New Orleans neighborhood news for Aug. 22-28, 2013

Central City

LOCAL COMMEMORATION OF MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Justice and Beyond, a local coalition of community, labor, and religious groups will host a local commemoration of the national March on Washington.

Veterans of the historic 1963 march as well as the Christian Unity Baptist Church, the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO, Safe Streets Strong Communities, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, The Southeast Louisiana Building Trades, Love Outreach Ministries, United Teachers of New Orleans, A Community Voice, Orleans Public Education Network, and Israelite Baptist Church will participate in the Justice and Beyond coalition event.

According to Pat Bryant, the commemoration will be at the same time as the national commemoration in Washington, D.C. People are invited to gather at 9:30 a.m. at Ashe Cultural Art Center on Oretha Castle Haley Street and proceed at 10 a.m. to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument on Claiborne. Activities will conclude at the Israelite Baptist Church, 2100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, pastored by Rev. Emanuel Smith Jr.

For information, call Bryant at (504) 905-4137 or email justiceandbeyondno@gmail.com.

Uptown

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: Temple Sinai will hold its annual 20-week introduction to Judaism beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. at the synagogue, 6227 St. Charles Ave.

Classes are free, 75 minutes long and are taught by Rabbi Edward Paul Cohen. There is no test or homework. This is an informal seminar open to anyone interested in exploring Judaism, interfaith couples, those considering conversion and Jews who are looking for a refresher on the faith of their birth.

Temple Sinai is Louisiana’s largest synagogue and New Orleans’ first Reform Jewish Congregation, founded in 1870. These classes will open for its students the breadth of Jewish theology, prayer, holiday observances and life cycle rituals.

Register by calling the Temple Sinai office at (504) 861-3693.

French Quarter

FEAST OF ST. LOUIS: The Feast of St. Louis Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday with a Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley.

New Orleans East

MASS INCARCERATION ACTION: A Community Action and Faith Revival will be held from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Household of Faith’s east location at 9300 I-10 Service Road. The program will involve the Micah Project and PICO Louisiana on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech to kick off a campaign to “end the mass incarceration crisis that is plaguing communities across Louisiana.” For information, contact the Micah Project at (504) 528-9996 or email daniel@micahpico.org.

Algiers

UNITED HEALTH CARE GOLF BENEFIT TOURNAMENT: A golf tournament to benefit UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, which provides assistance grants for child medical services that are not covered, or not fully covered by a family’s health benefit plan, will be held Sept. 9 at English Turn Golf & Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans. Registration begins at 8 a.m., shotgun starts at 9 a.m. and award recognition is at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament will be a four-person, modified shotgun start. Awards for first-, second- and third-place teams, Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole will be given. The live auction will include items from Louisiana and Gulf Coast-area businesses, as well as the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans and other area sports teams.

The cost is players, $250; teams, $1,000. Sponsorship packages are available. For information, call (504) 392-2200. Players are asked to register online at www.golfdigestplanner.com/24164-UHCCF-LA or call (504) 849-1603.