The area's Jewish community is preparing for High Holiday services.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 4. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, starts at sundown Sept. 13.
Valley synagogue schedules include:
-- Selihot services at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Congregation Beth Jacob, 406 W. Shields Ave.
Ephraim Hadjis, temple president, says High Holiday services have deep, personal meaning to him.
"A big stop sign appears in my mind, which causes me to reflect, 'What happened during the past year? Did I accomplish my personal, family and community objectives? Did I offend anyone? Have I ignored my responsibilities?' " he says. "As a result of my reflections, I usually need to apologize for my errors.
"The new year gives me the opportunity to move forward by being a better person, following the guidance instilled in me by my religious beliefs, to study more, do more good deeds and be a better person."
Details: (559) 222-0664.
-- A Tashlich Community Walk from Chabad of Fresno to Woodward Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the synagogue, 1227 E. Shepherd Ave. Details: (559) 432-2770.
-- A High Holiday prison visit Sept. 12 by volunteers of Hadassah Fresno, a women's Zionist organization. Details: (559) 432-2162.
-- A break-the-fast community meal with Havdallah that ends Yom Kippur morning services at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Congregation Beit Shalom in Visalia, 115 E. Paseo Ave. Details: (559) 308-1333.
Relatives plan to attend memorial unveiling
The unveiling of a new memorial — honoring all 32 victims of an airplane crash near Coalinga in 1948 — and Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 2105 W. Belmont Ave.
Relatives of Guadalupe Ramirez Lara and Ramon Paredes Gonzalez, two of the 28 migrant farmworkers who died in the crash, plan to attend the event, says Carlos Rascon, director of cemeteries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.
All of the farmworkers were buried in a mass grave at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, but the grave marker did not list any names.
The cemetery is owned by the diocese.
Rascon said Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers, and Paul Chavez, son of late UFW leader Cesar Chavez, also are planning to attend the event.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno will preside at the Mass and the blessing of the new memorial.
Details: (559) 488-7400.
Mighty in the Land founder to speak
The founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry in Fort Wayne, Ind., will speak at services at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at Breaking Free Revival Center, 3445 N. First St.
Robert Rogers established the ministry, which is dedicated to serving orphans around the world. In August 2003, Rogers' wife and their four children drowned in a flashflood on a Kansas highway that swept their minivan away. He survived the accident.
Rogers became a minister dedicated to honoring his family by preaching a message of hope in the face of adversity.
He is friends with the Rev. Jymme Foote, pastor of Breaking Free Revival Center.
Details: (559) 287-6100.
St. John's hosts dinner/dance event
A dinner/dance fundraiser event — Margarita Fiesta Night — is scheduled Sept. 7 at St. John's Cathedral's Singleton Hall, 2811 Mariposa St.
The event is presented by the Bishop John T. Steinbock Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters from St. John's Cathedral.
Proceeds will benefit the organizations' Thanksgiving food drive and Christmas toy drive.
The event begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Dancing is from 7 p.m. to midnight. Music will be provided by Lost in the '50s.
Details: (559) 498-3369.
Fundraising begins for new St. Rita's church
St. Rita's Catholic Church's Last Days of Summer dinner/dance event will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.
The event kicks off a fundraising campaign to build a larger St. Rita's church to accommodate its growing congregation. St. Rita's, which is at 954 S. O St. in Tulare, wants to build on property on Bardsley Avenue.
The event features dinner catered by Happy Crookers, music by John Harmon and dessert by Cold Stone Creamery.
Cost is $50 in advance.
No tickets will be sold at the door.
Details: (559) 686-3847.
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