Orozco: Fresno synagogue hosts art exhibit on Israel

The Fresno BeeMarch 14, 2014 

An art exhibit that features the achievements of Israeli people is coming to Fresno.

"Israel: A Light on the Land" will be on display March 22 to May 10 at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. The exhibit is presented by the Jewish Federation of Central California, courtesy of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York.

Through the works of contemporary Israeli photographers, the exhibit is designed to capture the essence of Jerusalem and the promise of the land of Israel

Exhibit hours will be 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. The exhibit will be closed Mondays and Saturdays.

Special events are planned during the exhibit's run:

"Photography in Today's Israel," 7 p.m. March 22

"Can These Bones Yet Live?" 1 p.m. March 30

"Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls & the Birth of a Nation," 7 p.m. April 26

"Six Days" film, 7 p.m. May 3

"Jerusalem — One City," noon May 4

Details: (559) 432-2162.

Spring Songfest offers audience chance to sing

Audience members have an opportunity to sing classic hymns at the Spring Songfest worship event at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at The Bridge Church main auditorium, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave.

The event will be led by Alex Russell, associate professor of violin at Azusa Pacific University and director of the chamber music program, and David Talbott, resident musician on keyboard at the Mount Hermon Conference Center in Santa Cruz County.

Both also are recording artists who have performed nationally and internationally.

The event is the first of three songfest events the church is planning this year.

Details: (559) 226-4100.

Wheelchair dance team offers messages of hope

A wheelchair dance team will perform and give inspirational talks at the Just Roll With It event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20,  at the Fresno State Satellite Student Union.

The event is presented by the Walk and Roll Foundation, which raises awareness about spinal cord injury. The wheelchair dance team seeks to inspire those with spinal cord injuries to re-create their dreams and live full lives within their reach.

Speakers include Chelsie Hill, who has appeared on "Push Girls," and Ali Stroker, who has appeared on "Glee" and "The Glee Project."

Details: (559) 278-2741.

Forum seeks to enrich, edify pastors and staff

The Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Forum 2014 is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.

The annual event provides a special day for pastors and staff, where they can be enriched and edified. This year's speaker is Gordon MacDonald, chancellor of Denver Seminary.

The forum is presented by the Fresno-Clovis Pastors Clusters, groups that are scattered geographically around Fresno and Clovis to provide mutual support for pastors.

Details: (559) 292-0290.

Episcopal congregation welcomes assistant bishop

A special reception for Assistant Bishop David Rice of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1135 E. Alluvial Ave.

The event is designed for parishioners to meet Rice and ask him questions. A diocesan special convention will be held March 29 in Bakersfield, where Rice will stand for election as diocesan bishop.

Details: (559) 439-5011.

Chabad of Fresno hosts Purim festivities

Festivities that celebrate the Jewish holiday Purim are scheduled at Chabad of Fresno, 1227 E. Shepherd Ave.

Purim commemorates the deliverance of Jews by Queen Esther from a massacre plotted by Persian vizier Haman. Chabad of Fresno events:

Purimania 2014, featuring an interactive Megillah reading, Hamantashen and Bash Haman, at 8 p.m. today (Saturday, March 15). The event is designed for families.

The Grand Purim Feast, featuring dinner, a masquerade contest as well as Megillah reading and Bash Haman, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Grand Purim Feast costs $18 for adults, $10 for children or $50 per family.

Details: (559) 432-2770.

Mosque celebrates Persian new year

A Nowruz celebration in commemoration of the Persian new year is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

Nowruz is an ancient holiday celebrated on the first day of spring. The free event is open to the public.

Details: www.icfresno.org or (559) 297-9535.

Armenian church holds service of installation

A service of installation for the Rev. Gregory V. Haroutunian will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at First Armenian Presbyterian Church, 430 S. First St.

He will become the church's 12th senior pastor.

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America will oversee the service. After the service, a reception will be held.

Details: (559) 237-6638.

Golf event benefits church building fund

A golf tournament will be held March 24 at Copper River Country Club, 2140 E. Clubhouse Drive.

Proceeds will go to the Divine Mercy Catholic Church parish building fund. Divine Mercy Catholic Church currently holds Mass in the Clovis East High School multipurpose room.

The golf tournament entry fee is $150 per player, including golf, cart, range balls, gift bag, awards, box lunch and dinner.

Details: (559) 347-7219.


The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304, rorozco@fresnobee.com or @ronorozco—bee on Twitter.

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