Miami-Dade County

Neighbors in Religion: Longtime cantor to retire

Seems it was only yesterday that Cantor Steven Haas was attending Religious School and celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom.

And when he became the cantor of his home temple in 1989, Haas was only the third cantor in the history of the congregation.

On Friday, the eve of Yom Kippur, Temple Beth Sholom will recognize and honor Haas for all his years of service as he becomes the temple’s Cantor Emeritus.

Haas, who grew up in Miami Beach is truly a child of the temple. His parents were killed in an auto accident when he was young and he became a “child of the congregation, said David Lamden, the temple’s executive director.

Before coming to Temple Beth Sholom, Haas performed numerous concerts and at High Holy Days services throughout Europe and Australia.

After joining Temple Beth Sholom, he musically led the congregation by creating a variety of musical experiences — from the traditional nusach to the accompaniment of live musicians, always trying to balance the familiar with the new.

The temple will not be left unattended by an able cantor. At 6 p.m. on Nov. 14, the congregation will celebrate the installation of its newest cantor, Lisa Segal, who will become the first woman cantor in the congregation’s history.

Segal previously served 24 years at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. She was involved in many other congregation is South Florida.

‘Buddhism for Children’

A new program on Buddhism for Children, starts today at the Drolma Buddhist Center Miami, 1273 Coral Way, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays.

Children attending the classes will receive an introduction to meditation and a short lesson at their level adapted from the beginner’s book, “Modern Buddhism.” The children’s classes will parallel what the adults are meditating on in the Sunday morning class each week at the same time.

In addition to basic Buddhist principles that will be introduced in a way that is relevant to young people and their experiences at school, in the home and with friends, each children’s class will include a special activity and story time from Buddhist children’s books.

Topics to be explored in October include overcoming problems with love, staying calm when others are afraid, and not being afraid of bullies.

Children’s classes are free. For more information go to:, or call 786-529-7137.

‘Homosexuality and the Bible’

A seminar on Homosexuality and the Bible, will be hosted by First Glorious Church of Love from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Miami Shores Community Church UCC, 9823 NE Fourth Ave.

Elder George Gibson, pastor of Set Free Ministries through Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Church, will be the seminar presenter. Pastor Anita Porter of First Glorious Church of Love is the coordinator.

According to a press release, the Bible passages will be used in the seminar will openly address many of the questions held by some in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender community and their relationship to God .

The goal of the seminar is to disseminate information so people can grow in their understanding of biblical interpretation of homosexuality and what the Bible actually says.

Free and open to the public, participants may call the church at 305-705-3414 or go to to register.

Zumba at church

You may sign up now for the free Zumba classes at All Souls Church, which meets at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, 11155 SW 112th Ave.

Classes will be held at 10:15 and will be taught by Eli Chalarca, acclaimed Zumba instructor.

At 11 a.m. art historian and professor John Fraser will be the guest speaker. Fraser is also a United Nations representative to African ares that have experienced extreme trauma. He helps with children who have been affected by such trauma.

Wine and cheese at church

St. Basil Catholic Church at 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach will have a “Wine and Cheese and 123 Fun Night” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11.

The evening will include gourmet appetizers, cheese platters prepared by Fort Lauderdale Art Institute Culinary graduates April and Natalia, music by “Disco Dave”, and raffles.

Admission is $8 per person (no children, please) and $3 to play the game of 1-2-3. The proceeds from the evening will benefit the church’s St. Nicholas celebration.

Please RSVP by calling Vivian Leckliter(cq) at 305-651-0991 and leave a message or send an email to:

Church Women United

For those who are attending Church Women United’s forum, which will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Men’s Rescue Mission at 2020 NW First Ave., there is a treat awaiting you: The Rescue Mission Men will perform, give their testimonies and serve lunch.

If you go, please bring donations for the mission. There is a great need of diapers, sizes four, five and six; new underwear for women and girls (all sizes) and shaving cream for men, used clothing for men, women and children and toiletries.

Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals and Pet Fair at the Historic Trinity Cathedral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the blessing of the animals/pets, there will be a number of pet-friendly vendors and service providers present to include grooming, veterinary services, pet photography, pet nutrition and more. There will also be food vendors, giveaways and a contest for the best dressed pooch.

Also, in observance of October as National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, a number of animal welfare organizations and agencies will be on hand promoting responsible pet ownership and will offer dog and cat adoptions on site.

The cathedral is at 464 NE 16th St. in Miami.

Historic Hampton House

Back in the day on any given Saturday night, young folks of my ethnic backgrounds would get together to “go dancing.” When we did, the Hampton House usually was one of the stops. It was a nice place to meet old friends you’d lost touch with after they went off to college.

Then came integration, when Negroes, as we were referred to back then, could go dancing at almost any nightclub in the city. The Hampton House fell into disarray and it became a less popular night spot.

People Like Enid Curtis Pinkney, who remembers the once popular night spot when it was in its heyday and has led a movement to restore the Historic Hampton House Motel, will be the guest speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palace of Coral Gables, One Alhambra Ave. in Coral Gables.

Pinkney will talk about the efforts to preserve and restore the historic landmark and the progress that has been made. Admission is free. Call 305-638-5800 for more information.

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