As I grow older, more and more stories of heroism seem to surface during the era of Hitler’s Third Reich in Nazi Germany.
One such story is that of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Muslim woman who sacrificed her life to fight the “brutal domination of Nazi Germany.”
The film, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story” tells the inspiring story of Khan, who was living in Paris during the 1930s when she joined the resistance against Hitler’s Third Reich.
According to a press release, Khan grew up in a home that “... fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill’s covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory.”
The film, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, is the true story of how Khan overcame her own fears and joined the resistance movement.
The Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations (COSMOS) and the Muslim Women’s Organization of South Florida will present the film at 3 p.m. Sunday at a premiere screening. The event will be at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd in Davie.
The screening is free, but guests must RSVP. To reserve a tickets, go to www.EoRMiami.eventbrite.com, or call Bilal Suriya at 786-216-6083; Mudasar Mirza, 954-348-1786; Tehsin Siddiqui, 954-483-3180, or Shabbir Motorwala, 305-283-2261.
Foundation honors those fighting AIDS
The Family Foundation of Greater Miami will hold its 24th annual AIDS Benefit Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3974 NW S. River Dr., in Miami.
The banquet will feature the music of local recording artist Francine Ealey Murphy and Raymond Jackson and his group, “Covered,” and will honor individuals who have worked in the HIV/AIDS arena over the years, said the Rev. Darryl K. Baxter, founder of the Foundation.
The honorees are: Pastor Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. , Trinity CME Church; Pastor Nettie B. Davis, God’s Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries, and Evangelist Eddie Mae Hood of Bethel Apostolic Faith Temple.
“Even though impressive strides have been made in the treatment and prevention of this disease since 1990 when the Family Foundation was founded, we still have a long way to go,” Baxter said.
Miami-Dade County currently ranks as number one in the nation, logging the highest number of new AIDS cases per capita in the United States, he said. Fort Lauderdale follows as a close number two.
In addition, Baxter said Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of persons living with AIDS, and number two in the nation in the number of pediatric AIDS cases.
“One in every four people living with HIV do not know they are infected, and since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., more than 597,000 deaths from AIDS have been reported. Currently there are 1.1 million people in the U.S. now living with HIV/AIDS,” he said.
Women’s group resumes meeting with health program
Church Women United will resume its monthly meetings at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Ebenezer United Methodist church, 2001 NW 35th St.
In keeping with Women’s National Health Month, the topic of discussion will be Alzheimer’s, said Gertrude Stewart, vice president and program chair.
Materials will be available with information about Alzheimer’s disease.
Following the meeting, a luncheon will be served. The cost of the lunch is $7 per person.
Annual feast of Our Lady of Charity planned
The Archdiocese of Miami and its National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity - La Ermita, as it is known - will lead the annual celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre), to be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr. in Coral Gables.
According to a release from the Archdiocese of Miami, this is a special time of the year for the Catholic faithful, especially Cubans living in South Florida.
The center’s doors will open at 5 p.m. and the image of Our Lady will arrive at 6 p.m. Praying the rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 8 p.m.
While Archbishop Thomas Wenski will be the main celebrant, he will be joined by other priests from the Archdiocese. The community is invited.
Ukrainian church invites communty to independence celebration
The community is invited to the Assumption of the BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church at 1 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 24) for Divine Liturgy, followed by the celebration of the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's Independence of 1991.
The afternoon will include a light lunch and a program of music, poetry and historical commentary on Ukraine’s journey to freedom. The church is at at 39 NW 57th Ct.
For more information call the parish at 305-262-4192.
Synagogue plans bingo bash
Ahavat Olam will have a Bingo Fun Night at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the synagogue with cash prizes.
All attendees must be at least 18.
For $25, players will get a bingo packet of 12 triple plays, plus at least one special, a dauber and soft drink.
Other refreshments will be available for purchase. The synagogue is at 10755 SW 112th St., on the grounds of Killian Pines United Methodist Church.
If you do not know how to play bingo, there will be people on hand to help.
Call the synagogue at 305-412-4240, for more information.