Wishes for a happy new year may be three months in the past for many, but for the Persian community, that celebration is just around the corner. This year, not only does March 20 mark the first day of spring, but also the Persian new year, 1392. An estimated 300 residents in Central New York, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will celebrate Nowruz, the name for the holiday. Boroujerdi, also director of the Middle Eastern studies program at Syracuse University, is the organizer of this year’s local Persian New Year party.
During the Christmas season, churches often seek additional ways to reach out to the community with kind acts and support. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville decided to take an inter-generational approach to spreading useful cheer during the season of Advent.
The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse held the first of five public lighting events on Monday.
The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 — the first night of Chanukah — Chabad Lubavitch of CNY will hold a special program at the Downtown Menorah Lighting in Hanover Square.
Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park, is thrilled to be a part of the organization’s 100-year celebration, which culminates with a gala on Oct. 27 at Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse. The theme is “Honor Our Mothers and Fathers,” one of the tenets of Judaism.
The United Church of Fayetteville celebrated the Rev. Linda Even’s 20th year of ordination, and fifth year as the church’s pastor, Sunday, Sept. 16.
Beard Park bustled with activity during the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival held from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday.
The third Saturday in September is quickly approaching — and with it, the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Beard Park, with a rain date of Sunday.
The Jewish Cultural & Music Festival celebrated its 13th, Bar Mitzvah, year Sunday, with great music and incredible food -- all to the tune of clear skies.
It’s the Bar Mitzvah year for The Jewish Music & Cultural Festival, and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is planning a big celebration for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.
Summer Servants is a one-week, overnight immersion camp where teens go to learn about service and their Christian faith.
Jewish educational outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York will begin its celebration of Shavuot this year with a “Bridge the Generations Ice Cream Party and Reading of The Ten Commandments” event.
The United Church of Fayetteville will present baritone David Griffiths, recently named Christian Songwriter of the Year by the International Singer Songwriter Association, at its 10:30 a.m. worship service Feb. 26.
Patricia Thomas-Becker, 75, a resident of Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation, will become a bat mitzvah. Patricia was inspired by her grandchildren, Caroline and Jonathan Kahn.