Jewish group will attend 'Fiddler'

FresnoJune 14, 2013 

The area's Jewish community will gather for a special time at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater, attending a Good Company Players' performance of "Fiddler on The Roof."

Temple Beth Israel, the Valley's largest Jewish congregation, has organized a group of 120 people to see the show Sunday, June 16. Brunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by the show. The classic musical is about love and marriage and a changing world that tests Jewish faith and traditions.

The synagogue also wants to support a "Fiddler" cast member. She is Emma De Zubiria, a student at Roosevelt School of the Arts who attends Temple Beth Israel. She plays the role of Tzeitel, the oldest daughter of Tevye.

Temple president David Sicherman writes in the synagogue's April-May newsletter that the outing will be a "very special afternoon for our Jewish community."


Episcopalians praise return of property

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin presented a special service at St. Francis Church in Turlock on Sunday to celebrate the return of church property.

The St. Francis facility has been in a tug-of-war since December 2007, when 40 of 47 parishes voted to leave the national Episcopal Church over theological differences. The departing parishes, including St. Francis, and a breakaway Anglican diocese, were sued by the Episcopal Church to regain those properties. The Anglican diocese is based in Fresno.

After a ruling earlier this year that favored the Episcopal Church against two independently incorporated parishes in Kern County, the decision was made to return St. Francis, which was similarly incorporated.

The Anglican congregation held its last service at St. Francis on May 19.

Bishop Chester L. Talton of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin celebrated a Festival Homecoming Eucharist at St. Francis on Sunday.

Lawsuits against the Anglican diocese and other parishes are still in the courts.

Local author has book signing today

A book signing for Meghan Alanis' new book — "Life Behind His Shield" — is noon to 4 p.m. today at Majesty Bible and Gifts, 7072 N. Cedar Ave.

Alanis, spiritual formation administrator for The Well Community Church in Fresno, has written about growing up with a father who is a police officer and how it shaped her life, her beliefs and her faith in God. Her father, Wynn Mooney, is a training officer at the Fresno Police Department's Regional Training Center. He is in his 28th year with the police department.

"My prayer for this project is for God to be glorified as families of first responders start talking to one another about their worries and fears," she writes to The Bee.

The book costs $10. Details:

Churches, ministries unite for Lindsay event

About 30 churches and ministries in the Valley will participate in the Kingdom Celebration, which is noon-6 p.m. today at McDermont Field House, 365 N. Sweetbriar Ave., Lindsay.

The event features fun activities that are designed to bring unity to the body of Christ.

The Spirit and The Bride Coalition and the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the event. Details:

Church hosts athletes' ministry breakfast

A special breakfast for the Central Valley chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes is from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. June 22 at Palm Avenue Community Church, 222 E. Fountain Way.

Pup Nelson, regional director of Central Valley FCA, is the speaker. Music will be provided by Buddy Lewis. Cost is $7. Details: (559) 225-5095.

Seminary students participate in program

Six students at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary have been accepted into the international Hispanic Summer Program at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.

The students are Elizabeth Cortez, Monica Heredia, Cindy Hernandez, Hector Hernandez, Cindy Mendez and Ivan Paz.

The Hispanic Summer Program, which will be held June 22-July 5, is designed to supplement and enrich the theological and ministerial education being offered in seminaries and universities with academic courses and other activities directly addressing Hispanic history, ministry and theology.


Meditation event is at Woodward Park

A Meditation in the Park gathering is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the Woodward Park River View Shelter.

The free event includes introduction to Zen meditation, raja yoga meditation and centering prayer. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs or meditation cushions.

Meditation in the Park gatherings also are scheduled July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21, all 10 a.m.-noon.

The Contemplative Outreach of Central California coordinates the events.

Also, Centering Prayer retreats are July 5-7 and July 5-11, both at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Three Rivers. Details: email, or call, (559) 230-9736.


Ron Orozco covers religion for The Bee. He can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or

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