Miami-Dade County

Church says ‘enough is enough’ with unsolved murders

The people at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church say “enough is enough” when it comes to the unsolved murders of young people in our community. And they want to do something about it.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, members of the congregation and the community will gather at the church at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. for a “Pre-Father’s Day Walk for Justice” in protest against the violence that is destroying the youth of the community. Several young people who died in separate violent incidents during the past year will be remembered during the protest walk.

They include: Shalaundra Williams, Larry Valentine, Tiarra L. Grant, and Lakishia Lampley.

The walk will be led by the Rev. Dr. Billy W. L. Strange Jr., the church’s pastor. Sponsors of the Walk for Justice include “A Mother’s Hurting Heart Inc., Erick Johnson of The Miami Times Newspaper, Grieving Hearts and Regina Gardner, and Charles Jackson and the Making of a Champion organization.

Everyone is invited to join the march, whether or not you have lost a loved one to violence.

Food and drinks will be provided to all participants. For information contact Vincent Jordan at: or call 941-565-7681.

‘Rock Kabbalat’

Temple Emanu-El will present “Rock Kabbalat” with live Cuban music, including a steel drum band, starting at 7 p.m. at the temple.

The worship service will be followed at 8 p.m. with a kosher, traditional Cuban dinner. The cost is $10 per person and reservations are required.

For information and to make your reservation, call 305-538-2503 or email:

Scholarships available

Jewish students who are “highly motivated with very strong grades and character who love to learn” could be eligible to become a Jacobson Sinai Academy (JSA) Middle School Merit Scholar. Because of generous donations from parents of current students and alumni, a limited number of students will be selected to receive free, full-tuition merit scholarships stating in the fall of 2014.

The awards will be made on the basis of academic achievement and dedication to community participation and leadership. Scholarships will be awarded to deserving students entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grades who have been accepted to JSA and will be automatically renewable annually to merit scholars who maintain their high academic and community standards.

For information and to receive an application packet contact the school at: The school is at 18801 NE 22nd Ave. on the grounds of Temple Sinai of North Dade in North Miami Beach.

New executive director

Also at Temple Sinai: The congregation welcomes Mark A. Weber as its new executive director.

Weber joins the Temple Sinai family after a 29-year corporate career in the banking and financial services industry. According to a press release, Weber comes to the synagogue with “extensive leadership experience with Fortune 100 financial organizations.”

He previously worked 10 years at Bank of America, where he was president of the Consumer Real Estate division. Prior to joining Bank of America, he served at American Express for 17 years in executive-level roles in several departments.

Weber has been active in the South Florida community, serving in several leadership areas, including president of Beth Ahm Israel in Southwest Broward County. He is also the past chairman of the South Florida chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

Congregational dinner

Temple Israel of Greater Miami is inviting all temple and community members to its congregational dinner, annual meeting and installation Shabbat services on June 20. The evening will include music and the presentation of the temple’s annual Or Zarua Award to honorees, Robin Reiter-Faragalli and David Galler.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with the Shabbat dinner followed by a brief annual meeting in the temple’s Wolfson Auditorium ballroom. The new slate of officers will be installed at 7:30 p.m. at the Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Tom Heyn in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary.

The Second Avenue Jewish Chorale with soloist Rabbi Cantor Mark Kula of Bet Shira Congregation in Pinecrest will provide special music, directed by founding artistic director Coreen Duffy. The choir also will be joined by Temple Israel music director Dr. Alan Mason accompanying on the piano.

The evening will include the congregation honoring outgoing officers: Joan Schaeffer, president; Neil Rollnick, vice president of administration; Jannet Dannon-Mareinas, vice president of education; and Beco Lichtman, vice president of fundraising; and welcoming its new officers: Douglas Jacobs, president; Lance Harke, vice president of administration; Orlee Bushman and Julie Zaias, vice president of education; and Dr. Mark Walker, treasurer. Returning for a second one-year term are officers Brian Hirsch, Howard D. Goldstein, Diane Linder and Robert Glazier.

A dessert reception will follow the worship service.

Also, coming up at Temple Israel: The annual Pride Seder, presented by Ru’ach, the temple’s LGBT havurah group, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on June 25, with registration and socializing. The seder and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. in the temple’s Wolfson Auditorium ballroom.

The Pride Seder started on June 25, 2000 and became Ru’ach’s biggest event of the year and is held during Gay Pride Month.

In commemoration of its 14th anniversary, Ru’ach will honor three of its originators - Robert S. Glazier, attorney; Marc Levin, Miami Beach entrepreneur; and Joan Schaeffer, outgoing Temple Israel president.

Using the Passover Seder as its model for the Pride Seder, Ru’ach shares the victories and struggles of LGBT Jewish life with interactive roles for participants. The evening’s hosts are: Elizabeth Schwartz, Miami Beach attorney; Cantor Lisa Segal of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach; Dr. Alan Mason, musical director at Temple Israel; Beco Lichtman, longtime Temple Israel board member, and Michael Meltzer, of Michael’s Catering.

The cost is $28 per person. To pay in advance and to RSVP, call the temple at 305-573-5900 or email: All are welcome to the event at the temple, 137 NE 19th St. in downtown Miami.

New worship center

Congratulations to South Kendall Community Church, which on May 31 celebrated the opening of its new 445-seat worship center with an open house and dedication during worship services.

The celebration was part of a two-day celebration of the church’s growth in the South Kendall area, said Gail Peraertz a member of the church. The celebration culminated on June 1, with the dedication service led by the Rev. Joe Dieleman, pastor of the church

“We have been in this area since 1994 and due to the diligence and prayer of a handful of families, we have been steadily growing and servicing our local community with programs for kids, teens and adults,” she said.

The programs include the annual health fair/community picnic, a women’s ministry, basketball 3-on-3 tournament; a homeless ministry and the newest addition of a DivorceCare support group.

“We are very proud of the completion of this new building as it was part of our original plan and mission back in 1994,” Peraertz said. “Though it has taken some time to get here, we feel blessed to have achieved our goal.”

She said the congregation would like to see the church as a community space and a “hub” of the surrounding community. “It is our mission to be the ‘heart of the community, with the community in our hearts’ ” she said.

South Kendall Community Church is at 16550 SW 147th Ave.