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Church events focus on family histories

 

OK. So, who do you think you are?

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation will celebrate Black History Month with several programs to help you answer that question.

Aptly named, the “Who Do You Think You Are” Genealogy/Family History Committee of the church will sponsor the events starting Sunday through Feb. 23.

The program will feature an exhibit of family trees, photos and memorabilia documenting family histories in the J. Kenneth Major Parish Hall.

The month-long event will kick off Sunday with “Family Reunion T-Shirt Sunday.” You never know who you might run into at such gatherings. I have found long lost relatives at such events.

February 9 will be “Share your Family Stories” with Marvin Ellis ( Torres-Planchat) and David Cheeseborough. “Share Your Family Stories” will continue Feb. 16 with Marsha James ( Wright) and Lena Canty ( Higgs-Albury).

The community is invited to the activities. Sounds like fun. You never know — we could be cousins.

‘Coffeehouse’ reaches out to young people

Silver Palm United Methodist Church at 15855 SW 248th St. in Homestead announces the opening of “The Gathering Coffeehouse” for young adults 18-39, from 7 to 10 p.m., starting Saturday.

The young adult fellowship and worship will include a live band and Spoken Word and should be a great way to connect with other young adults.

In addition, people of all ages are invited to coffee at 9 a.m. on Saturdays Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Everyone is invited to attend and have a chat with Pastor Diane, ask her questions about what United Methodists believe, or whatever else is on your mind. She is open to discussion on any topic.

For more information, call 305-247-3769 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Learn about the Talmud

Starting Feb. 8, Ahavat Olam, 10775 SW 112th St. in Kendall (on the grounds of Killian Pines United Methodist Church), will have a series of classes on the concept and history of the Talmud.

Taught by Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff, the Bible and Brunch class will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. each Saturday through February, or longer if necessary. Pages of the Talmud will be displayed to introduce students to the look, style and flavors of The Talmud. Some modern laws will be reviewed to show contemporary interpretations and practical applications of Talmud and the Jewish legal system. The content can be customized if students indicate specific areas of interests.

Tabachnikoff is a graduate of Brandeis University and received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College.

The classes are free and open to the community. Temple membership is not required. For more information, contact Kim Fielder at 305-412-4240.

‘Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner’

The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El at 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood, will have a Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner at 5 p.m., prior to Rock and Soul Shabbat. Reservations are required. The cost is $12 for member adults and $15 for nonmember adults; $5 for children under 12 and free for children 3 and under.

The dinner will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Rock and soul Shabbat with Cantor Manny and the temple’s own rock band performing an evening of rock, soul, jazz and gospel music.

For more information, call the temple at 954-920-8225.

Bike with archbishop

It is time again for Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s annual Poker Run, which will benefit St. Luke’s Center.

The poker run is a motorcycle ride with several stops. At each stop, participants will pick up a card and continue on to the next stop. At the end of the race, whoever has the highest poker hand wins.

Nearly 72 miles long, the Poker Run is Feb. 9, and will start at 10 a.m. (right after the 9 a.m. Mass) from Mary Help of Christians Church, 5908 University Dr. in Parkland. The Mass will be presided by Wenski and the ride lasts about two hours. Stops include Rick Case Honda in Davie, Cafe 27 in Weston and Archbishop Coleman Carroll School in Miami. The race will end at Peterson’s Harley Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay.

To participate, registration is $25 per motorcycle and includes one poker card (for stamping) and one T-shirt. To register, call 305-762-1051.

The winning hand will receive a $500 gift card from Peterson’s Harley-Davidson. All proceeds will benefit St. Luke’s Center, an award-winning alcohol rehab and drug rehab facility, which for more than 50 years, has offered specialized addiction treatment service for adults.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email bea.hines@gmail.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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