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Beth Shalom to open doors to the community

On Aug. 23, Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will open its doors to the community for a look inside one of the area's most active synagogues.

At the congregation's annual open house, guests will learn about its multitude of programs, upcoming events and High Holiday services. Members will present a showcase featuring information on committees, activities and classes at the synagogue. Rabbi Betsy Torop and President Jeff Newman will meet and talk with visitors.

"People will get a wonderful sense about the warm and welcoming nature of the congregation," Torop said.

Founded by 10 people in 1990, Congregation Beth Shalom now has 150 member units. Each family, couple or individual counts as one. The synagogue's diversity sets it apart from others, Torop said.

"We are truly a big tent open to everyone regardless of their religious background, sexual orientation or age," she said. "We are open to families, singles and interfaith couples."

At the open house, guests can enjoy a free bagel brunch. Parents can register their children for religious school. Members will answer questions.

Upcoming events and programs at Beth Shalom include Yom Kippur services, a Selichot play and a Kid's Night Out. A fantasy football league is scheduled to begin Aug. 30.

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Power and Love Ministries, a teaching ministry focused on the supernatural healing power of Jesus Christ, will host the 2015 Central Florida School of Power and Love Sept. 2-5 in Tampa. The event will feature a variety of nationally known speakers. The cost to register is $40 before Aug. 29 or $60 at the door.

The teaching lineup consists of Bob Hazlett, founder of Touch of Fire Ministries and the Xtreme Christianity course; Tom Ruotolo, co-founder of the Global School of Supernatural Ministry; Robby Dawkins, speaker and pastor with Vineyard USA Churches and founder of Lifestyle Christianity, atheist turned Christian Todd White.

The four-day program begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Center for Manifestation, 3102 E Lake Ave., Tampa. Classes and worship services run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 3, 4 and 5. For more information and to register,

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