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First woman to serve as senior rabbi at Temple Judea

 

Oh, happy day!

Warm congratulations are in order for Rabbi Judith L. Siegal, who recently was named the Senior Rabbi-Elect at Temple Judea in Coral Gables.

Siegal is the first female rabbi in the synagogue's 65-year-history to serve as a senior rabbi. She currently serves as the assistant rabbi at the synagogue, one of Miami's largest Reform congregations. She will assume her new position on July 1.

In a press release from the temple, Siegal said building on the temple's strong foundation, her vision is to create a modern day kehila kedosha or sacred community at the temple. The vision entails positioning the synagogue as a place to study, pray, collaborate and help others to connect socially, celebrate life-cycle events and create meaningful Jewish experiences at every stage of life.

Siegal already is involved in programming, creating and leading worship services, holiday celebrations and life-cycle events throughout the synagogue.

Byzantine Catholic service planned

The Most Rev. Kurt Burnette, recently consecrated the Fifth Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Church, will celebrate a Divine Liturgy with the Rev. Peter Lickman at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Basil Catholic Church, 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach.

Lickman, pastor of the church, invites the community to attend the special service. A covered dish lunch will follow the service in the church's fellowship hall.

Jewish Museum to celebrate work of Israel Zangwill

The Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University will celebrate and work of Israel Zangwill on the 150th anniversary of his birth, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday with a program titled “Israel Zangwill and the Jewish Future — 100 Years Ago.” The presentation will be moderated by Professor Meri-Jane Rochelson.

Topics will include "Writing Memory, Performing History: Israel Zangwill and Modern Jewish Fiction," presented by panelist Professor Murray Baumgarten, University of California-Santa Cruz, and "Angolan Zion: Israel Zangwill's Utopian Dream," presented by Professor Adam Rovner, University of Denver.

Lunch will be at 1 p.m. (dietary laws observed) and the program will resume at 2 p.m. with "A Staged Reading of Scenes from The Melting Pot" by Israel Zangwill (1908). The readings will be done by students from the FIU Theatre Department, directed by Professor Phillip Church, Florida International University. Discussions with the audience will follow the panel and the stage reading.

Zangwill, who coined the term “melting pot", is recognized for much more than coining a clever phrase. He was a literary luminary at the turn of the century and h is life and work will be the focus of the celebration.

This event will be at the Jewish Museum of Florida — FIU at 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. It is free and open tot he public, but requires RSVP with the university's English Department by calling 305-919-5857

Oratorio Society concert

In celebration of Black History Month, the Miami Oratorio Society will present a concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens. The musical group is directed by Andrew Anderson.

The concert is free and open to the community.

Judaism in modern society

A six-week course on the relevance of Judaism in modern society presented by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, will be at noon and 7:45 p.m. on six Wednesdays.

The course, "To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History", started Wednesday is being taught by Rabbi Avrohom Stolik of Chabad in Coral Gables at 2030 S. Douglas Rd., Suite 117.

Those taking the course will confront questions of allegiance and issues in which Judaism and contemporary society appear to be in conflict.

Said Stolik, "The subject of identity is close the hearts of many in our Jewish community, yet it's a subject that is rarely discussed nowadays. The course provides a rare opportunity to address this issue that will benefit the wider community of Coral Gable, and we invite everyone to attend."

To register for the course, or for more information, call 305-490-7572 or visit www.chabadgables.com.

Interfaith Choir

The Interfaith Choir of South Dade will appear in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami. The theme of the program is "Thanksgiving and Gratitude".

Cantor Rachelle Nelson of Temple Beth is the originator and current choir director. Other leadership has been provided by Cantor "Babe" Resnick, also of Temple Beth.

Refreshments will be served following the free concert.

Music and hors d’oeuveres

The Unity Center of Miami will host a Take 6 Champagne and Hors d'oeuvere VIP Experience starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St. in Cutler Bay.

The program will begin with "A Lady and Her Music" a live performance by award winning vocalist Brenda Alford. At the event, Alford will premiere her new single, "Every Child" and those attending will receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the single.

The VIP reception will also feature a silent auction and the VIP ticket package price of $75 per person includes an orchestra seat for the concert featuring the Grammy Award-wining musical group Take 6, which begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.smdcac.org, or at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Box Office at 786-573-5300.

Thank-you

Sometime, I just get overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness of others toward me.

Case in point: Recently Evangelist A. Frances Nixon, president of the Missionary Board at my church (The Church of God Tabernacle), informed me that Bishop Walter H. Richardson and the congregation have decided to have a special worship service to honor me at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Immediately, I thought of so many others who could be honored for the work they do in the church and in the community. And I was humbled to have been selected for this honor at my home church.

So this is a special invitation to you, my friends: Please join my pastor, my family and my church family as they bestow this wonderful honor on me.

The church is at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City.

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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