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HISTORY PAGE - some notes on past events       

some are placed here so people have the contact info-
( Does anyone actually read this page? Maybe it needs to be replaced by a blog, or discussion, for example.)

For 2018-2019 go to  this page
For 2017 events and earlier, see

January 1 usually has interesting ceremonies at the Indian Cultural Center and Temple.

January 5, usual Sunday Service at St John's Episcopal, 10:30 AM. Final sermon of Father Bob Van Doren, Reception follows.

January 5, 2 PM. Jewish Community Center, Jewish Historical Society. Rabbi Micah Greeenstein
speaks on  "Cuba nd the Jewish Journey" Film: Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana. Free, open to all.

January 5, 6 PM. Feast of Lights service at St Mary's Episcopal
(Bonfire with Christmas trees, wreaths, etc. but you must bring them before Sunday)
They still have a brief service and breakfast at 8 am Wednesdays - a good chance to visit with the homeless,
or volunteer to help, or see the excellent Yellow Fever historical exhibit in the social hall.

Jan 6, 12:10 PM Epiphany Service, St John's Episcopal.

Jan 6, Indian Cultural Center and Temple. 6 - 8 AM

Vaikuntha Ekadasi, which falls on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha (the growing phase of the moon) during Dhanur Masa every year, is considered very auspicious day for worshipping Lord Vishnu.
According to legend,  it is believed that those who have darshan of Lord Vishnu through Uttara Dwaram on this auspicious day will be blessed by Lord Vishnu to receive Moksha (Salvation).

January 8    7 PM. The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour, at Crosstown Concourse. Z(1350 Concourse Ave.)
Sponsored by the Memphis Freindship Foundation, one of Memphis's most interesting interfaith projects.
$27, all proceeds to the Memphis Friendship Foundation.  Limited seating so book promptly.
Buy tickets at
Press release is at

January 9, 7 PM Temple Israel. "Little Night of Broadway" Cabaret.

January 8, noon, 2nd Thursday, Healing Eucharist at St Marys Episcopal.

January 11. Masjid As-Salaam, Interfaith Panel Discussion: Death and Dying. 10 Am - 12 Noon, then lunch. Free, open to all.
(Dr. Md. Moinuddin for Islam; Prof Edward Ordman for Judaism; Rev Will Christians for Christianity)

January 10-12, CHABAD retreat (Nashville.)  Jews don't run much to retreats, I associate hem more with churches. And the Jewish word for a campout or trip for an elaborate Sabbath celebatioin is "Shabbaton". This one is expensive, I think, but, hey, outside of New York, organizing a very kosher hotel weekend with Jewish leadership is complex.  So I post the link in case anyone is interested.

January 10-12. Anshei Sfard- Beth El Emeth Synagogue, guests Rabbi Micheal Rosensweig, Prof Smadar Rosensweig.
Details at
Friday catered dinner $25, talk on "King David." RSVP by Jan 3.
Saturday morning sermon, "Human Responsibility".
Saturday 3:45 PM, "Gleaning the Philosophy of Judaism from the Laws of the Talmud"
Sunday 9 AM "Who are our Learned Role Models in the Bible?"
Sunday 10 AM complimentary youth breakfash, RSVP by Jan 3

Jan 12, 10:30 AM. Temple Israel, Prime Timer's Brunch and Concert. $22. A memorable performance by Julianne Thomas and Dom Fosco.
Julianne and Dom have been making music all of their lives. Julianne offers a stirring vocal style with a joyful presence, while Dom is an amazing instrumentalist on keyboard, sax, and backgrounds. Their repertoire includes traditional jazz, standards, blues, and R&B. Everyone will sing and smile, swoon over the tunes, and tap their toes while Julianne and Dom create a journey back in time that is “Unforgettable.”a
Registration is $22/person and includes brunch and entertainment. Click to register: 
Register by Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

January 13, Lynching Sites of Memphis Project, 2nd and 4th Mondays. The time is from 5-7 p.m. in the Jones Building, 3rd floor at Idlewild Presbyterian. Excellent speakers and discussions. It's OK if you can only come to part of the meeting.

January 14, Jewish Community Center - Author discussion, "The Color of Love - A Memoir of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl", Maria B. Gad, author and film-maker. 7 PM. $15.

Jan 14, 7-8 PM Temple Israel. Planning meeting for the Annual Purim show.


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