Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Send them to Faith & Values, Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 745-7097 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Director: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, welcomes LaTerry Butler as the new music director. Butler earned his B.A. degree from Wayne State University and studied at Julliard and Manahattan School of Music in New York City. He has extensive experience in a variety of musical areas. Everyone welcome to Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Information: 746-0101.
Officer Installation: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to a Shabbat celebration honoring the Temple’s officers and outstanding volunteers 5:30 p.m. July 1 with a reception of wine, cheese, challah, fruit, and sweets. Shabbat services conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman follow at 6 p.m., during which the Temple’s new board will be installed and blessed. The evening concludes with a Shabbat dinner at the synagogue and the presentation of congregational awards. Reception and service free. Paid reservations for guests are required for the dinner. Information: (941) 371-2788.
Gospel Concert: Jim Pierce, Tim Pritchard and friends (formerly the Country Gospel Jamboree) will be performing July 2 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., concert 7 – 8:30 p.m. Donation: $5 at the door. To help celebrate July 4th, the church will be serving free hot dogs and lemonade before the concert. Information: (941) 746-0101.
Splash Shabbat: Young Jewish and interfaith families are invited to beat the heat and celebrate Shabbat at “Splash Shabbat” 10:30 a.m. July 2 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. “Splash Shabbat” is free and open to the community. The event is designed especially for ages 1-6, but all are welcome. Information or to RSVP: Rabbi Elaine Glickman at (941) 379-1997 or Elaineemail@example.com.
Busy Chabad: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, announces its programs for July:
n Talmud Classes: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Explore the Talmud and its laws in its original text. No prior knowledge of the Talmud or Hebrew is necessary. Book fee: $45.
n Torah Studies: 9-9:30 a.m. Saturday. Discover the mystical meanings and lessons behind ancient stories. Admission is free.
n Weekly Shabbat Services: 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Saturday services are followed by a buffet Kiddush.
n Havdallah ceremony and video showing: Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat’s conclusion.
n Ladies Lunch and Learn: noon- 1 p.m. July 12. Admission is free. Sponsor: $100.
n Torah Tots: 9-10 a.m. July 15. Join other parents, grandparents, and caregivers to explore a child’s world through story, song, cooking, crafts, and circle time. Suggested donation: $6
Hadassah Luncheon: The SaBra Hadassah summer luncheon will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Cost: $30. Send checks to Willie Walter, 8314 Tartan Fields Circle, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.