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RELIGION: Noted archivist Martha Foley gives talk on Temple’s 150 years

March 8, 2013 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Noted Archivist Martha Foley Gives Talk on Temple’s 150 Years

Congregation Beth Elohim begins celebrating its Sesquicentennial (150th) year with several programs.

Martha Foley, the Temple’s archivist, presents a talk on the rich history of Congregation Beth Elohim. Participants will get to play with the original key to the building while they listen to her presentation.
The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 9. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is encouraged. Respond via Congregation Beth Elohim’s Facebook page or via email to Rabbi Mark Katz: [email protected])

Concerts on the Slope Series Celebrates First Anniversary
Concerts on the Slope, the resident music program at St. John’s Episcopal Church, invites the community to its First Anniversary Concert this Sunday.

The featured works are Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, no. 1; Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach, Op. 3; and Antonín Dvořák String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77. The musicians are violinists Jiwon Kwark and Lynn Bechtold, violist Caroline Gilbert, cellist and founding director Benjamin Larsen; bass Ali Cook and bass-baritone James Newman.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at St. John’s Church, 139 St. John’s Place 
(just west of 7th Avenue) in Park Slope. A free-will offering will be accepted.


Chamber Music Program Includes Works by Jewish Baroque Composer

The music of Jewish Baroque composer Solomone Rossi Hebreo is featured at a concert that the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music presents at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue this Sunday, March 10.
This annual concert will feature musicians from Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program, performing works also of Buffardin, Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. This 3 p.m. concert is open to the public. Information on general-admission tickets is available via the program’s website. The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is at 131 Remsen St.



Each year the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association at New York City Technical College presents an instructional Passover and luncheon, with a guest rabbi leading the program. This year’s guest leader is Rabbi Josh Tabi , LIU Campus Chaplain (Brooklyn campus).
Rabbi Tabi, who came on board at LIU last fall, is an alumnus, having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees here, and is thus very familiar with the campus and community. He earned his bachelor of arts in psychology, with a minor in philosophy, magna cum laude, in 2009. Last year, he earned his master of science in education degree. During his student years, Tabi was president of the Jewish Club of LIU.

“Being an alumnus has given me insight into the hardships many students face on the path to receiving a degree. I hope to make life on campus easier for them,” he said for an article published last fall in the Brooklyn Eagle. The City Tech Passover Luncheon (glatt Kosher) begins at 12:45 on Tuesday, March 12, in Namm Hall, #19.


Our Lady of Peace Church Offers Monthly Talks on the Latin Mass

Most Catholics have heard that the Latin Mass is making a comeback.

Our Lady of Peace Church in Carroll Gardens offers a monthly talk on the Latin, or Tridentine Mass, with the next class offered on March 16. Participants will learn why the Tridentine Mass was “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven?”  How can a Mass that’s in Latin, with long periods of silence, and a priest leading his people to Calvary, be considered beautiful, or be even remotely compared to Heaven?

Readers who are interested in learning something new about something old, you will have a chance once a month on Saturday at Our Lady of Peace in Brooklyn. The traditional Mass will be taught by priests who are deeply formed by the Church’s tradition.  Mass will follow at 1 pm. Translation booklets will be provided, and a Gregorian chant schola will sing the Church’s traditional music. The presentation begins at noon, and the Missa Cantata (sung Mass with Gregorian chant at 1 p.m. Our Lady of Peace also offers a Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Peace Church is at 522 Carroll Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues. The closest public transportation is the Union St. stop on the “R” train.


First Baptist Church of Crown Heights is in the midst of a National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
The Prayer Week began on Sunday, before this announcement was received, and runs through Saturday, March 9. The free confidential testing was being offered Wednesday afternoon, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.


Volunteer Corps from St. Francis College Beautify Williamsburg Senior Center

As part of St. Francis College’s Day of Service, over twenty four students and faculty gathered at Catholic Charities Northside Senior Center last Saturday to plant flowers and assist in spring cleaning at this bustling senior center.  Volunteers helped organize, refurbish and beautify three floors of the senior center located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Seniors assisted in planting flowers to transform and brighten up the entrance of the senior center, which serves as a home away from home for more than sixty seniors daily.  As a token of gratitude, seniors served a hot lunch, that the resident chef cooked, to the volunteers and shared what this makeover means to them. The Home Depot provided the flowers and potting supplies for the gardening project.

Volunteers are one of the most important resources to the senior center. Volunteers accompany seniors to their appointments, provide telephone reassurance, visit homebound seniors and much more. The St. Francis College volunteers are not only donating their time and energy to create a meaningful experience for themselves, they will also contribute to the beautification of the Williamsburg community.

Catholic Charities Northside Senior Center provides an array of services to seniors residing in the Williamsburg community.  Our senior centers serve over 8,300 persons each year and offer recreational and multicultural activities, hot lunches, home delivered meals, entitlement counseling, crucial social services, and the necessary support so that seniors can continue to live in their homes and in their neighborhoods as they age.

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