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Light up the night with Chanukah, New Members Shabbat dinner

Light up the night – literally – while celebrating Shabbat Chanukah and our newest Temple Israel family members, on Friday, Dec. 19. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Community Menorah Lighting, followed at 6 p.m. with a Family Chanukah Dinner, Menorah-Building Contest with awards and prizes, and a Song & Dance Fest. Then join us for our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service, as we welcome new members and enjoy Chanukah music performed by our own Temple Israel Singers. Make your dinner reservations now by clicking here!


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Monthly Shabbat dinners to begin

Enjoy a full Friday night Shabbat experience with your Temple Israel family, as we launch once-a-month Shabbat dinners, followed by services, Oneg and schmooze. Bring a dessert to share – Michael’s Catering does the rest. First dinner is January 9th at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by a Shabbat evening service. Families and all members of the Temple Israel community welcome. Make your reservations today!


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Temple Israel kicks off 2015 with exciting events for all ages, interests

Kick off 2015 with Temple Israel, which in January will present a variety of musical, thought-provoking and educational events sure to appeal to a range of ages and interests. Starting out on a high note January 10th will be the seventh annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, presenting the best of Jewish music – Yiddish, Ladino, Israeli, Sephardic, cantorial, classical, jazz, folk, pop, and more – by acclaimed performers from around the country. The next day, recording artist Peri Smilow and award-winning Jewish a capella college group Tizmoret will give a rousing performance for audiences of all ages. On January 25th, hear bestselling author Dr. Raymond Moody, a medical doctor and doctor of philosophy who The New York Times calls “the father of near-death experiences,” speak on “Life After Life.” To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, Temple Israel will host A Holocaust Seder, an intergenerational, interfaith event that will include readings, music and excerpts of videoed interviews with congregants who are spouses or children of survivors. Join us for one or all of these amazing events.

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Temple ushers in a Season of Giving

Temple Israel’s Season of Giving is well under way. Sisterhood reached out and sent to our congregation's away-from-home college students Chanukah Care Packages. And because this is a time when many of us like to spread holiday cheer to those who need it most, Temple Israel is again having a Toy Drive to benefit families at Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless and a Volunteer Night Christmas Eve to serve dinner, distribute gifts and mingle with Chapman families. Please join us to brighten someone's holiday - and yours!

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • December 20 | 9:15 am

    The Talmud says the chasidim rishonim (early pious ones) used to meditate for an hour before worshipping together, so they would be more attuned to the meaning and intentions of their prayers. Join Rabbi Heyn each week for a brief Shabbat morning meditation before our prayer service. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1359/event/

  • December 20 | 6:00 pm

    Temple Israel's Havdalah gatherings for members, offering an informal setting to meet on a Saturday night to share good company, refreshments, and a brief Havdalah ceremony and program led by Rabbi Heyn, continues! Ivy Ames will host the next get-together at her South Miami-Dade home. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1135/event/

  • December 27 | 11:00 am

    Take a seat around Joseph's Table on Shabbat morning for spirited, thought-provoking discussions on Jewish texts and teachings. Our special guest leading this session will be Rabbi Louis Rieser, founder of the Palm Beach County-based Nishmat Torah, which integrates Jewish sources with meditation practices, and a teacher for The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, offering classes in Talmud and Midrash from a Liberal Jewish perspective. Learning with Rabbi Rieser is a treat, so be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1283/event/


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A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

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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TI Prayer Book Project

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Centennial Brick Project

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