At Temple Israel, membership has its privileges - come join us!

Many people join a temple for a sense of community, a connection with likeminded people, learning opportunities, and spiritual expression. You’ll find that and more at Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Perhaps you already enjoy or are interested in sampling the many opportunities Temple Israel has to offer, including Shabbat and holiday worship services, adult learning, special events and series featuring guest artists and speakers, intergenerational programs, social justice projects, and groups that cater to our diverse temple family, from teens to baby boomers to LGBT members. At TI, “membership has its privileges” and we’re happy to make them available to you while welcoming you to our congregation.  

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Temple Israel to host Community Tisha B'Av Service, August 4th

On Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av), which this year falls August 4-5, Jews throughout the world will commemorate the somber day – on which the First and Second Temples were destroyed and countless other tragedies befell the Jewish people – by fasting and chanting the Book of Lamentations (Eicha). It is a day to collectively address sinat hinam, or baseless hatred, traditionally ascribed to these tragedies, and express the brokenness we feel in order to ultimately return to a state of wholeness and connection. Nine Reform and Conservative Miami-Dade County congregations will join together for a Community Tisha B’Av Service Monday, Aug. 4 to collectively reflect on the painful times of our past and express hope for our future. The 7 p.m. service, to be held at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, will be led by clergy of the participating congregations and will include prayers, song and poetry. The evening is open to the entire community.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • July 28 | 5:00 pm

    The Social Justice Forum has its Volunteer Night at Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless. The group regularly volunteers 5-7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, meeting up in the Chapman kitchen. This is a great way to put your social justice values into action. Please join us and make a difference! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/600/event/

  • August 01 | 7:30 pm

    Please join Temple Israel for our Friday Evening Shabbat Service, led by spiritual leader Rabbi Tom Heyn, guest Cantorial Soloist Geniene Buschel Miller and Director of Music Dr. Alan Mason. We will welcome guest speaker Hillary Kener, Outreach Coordinator of JScreen, a non-profit program through Emory University's Dept. of Human Genetics, who will discuss the importance of screening for Jewish genetic diseases. As is our custom on the first Friday of the month, Rabbi Heyn will lead us in blessings for August birthday and anniversary celebrants. An Oneg and schmoozing follow. Families always welcome! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1076/event/

  • August 04 | 12:00 pm

    Sisterhood's First Mondays Group and the Great Books Club team up to discuss New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille's novel, 'By the Rivers of Babylon.' Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Mah Jongg, cards, knitting and opportunity for socializing follow the book discussion. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1214/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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