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Neighbors in Religion: Good music and conversation can help relieve your stress

David Jonathan Rogers, a concert violinist who has performed on four continents, will play at 7 p.m. March 22 at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.
David Jonathan Rogers, a concert violinist who has performed on four continents, will play at 7 p.m. March 22 at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Via Facebook

Whenever I feel a bit stressed, I have found that the best cure is to get away and just meditate on the good things that God has afforded me.

Recently, I learned that another way to relieve stress is to be surrounded by youngsters who dream big dreams and are working hard to make them come true.

I had such an experience last weekend at the Disney Dreamers Academy. I will tell you more about that experience later this weekend.

Meanwhile, there is so much going on in our community to relieve your stress. Events like music concerts that will surely help to brighten your day.

Or, perhaps a brain-clearing, thought-provoking lecture is more to your taste. There are several in our community to help enlighten you and are here for you to choose the one that suits you and your family.

Classical concert for unity

David Jonathan Rogers, a concert violinist who has performed on four continents, requests your presence at a benefit concert to feature Rabbi Marc Philippe, soprano Allison Lonstein and Moscow pianist Tatiana Lokhina, at 7 p.m. on March 22 at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.

The concert is to benefit the Miami Beach Buddhist Center. Rogers said his goal is to foster unity through music. “Most interfaith events are usually about clergy dialogue,” he said. “The concert will promote unity through music.”

Rogers, who is bisexual, said people of all faiths are invited. “It is my goal to bring diversity to the audience, to encourage not only Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and Christians to attend, but also we are inviting the LGBTQA community as well. This is a chance for interfaith and inter-preference exchange, which is more than a dialogue.”

Tickets are $12.50 on line at Or you may contact Rogers at:, or 386-7-2044.

Cantorial and Musical Concert

At 2 p.m. on March 15, Temple Beth Shmuel, the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami, will present its annual Cantorial and Musical Concert at the temple, 1701 Lenox Ave. in Miami Beach.

The concert will feature the temple’s Rabbi Cantor Stephen Texon, who will be joined by his colleagues Rabbi Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El of Miami Beach, and Rabbi Cantor Aviva Bass of The Liberal Temple of Coconut Creek. They will be accompanied at the piano by Alan Mason, the renowned musical director of Temple Israel of Greater Miami.

Texon said he and the other artists will sing a varied program of music to include selections from Broadway, opera, cantorial, Israeli, Spanish and Italian music.

Tickets are $18 each in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information call the temple at 305-534-7213. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists at a reception following the concert.

U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club

The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will be guest artists 7 p.m. March 20 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St., Miami. The musical group will appear as a part of the cathedral’s Concert Series Program.

The internationally acclaimed glee club is is the largest and most active of the Naval Academy’s musical organizations and regularly travels around the country.

The Glee Club recently sang at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out program, and has performed with some of the nation’s leading symphony orchestras, including Charlotte, Columbus, Phoenix, Nashville, Portland, Winston-Salem and Jacksonville. The choir recently collaborated with the Women’s Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s Second Symphony. In 2009, the glee club did a 10-day tour to Chile and Argentina.

The concert is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and reduced parking rates are available at Omni Garage, across the street from the Cathedral. For more information on the glee club, visit:

South Dade Community Choir

The South Dade Community Choir will present its 2015 annual Easter concerts at several churches during the season.

This year’s concerts are titled, “The Cross Changes Everything.” Performances will be 7 p.m. March 20 at Silver Palm United Methodist Church, 15855 SW 248th St. in Homestead; 7 p.m. March 21 at Naranja Park Baptist Church, 13295 SW 268th St. in Naranja; and 7 p.m. March 27 at the Homestead Mennonite Church, 30695 SW 162nd Ave. in Homestead.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Sandy Keffer is director and founder of South Dade Community Choir and can be reached at

Inspiring rabbi to speak at Temple Israel

Rabbi Yael Levy, a guest rabbi-in-residence at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th St., will bring her expertise in Jewish mindfulness practices to the community at 6:30 p.m. March 21.

Considered one of “America’s most inspiring rabbis,” she will share a guided meditation and instruction for beginners at the temple’s monthly Service of the Heart. The service will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by a Shabbat evening service, where the rabbi will offer an introduction to the concepts, benefits and practice of Jewish mindfulness.

On March 21, Levy will participate in a 9:15 a.m. guided meditation and a 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning service and Torah reading. She will lead an 11 a.m. interactive Joseph’s Table Torah study session, which concludes at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. At 1 p.m., Levy will then present a two-and-a-half-hour experimental workshop on “What is Jewish Mindfulness and How Does One Practice It?” A free children’s program, to include kid’s yoga, will be available during the workshop.

Advance, prepaid registration for the Shabbat afternoon workshop is required. the cost is $25 general admission and $18 for Temple Israel members. To register, call the temple at 305-573-5900.

St. Basil Catholic Church garage sale

It’s time again for the annual garage sale at St. Basil Catholic Church at 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The sale will feature lots of goodies including clothing for women, men and children; books; small appliances; a white elephant table; and toys and crafts, according to Mae Whitman, one of the event coordinators.

There will be a variety of food and complete meals for sale.

Everyone is invited.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.