We held our semi-annual evening
of Fellowship, Food, Jewish/LDS Inspiration and Music
October 2016 in the Bellevue So. Stake Center.
Our Fall 2016 keynote "fireside" speaker was David A LeFevre (Dave).
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Dave gave a wonderfully informative and entertaining talk about Jeremiahís life and mission, what messages Jeremiah has for today's time, and how a Latter-day Saint should understand Jeremiah.
A wonderful potluck buffet was served and enjoyed by the large group attending.
In advance, Dave said: "A thorough understanding of the Old Testament/Jewish Bible is critical to understanding LDS doctrine. Joseph Smith would strongly agree, so I think Iím in good company.
"Jeremiah is one piece of this. To understand Jeremiah is to understand how Jews perceive the loss of the first temple, their national chastisement then and in other times, and the renewal of the covenant in the second temple and beyond. Of all people, Latter-day Saints should appreciate the beauty of those covenant relationships and ability to cope with disaster, rejection, and persecution."
The Feast of the Trumpets was introduced by Kim Cooney's shofar, followed by "HATIKVA" "The Hope", the official national anthem of Israel. Kim is a Tenor Baritone singer of sacred music well known in the area; he has performed with major productions and sings in various sacred settings.
Phil Ortega lead an introduction of I Need Thee Every Hour, transliterated into Hebrew.
Dave had just returned from presenting at the Sperry Symposium, and is currently teaching a religion class in our Seattle area. Here is his teaching resource page: http://davelefevre.website//teaching.html. He is a close friend of Professor Donald Parry, a Dead Sea Scroll scholar..
Our Jewish Genealogy specialist, Mary Kozy, made a brief presentation of genealogy including introduction of Jewish Genealogy of Washington State, which meets in our Factoria building. She also entertained questions and answers.
Harlan and Janet Reed guided us in some Hebrew dance instruction.
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Here is a list of downloadable presentation handouts from our local Jewish Gen meetings in LDS Factoria. (Please understand that there have been other great presentations at JGSWS that are not listed here.)
Please enjoy the several issues of our ejournal, the New Shofar, and the original Shofars on our website: http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/Shofars-History.html.