Rabbi Jack Silver will speak on ”Secular Humanist Jewish Life Cycle Celebrations: Preserving Traditions While Being True to Ourselves” on Aug. 9.

The program will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road.

The program will focus on the manner in which secular Jews celebrate births, coming-of-age (bar and bat mitzvah), weddings and end-of life events.

Silver, a humanistic rabbi from Tempe, is a member of the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. He holds dual ordination: He is a Madrikh/Vegvayzer, conferred by the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

He also holds rabbinic ordination by the Rabbinical Seminary International, a nondenominational seminary focused on preparing rabbis for the modern world.

The program is free and open to the public. To attend, RSVP by Aug. 5 to Becky, schulmb@aol.com or 296-3762 or Jacqui, jacsaltz@cox.net or 722-5652.

Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Attendees are also asked to bring a light snack to share during the socializing and discussion after the presentation.

The Secular Humanist Jewish Circle is a local group, organized to meet the needs of cultural, humanist, secular Jews (and their non-Jewish family members/partners) in the greater Tucson area.

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