Community Voices

Concordia Lutheran Church asks community ‘to look at the season in a new light’

Tis the season, y’all, and Concordia Lutheran Church at 8701 SW 124th St. invites the community to join them each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., “to look at the season in a new light,” according to Pastor Christopher Patterson.

The evening starts with a soup supper hosted by one of the church’s groups and will be followed by a short worship service. This year’s theme is “The Advent of a New Creation.”

On Dec. 14, the topic of Advent will be “Adam’s and Eve’s Welcomed Back Home.” On Dec. 21, the topic will be “Something New Under the Sun.”

Previous topics were, “Mount Eden” and “The Paradise of the Church.”

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.

Messiah Concert Choir

The Lemon City Community Corp. will present the Messiah Concert Choir performing Handel’s “Messiah” 4 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54th St. in Liberty City.

The community is invited.

Miami Shores voice recital

The community is invited to a voice recital 7 p.m. Saturday at Miami Shores Community Church, 9823 NE Fourth Ave.

The recital will feature some of the finest young performers in the area and will include tenor River Friedman; lyric-coloratura soprano Rosie Herrera; light-lyric soprano Vanessa Cardozo; soprano Elizabeth L. Carey; bass-baritone Stanislav Zelenko; and bass Michael Zlatin.

The singers will be accompanied by pianists Gregory Szeto and Jared Peroune.

Oscar Diaz Jr. is the artistic director of Performer’s Music Institute. Call 305-757-7725 for more information. Admission is free.

Aventura Chabad breaks ground

Warm congratulations to Aventura Chabad of North Dade on the recent groundbreaking to begin construction of a new, state-of-the -art synagogue.

The $12 million building will have approximately 44,000 square feet and will include two sanctuaries — one for the Chabad community and one for the Sephardic community.

In addition, it will also have a ballroom that can host 600 guests; a preschool and classrooms with the latest technologies; a library and multipurpose rooms; and a rooftop designed with lush gardens for outdoor events. The estimated time of construction is 12 to18 months.

The new synagogue will be at 21001 Biscayne Blvd. The property was purchased more than 25 years ago and for a while congregants worked out of a trailer. For the past 14 years, the congregation has been in the current building but found the need to expand due to the steady increase of members. Currently the synagogue has approximately 300 member families.

The synagogue offers religious services, Hebrew school, adult and youth education programs, Bikur Cholim, summer camp and a women’s mikvah. Rabbi Casriel Brusowankin is the founder and spiritual leader, and Rabbi Laivi Forta is director.

For more information on the new synagogue visit, or call 305-933-0770.

Isalmophobia discussion

The community is invited to a talk on “Isalmophobia in the USA,” presented by the Islamic Jafferia Association, a coalition partner of COSMOS, 7 p.m. Friday at 10554 NW 132nd St.

The program will include a detailed discussion for Muslim families and youth and all lovers of peace and unification, according to COSMOS.

Speakers will include the Honorable Sayyid M. Kashmiri, keynote speaker; Maulana Zakaria of Davie Mosque; Norman Hemming, judge for Social Security Welfare South Florida; Dr. Abdul H. Samarra of the Miami Gardens Mosque; and Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al’Halabi of AICF, Pompano Beach. The welcome speech will be given by IJA President Br. Jamil H. Rizvi.

The evening will start with a “meet and greet” from 7 to 7:15 p.m. followed by the Quran recitation. The program will be from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., followed by dinner.

If you go, ladies are requested to wear long sleeve shirt and proper pants or long skirts.

For more information call 561-495-0731; 305-607-1768, or 305-481-4869.

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