Members of Temple Beth Zion, leaders of the Jewish community and government officials will gather at 10 a.m. Sunday to dedicate the temple's new Aaron and Bertha Broder Center for Jewish Education, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
The project, costing more than $1.5 million, involved upgrading and adding a wing to the two-story, 40-year-old building that has served the congregation as a religious school. The new wing will house the temple offices, which will be moved from downtown Buffalo about Dec. 1.
Although the Amherst center will be used for most of the congregation's activities, religious services will continue to be held in the landmark synagogue at 805 Delaware Ave., which also houses the Cofeld Judaic Museum.
The Amherst facility is named in memory of the parents of four members of the congregation.
Church sets pro-life events
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2028 Sandridge Road, Alden, will dedicate a new Respect Life monument after the noon Mass Sunday.
The monument has been donated by the parish Pro-Life Committee, which is sponsoring a Pro-Life Mass at 12:30 p.m. today. The Mass will be followed by a Rosary walk and a peaceful pro-life prayer chain sponsored by the Youth for Life group along Broadway from 2 to 3 p.m.
Student minister plans course
Jeffrey M. Lamb, student minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jamestown, will offer a course from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday on the history of Unitarianism and Universalism.
The program in the church, 1255 Prendergast Ave., is free and open to everyone. Free child care will be available by calling the church at 488-1902.
Seminary music director named
Alan D. Lukas, who has been music director at All Saints Catholic Church, Buffalo, has been appointed director of music at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.
Lukas, president of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo, has degrees in organ performance from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and in choral conducting from Fredonia State College. He also serves on the Buffalo Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
Interim associate pastor called
Elena Delgado, who has served churches in New Mexico, has been called as an interim associate pastor at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.
A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., she will work as a pastoral assistant until her ordination into the ministry early next year.
Ms. Delgado and the Rev. Gordon Foster are serving the church in an interim capacity while the congregation conducts a search for a new pastor to succeed the Rev. Dr. Harry Winsheimer, who accepted a position with the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.
Kennedy heads fund drive
Bernard Kennedy, CEO of National Fuel Gas Co., will serve as honorary chairman of the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Second Annual Giving Campaign.
The drive, which begins next week, seeks to raise $45,000. If successful, the society will receive an additional $45,000 from a group of anonymous donors who will match that amount.
The fund supports numerous activities of St. Vincent de Paul, such as a dining room feeding 380 people each day, a discount store and a children's camp serving more than 650 Western New York youth each year.
Bible study offered
VisionQuest Ministries will begin offering a communitywide Bible study from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday beginning next week at the Advanced Training Center, 275 Oak St.
The free sessions will be taught by the Rev. Van Gayton, former pastor of New Covenant Tabernacle, Town of Tonawanda. The study course is open to Christians of all denominations, including those who do not attend a church.
Service for Racial Harmony
Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will conduct a Prayer Service for Racial Harmony in Buffalo's Lovejoy area at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 135 N. Ogden St.
The service, open to the entire community, will be co-sponsored by St. Francis, Visitation and St. Agnes parishes. The service will seek healing for racial strife in the community.
Prison ministry seeks funds
Ruby Graves, a Buffalo woman engaged in prison ministry, is making her annual Christmas season appeal for donations of new and used English and Spanish-language Bibles to distribute to inmates of area prisons and to send to a mission in Nigeria.
Mrs. Graves, who also accepts donations to buy Bibles, said the current needs include 70 new Bibles for chapel services in Wyoming Correctional Facility. Last year, she distributed 300 Bibles.
Donations should be sent to Bible Truth Prison Ministry, Box 364, Williamsville 14231-0364.
Chaplain given assignment
The Rev. Norman P. McTigue, Catholic chaplain at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, has been assigned by Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese as part-time parochial vicar at St. Amelia's Parish, Town of Tonawanda. He has been serving as temporary administrator at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Buffalo.
10 celebrate bat mitzvah
Ten college women underwent bat mitzvah ceremonies Tuesday at Chabad House on North Forest Road, Getzville.
While the usual age is 12 for girls to make this spiritual commitment to Judaism, Chabad's outreach to area colleges has brought more than 500 women back to the faith in recent years.
"At the same time that we are losing students to apathy, we are being very successful in bringing students back to their heritage," said Rabbi Noson Gurary, whose course the women completed. "Many other women are studying but aren't yet ready to make this commitment."