10162874480?profile=RESIZE_710xPerformers in the B’nai Torah Congregation concert series include (belowt) Israeli singer Noa accompanied by Gil Dor; and (above) pianist Guy Mintus. The four-show series will be at the congregation in Boca Raton. Photos provided

10162874692?profile=RESIZE_400xBy Janis Fontaine

B’nai Torah Congregation announced the return of the synagogue’s popular concert series for the 29th year. The 2022 Concert Series will include four live, in-person performances in the sanctuary at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton. A virtual option will also be offered. Tickets are $25-$75 for members and $36-$100 for non-members. Call 561-392-8566.
The live performances scheduled are:
• Noa accompanied by Gil Dor — 7:30 p.m. March 9. Noa is an Israeli singer, songwriter, poet, composer, percussionist, speaker and activist who has released 15 albums with her longstanding musical collaborator Gil Dor.
• Boaz Davidoff with cantor Magda Fishman — 7:30 p.m. March 22. The congregation’s former cantor returns.
• Pianist Guy Mintus with Fishman — 7:30 p.m. March 30. This young performer has been described as “George Gershwin meets the Great Israeli songbook.”
• The New York Cantors — 7:30 p.m. April 5. A presentation of the PBS program featuring Yanky Lemmer, Netanel Hershtik and Chaim Dovid Berson, three of the world’s most highly acclaimed cantors, in a concert of Jewish sacred and secular music.

St. Vincent Ferrer to have raffle to support school
St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach canceled its annual Parish Festival fundraiser this year because of road work that would have made it difficult and dangerous for people to attend. But the festival is the main fundraiser for St. Vincent Ferrer school, so the leaders found a solution: a raffle. A big one.
The grand prize is $25,000. Second place gets $5,000 and third place $2,000. Tickets are $100. The drawing will take place April 27. Get tickets at www.stvincentferrer.com. Click on “Giving.”

Progressive dinner set for St. Gregory’s
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, will hold its 2022 progressive dinner March 12. The theme is “Fabulous Building, Fabulous Dining,” with your choice of culinary journeys inspired by the world’s most famous sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Opera de Paris and Machu Picchu.
The festive event begins with wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dessert at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and must be purchased by March 6, available at www.eventbrite.com.
An alternative to make arrangements is to call 561-702-6964 or 561-302-2351, or email arely@coxpartners.com or andimo31@gmail.com.

Love Delray event needs more volunteers
Love Delray, a quarterly volunteer initiative, takes place March 19. Volunteers from local churches participate in community projects, but more volunteers are needed.
Volunteers will meet at 8:15 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 400 N. Swinton Ave., in the courtyard for a brief prayer, fellowship and coffee and light snacks.
Projects this quarter include outdoor work like helping clean and replant the Delray Beach Children’s Garden and indoor jobs like helping Forgotten Soldiers Outreach sort and pack toiletries or write notes of encouragement and cards to troops.
To register, go to https://lovedelray.com and pick the project you want to help with.
For more information, email Allison@theavechurch.com or call 561-901-1302.

Legacy Polo Brunch for the Fuller Center
The Fuller Center Foundation will host the second annual Legacy Polo Brunch on March 13 to support the Fuller Center in Boca Raton, which has provided under-resourced children with educational opportunities for more than 50 years.
A private reception starts at 1 p.m. with a champagne brunch at 2 p.m., followed by the USPA Gold Cup polo match at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave. S., Wellington.
Tickets are $275 per person. Attire is polo chic, and hats are encouraged. Call 561-391-7274, ext. 134 or email alagerstrom@ffcdc.org for more information.

Bill exempts houses of worship from shutdowns
Under a bill approved in January by the Florida Senate, churches and other religious institutions would not have to turn congregants away during future emergencies and will be treated like businesses. The Senate voted 31-3 to approve Senate Bill 254, which says if businesses are allowed to stay open, churches and synagogues can’t be directly or indirectly prevented from conducting services or activities.
The House has a similar bill in the works.
The new rule would apply not only to a pandemic, but any other emergency, lawmakers said. Of course, churches could still follow mandates of local dioceses.

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