Java Negilah with Ru'ach

Ru'ach invites the LGBT community and friends for good coffee, food, fun and music at Java Negilah this Sunday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at Temple Israel. Featured performer will be indie folk artist Emily Sheila. The 23 year-old Miami native, who plays 11 different instruments, has performed at many venues across Florida, and has appeared on local television and radio. Sheila’s musical style has been described by the Miami Herald "as a mix between Fiona Apple and Adele, with a folky twist." To check out a sample of her style, click here . Better yet, come groove to the tunes!
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International Shabbat takes us to Brazil - no passport required!

International Shabbat returns Friday, November 7 at 6 p.m., as series coordinator Elton Kerness takes us on a virtual tour of the Jewish community of Brazil. With a history that dates back to the fifteenth century and today boasts the ninth largest Jewish community in the world, Brazilian Jews enjoy an open religious life in a country where they are well integrated in all spheres of life. Learn more about this interesting community, while enjoying Brazilian cuisine specially prepared by Chef Michael Meltzer. Following the program and dinner, join in our Shabbat evening service. Dinner reservations are a must by November 3rd, so RSVP today!

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Ukrainian Rabbi to discuss challenges faced by Jews in homeland at Global Day of Jewish Learning programs

Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine of the Progressive Jewish Congregations, will discuss "The Challenges Faced by Jewish Communities in the Ukraine (and What We Can Learn from Them)” the morning of Sunday, Nov. 16 at both an Adult Education Program and a JSBoomers Program. A founder of the Progressive movement in the Ukraine, Rabbi Dukhovny will discuss the current situation for Jews in his homeland. Following his talk at 11 a.m., Rabbi Tom Heyn will lead an interactive session, Judaism’s Many Paths,” exploring the distinct beliefs and practices across the denominational spectrum. The programs are being held in conjunction with the 5th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning, an international initiative designed to foster Jewish unity, empower individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and create meaningful shared experiences.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • October 27 | 5:00 pm

    Join Temple Israel's Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum for Volunteer Night at the Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless. Volunteers meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Chapman kitchen. Come, put your social justice values in action and make a difference! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/600/event/

  • November 01 | 11:00 am

    Take a seat around Joseph's Table Shabbat morning for spirited, thought-provoking discussions on Jewish texts and teachings. Our special guest leading this week's session will be Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, Ph.D., vice president of the Rabbinical Association of the Rabbinical Assn. of Greater Miami and Director of the Refuat Hanefesh para-chaplaincy program. A faculty member of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, she infuses the study of Jewish texts with intellectual and spiritual energy, making Jewish literature come alive. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1356/event/

  • November 04 | 7:00 pm

    If you haven't thought about Israeli dance since the last time you stumbled through the hora at a Jewish wedding, it's time to take another look. Patricia Avissar and Walli Chefitz will lead novices and experts alike in a repertory of dances, all performed with Israeli flair. Join us for lots of fun, fitness and ruach (spirit) for this weekly class, an initiative of TI's Spiritual Health & Wellness's Physical Health Team. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1348/event/

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  • TI Mitzvah Project: Holiday Toy Drive, Volunteer Opportunity to Benefit Chapman Partnership Families

    Nov 24, 2013

    Temple Israel is undertaking a Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless families. Please bring in unwrapped new toys for children of all ages by Saturday, Dec. 21 to the Temple front office where drop-off boxes are located.    

    Also, please join your Temple community on Tuesday, 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.

  • TIFTY seeking donated items for soldier care packages to be created Nov. 17th

    Oct 17, 2013

    Temple Israel's TIFTY Youth Group, as part of a Mitzvah Day project on Sunday, Nov. 17, will reach out to U.S. troops by participating in Maj. Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute's Support our Jewish Troops and general Support our Troops projects, for which they will collect goods and prepare care packages to be sent to our soldiers serving overseas. This effort is in collaboration with our Miami Jewish community's participation that day in the Global Day of Jewish Learning.

    Student volunteers will meet 12 to 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided.

    We are looking to make 12 great boxes to be sent to our Jewish troops overseas, focusing on sending the Entertainment, Snack and Hygiene items, as well as Shabbat supplies, listed below.  WE ASK FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO PLEASE DONATE ITEMS LISTED BELOW, labeling items “TIFTY Mitzvah” and dropping them off at the Temple office by Friday, Nov. 15 or, at the latest, during Religious School hours (9 a.m. to 12 noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17.  Sponsoring an item in bulk (for example, 12 Chapsticks) would be great. THANK YOU!

    For more information about TIFTY's Mitzvah Day project, please contact TIFTY advisor Deborah Sherman-Gorelick at 786-317-7580 or deborahlsherman@yahoo.com.

    On April 6, 2008, U.S. Army Major Stuart Adam Wolfer was killed in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq.  The Wolfer family will not allow Stuart’s voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders. The Institute is committed to supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas and domestically.  The Institute seeks to directly involve the community in its mission so that those of us at home give of our most precious resource, our time. The Institute seeks to increase awareness of the sacrifices our service people make on our behalf each and every day through educational programs at schools, communities and religious institutions.

    TIFTY needs a minimum of 12 of each item in any of the categories – for  example: lip balms, granola bars, blankets, puzzle books, playing cards, etc.  This way, each box we make is complete with a variety of items for a specific Jewish troop member overseas. We are committed to shipping a minimum of 12 boxes to our folks overseas.

