Coffee & Conversation: Running & Praying

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Rabbi Noah Kitty of Congregation Etz Chaim. Photo by John McDonald.



Running and praying was the theme of Tuesday morning’s Coffee & Conversation program at Pride Center.


Eric Runyan, spokesman for Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale, informed the senior group his organization is ready to train interested parties for the center’s upcoming 5k rainbow run. Per its website, Front Runners Fort Lauderdale is a group that enjoys running and walking and creates “a positive atmosphere through planned activities where gays and lesbians can be themselves.”

The sponsor this week was Congregation Etz Chaim. Located on the Equality Park campus, Congregation Etz Chaim is a synagogue that welcomes gay, straight, fluid, transgender Jews and non-Jews. Rabbi Noah Kitty said the congregation would soon be studying the Mussar.

The Mussar course, the rabbi said, is the “examination and development of your personal character traits.” A meal is also provided.

“Food is love, food is friendship and food is how we take care of each other,” said Rabbi Kitty.

Other notes from the program:

Ed Sparan, Operations Manager for The World AIDS Museum, announced tickets remained for Cleve Jones’ Fort Lauderdale appearance. Jones, a San Francisco gay rights activist, is slated to participate in a question and answer program at Friday evening at Sunshine Cathedral.

Tom Pence, President of A Celebration of Friends, plugged his Saturday morning “Klassic Coffee Klatch” at the Skolnick Center in Pompano Beach. “No one should be alone on Saturday morning,” Pence told the audience.

Next week’s sponsor is Premier Smile Center. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.


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