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If someone were to ask me to describe the essence of Temple Israel while standing on one foot, I would say: it's all about relationships, meaning, and impact. I suppose one could say that about many organizations and causes, so let me add a little commentary here. When it comes to relationships, the connections we share in our congregation possess a genuine warmth and depth.

In the coming months, we will have many opportunities to extend and deepen those connections. These are the ways we build community and foster real, not just virtual, relationships.

When it comes to meaning, what we share is firmly-rooted in the wisdom and values of our tradition. We nourish those roots through regular opportunities for spiritual practice and intellectual engagement, supplemented by visits from leading contemporary scholars. Our shared search for meaning is what brings us together, along with an openness to be touched and transformed by it.

Lastly, when it comes to impact, we are all doing our part to make a difference locally and with regard to some of our world's most pressing issues.

“Relationships. Meaning. Impact.” These three words describe the essential elements of our congregation. The additional commentary I've shared may help to describe the unique ways in which we embody those words. Yet as remarkable as our community is in these ways, equally remarkable is what will happen when someone reading this article comes to an event and allows himself/herself to be touched and transformed by it.

If you find even one program or service on our calendar that looks interesting, that someone may be you. Like Hillel, I invite you to come and find out for yourself.

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 10:00 a.m.

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Apr
20
Fri
7:30 pm Shabbat Services @ Bertha Abess Sanctuary
Shabbat Services @ Bertha Abess Sanctuary
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please note: Shabbat Services on Friday, March 30 will be pre-recorded.  
Apr
21
Sat
10:00 am Shabbat Morning Service @ Gumenick Chapel
Shabbat Morning Service @ Gumenick Chapel
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Join us for our weekly Saturday Morning Services.
Apr
27
Fri
7:30 pm Shabbat Services @ Bertha Abess Sanctuary
Shabbat Services @ Bertha Abess Sanctuary
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please note: Shabbat Services on Friday, March 30 will be pre-recorded.  
Apr
28
Sat
10:00 am Shabbat Morning Service @ Gumenick Chapel
Shabbat Morning Service @ Gumenick Chapel
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Join us for our weekly Saturday Morning Services.

#NEVERAGAIN

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, a day of mourning and reflection. The full name of the day is "Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah," literally the "Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism." Every year it is observed on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day […]

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NEW BEGINNINGS

This coming Shabbat is both Shabbat Vayikra and Rosh Chodesh Nisan. In other words, the Torah reading on Saturday morning will be from parashat Vayikra, the first five chapters in the book of Vayikra (a.k.a. Leviticus), and it will be the first day of the Hebrew month of Nisan -- the month during which Passover is celebrated. According to traditional theology, it […]

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If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to witness the Exodus from Egypt, this weekend will be close to it in numbers and in spirit. We know there were between 800,000 - 1.2 million in Washington D.C. for the Women's March in January 2017, and between 3-5 million who participated nationwide.  For […]

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(Portions of the message below were adapted from a blog posted earlier this week by fifth-year HUC-JIR rabbinical students Juliana Schnur Karol, Eliana Fischel and Eric L. Abbott.) Last Wednesday night at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, we had a joyful Purim celebration, complete with the reading of M'gillat Esther(the scroll of Esther), a shpiel (a farcical play), and a sampling of hamentaschen. Some […]

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LET MY PEOPLE STAY

Earlier this week, it appeared that lawmakers were ready to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government open. But as Senate Democrats look increasingly likely to cave, conservatives in the House look increasingly likely to fight -- or at least get some concessions. And depending on what demands GOP leaders give in to, […]

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CLARITY AND INSPIRATION

With schools still out for winter break and some families away on vacation, it's been a relatively quiet week in Miami. I took the opportunity to make a trip to Cincinnati last night to see my boys for a couple of days, so today's message comes to you from a much colder climate. From Saturday through […]

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A BLESSING FOR 2018

Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) is the final Torah portion in the book of Genesis, the book also known by its Hebrew name, Bereishit. It concludes the narratives of the matriarchs and patriarchs of our tradition, and also brings the remarkable saga of Joseph and his brothers to a close. It ties up several loose ends […]

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DRAWING NEAR

"Then Judah drew near to Joseph and said, "Please, my lord, let your servant appeal to my lord...." In this week's Torah portion, Vayigash (Genesis 44:18−47:27), the continuing story of Joseph and his brothers reaches its climactic ending. When Judah draws near and pleads with Joseph to free their brother, Benjamin, offering himself as a […]

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THE LIGHT OF THE INFINITE

This week's Torah portion, Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1−44:17), almost always falls during the week of Hanukkah. It's common for rabbis to try to discern the connection between things that coincide and the meaning to be derived from a coincidence. Here is one interesting connection. At the beginning of this week's reading, Pharaoh had a dream about […]

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THE ONGOING STORY OF OUR PEOPLE

In this week's Torah portion, Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1−40:23), we begin the story of Joseph and his brothers which continues for ten more chapters, bringing the book of Genesis to a close in chapter 50. By the end of this first of four Torah portions devoted to the story, we have no idea how it will […]

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