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Religion Notes: Former Claire’s CEO to speak in Icon Series

Marla Schaefer, the former co-CEO and co-chairwoman of the board of Claire’s Stores, Inc., will speak at the second annual Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series on March 14 in Zinman Hall at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. in Boca Raton.

Schaefer sold Claire’s, the largest accessory retailer in the world, to private equity in 2007. She has established herself as a philanthropist whose causes include Teachers College at Columbia University, and she is a national and international board member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. 

Networking will begin at 6 p.m. over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed), and the program will start at 6:30. Tickets are $36. To RSVP, visit jewishboca.org/icon. For more information, contact Sonni Simon at 852-3128 or email sonnis@bocafed.org.

Introducing SmartLab
St. Joseph’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach cut the ribbon for its STREAM SmartLab on Jan. 23. STREAM, like STEM and STEAM, focuses on the subjects science, mathematics, engineering, art and technology, but it includes an “r” for religion, a vital part of education at St. Joe’s.

SmartLab programs teach practical skills as well as problem-solving and critical thinking, facilitator Carol Cunningham said. The ribbon cutting included a demonstration for parents showing how kids are using advanced technology for more than texting and watching YouTube.

St. Joseph’s invites groups and organizations to tour SmartLab and to learn more about its STREAM philosophy. Parents who want to learn more about St. Joseph’s school can set up a tour of the campus.

Have you been looking for a space for meetings and gatherings? The STREAM SmartLab can accommodate small groups. Call Mary Aperavich at 732-2045 or email MAperavich@sjsonline.org.

Icons in Transformation
The Icons in Transformation Preview Party on Jan. 27 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church drew a crowd eager to meet artist Ludmila Pawlowska and see her 150 works on display. The abstract expressionist was welcomed by special guest speaker Bishop Chip Stokes of New Jersey, who spoke about the history of iconography and the vital connection among art, creativity and the spiritual life.
Art critic Dave Hickey says a masterpiece is a work of visual art that is eternally relevant. Art critic Tanya Hartman said of Pawlowska’s masterpieces: “Allow them to guide you to-wards your truest and best self.”

The exhibit will be on display through April 7. Guided tours are offered on Sundays (no tours March 3 and 24), Mondays and first Fridays and Saturdays. Tours are $10, free for ages 16 and younger. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is at 188 S. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach. Call 276-4541 or visit stpaulsdelray.org for a complete schedule.

Janis Fontaine writes about people of faith, their congregations, causes and community events. Contact her at janisfontaine@outlook.com.

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