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First American rabbi honored by queen for interfaith work to be guest speaker at Shabbat service, Oneg reception

Rabbi Mark L. Winer, the first American rabbi to receive a Member of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II for fostering interfaith relations, will discuss the importance of interreligious dialogue as a guest speaker at the temple's July 31st Shabbat evening service, led by Rabbi Heyn with music by guest cantorial soloist Jennifer Rueben and director of music Dr. Alan Mason. Rabbi Winer will also facilitate a discussion directly after the 7:30 p.m. service during an Oneg dessert reception. The evening is open to the entire community.


What You Need to Know About BDS

Learn more about the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, a global campaign seeking to increase economic and political pressure on Israel for its policies towards Palestinians. BDS supporters argue that the movement and criticism of it are similar to the earlier boycotts of South Africa during its apartheid era. Opponents of the movement maintain its objective is to isolate Israel politically, undermine it economically, and stigmatize and delegitimize it. Come and hear a variety of perspectives. The event will take place on August 6 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Temple Israel.
Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • July 31 | 7:30 pm

    The first American rabbi to receive a Member of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II for fostering interfaith relations will be a guest speaker at Temple Israel of Greater Miami during our Shabbat evening service, led by Rabbi Tom Heyn with music by cantorial soloist Jennifer Rueben, accompanied by director of music Dr. Alan Mason. Rabbi Mark L. Winer, an international interfaith activist and scholar, will discuss the importance of interreligious dialogue at the temple’s 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service and will facilitate a discussion directly after the hour-long service during an Oneg dessert reception. The evening is open to the entire community. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1628/event/

  • August 22 | 6:00 pm

    Join with Temple Israel under the stars for the final summer Havdalah on the Beach, which will be in Margaret Pace Park in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood. Bring your own picnic dinner, blanket or chairs, and a dessert to share. Enjoy good company, yummy desserts, songs with vocalist/guitarist Mallie Duboff Perlmutter, and a brief Havdalah service to bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome the new week ahead. Free of charge and all are welcome! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1638/event/

  • August 27 | 6:30 pm


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A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

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  • TI’s Tzedakah for May 2015

    Apr 26, 2015

    Temple Israel has selected for May the organization our Religious School chose for its Tzedakah Project: Yad Eliezer, a Jewish poverty-relief organization that helps tens of thousands of people in Israel. Best known for its monthly distribution of food packages for babies and families, it also provides a range of financial and rehabilitative support services, including a Big Brothers & Big Sisters program, initiatives for students with learning disabilities, mentoring children from single-parent families, and medical assistance for low-income families. Founded as a small, neighborhood relief  organization, Yad Eliezer is now one of the largest poverty-relief organizations in Israel, with over 12,000 volunteers. To donate, click here.

  • TI’s Tzedakah for April 2015

    Mar 26, 2015

    Temple Israel has selected for its April Tzedakah: The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its inaugural PurpleStride Miami fundraising event Sunday, April 12 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in South Miami-Dade. The day includes a run and untimed family-friendly walk, children's activities, music, refreshments and more. Our own Robert Glazier is participating, and we encourage everyone to walk/run in his honor, or donate directly on Robert's page, or both! It is estimated that nearly 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and more than 40,000 will die from the disease. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year relative survival rate of just 7%. In our case, with Robert a beloved member of our Temple Israel family, pancreatic cancer is personal. Please do an important mitzvah by contributing to this cause. To participate in PurpleStride Miami, advance registration is required; for registration, times, and more information, click here

  • TI’s Tzedakah for February & March 2015

    Feb 08, 2015

    Temple Israel of Greater Miami has selected for its February & March Tzedakah: National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment. Established in 2009 in South Florida, NVEEE is a national, community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. The signature 'Not on My Watch" pledge is a part of NVEEE's anti-bullying campaign in which students, teachers, community leaders and politicians nationwide are asked to get involved in the efforts to end school violence by not being a bystander. For more information about NVEEE, click here. To make a donation, click here.

  • 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.

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

Recently, GableStage at the Biltmore staged performances of New Jerusalem. I know many in our community saw it. There were at least five Temple Israel members present the night I was there. The play was about the interrogation of Baruch Spinoza, the 17th-century Jewish philosopher whose unorthodox ideas put him at odds with the religious establishment of his time. It was sad to see such a brilliant man accused of heresy and excommunicated from the family and people he loved, but his idealism and ideals are still inspiring. 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

I can't believe it has been one year since I returned as President of Temple Israel. It went by so fast, and I am already looking ahead to next year with another great year of programs. Now is the time we start looking at new and creative additions to our programming lineup, so if there is something out there that interests you, please let us know. To read more, click here.

  Read about Rabbi Heyn Read about TI President Douglas Jacobs

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