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Faith briefs for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at, subject Faith.

High Holy Day Services

Join the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Beth Beyer at the upcoming High Holy Day Services.

As fall commences, Jews worldwide look forward to the Days of Awe: the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah translates as “Head of the Year” and is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement” and is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance.

Morning Services begin Thursday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. ending with Tashlich on Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Vista Pier. Children’s Service (for pre-readers and early readers) is Thursday at 2 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah services will be held in conjunction with Temple Bat Yam from Lake Tahoe South Shore and will begin at 10 a.m. at Spooner Lake.

Yom Kippur begins Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. with Kol Nidre. Arrive 6-7 p.m. to light a Yikzor candle in memory of a loved one. Morning services are Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Children’s services are at 2 p.m. Afternoon Services/Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah starting at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to stay for the Break the Fast, which follows services.

NTHC is located at 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista, Calif. For more information, go to or call 530-546-0895.

Inspirational Cinema

‘The Pursuit of Happyness’

After summer activities, the Center for Spiritual Living is glad to reopen its Spiritual Cinema Season with “The Pursuit of Happyness,” on Sunday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a marginally employed salesman and single father, struggling with the mother of his 5-year-old son. When they are evicted, Gardner finds himself alone with his son in San Francisco. Forced to live in shelters and enduring hardships Chris refuses to let this dampen his spirits as he pursues his dream of security. Share an inspiring, fun evening. Short discussion after the film. Gratitude donations accepted.

Founded in 1986, the Center for Spiritual Living is located at 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the marina, call 530-581-5117.

Welcome Rev. Vince Juan

What do a wheelbarrow, a rope, a picnic cooler and a cross all have in common?

They are just some of the props used by the newly arrived pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Vincent (Vince) Juan, JCL, not only to capture parishioners’ attention, but also to help them to focus on and remember the message of the Sunday Scriptures.

This affable priest officially arrived in Truckee July 1. His formal installation as pastor of Assumption Parish will take place on Friday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. at a Mass presided over by Bishop Myron J. Cotta D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento.

Assumption Parish is located at 10930 Alder Drive in Truckee and may be contacted by calling 530-587-3595.

John Nilsen to play Church of the Mountains

Internationally known recording artist John Nilsen will play at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

Nilsen has appeared with such luminaries as Jose Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young, Kenny G, Alex De Grassi and David Foster. His recordings are featured on more than 40 musical collections and samplers, including a Rhino Records Sampler. Extensive radio play furthers Nilsen’s ever-growing audience.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nilsen has appeared in major concert halls, but revels in intimate venues. John is the son of a United Methodist Minister and is a member of the UMC himself.

CDs will be available for purchase. The one-hour concert is free with good-will donations accepted. COM is located at 10069 Church St. in Truckee. Call 530-587-4407 or visit

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