12239043094?profile=RESIZE_710xTwo of the participants in the beach cleanup in Boca Raton show a piece of their collection. The day was organized by the B’nai Torah Congregation and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center ahead of Rosh Hashanah. Photo provided

Each year, some faithful Jewish volunteers perform a “reverse tashlich,” a novel way to follow Jewish tradition and as a testament to their faith, by cleaning up the waterfront.

On Sept. 10, 110 volunteers ranging in age from 6 months to 86 years old from B’nai Torah Congregation, worked in collaboration with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to pick up trash from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton.

During Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, Jews symbolically cleanse themselves by casting their sins into a body of water. Since 2015, following the lead of some environmentally conscious students, Jews have been collecting “sins” in the form of trash, litter and pollution from the water and waterfront. About 220 communities in 12 countries around the world participate in this annual community cleanup, called “Repair the Sea.”

For more information about the project, visit www.repairthesea.org/reverse-tashlich. Visit B’nai Torah Congregation, the largest Conservative synagogue in Southeast Florida with more than 1,300 membership families, at www.btcboca.org. 

Put on your running shoes for 5K to fight hunger
CROS Ministries’ annual Hustle to End Hunger 5K takes place at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave. S. in Lake Worth Beach. All proceeds benefit CROS Ministries, which has served the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin counties for 45 years. Registration for the Hustle is $45. A run/walk option and a virtual option are also available. Register at www.adventuresignup.com/Race/FL/LakeWorth/Hustle2EndHunger5K.

Music in full swing at St. Paul’s Episcopal
Some of the best music available can be found at local churches. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach kicked off its 35th season Oct. 1. The performances continue with the Delray String Quartet at 3 p.m. Oct. 15. The program is “The Bullfighter.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for age 18 and younger. To secure tickets in advance, email music@stpaulsdelray.org with “tickets” in the subject line, then pay at the door. Tickets at the door are by cash or check. St. Paul’s Episcopal is at 188 S. Swinton Ave. Call 561-278-6003.

St. Vincent de Paul celebrates 60 years
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary celebrates 60 years serving the church at the Friends of the Seminary Gala on Oct. 20. The event begins with Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception, live auction and dinner. The principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass is the Most Rev. Thomas Wenski, archbishop of Miami and chancellor of the seminary. For more information, call 561-732-4424 or visit www.svdp.edu/friends2023.

Community Mass has resumed at 12:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the seminary. The next Mass is Oct. 18. St. Vincent de Paul Seminary is at 10701 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach. Info: www.svdp.edu

Florida author to address theological questions
“Select Florida Voices” presentations at the Society of the Four Arts cover a wide variety of subjects but all feature South Florida writers who show up to talk about their work.

12239043897?profile=RESIZE_180x180On Oct. 25, Hollywood author Ira Mark Egdall speaks about his most recent book, Cosmic Roots: The Conflict Between Science and Religion and How It Led to the Secular Age.

The book traces the 5,000-year conflict (that’s 150 generations!) between science and religion and how it has affected both. Disagreements about cosmology and astronomy led to the widening conflict between science and religion.

Egdall, a retired aerospace program manager with 35 years in the business, is also the author of the award-winning book Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Explained in

Everyday Language, which uncomplicates the complicated for people who are not science nerds.  

The event starts at 1:30 p.m. in the King Library at the Society of the Four Arts, 101 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. It’s free, but reservations are required at 561-655-2766 or by email at kinglibrary@fourarts.org.

Holiday Bazaar returns at First Presbyterian
The annual Holiday Bazaar at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach returns for your shopping pleasure from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26-28. The clever crafters at Holly House, located on the campus of the church, reveal new and familiar offerings each fall. Jewelry, hand-sewn holiday items, floral arrangements, shell creations, and those unique treasures you only find at church bazaars can be snatched up for your holiday table, tree or gift-giving.

Shopping hours continue from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 31. After Thanksgiving, Saturday shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping continues Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until Dec. 21.

Need to shop by appointment? Contact Linda Prior at Linda.Prior42@gmail.com or call 561-702-0245.

First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach is at 33 Gleason St. Check the Facebook page for more information at CleverCrafter Holly House.

— Janis Fontaine

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