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Religion Notes: June 8

Rabbi Martin S. Cohen of Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, Nassau County, will speak on “The Halakah of Israel: The Torah’s Understanding of What It Means to Be a Diaspora Jew” during Shabbat services at 9 a.m. today in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst.

Cohen is the 2013 Rabbi Isaac Klein Memorial Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth Tzedek. He also will give an afternoon talk on “Intellectual Property Law in Its Jewish Guise: Jewish Law as It Applies to the Ownership of Ideas.”


An interfaith conference on “Reconciling Human Suffering and Existence of God” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Invited speakers representing Hinduism, Judaism, Humanism, Christianity and Islam will present their views on such questions as: If there is a God who is merciful and loving, why do his creations suffer from natural and man-made calamities? Why does God let evil-minded people carry out their evil missions that cause innocent people to suffer? Does human suffering mean that God does not care about his creation? Does human suffering mean that God does not exist?

The organizer of the conference is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Buffalo Chapter.


A healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be offered at 7 p.m. June 20 in All Saints Church, Esser Avenue and Henrietta Street. The Rev. David Bellittiere will provide the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for anyone afflicted with cancer or in need of special healing. Call 283-0011 for details.


A concert of sacred choral works will be presented by the Choir of St. Louis Church, under the direction of Frank Scinta, at 7:30 p.m. June 20 in the church’s sanctuary at Main and Edward streets in downtown Buffalo.

The program will feature works of Bach, Mozart, Friedell, Byrd, Gibbons, Tavener and others. Admission is free.

For details, call the church office, 852-6040.