Biscayne Unitarian co-organizer Raquel Reyes said, "Meeting in an informal and intimate group encourages people to connect with others on a deeper level through meaningful discussions about spiritual practices and beliefs..."
The religious community of Biscayne Unitarian serves the residents along the Biscayne corridor of northeastern Miami-Dade. It’s first and third Sunday worship services and community programs give voice to liberal religious views and provide a spiritual space to meaningfully connect with welcoming, diverse, and open-minded individuals and families. To learn more, go online at www.biscayneunitarian.org or www.facebook.com/biscayneunitarian.
The music of Max Helfman
Max Helfman, who died in 1963, was known as one of Judaism’s most respected and beloved educators, choral conductors and composers. On Friday the Bet Shira Congregation in Pinecrest will feature Helfman’s music in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death during a program of choral cantorial music to be sung by Rabbi Mark H. Kula, Cantor Shiree Kidron and Musica Judaica, a choral ensemble directed by Coreen Duffy, a Helfman Fellow.
According to information from Bet Shira, Helfman was a man of wide-ranging interests and abilities. He directed the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for 17 years, and composed for and participated in socialist-oriented Yiddish worker’s choruses, the synagogue and pro-Zionist causes and organizations. He also mentored several well known cantors and composers. From the late 1930s on, he turned much of his attention to new settings for Sabbath, High Holy Day and Festival liturgies as well as other services.
His choral pantomime "Benjamin the Third," based on a story by the Yiddish author Mendele Moykher Sforim, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1938, followed by his complete Sabbath service, "Shabbat Kodesh, in 1942. He served as director of New York’s largest unabashedly leftist Yiddish chorus, the Freiheits Gezang Verein, which he took over in 1937 and which combined with some smaller choral groups of similar ideological sympathies to form the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus.
For more information on the tribute to Helfman, call Kula at 305-238-2601 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Heritage Music Series
On Saturday, Greater St. Paul AME Church ant the Coconut Grove Historic Black Heritage Music Series will host the Edward Waters College Concert Choir from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Directed by Barbara McNeely-Bouie, the concert is in honor of Greater St. Paul’s Mozart Choir.
Tickets to the event are $20 each and are available at the church at 3680 Thomas Ave. in Coconut Grove, or by calling Renita Samuels Dixon at 305-790-5836.
Fall Gospel Concert
Norland United Methodist church at 885 NW 195th St. will have its annual Fall Gospel Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary. The Rev. Aurilus Desmornes, M.Div., has invited the community to come and enjoy the music of special guests Brother Clive Tennors, Brother Lou Tyler, Patrice Brown, Greg Sidbury and a performance by the Barry University Dance Company. .
Deacon Haldane Worrell of Metropolitan Baptist Church will serve as the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.