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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:43 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Adele Gordon of Scottsdale, a member of Har Zion Congregation in Phoenix, was honored at Friday night’s Shabbat service on her 100th birthday. She joined the congregation in 1983 after moving from New York.

Har Zion member turns 100 years old

Adele Gordon of Scottsdale, a member of Har Zion Congregation in Phoenix, was honored at Friday night’s Shabbat service on her 100th birthday. She joined the congregation in 1983 after moving from New York.

More than 100 members of the Conservative Jewish congregation surprised Gordon by wearing T-shirts proclaiming, “I want to be like Adele when I grow up!”

“She is an incredibly positive, upbeat person,” said Sheryl Bronkesh of Har Zion. “She is very active and is a tireless volunteer.”

Mass honors Knights founder

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix will celebrate a Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, to honor the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus. It will be at St. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, with the Arizona State Council of the Knights participating in the celebration. McGivney was born Aug. 14, 1852. A parish priest in New Haven, Conn., he organized the lay Catholic fraternal benefits society that would become the Knights of Columbus.

McGivney has been named a “Servant of God,” the first step in a quest to gain him sainthood. “Father McGivney was a man filled with great love and compassion for the people of his parish,” said Stanley Schroeder, state deputy for the Knights. Information: John Garcia, (602) 525-4424.

Church to present film festival

Crash, an alternative worship service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., will host a film festival at 6 p.m. Sunday. Besides short films, it will premiere the “Northrise University Documentary,” which is a backdrop to the church’s June/July 2008 Crash Initiative to Zambia as part of Ndola 2008.

Volunteers will go there to help the university use higher education and community engagement “to create the next generation of leaders” for Zambia. A discussion will follow. (602) 707-5766 or rhinocrash.org.

Tempe church has new pulpit minister

Tempe Church of Christ, 2424 S. Mill Ave., has called Dennis Webber as its new pulpit minister. Most recently, he served a church in Olney, Md., and previously was a pastor in Albany, N.Y., and Abilene, Texas. One of Tempe’s oldest churches, Tempe Church of Christ serves about 140 families. (480) 968-7847.

'Mommy & Me’ program announced

The Early Childhood Center of Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Phoenix, is introducing the “Mommy & Me” program this fall. Classes will be offered 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday for babies up to 23 months old. Activities include Shabbat and Jewish holidays, creative arts and crafts projects and playtime. Information: Debbie Glassman, (480) 951-5825, Ext. 204.

Water Sports Day at Chandler church

A Water Sports Day will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road, Chandler. The free event for children will feature an inflatable water slide, volleyball, water balloon tosses, a candle shootout, kiddie play pool and bubble machine. Food will be for sale. Registration is required. (480) 838-4040 or coronabc.org.

Temple undergoes renovations

Temple Kol Ami in Phoenix has had a face-lift this summer. Renovations include painting, new flooring in the entryway, lobby, sanctuary and social hall; new seating in the sanctuary; new modern Torah commentaries, wood paneling in the sanctuary and shelves for the commentaries, a new Memorial Wall and Wall of Honor, storage table and racks for yarmulkes and talits, new plants, furniture re-covering, and improvements to the air-conditioning and sound systems. They were renovations to a temple dedicated 13 years ago.

'Dialogue of Civilizations’ planned

B. Jill Carroll, author of “A Dialogue of Civilizations,” will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Alumni Room of the Memorial Union at Arizona State University. Carroll is associate director of the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University and an associate adjunct professor of religious studies there.

In “A Dialogue,” she tells how ideas of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen have been a source of inspiration. It deals with human dignity, freedom of thought, education and taking responsibility. She created a textual dialogue between works of Gulen and those of Confucius, Plato, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and Jean-Paul Sartre. There will also be a book signing and reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. (480) 648-6703 or info@inter-culturaldialogue.org.

Rabbis to teach course on Judaism

A six-month course to educate anyone who wants to know more about Judaism is being offered at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, and Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. “Discovering Judaism” will be offered at each temple on alternate Thursdays from Aug. 23 to March 27. Sessions will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rabbis of the two temples will do the instruction.

Tuition is $36 for members of either temple, $136 for unaffiliated Jews plus the cost of books. Temple Emanuel, (480) 838-1414, or Temple Beth Sholom, (480) 897-3636.

Charity golf event planned

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Tempe is sponsoring a charity golf tournament on Aug. 25 at the course of The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. It will be a four-person scramble format, beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $75 and includes green fees, practice balls, fully stocked cart, tees, yardage guide and snacks. Prizes will be given for first through third places. To register, call (480) 967-2660.

'Living Your Dreams’ is subject of talk

Motivational speaker Terry Cole Whittaker will lead a seminar, “21 Days to Living Your Dreams,” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at New Vision Spiritual Growth Center, 9659 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Whittaker, author of “What You Think of Me Is None of My Business” and “Dare to Be Great,” has been featured in People, Newsweek and Time magazines, as well as The Wall Street Journal.

She will teach the “eightfold keys to being happy, healthy and wealthy,” which will help in healing bodies and relationships and “incorporate the divine system to get you what you want to succeed.” Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. (480) 391-1126, Ext. 13, or newvisionaz.org.

Author to discuss 'Balanced Brain’

Phyllis Strupp, author of “The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert,” will speak on “The Balanced Brain: A Guided Hike Through Your Inner Terrain” 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. She will lead a “virtual desert hike” to show what the desert can teach about the brain and how to stay balanced. “Encounters with common sights and critters will guide us to a deeper understanding of how our brains evolved and how nature can enhance our mind, body, spirit well-being,” she said. For more information, call the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, (480) 998-7971, Ext. 105.

Reformed theology conference slated

“Our Covenant God” is the theme of the Arizona Regional Conference on Reformed Theology Sept. 28-29 at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley. Sessions are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second. Registration is $60. Information: (800) 956-2644.

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