We already know our members are the BEST, so it's nice when they are recognized by others who are just catching on to that fact!

TI's STANLEY TATE RECEIVES KIWANIS CLUB HONOR

July 9, 2018 -- Stanley G. Tate, longtime Temple Israel member and founder of the Florida Prepaid College Program, which has enabled more than 450,000 students to attend college, has been selected as the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2018 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award.

Tate will receive the prestigious award at the 38th Biscayne Bay Gala on Sept. 29 at the Miami Hilton Airport Blue Lagoon. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m. The cocktail reception will feature an ensemble from the South Florida Youth Symphony, one of Florida’s leading youth orchestras.

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TI's RUTH GREENFIELD THE SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY - SPECIAL SCREENING JULY 15

FIU - Jewish Museum of Florida will be hosting a special showing of a documentary about Ruth Greenfield.

Ruth is a favored guest of TI's iOnegs and we are incredibly proud of her!

Instruments of Change, is a one-hour documentary film by Steve Waxman showcasing how the performing arts integrated a community and helped revitalize downtown Miami. The film chronicles two institutions started by longtime Miami resident Ruth Greenfield. The first is the Fine Arts Conservatory which was established in the early 1950s to integrate black and white students in a welcoming environment that taught music, art and dance. The second, the Lunchtime Lively Arts Series, featured a wide variety of free noontime shows held in various downtown venues every Wednesday. The series, hosted by Miami Dade College, ran from 1972-1992 and sparked a renaissance for a declining downtown.  

There will be a chat back and refreshments with Ruth Greenfield and Charles Greenfield following the screening.

The event is free for JMOF-FIU Members, FIU Students, Staff & Faculty or with Museum Admission

For information , please call 786-972-3175

 

TI's MARK FRIED RECOGNIZED BY DADE LEGAL AID FOR TIRELESS PRO BONO WORK

 

An immigration attorney with over thirty years of experience, Mark Fried has had many opportunities to give back to the underserved population of Miami. Mr. Fried has deep ties to the area, studying law at the University of Miami and participating in Key Biscayne community groups for decades. Even though he is a solo practitioner working in a two person office, Mr. Fried has always been one of the very dedicated attorneys who accept pro bono cases from Put Something. Last year, Mr. Fried took a pro bono foreclosure case from Put Something Back, even though he primarily practices immigration law. His client, a mother of three facing foreclosure of the home where she lived with her children, lost her job, and as a result, fell behind on her mortgage payments. Although she tried to catch up the payments, the bank refused to accept them, and initiated foreclosure proceedings. Working diligently, Mr. Fried was not only able to stop the foreclosure sale on three separate occasions, but he also worked to get her a modification. On top of everything, Mr. Fried helped her to find new employment, so that she would be able to make her payments on time. So far, she has made her payments on time, and she and her three children have been able to remain in their home. The client is very thankful for Mr. Fried, and expresses her gratitude for all the work he did for her. As for Mr. Fried, he continues to serve the community, having just accepted another pro bono foreclosure case. This makes almost thirty cases since Mr. Fried first began taking pro bono work from Put Something Back. Dade Legal Aid is extremely grateful for Mr. Fried’s ongoing commitment to serving low-income members of our community, and for the wonderful results he always achieves for his clients. He was nominated for the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award.

TI's VIRTUAL MINYAN FEATURED IN THE SUN SENTINEL!

The recently-added Temple Israel Virtual Minyan was featured in the Wednesday, July 19 edition of the Sun Sentinel/Jewish Journal. The virtual minyan allows participants to interact with others in a morning prayer service without the need of a traditional minyan of 10 people physically present at the temple. Using Zoom, participants call in and join others for the minyan, which last for 30 minutes. If you are interested in joining the Virtual Minyan, please contact Rabbi Heyn at Temple Israel, or Chaya Lerner.

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RABBI HEYN TO RECEIVE THE "LIGHT OF UNITY" AWARD

Unity orabbi_tomn the Bay has selected Rabbi Heyn as the recipient of their 2016 "Light of Unity" Award. The award is given each year to a leader in the South Florida community who shares Unity on the Bay's core values of "Diversity, Generosity, Gratitude, Integrity, Love, Spirit-led and Wisdom" and who supports their vision of "humanity inspired to its divinity."

The award was be presented at Unity on the Bay's annual Gala, at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. Rabbi Heyn conducted an important Kabbalat Shabbat service that evening with Mayor Cindy Lerner, dedicated to raising awareness about Sea Level Rise, several members of Temple Israel attended the Gala in support the excellent relationship we enjoy with our "sister congregation."

PETER BERMONT AND RICHARD MILSTEIN HONORED BY AFP

honoreesTemple Israel member Peter L. Bermont (left) received the "Outstanding Philanthropist" award, while Temple Israel member Richard C. Milstein (right) was one of two recipients of the "James W. Mclamore Outstanding Volunteer" award being bestowed by AFP.

The Miami Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honored the two Temple Israel members at an awards luncheon in November 2016. The annual event celebrates National Philanthropy Day and honors philanthropists, volunteers and community leaders who make a difference through their selfless acts of generosity and kindness. 

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE TO HONOR ELIZABETH F. SCHWARTZ

efs-headshot-colorThe Florida office of the Anti-Defamation League held its annual Miami Jurisprudence Luncheon on Thursday, Nov 10, 2016.

Among the year's honorees was Temple Israel member Elizabeth F. Schwartz.

For her years of service, she was tapped to receive the ADL's 2016 Miami Jurisprudence Award which will be added to a long list of other awards she has received.

Congratulations to Gerald K. Schwartz, Esq.!

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