," Horwitz said. "She also happens to be the first woman cantor at Bet Shira."
In addition, Horwitz said the synagogue has a new director of its Jewish Learning Center (JLC), Ella Levy. "Under her direction we are implementing a new vision for the center that will expand the traditional concept of a religious school to encompass the congregation as a whole. The new JLC at Bet Shira will offer the possibility of life-long learning," Horwitz said.
Happy 100th birthday
When the Miami Dolphins or the Miami Heat are playing, Franklin Clark will tell you quickly, "Don’t call my mom and don’t try to talk to her while her teams are playing."
Clark’s mom is Fannett Clark Lyons, And on Sunday, Lyons will celebrate her 100th birthday at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, where she has been a member for more than 50 years. She will be joined in the worship service honoring her by her family and many of her friends. Then, at 1 p.m., Lyons will be honored at a birthday luncheon in the Henry E. Green Community Center at the church, 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens.
Lyons was born in Overtown to Bahamian parents Burke and Mary Smith. She is the oldest of six children. And as was the custom in many black families back then, Lyons dropped out of school when her father died to help her mother rear her younger siblings.
She is a devoted member of her church, serving on the Deaconess Board, the Missionary Society and the Pioneers and SAM Ministries.
Longtime family friend Lorraine King said Lyons still enjoys shopping and traveling, “and she still dresses fashionably fabulous."
In addition to Franklin, the twice widowed Lyons is the mother of Leonard Clark and Rosemary Clark Bethel. Another son Marvin Clark, died several years ago.
Lyons still enjoys cooking her favorite Bahamian dishes, King said. "Her specialty is pigeon peas and rice, for which she receives many requests."
Warm birthday wishes to you Sister Lyons, from Neighbors in Religion.
A special Grandparents Day variety program will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, which is known as Grandparents Day, at New Way Fellowship Baptist Church at 16800 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami Gardens.
The program is to raise funds for the church’s scholarship project and will feature some of the best talent from churches in the area.
During the program, the oldest grandparent and the youngest grandparent will be awarded a monetary prize.
A highlight of the event will be a lecture/sermon presented by Deacon George L. Baldwin entitled, "Can Our Children Be Saved? And What Must the Church Do?"
The program is open to the entire community and it’s free. However a freewill offering will be accepted to benefit the scholarship project.