Interfaith News for August 11


Chabad Jewish House
A full season of activities, including services and classes, has been planned by the Zigdon Chabad Jewish House at 23 Vincent. Visit for the schedule and information about logging into the services and classes.

Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin presents “Talmudic Everyday Ethics” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 11, via Zoom and YouTube. These discussions focus on everyday ethical issues and use the Talmud and other Jewish sources as its guide.

Vilenkin presents “Jewish Psychology” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 12, via Zoom and YouTube. Join us and study the Jewish model of human psychology and how to apply it to life.

To watch the classes streamed live, please visit If you would like to join in the discussion/class via Zoom, please email for the meeting ID and password.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Since we cannot socialize in person this season, here is a serving of Social Tea to enjoy:

“From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and to the infinite.” — Frederic Amiel 

Chautauqua Catholic Community
Daily Mass is held at 8 a.m. Mondays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mary of Lourdes in Mayville. Daily Mass is held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Consult the website for details:

Hebrew Congregation
All are welcome to the Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat service of the Hebrew Congregation from 5 to 6 p.m. EDT on Fridays. Following the service, there will be Break Out Rooms with rotating small groups for schmoozing until 6:30 p.m. To register, send an email request to president Larry Cohen.

Lutheran House
Our social hour is at 4:30 p.m. EDT every Tuesday via Zoom. For an invitation, contact our hosts Sue and Jerry Keppel at

Mystic Heart Community Meditation
The mission of The Mystic Heart is to help participants discover and manifest peace, compassion, and kindness in themselves, in their relations with others, and in their communities. 

Muinuddin Charles Smith leads a session on Sufi Meditation and Purification with Elements at 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 11, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. 

Carol McKiernan leads a session in Centering Prayer, Meditation at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 11, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. 

Michael O‘Sullivan leads a session on Korean Zen Meditation for Balance at 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. 

Bob Zuiryu Moore leads a session on Soto Zen Meditation at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

Prayers for Peace through Compassion
For many years, every morning during the season from 8:55 to 9 a.m., Chautauquans have gathered in the Grove to pray for peace through compassion. In 2020, all Chautauquans around the world are invited to join together from wherever they are in silent prayer and reflection for five minutes.   

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Chautauqua
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) host a weekly “get together” for social connection, support, and to answer the inquiries and needs of the greater Chautauqua community at 6 p.m. EDT Wednesdays via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email

Women in Ministry
Women who are involved in ministry are welcome to attend our noon meeting every Wednesday via Zoom. Email by the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 11, to receive an invitation.

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The author Meg Viehe

Meg Viehe is a retired teacher living in Newport Beach, California, during the off-season. She is happiest when she and her husband Rich are surrounded by their children, grandchildren and the extended Viehe clan and friends at Chautauqua. Her advice to her grandchildren and others: “Be nice to everyone at Chautauqua. You never know who will be part of your future family!”