Toasting Tu B'Shevat with wine tasting

On Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, the custom is to taste four cups of wine, each cup holding special significance. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 4 as we toast the holiday with sommeliers extraordinaire Brad Trushin and Oliver Pfeffer, who will guide our tastings. We will also enjoy light refreshments, primarily those significant to this holiday. Join us for a fun, fabulous evening of good wine and company under the stars on the Brown Patio. For prepaid registration, click here.

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Temple Israel to host two family-friendly Shabbat experiences

Families, this one – no, two – are for you! On Friday, Feb. 6, start with our 5:30 p.m. Sababa Shabbat includes prayers and blessings with Rabbi Heyn, music and dance fun with Mallie Perlmutter, followed by themed activities and a light dinner. For cost information and to RSVP, click here. Our 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Service features our 2nd- and 3rd-grade Religious School students bringing in Shabbat with Rabbi Heyn, along with guest cantorial soloist Jennifer Benrey, accompanied by director of music Dr. Alan Mason. An Oneg and schmoozing cap the evening. For more information, click here.

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Join us for our next Shabbat dinner

Join Rabbi Tom Heyn and your Temple Israel family for a full Friday night Shabbat experience on February 13th, beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy the company of family and friends over dinner, then attend together our 7:30 p.m. Friday evening Shabbat service in the beautiful Bertha Abess Sanctuary. The service, led by Rabbi Heyn, will include musical guest cantorial soloist Mark Levy, accompanied by the temple's director of music Dr. Alan Mason on piano. An Oneg and schmoozing follow. RSVP for catered dinner a must. To do so, click here.

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'Experience Shabbat at Temple Israel' with guest Rabbi Yael Levy

Rabbi Yael Levy, recently named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward, will be Temple Israel of Greater Miami's guest scholar-in-residence for a Shabbaton on March 20-21 as part of the congregation’s Health & Wellness initiative. Rabbi Levy will lead a SPIRITUAL SHABBAT weekend at the temple, bringing to the Miami community her expertise in Jewish mindfulness practices. All are welcome to take part in this Shabbaton, which will take us from an introduction to the concepts and practice of Jewish mindfulness to a hands-on workshop and practical demonstration to gain deeper understanding and experience.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • February 02 | 12:00 pm

    Sisterhood's First Mondays group and the Great Books Club team up to discuss the last of Leo Tolstoy's major novels, 'Resurrection.' Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Mah Jongg, cards, knitting, and the opportunity for socializing follow the book discussion. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/451/event/

  • February 12 | 7:00 pm

    The Central Chavurah is delighted to welcome guest speaker Zooey Kaplowitz, who will present, "Yiddish Radio for Non-Yiddish Speakers," the fifth in the Chavurah's program series on Jewish humor. In its heyday in the 1930s, Yiddish radio flourished across America, affording us a snapshot of American Jewish life. This program will look at how Yiddish radio reflected the collsionof Yiddish and American cultures and of immigrants struggling to make it ina new land. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/384/event/

  • February 19 | 7:00 pm

    A new four-part class, 'Jewish Mindfulness Practice,' features meditation teacher-practitioner Carol Kaminsky, who will teach you how to bring deeper meaning to your spirituality through meditation, exploring how meditation can quiet the mind and support mind-body healing. No prior meditation experience necessary; those who already practice meditation will receive techniques to incorporate into their existing practices. Register today! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1422/event/

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A Shabbat Message

Families on Board at Temple Israel, Feb. 6th!

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

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  • TI’s Tzedakah for January 2015

    Dec 14, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its January Tzedakah of the Month: Overtown Music Project (OMP), a non-profit organization that celebrates the music, history and spirit of Overtown by bringing back some of the area’s historic luster with a series of multisensory concerts in historic Overtown landmarks as well as in venues all over Miami. OMP has partnered with the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and Los Angeles’s The Harmony Project to conduct educational and outreach programs, including an afterschool curriculum for Frederick Douglass Elementary school music students. To make a donation, contact OMP executive director Amy Rosenberg at amy@overtownmusicproject.org.

  • TI’s Tzedakah for December 2014

    Nov 25, 2014

    Temple Israel has declared December its Season of Giving. For starters, the congregation is undertaking a Toy Drive to benefit Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless families. Please bring in unwrapped new toys for children of all ages by Saturday, Dec. 20 to the Temple front office where a drop-off box is located.

    Also, please join your Temple Israel family on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Chapman Partnership to serve dinner and dessert, distribute gifts, and spread holiday cheer to those who need it most. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.; volunteers are welcome to arrive at 4 to help set up. Children's craft activities and games will take place while cake, desserts and holiday punch are served. Gifts will be distributed at 7 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Suzie Sponder at suziesponder@gmail.com.

    If you have a preferred charity you give to at this time of year, we encourage you to support them, as well. Please let us know about your specific charity so we can share all the charities we have supported during this Season of Giving. 

  • TI’s Tzedakah for November 2014

    Sep 15, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its Tzedakah of the Month: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization whose focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure. A rare and fatal genetic disease, CF affects 30,000 people in the U.S., with another 10 million Americans symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene. When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Due in large part to the Foundation's aggressive investments in research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. To make an online donation, click here; to make a gift through Temple Israel, contact the office at 305.573.5900 or info@templeisrael.net. Thank you in advance! 

  • TI’s Tzedakah for October 2014

    Sep 13, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its October Tzedakah of the Month: the Pastor James F. Hines Scholarship Fund of the South Florida nonprofit Brothers and Sisters on a Mission, Inc. (BASOAM). The scholarship fund was created in memory of Miami Herald columnist Bea Hines's son, known to all as Rick, a youth pastor who died of heart failure last year at the age of 55. Shortly before his death, Pastor Hines and his wife Debra founded Brothers and Sisters on a Mission, an outreach organization for at-risk children and youth. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, checks can be made payable to BASOAM, noting "Pastor James F. Hines Scholarship Fund" on the memo line, and send to 3816 S. Lake Terr., Miramar, FL 33023. Thank you for taking part in this wonderful mitzvah!

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

Religious extremism is rapidly overshadowing every other crisis on this planet and, as members of a religious community, the responsibility for addressing it lies squarely on our shoulders. To put it simply, we have two choices. We can try to eliminate violent extremists or we can try to eliminate extremism. While military action is necessary in many situations, killing extremists seems to exacerbate the underlying problem. The only credible, long-term solution is to eliminate, or at least minimize, extremism. But how is this to be achieved? To read more, click here.

  Hear more from Rabbi Heyn by attending our weekly Shabbat services. We'd love for you to join us each Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Presidential Perspective by Doug Jacobs

Doug Jacobs

“A person reaches in three directions: Inward to oneself, Up to God, and Out to others. The miracle of life is that in truly reaching in any one direction, one embraces all three.” – Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav. With the lingering sound of the shofar and the High Holy Days behind us, I look forward to what the New Year will bring. Which direction will you “reach” in 5775? To read more, click here.


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