Nonprofit works to improve health of mothers, babies through education of birth spacing

07/31/2014 12:00 AM

07/30/2014 3:43 PM

Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health organization geared to promoting the quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace, has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create the Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide.

On Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8, Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of the nonprofit HTHH will be in Miami to meet with local religious leaders in an effort to bring people of faith together in support of the idea of improving the health and quality of life for mothers and babies through education about healthy birth spacing and timing.

According to a press release, through the new Coalition, Helping Hands will focus on galvanizing faith leaders across the United States on the issues of maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries, with an emphasis on the benefits of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, which includes the voluntary use of methods for preventing pregnancy, not including abortion, that are harmonious with their values and religious beliefs.

The initiatives of Helping Hands and the Coalition will save the lives of mothers and children by greatly reducing the number of high-risk and unintended pregnancies that occur each year, Dyer said.

“We are committed to leveraging our own networks in the United States to support maternal, newborn, and child health by promoting awareness and education on the life-saving benefits of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies for mothers and children worldwide,” Dyer said.

Mondays at

the Museum

Mondays at the Museum, a lecture series to start Sept. 8 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach, will feature a “smorgasbord of the exciting expressions of Jewish studies,” according to Nathan Katz, director of Jewish studies at Florida International University. Katz will also be one of the speakers during the series. He will speak on “Jews and Tibetans.”

The Mondays at the Museum series will attempt to answer some questions such as:

How does religion affect violence in the Middle East?

Did Jews settle in what is now the American Southwest.

Can scientists learn from Kabbalah?

Katz said the program, which will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Jan. 26, will feature such distinguished speakers as Maria Pignatelli of the University of Lisbon; Tudor Parfitt, professor of Sephardic-Mizrahi studies at FIU; Andrew Gottlieb, a researcher on ethnic identity in Latin America and Spanish-speaking South Florida; Meri-Jane Rochelson, associate chair of English and is affiliated with the programs in Jewish studies and gender studies at FIU, and Annette Fromm, coordinator of museum studies at FIU's Frost Art Museum.

Also, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar, founder of the Shul of Bal Harbour and co-founder of the biennial Torah-Science Conference in Miami Beach; Ronnie Perelis, of Yeshiva University; Tova Cohen, professor of Hebrew literature at Bar Ilan University; Derek J. Penslar, professor in Israel studies, Oxford University, and Matthew Menachem Feuer, York University.

The Mondays at the Museum will also feature the premiere of a documentary film, Is There Room at the Inn? Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land. The film is based on a recent conference at FIU, and will feature Katz along with David Novack of the University of Toronto; Khaleel Mohammad of the University of California-San Diego, and Aisha Musa of Colgate University.

All Mondays at the Museum events are $10 for the public; $5 for museum members, and free for students with ID. Series tickets for all 20 events are $150 for the public, and $100 for museum members. For tickets and more information, email the museum at: info@jewishmuseum.com or call 786-972-3175.

Gala to raise

funds for scholarships

As many of you know, last year on Sept. 14, my older son Pastor James F. Hines Jr. (aka Rick) died of a heart attack. He was 55.

Rick packed a lot of living into those 55 years. And I am most proud of the work he did with wayward youngsters, especially boys. Rick was raised without a father in his life (my husband died when Rick was 4) and he had a passion for fatherless and under served children in the community.

Before he died, Rick and his wife Debra founded Brothers and Sisters on a Mission (BASOAM), a program dedicated to fulfilling his dream of making a difference in the lives of young people. The organization has short- and long-term goals.

One of the short-term goals is to establish a scholarship fund to help deserving, underprivileged youngsters with their college tuition. And on June 1, eight months after his death, his wife Debra, presented six, $200 scholarship in the name of Brothers and Sisters. The money came from gifts sent to Debra after Rick’s death. While the scholarships were small, it was a start.

On Sept. 12, at Signature Grand in Dania, Brothers and Sisters will have its first benefit gala, commemorating the first anniversary of Rick’s death and to raise money for scholarships and his dream of one day starting a Charter School. The event will include dinner, music, and a silent auction.

Individual tickets are $80 each, and $800 for each table of 10. Sponsorships are also available as follows: Platinum, $5,000; Gold, $3,000, and Silver, $1,500.

For reservations and more information, you may contact Debra Hines at 954-243-5726 or Takishia Demeritte at 954-483-6354 by Aug. 15.

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