Noteworthy events


Noted humanitarian to lead Union Chapel’s Sunday service

Oak Bluffs landmark, the octagonal Union Chapel, is a non-denominational church that hosts visiting religious leaders from a variety of faiths every Sunday during the summer. Preaching this Sunday will be the Rev. Dr. Amos Cleophilus Brown Sr. from the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, who is known for his humanitarian and educational initiatives.

Under the Rev. Brown’s leadership, his church has created an after-school academic enrichment program and an academy of music, has sponsored more African refugees than any local congregation in the nation, and sponsored 80 children from Tanzania to receive heart surgery in the U.S. The Rev. Brown was instrumental in raising funds for the Somalian relief effort in 1984 and for the Ethiopian famine crises, as well as being involved in a number of other relief efforts. The Mississippi-born reverend has held a number of civic positions, has served as a San Francisco Supervisor, and is currently the president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP.

The Union Chapel is located at the intersection of Circuit, Kennebec and Narragansett Avenues. The organ prelude by Garrett Brown begins at 9:40 am and the service begins at 10 am.

Women and Israel

On Monday, Aug 22, The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center (MVHC) will host a Mother-Daughter Dialogue on American Jewish Women and their Relationship with Israel with renowned expert in Jewish women’s studies, Dr. Shulamit Reinharz and her daughter Naomi Reinharz, who is Chief of Staff of Jewish Agency International Development in New York. The talk is co-sponsored by the MVHC and the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod.

Dr. Reinharz is a Brandeis sociology professor and founder of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She has published 11 books as well as many articles. Naomi is involved in the fundraising effort for Jewish Agency programs that bring American Jews to Israel and bring Israel to American Jews.

According to a press release, the mission of the host organization, the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod, is “to engender intergenerational interaction and a sense of ‘Tikkun Olam — a desire to heal the world’. As well, it is our responsibility to join the young Jewish Cape Cod community to the older Jewish community for continuity, connectedness, and the honing of a lifelong Jewish purpose of contribution, and legacy here on Cape Cod and abroad.”

The MVHC is encouraging people to bring their parents or children. For more information about the event, please contact Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky, 212-284-6914. A minimum donation of $20 is suggested.

Poetry now

Four local poets and one nationally touring poet will be featured at a free event at the West Tisbury Library on Wednesday, Aug. 24. One Fair Summer Evening of Poetry will include readings by Vineyard poets Justen Ahren, Ellie Bates, Maureen Hall, and Jill Jupen, as well as poet, performer, activist, and writer Samantha Barrow, who is a Distinguished Graduate Research Scholar at New York’s Columbia University. Ms. Barrow works extensively with survivors of sexual assault and has been published in a number of journals including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Feminist Review.