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Temple Beth David announces first NFT

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CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David of Cheshire announced the minting of their first NFT, or NonFungibl­e Token.

Harold Kramer, president of Temple Beth David, said: “This NFT is a very creative work of art, designed to share the concept of welcoming all members into a house of worship. We are excited to be, as far as we know, the first temple in the world to embark on this new artistic journey and hope we can raise funds to help sustain our operations, increase our scholarshi­ps, repair our aging building, and endow our future.”

NFTS are the acronym for NonFungibl­e Tokens which at their essence are a certificat­ion of ownership of a unique digital asset. NFTS represent a token that is stored on the blockchain (digital ledger) so they provide proof of ownership.

View this exclusive NFT, named “Awe and Reverence”, at https://opensea.io/collection/ aweandreve­rence

The NFT was a collaborat­ive effort featuring the creative animation of Spanish artist Tamara Delgado Garcia, the music of Serbian violinist Jovana Krazic, and the rendering of the ark curtain and doors from the American artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren.

Bidding on the NFT will begin on September 6, 2021 and remain open for one month, at which time the sale will be consummate­d. The NFT was a joint project between the Temple Beth David fundraisin­g committee led by Ruth Fiske Ratner, and NFTS4Chari­ty, LLC, a company founded to help bring this new fundraisin­g idea to organizati­ons in need throughout the world.

For more informatio­n on NFTS4Chari­ty, please visit www.nfts4chari­ty.io

Griswold Forums begin Oct. 3

OLD LYME — Saint Ann’s Old Lyme announces the return of the popular “Griswold Forums” the first Sunday of the month, beginning Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Griswold Room.

The first speaker for this relaunched series is David W. Good, Minister Emeritus for The First Congregati­onal Church of Old Lyme, founder and chairperso­n for the Tree of Life Educationa­l Fund and founder of Public Art for Racial Justice Education.

Born in Indianapol­is, Indiana, Good grew up in the United Methodist Church, and studied philosophy and English literature in college. Choosing the ministry as a profession, he went to Yale Divinity School, and since graduation he served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregati­onal Church of Old Lyme, CT. for 37 years until his retirement in 2012. He now devotes his time as a volunteer for the Tree of Life ministry that was establishe­d by the Old Lyme church.

As an outgrowth of the Marches for Racial Justice, he co-founded “Public Art for Racial Justice Education” whose first project was a Diptych showing the Ed- mund Pettus Bridge, as it was and as we hope it will be someday. Now, PARJE is working on a “Sister Mural” project with plans for murals in Old Lyme, New London, Norwich and East Lyme. He continues his love of philosophy (Heidegger) and poetry (T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Blake, Theodore Roethke). Good is married to Corinne Good of Liverpool, England.

Good will speak about the Edmund Pettus Bridge Diptych, which will be on site for his presentati­on. Com- missioned by PARJE, the Edmund Pettus

Bridge Diptych is a two-paneled painting connected by hinges and enclosed in a wooden box. The work reflects on the Edmund Pettus Bridge which played a pivotal part in our country’s Civil and Voting Rights history. The diptych is rooted in the ancient ecclesiast­ical tradition of traveling icons.

For further informatio­n, call 860-434-1621, email office@saintannso­ldlyme.org or visit www.saintannso­ldlyme.org

Congregati­on Mishkan Israel schedules events

HAMDEN — Congregati­on Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, is holding in-person and virtual services and events.

Volunteers wanted: The Ritual Committee is in need of volunteers to lead 5-7 minute presentati­ons on topics of spiritual significan­ce. If interested, contact Stan Friedman at stanf24@hotmail.com or David Chevan at dchevan@gmail.com along with a title for your presentati­on.

For more informatio­n and list of events, visit cmihamden.org or call the office at 203-288-3877. For pastoral emergencie­s, call Rabbi Immerman directly on at 203-5847396.

Congregati­on B’Nai Jacob schedules services, events

WOODBRIDGE — Congregati­on B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following services and programs. If you don’t know how to Zoom, visit https://www.bnaijacob.org/ or call 203-389-2111. We are Zooming and live for Shabbat evening and morning services.

Saturday, 9 a.m. Bread and Torah in the chapel and on Zoom

Saturday, 10 a.m. Shabbat services in the tent, on Zoom and live stream.

Weekday morning Minyans at 7:45 a.m. in the Chapel and on Zoom.

Evening Minyans at 6 p.m. Sat.-Thursday. 6:30 p.m., on Friday Shabbat evening.

Sept. 20, Erev Sukkot 6 p.m. service

Sept. 21-22, Services at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. A Sukkah pizza, we bring back the Old World Pizza truck. Please sign up in advance.

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