    In addition to the general needs of our troops, we are including Shabbat items. The Shabbat package is a recent addition MSAWI developed and it has been very well received by the Jewish troops (many of the items below can be purchased or made by you - for example, braiding your own Havdalah or Shabbat candles; making a challah cover.)

    Shabbat items are:
     tzedakah box (we have used a small gold foiled box and put inside 2 chocolate coins); children could make one or you can typically find a tzedakah box in most synagogues and cover in paper that is decorated
     boxes or plastic bottles of grape juice (at least 2)
     2 battery operated tea-lights (MSAWI can help you get these if you are having trouble)
     10 regular tea lights
     bag of commercially prepared challah & challah rolls
     kabbalat & havdallah shabbat prayers (provided by MSAWI)
     Mezonot: babka, black & white cookies, rugalach (examples)
     Havdallah candle
     B'samim/spices
     Plastic silver kiddush cup
     Challah cover
     Bag for storing all items

    Suggested General Items to be Donated for U.S. Troops (again, items needed in individual-size packages - 12 minimum of anything listed below)

    Food/Sweet Items:
    • Nuts
    • Dried Fruits
    • Power Bars/Energy Bars
    • Granola bars
    • Boxed cookies
    • Candy bars/Candy [Chocolates (note the summer months melt chocolates quickly; although we've been told peanut m&ms even when melted reconstitute well)
    • Canned fruit/apple sauce/spoon [must have a pull off top]
    • Powdered pre-sweetened individual serving drink mixes (e.g. Crystal Lite, Kool Aid, Gatorade Singles)
    • Soup - ready to eat (pull off lids)
    • Canned salsa or dip
    • Chewing gum
    • Coffee (ground; vacuum packs or small cans)
    • Crackers – Saltines
    • Graham crackers
    • Hard candy
    • Pop Tarts
    • Rice Krispie bars

    Entertainment Items:
    • Puzzle Books (crossword, Sudoku, word search…)
    • Travel Sized Games
    • Board Games (e.g. Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Taboo, etc.)
    • Darts
    • Poker Chips
    • Playing Cards
    • DVDs (Action, Comedy) (used ok as long as in working order)
    • Current Magazines (less than 3 months old)
    • Work out gear (e.g. gloves, jump ropes)

    Personal Hygiene Items:
    • Individually packaged toothbrush
    • Toothpaste - trial or small size
    • Shampoo/Conditioner - sample size
    • Deodorant
    • Dental Floss
    • Full size bath soap
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disposable Razors
    • Fragrance Free Wipes**
    • Lip Balm, Chapstick
    • Gold Bond’s powder
    • Mouthwash (small plastic containers)
    • New 100% cotton bath & hand towel (any color)
    • Soft blanket
    • Anti-microbial socks these socks can be purchased for $15/dozen from the same company that provides these to the military**
    o Susan Moss, Pickett Hosiery: 336 227 2716

  • Mitzvah opportunity to help support Temple Israel’s 2013 Prayer Book Project

    Jun 14, 2013

    A book in hand opens a heart. An open heart expands a soul. An expansive soul transforms not only us, but the world around us. Inscribe a book. Open a heart. Expand a soul. Change the world.

    Temple Israel of Greater Miami invites its members and friends to help support our 2013 Prayer Book Project. This summer, Temple Israel will replace our prayer text with a new hardcover edition of Mishkan T'filah. For more information about this new prayer book, click here to read an article about it in The New York Times.

    This is a special opportunity to help preserve the importance of prayer and tradition for present and future generations. Perform a mitzvah by sponsoring one or more editions that will be used in our sanctuaries. A commemorative bookplate will be placed on the inside cover of the prayer book, and can be dedicated in honor or memory of loved ones.

    For more information, please contact the Temple office at info@templeisrael.net or 305.573.5900.

  • Jewish Journal/Sun-Sentinel features 5th Annual Winter Jewish Music Concert

    Jan 04, 2013

    The 5th Annual Winter Jewish Music Concert is featured in the January 4, 2013, edition of Jewish Journal/Sun Sentinel. Read more by clicking here.

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

“AS I STOOD BEFORE THE KOTEL, THE TEMPLE STOOD BEFORE ME AS A SYMBOL OF OUR CAPACITY TO LIVE EACH DAY IN DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSCENDENT REALITY.” I have long been inspired by [the] faith and optimism that is so prevalent in the lives of Hasidic rabbis and their students. I was reminded of this during a recent visit to Israel where, especially in Jerusalem, I encountered many devoutly-religious people. While standing at the Kotel (the Western Wall), I stood alongside hundreds of them as they prayed fervently for the coming of the Messiah and for the rebuilding of the Temple. I was fascinated by the way they went about their lives as though I didn't exist, even though I was standing next to them. It somehow felt like there was a huge chasm between us, yet I wondered how that was possible since we both practice the same religion. I then realized that there is a pivotal difference between the principles that inform their faith and the principles that inform my own. 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.

A Word from TI President Doug Jacobs

Doug Jacobs

Dear Temple Israel family... I'm back! So why on Earth does anyone want to be President, again? I used to hear that the two greatest words that a President loves to hear is "Past President.” I never felt that. I loved being President of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. I love the Temple! Now, I don't have the ability to lower your taxes, set the minimum wage, or get an immigration policy passed, but what I can do is help to provide you with an opportunity to be involved with the best Temple in South Florida. We have an exciting new year ahead of us, implementing new programs, events and welcoming an all-inclusive environment. Please get involved. We want you, and if you can bring a friend (membership is everyone’s responsibility), that would be great. To read more, click here.


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