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Religion Notes: Couple helps other couples connect through laughter

Laura and Jay Laffoon, self-described ‘marriage edu-tainers,’
will perform Feb. 17 in Boca Raton. Photo provided

Some people think a sense of humor is one of the most important characteristics in a mate, and Jay and Laura Laffoon have put that to the test during 30 years of marriage.

Laughing together helps couples connect; connecting makes couples happy. This happy couple, who call themselves “marriage edu-tainers,” will share stories from their journey together, and you just might learn something while you’re laughing.

Their show starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton.

Tickets are $20; go to jayandlaura.com.

While you’re there, say congratulations to Advent School for 50 years of Christian education.

In November, Advent Lutheran Church celebrated its school with 200 guests, including alumni, past administrators and former teachers. The Rev. Dr. Ron Dingle, the school’s former director, shared his memories.

Advent’s school was founded in 1968 with a kindergarten class. Now the school serves children of all faiths from 6 weeks old to pre-K to eighth grade.

Advent School is a ministry of Advent Church at 300 E. Yamato Road, in Boca Raton. Call 395-3631 or visit adventschoolboca.org.

Constructive conversations
What do you do if someone tells you a sexist or ethnically or religiously offensive joke?

Sometimes it’s probably better to ignore it and to avoid that person in the future. But sometimes you can’t avoid it. You have to say something. But what? And how?

Allan Barsky (left) can help. He’s the guest speaker at the meeting of the Interfaith Café at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

He’ll offer suggestions on how to engage others in respectful, meaningful and constructive conversations.

Barsky is a specialist in mediation and conflict resolution and a professor of social work at Florida Atlantic University. He has a doctorate and a law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He’s the author of several books on ethics and conflict resolution. His topic is “courageous conversations.”

Favorite Jewish composers
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton celebrates the work of Cantor Lori Shapiro’s favorite Jewish composers: Carole King, Carly Simon, Paul Simon and Burt Bacharach.

“Feelin’ Groovy” begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Temple Beth El, 333 SW Fourth Ave. Shapiro will perform with an assist from Dennis Lambert and Misha Lambert.

Tickets are $100 for reserved seating, $36 preferred, $18 general, $10 students. Call 391-8900 or go to tbeboca.org.

Stopping child exploitation
Mark your calendar for the Child Rescue Coalition’s fourth annual Eat, Drink & Be Giving Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N. Ocean Blvd.

Founded by sisters Carly Asher Yoost and Desiree Asher, the Child Rescue Coalition is a partnership of child exploitation investigators, police officers, digital forensic experts, prosecutors, child welfare agencies, and corporate and private donors.

They work together to apprehend and convict abusers of children, rescue children in danger, and prevent abuse before it happens. They do it with state-of-the-art technology that targets abusers, pornographers and traffickers.

Tickets are $275 and are available online at childrescuecoalition.org.

— Janis Fontaine

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