Vestavia Hills Living


Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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S T . P E T E R T H E A P O S T L E C A T H O L I C C H U R C H When the church opened in 1962, St. Peter the Apostle's sanctuary seated 300 people. Today, the church counts more than 1,300 families among its members in the greater Birmingham area, and its sanctuary now seats 1,000. More than 400 children are enrolled in the Parish School, and youth programs are available for children from kindergarten through high school. In addition to serving Catholic families from Vestavia Hills and other surrounding areas, St. Peter's also offers a variety of outreach programs to the local and international community. For instance, every Sunday and Wednesday, the church offers Mass in Spanish for Spanish-speaking residents. And the church's Child Development Center serves more than 200 local children from six weeks of age through five years old. T E M P L E E M A N U E L Since 1912, Jewish synagogue Temple Emanu-El has been located in its present building on Birmingham's Southside. In 2000, the synagogue underwent a large renovation of the building, but opted to stay in its present facility. The temple serves 680 families in the area, serving as "the center for most involvement in the wider community, due to the longevity of our clergy," says Cantor Jessica Roskin, Engel Cantorial Chair at Temple Emanu-El. "We started the Southside Faith Communities, which is a group of clergy members whose congregations are located in the Southside of Birmingham, including all Christian denomi- nations, adherents of Islam, and even Christian Science, Buddists and Baha'i. We meet to learn more about each other and to create community." The synagogue's mission is to be immersed in "tikkun olam, the repairing of the world," Roskin says. "We come together to help those in need outside our congregation, both individually and as a group." While Temple Emanu-El serves residents of Vestavia Hills and other surrounding cities, it maintains its historic presence in downtown Birmingham. "By keeping our sanctuary in the city limits rather than moving to a suburb, we remain a congregation that is open to all Jews in the greater Birmingham area, and we are a center of Jewish life no matter where you live," Roskin says. St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church Temple Emanu-El 70 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7

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