JEWISH ESSENTIALS: A four-week course titled “Jewish Essentials — A Road Map of Jewish Life,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, and continue each Thursday until Feb. 5 at the Chabad Center, 4141 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. According to Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin, the aim of the course is to deepen knowledge and appreciation of Judaism and Jewish life and is for those with no prior knowledge, as well as those who would like to look a little deeper into their faith. For information, email Ceitlin at

MARTIN LUTHER KING SHABBAT: Former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu and Xavier University President Norman C. Francis will be the speakers at a Shabbat celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 50th anniversary of the National Voting Rights Act and the 25th anniversary of the New Orleans Human Relations Commission at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Everyone is welcome to the event, which will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat, or reception. The main phone number for Temple Sinai is (504) 861-3693.

DR. KING REMEMBERED WITH INTERFAITH DIALOGUE: “Balancing Justice in an Unjust Society, How Dr. King Set the Stage for Interfaith Dialogue” will be the topic of the Interfaith Collective’s second annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The MLK commemoration will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the at First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church, 2309 Dryades St. in Central City.

The Balancing Justice topics will include: Today’s Social Justice Movement and the Sanctity of Life; Human Rights and Moral Responsibility; and Humanity and its Interconnectedness.

The keynote speaker will be Imam Wayne Ali Nuriddin, of the Islamic Interfaith Outreach Council. The talk will be followed by panel discussions moderated by New Orleans District B Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell and led by panel members Rabbi David Polsky, of the Anshe Sfard Synagogue; the Rev. Dr. Martha Orphe, of First Street Peck Wesley UMC; Imam Nuriddin; Simone Levine, deputy police monitor for New Orleans independent police monitor; Musheer Abdul-Jabbar, founder of Human Development Consulting; and Jared Roche, of the Bahia community.

The Interfaith Collective will join with a citywide MLK Day parade, followed by a service project in Central City. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. volunteers will be working with United Saints Recovery Project to fix up the house located at 2219/2221 Baronne Street. All equipment and supplies will be provided. All volunteers must be at least 13 years old. For information, contact Rabbi David Polsky at (504) 522-4714 or for more information.

The Interfaith Collective is a New Orleans based council which started in 2013 to engage in the positive and cooperative interaction between people of different religions, faiths or spiritual beliefs. Founding members are Imam Wayne Ali Nuriddin, Rabbi David Polsky and the Rev. Dr. Martha Orphe.

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST: Magnificat Metairie will sponsor a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. The guest speaker, Andi Oney, a mother who is part of the Catholic Charismatic renewal, will share her faith testimony. She is writing her first book on the power of praise. Her husband is Deacon Larry Oney and they have five children. Reservations are $20. For information, call (504) 466-2010 or (504) 884-6152.