Broward County

Beth David welcomes new rabbi

A heartfelt Happy New Year to all our Jewish friends. May this new year bring us all peace and unity.

Speaking of the new year, Beth David Congregation at 2625 SW Third Ave. welcomes Rabbi Joe Menashe as he joins Cantor Julie Jacobs in co-officiating the High Holy Day Services starting today through Oct. 4 at the temple.

Since 2005, Menashe has been the executive director of Camp Ramah in California.

According to Jacobs, “Rabbi Joe” as Menashe is lovingly called, “brings much ‘ruach’ or spirit, because of his experience relating Judaism to young people and with contemporary sermons that our congregation will relate to,” she said.

Daniel Fajita, president of the congregation echoed Jacobs’ sentiments by saying that Menashe brings “much enthusiasm and vigor from his work with the youth at Camp Ramah.”

For more information on the High Holy Day services at Beth David, call 305-854-3911.

Special-needs service

At 4 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. Richard Sparrow will lead a special worship service in the fellowship hall of Miami Lakes Congregational Church, 6701 Miami Lakes Way South, for those with special needs.

The order of service will include signing for the hearing impaired, soft music, so as not to be overwhelming for those with sound-sensitivity and easy wheelchair accessibility. The service will be 30 minutes long and will have opportunities for movement. Sound-canceling headphones and visual supports will be provided during the service.

The worship service is designed to be accessible to those individuals with cognitive, developmental, or physical special needs, along with their families and care givers.

In addition, the church has prepared a “social story” for those on the autism spectrum and is available on the church Facebook page upon request.

For more information, call Sparrow at 305-822-4313 or send him an email at:, or at

Learn about Baha’i Faith

The community is invited to a devotional gathering to include prayers and readings from the Baha’i scriptures at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Baha’i Center, Suite 209, 9300 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest.

The topic of the gathering is “The Family as a Center for Unity and Spiritual Well Being”, and Ellen Samimy, a Baha’i from Coral Gables, will be the host. According to Samimy, the Baha’i Faith teaches that it is in the home that character is developed and moral and spiritual attitudes are formed.

“So we feel that virtues should be an important part of family life: patience, loyalty, trustworthiness, justice, honesty, and freedom from prejudice. These qualities are mentioned in all the sacred traditions of the world and are concepts we can all agree on,” Samimy said.

Samimy will share her view that when relations within the family are conducted in that way, it brings peace to the family and becomes an important factor in bringing peace in the world.

The devotional will include time for discussion about how to elevate the spiritual character of families. It’s free and open to the community.

Call 786-472-2240 for more information.

Movie: ‘God’s NOT Dead’

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 4, the River of Hope Presbyterian Church at 10600 Bird Rd. will present a free movie entitled God’s NOT Dead. The movie presentation is open to the community and popcorn and refreshments will be available.

Call 305-370-2531 for more information.

Mass for health workers

All health care professionals, students and their families are invited to celebrate an inaugural White Mass at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 7525 NW Second Ave. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will preside.

According to a press release from the Archdiocese of Miami, a White Mass presents an opportunity to “praise the Lord and to thank health care professionals for their cooperation in the healing ministry that Jesus Christ exercises in and through his church.”

There will be a reception following the Mass, with light refreshments. the community is welcome.

Learn about Vatican II

The first part of a presentation of Core Vatican II, the principal documents of the Second Vatican Council will be presented Tuesdays from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 9200 SW 107th Ave.

On Oct. 7, the presentation will include and Overview of the Council. On Oct. 14, Lumen Gentium (on the Church) will be presented and on Oct. 21, Sacrosanctum Concilium (on Liturgy) will be presented.

There will be simultaneous English and Spanish no-cost, no-reservation session. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Happy birthday

It’s “happy birthday” time — for the 103rd time, to Willie Mae Porter, a retired nurse and long time resident of Liberty City.

Porter is the widow of the late Gilbert Porter, the first black administrator for the Dade County School Board.

She will be honored during the service on Oct. 5. at the Church of the Incarnation, where she still worships with her family and friends.

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