First Synagogue in Miami Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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Beth David Congregation celebrates centennial with community events throughout the year

Current Beth David Building on Coral Way

Beth David’s impact on the Jews in Miami has been far reaching. Knowing this has inspired the Centennial Committee to plan events that will appeal to a wide array of people.

Beth David Congregation, the first synagogue in Miami, Fla., will celebrate 100 years of service to the South Florida community in March 2012. The synagogue will mark this unprecedented milestone by hosting a wide array of community events throughout the year.

“Each day I find more and more people in our community who have been associated with Beth David, whether through The Gordon Schools of Beth David or by celebrating a life cycle event,” said Alecia Sachs, the Chair of Beth David’s centennial celebration. “Beth David’s impact on the Jews in Miami has been far reaching. Knowing this has inspired the Centennial Committee to plan events that will appeal to a wide array of people.”

Miami’s oldest congregation, founded in 1912, catalyzed the launch of numerous Jewish aid organizations, including the United Jewish Aid Association (now Jewish Family Service) and a B'nai B'rith lodge, and numerous other institutions, including Reform, Orthodox and Conservative synagogues, stemmed from Beth David.

In honor of the organization’s founding in 1912, Beth David will host a 1912-themed gala on March 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW Third Avenue, Miami.

Other centennial highlights include the restoration of the Jewish section of the City of Miami Cemetery, founded by Beth David, on April 22; a special Shabbat service honoring 100 years of Beth David educators on May 19; multi-generational family fun day; and the restoration and rededication of a Torah scroll.

For more information about Beth David centennial programming, visit http://www.bethdavidmiami.org, contact 100years(at)bethdavidmiami(dot)org or 305.854.3911 x200.

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