By Janis Fontaine
After going virtual in 2021 because of the pandemic, First Presbyterian Church’s annual Step-Above Rummage Sale returns as an in-person event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10-13 at the church at 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach.
Linda Prior says the church was overwhelmed after just the first day accepting donations. “People just collected stuff since we didn’t have a sale last year,” she said.
Shoppers will find more bargains than ever before, including artwork and decor, clothes and $3 shoes for men and women, books and toys, crafts and sporting goods, electronics and tools.
Most folks know about the women of Holly House, who host a holiday bazaar each year. The Holly House ladies will have jewelry, purses, accessories, lamps and art at bargain prices for the rummage sale.
The sale contradicts its name because rummage tends to imply messy, unorganized mystery wares, and this sale is super-organized: Clothes are sorted and hung on racks just like at a department store. Shoes are organized by size.
There’s a linen department with bedding, towels, table coverings, and decorative pillows. The housewares department has tableware, cookware, and small appliances. The church even has sales specialists on hand to help.
Cash and checks only. Call 561-276-6338; https://firstdelray.com/upcoming-events.
East Delray rabbi, wife welcome second child
Rabbi Shmuel Biston and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their second child, a son, Mordechai, on Dec. 21. The baby, named for Sarah’s grandfather, likely will be called Motty. The baby, originally due Jan. 3, came early, in time for the 2021 child tax credit, Biston joked.
Mordechai joins big brother Yehudeh, 3, who was named for the rabbi’s father. The Bistons are co-directors of Chabad of East Delray, which has a vibrant Young Professionals group.
Shmuel said that everyone is happy and healthy, but tired. “It’s a good stress,” he said.
Jewish film nights at South Palm Chabad
Chabad of South Palm Beach is hosting a “Hollywood Goes Jewish” festival featuring three more films, shown at 7 p.m. select Wednesdays at the Chabad, 224 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Each film features an introduction and is followed by a discussion moderated by Abraham Serfaty. The January film was Woman In Gold. Upcoming films are:
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis — Feb. 9.
Varian’s War — Feb. 23.
The Diary of Anne Frank — March 9.
Wedding anniversary Mass scheduled at St. Jude
Catholic couples celebrating 25, 40, 50 or more years of marriage in 2022 are invited to participate in the celebration of the 38th annual anniversary Mass at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Boca Raton. The Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito, bishop of Palm Beach, will preside.
Cake, coffee and punch will be served in the parish hall after Mass. Register by Feb. 7 at the parish office, 21689 Toledo Road, or call 561-392-8172.
St. Vincent cancels festival because of roadwork
The annual St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Festival, held in Delray Beach at the end of February for more than 50 years, has been canceled this year because of road construction on George Bush Boulevard. But a mini festival is planned for later in the year. Check https://stvincentferrer.com for updates.
Christmas party a success in Belle Glade
The First Haitian Baptist Church in Belle Glade held its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 19 with support from the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, Palm Beach Commandery, St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church with its Care Ministry, Creative Waves Foundation, and In Jacob’s Shoes Foundation.
The church, at 200 SW Ave. B, hosted local children who received gifts, gift cards, socks and shoes. Festive refreshments were served.
Boca Raton rabbi named to education council
Senior Rabbi David Steinhardt of B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton has been named to the Melton School of Jewish Learning’s Rabbinic Council, the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network.
Steinhardt has served for more than 20 years and been a leader in the synagogue’s growth. B’nai Torah has the largest conservative membership in Southeast Florida, with more than 1,300 families. Visit https://btcboca.org.