New executive director joins Temple Judea


A Neighbors in Religion salute to Howard Goldman, who recently was named executive director of Temple Judea, one of the area’s largest reform congregations.

From 2000 to 2004, Goldman served on the International Board of Directors of Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, serving thousands of college students around the world. He also served as co-chair of the Hillel International Lay Leaders Conference for 2003 and 2004.

In addition, from 2000 to 2006, Goldman was a member of the board of directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; president of the Florida Hillel Council from 2000 to 2002 and was president of the Hillel at the University of Florida from 2002 to 2006.

Goldman has distinguished himself as an outstanding businessman whose career spans more than three decades in a variety of industries. He retired in 2003, after serving as chairman and president at a household products manufacturer.

He has a master’s degree in social psychology and a bachelor’s in psychology, and participated in executive courses and development programs at the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Clemson University and IBM.

Said Rabbi Judith Siegal, spiritual leader of the temple: "Howard has a deep understanding of how Jewish communal organizations function as well as important qualities such as trustworthiness, integrity, business acumen, financial and fund raising expertise. We look forward to his leadership."

Temple Judea is at 5500 Granada Blvd. in Coral Gables.

Celebrrating the Torah

It was over 3,000 years ago that the Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Today, Temple Emanu-el at 1701 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach, will continue with a celebration commemorating this sacred occasion.

At 10 a.m. today, there will be a Shavuot morning service and Yitzkor will be at 11 a.m.

Kids get to be secret agents — for Jesus

Gateway Baptist Church at 6500 SW 97th Ave. will have its Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on June 9 through June 12 at the church.

To kick off the VBS, the church will host family night from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature free food and activities.

This year's VBS theme is "Agency D3 — Discover — Decide — Defend" where children from prekindergarten through fifth grade will become special agents as they look for clues, log evidence and talk to biblical witnesses about the truth of who Jesus really is.

Grades 6 through 12 will also have an Agency D-3 experience with Bible study and special activities especially for their age group said Faye Amat, VBS director at the church.

Adults attending will be able to participate in the Bible study "Wide Angle" or visit the parent cafe while their children are in VBS.

It’s free and open to the everyone. Call 305-271-1141 or visit the church's website for more information at:

Harvest festival

It's time for the annual Shavuot Party (spring harvest) at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and presented by the Association for Jewish Special Education.

The party is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., and will feature games, music and refreshments for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities and for their friends of all religions. It's free.

The Association for Jewish Special Education was founded in 1976 and is a non-profit whose mission is to provide celebrations for Jewish adults and their friends who have developmental disabilities.

‘Tea and Empowerment’

Roshawn Banks, an attorney and personal trainer, will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday at an "Afternoon of Tea and Empowerment" with the sisters of the Church of God and Saints of Christ. The event will be at the Tenth Tabernacle, 2298 NW 62nd St. in Liberty City, where Elder Samuel J. Eaves II is the pastor.

The afternoon event will feature fellowship, entertainment, food and fun. there will also be a silent auction of various items and door prizes. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door or online at

For tickets and more information call 305-606-2438.

Church summer camp

The Revelation Community Education Center and Carol City United Methodist Church at 17901 NW 37th Ave. in Miami Gardens, invites the community to participate in it's 2014 Summer Camp to be July 1 through Aug. 8 at the church.

The summer camp is open to youth ages 4 to 17 and will feature field trips, arts and crafts, dance and drama.

To register and for more information call Joyce Reid at 786-281-8098.

Buddhist classes

If you want to know how to achieve happiness and inner peace, Gen Kelsang Norbu, resident teacher of Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center will explain the states of mind associated with happiness at a day of teachings and guided meditations on June 14.

The course will be taught from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center at 1273 Coral Way and the cost of the course is $35 per person and includes a vegetarian lunch.

Gen Kelsang Norgu is a Western Buddhist monk whose teachings are characterized by clarity and gently humor, according to a press release.

As a member of the New Kadampa tradition — International Kadampa Buddhist Union, Drolma Center's programs are geared to help people find peace in their busy lives.

For more information and to register for the course, go to or call 786-529-7137.

Talented performers

Recently I informed you of a voice recital to be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, but did not tell you about the gifted students who will be performing.

Presented by the Performer's Music Institute, the program will include selections from opera, musical theater, art and art and popular music.

The performers are Katarina Bakas, lyric mezzo soprano; Eylisabeth V. Bengochea, light lyric soprano; Margaux Berwitt, mezzo soprano; Jane Rose Cohen, lyric mezzo soprano; Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste, lyric sprinto soprano; Miguel Llerena, lyric tenor; Genesis Marichal, mezzo soprano; Lisa Gansar Pitman, mezzo soprano, and Jose Vazquez, bass-baritone.

Pianists Gregory Szeto and Jared Peroune will accompany the singers.

The recital will be at the Miami Shores Community Church at 9823 NE Fourth Ave. and it's free. Oscar Diaz, Jr. is the artistic director of Performer's Music Institute. For more information call him at 305-757-7725.

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