Miami-Dade County

Conservative, Reform rabbis share same synagogue

It’s been said that no two women can share the same kitchen in peace. I guess that saying doesn’t apply to having two rabbis — one Conservative and the other Reform — sharing the same synagogue.

I’ll have you know that at Bet Breira Samuel-El Or Olom at 9400 SW 87th Ave., is accomplishing that feat. And recently, the synagogue welcomed its new Conservative rabbi. He is Rabbi Samuel Barth and he will join Rabbi Jaime Klein Aklepi, the synagogue’s Reform spiritual leader in this unique congregation.

He was born in Haifa, Israel and was reared and educated in London. He received his rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in London and a D.D, honoris causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Barth joins the Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom family after having served congregations in Massachusetts, Texas, and New York, and has served as Senior Lecturer in Liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has written many articles on prayer and Jewish life.

According to information from the synagogue, Barth has always been an active participant in his community and has served on boards of many social action institutions. His spiritual and pastoral experience, combined with intellectual depth, will bring to the synagogue community inspiring worship, learning and friendship. He is a scholar and educator with a deep commitment to spirituality and creativity.

St. Andrew’s


Don’t you just love homecoming celebrations? St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay, is having one Sept. 7, and all parishioners, friends and neighbors of the church are invited.

The theme this year is “Get in the Game,” which urges parishioners to “get involved with the church’s ministries. To help you get involved, there will be signup tables in the parish hall.

Services will be at 8 and 10 a.m., followed by the homecoming celebration at 11:15 on the parish lawn. The celebration luncheon will feature the “three little pigs — succulent and roasted” which has been a favorite in the past. There will also be a train for children and the Dunk the Rector tank for children of all ages. According to a press release from the church, the Dunk the Rector event was a high point at last year’s homecoming.

Tickets are available from members of the church and from the church office for $5 per ticket.

Temple Israel

offers workshops

Temple Israel of Greater Miami at 137 NE 19th St., will offer a variety of free, interactive High Holy Day workshops at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Rabbi Tom Heyn, the temple’s spiritual leader, will give a brief overview of the High Holy Days and some of their general themes. Following Heyn’s presentation, participants will have a choice of four interactive workshops.

Participants will be able to choose from one or two — time allowing — of the following offerings:

Texts, Traditions and Personal Transformation, led by Heyn, who will use the book by Rabbi Alan Lew entitled, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared. The workshop will be in Kaplan Hall.

Have a Blast at Shofar-Blowing Class, with Dr. Alan Mason, the temple’s director of music, and Dr. Michael Graubert, veteran shofar blower, showing participants how it’s done. Workshop will be in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel.

Rosh Hashanah Cooking Demo, with Doris Galindo, who has led several holiday-themed cooking classes. She will show you how to make traditional Rosh Hashanah favorites and well as new ones. This workshop will be in the temple’s kitchen.

Talmud Teachings for the High Holy Days to be led by Ruth Marks and Atle Vere, who will discuss the laws of Rosh Hashanah, including religious services and shofar. The workshop well be in the temple’s library lounge.

Following the workshops everyone will meet in Wolfson Auditorium for light refreshments and socializing.

Also, on Sept. 20, the temple will have a Candlelit Havdalah and Meditative Selichot services at 7:30 p.m. There will be a choice of three offerings: “Reflection and Renewal,” a text study with Heyn; a “Guided Jewish Meditation” with guest Rabbi Louis Rieser, and “High Holy Day Chants and Melodies” with guest cantorial soloist Rachel Brook and Dr. Alan Mason, the temple’s director of music. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception and is free and open to the community.

Citizen workshop

at FIU

The Archdiocese of Miami will have a “mega” citizenship workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Florida International University’s College of Law, 11200 SW Eighth St.

The workshop is a continuation of the series of workshops started in 2013 with the New Americans Campaign (NAC), Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami and its partners.

Workshop participants will receive assistance from a coalition of legal service providers and volunteers who will assist eligible, legal permanent residents, who have been legal residents for five years or more, to complete the citizenship application and become citizens.

The legal service is free, however, there is a USCIS application fee of $680. The fee may be waived if you receive food stamps, Medicaid, or SSI. To apply for the fee waiver, applicants must have the letter of benefits in English from DCF and/or the Social Security Office.

Eligible applicants my also get free immigration consultation.

The requirements are: Applicant must have arrived in the United States before age 16; be 15 to 30 years old; have been physically present in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 to present; have a high school diploma or GED; have had no convictions of crimes, significant misdemeanors or multiple minor misdemeanors.

For more information on the event, call 888-541-2826 or send an email to: