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Central New York residents to celebrate Persian New Year

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.

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Fayetteville church gives time, resources to Rescue Mission and refugees

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.

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Jewish Community Center of Syracuse lights menorah

The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse held the first of five public lighting events on Monday.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

Chabad Lubavitch of CNY plans menorah lighting events

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.

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Menorah Park to honor mothers, fathers with 100th Anniversary Gala

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.

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United Church of Fayetteville celebrates pastor’s 20th year of ordination

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.

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[GALLERY] Beard Park bustles for Fayetteville Festival

Beard Park bustled with activity during the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival held from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday.

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Fayetteville Festival highlights local non-profits 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.

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[GALLERY] JCC hosts 13th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival

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.

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JCC hosts 13th annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival Sunday

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.

Local teens help urban neighbors through ‘Summer Servants’ program

Summer Servants is a one-week, overnight immersion camp where teens go to learn about service and their Christian faith.

Chabad-Lubavitch of CNY to celebrate Shavout

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.

Fayetteville church presents ‘Christian Songwriter of the Year’ Sunday

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.

75-year-old becomes bat mitzvah in Syracuse

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.