Miami-Dade County

Synagogue highlights its links to Latin America

Members of Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom call their spiritual home “a cozy, conservative, multi-purpose synagogue.”

In keeping with that description, the synagogue at 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami, will have quite a day on Aug. 17. At 10:30 a.m. there will be the usual minyan prayer service. Then, at 11:30 a.m. there will be a special unveiling of the memorial plaque for Yisrael Esquenazi. The unveiling will be followed by a kosher lunch, sponsored by the Josue Esquenazi family.

Following lunch, Jorge Gonzalez, the guest speaker, will give an historic presentation about Jewish life in Bolivia. His presentation is the most recent of the series, “Linking to Latin America.” There is no charge for this program but donations will be appreciated. For more information, call 305-261-9821 or 305-205-3846.

Women’s conference

Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, at 14800 NW 67th Ave.. will present “Girl on Fire,” a women’s conference Sept. 12 and 13. The conference begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and will feature the music of Anthony Shepherd and the Roar. The guest speaker will be Brittany Shepherd, a psalmist, songwriter, recording artist and producer. Along with her husband, Shepherd has traveled the United States leading worship and, according to a press release, “releasing the sound God has placed in them.”

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the “Girl on the Go” breakfast will be held and will be followed by a worship service. The day will feature something for ladies of all ages, including drama, personal, real-life stories and faith-building workshops; health, fitness, beauty, starting a business, dressing for success, handling conflict. managing your finances, prayers that get answered, and over coming the past.

Participants will also meet business-owning women who will be their with their products, and will be able to shop at discounted prices. All ladies attending the event will receive a goodie bag filled with many surprises from local merchants.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a Friday night dessert bar, Saturday continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Space is limited. So, if you go, please log on to: to register and to print and bring your ticket for admittance. For group rate information, questions and special church ministry discounts, call 305-821-7274.

‘Back 2 School’ Fair

Miami First Church of the Brethren will have its fourth annual “Back 2 School Resource Fair” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Biscayne Gardens Civic Association Hall, 15000 N. Miami Ave., where the multicultural, multi-ethnic congregation meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays for worship.

In addition to distributing backpacks filled with school supplies to needy students, there will also ba fire engine for children to climb on and ride, and an obstacle course and other games.

All children must be accompanied by their parents or guardians. There will be hot dogs, drinks and snacks for all.

Chocolate Lovers’ Shabbat

It isn’t too early to start thinking about Temple Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom’s 22nd Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Shabbat, to be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5, at the temple, 9400 SW 87th Ave. in Kendall.

Those attending the sweet Friday night temple service will devour hundreds of pounds of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.

The Chocolate Lovers Shabbat service is the brainchild of a member of the congregation, who saw it as a way to increase the number of attendees at services after the summer lull. The event continues to grow each year, attracting families with young children to the temple’s services.

This year, the administrators of the temple are expecting more than 500 people to attend the special service, which is open to the public and is free.

If you go, there will be a display and tasting of more than 100 different chocolate candies; an abundance of homemade chocolate desserts such as cakes, pies and chocolate covered fruits and nuts.

For more information on the Chocolate Lovers’ Shabbat, call the temple office at 305-595-1500.

Open House at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El in Hollywood, will have Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the synagogue, 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood. The event will feature entertainment and light refreshments.

There will also be a limited number of free High Holy Day tickets. Non-member tickets can be purchased at the Open House for $100 per person.

New members joining the temple at the Open House, will receive a six-month free membership, with a six-month paid membership.

Parents of young children will be able to meet the director and teachers of the temple’s preschool to learn about the curriculum and technology, including Links to literacy in math, science and reading, with hands-on experiences for children 12 months to 5 years.

Also, those attending will be able to visit the Jewish Learning Center, which offers comprehensive education for Pre-K through 10th grade, and includes a one-day-a-week program that combines on-site and on-ling learning.

There will also be information available about the temple’s Adult Education Program, which starts in October.

For more information call the temple at 954-920-8225 or go to its website at:

Exhibit on temple’s history

On Sept. 5, Temple Judea in Coral Gables, will debut an historical exhibit entitled, “Building a Sacred Jewish Community in the City Beautiful” at the Coral Gables Museum.

The exhibit is curated by Bill Iverson and designed by SimpleFly Creative in consultation with the temple’s staff and volunteers, and will feature video, historical photographs, documents and sacred objects. The exhibit will tell the story of the city’s earliest Jewish community’s 66-year journey from a small building in a residential neighborhood to its landmark-designated campus at 5500 Granada Blvd., built in 1966, where it contributes to the richness of the surrounding community of Coral Gables.

Since 1948, when a “cluster” of pioneering families secured land to build the Coral Gables Jewish Center, Temple Judea has grown to more than 600 households and continues to serve as the only reform congregation in Coral Gables.

The exhibition will continue through Nov. 2.