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Join us for our 2nd-Night Seder & all our Passover programs and services

Prepare your questions, prepare your home, and above all else, prepare your mind and spirit for Passover! Temple Israel will help you prepare as we offer a variety of programs and services to get you ready and revved for the Festival of Freedom. All are welcome to join us for our 2nd-Night Community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Seating is limited and pre-paid reserations required by April 2nd, so  click here to register today!

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Pre-Passover foodie fun at two events

Savor two pre-Passover events – with food tastings, cooking demonstration and kid-friendly fun – March 29 at the Wynwood Green and Art Market and March 30 at the Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market, both brought to you by Temple Israel’s Big Tent Judaism program. Sample local artisanal foods including gourmet kosher pickled treats by South Florida’s own Doctor Pickle and tropical fruit jams by Blanca Rosa and America Jams, learn healthy-cooking tips with culinary expert/educator Short Chef, pick up scrumptious recipes, join in fun kids activities with Sesame Street’s Grover, and enter free raffles to win exciting prizes. Both events are free and all are welcome!

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Interfaith concert of choral music

Temple Israel’s historic Bertha Abess Sanctuary will be filled with music Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. when diverse choirs from throughout South Florida join in an interfaith concert of choral music. Performing will be soloists and choirs from a dozen groups and congregations from throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Directing the program with be Temple Israel's director of music Dr. Alan Mason and Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios of Barry University. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Sisterhood Spring Gala Luncheon: 'That's Entertainment'

Get ready for a fun, festive day Sunday, April 19 when Sisterhood holds its annual Spring Luncheon Gala, "That's Entertainment." Chaired by Sandra Simon and Nancy Dreyfuss, the red-carpet event will include a champagne reception, delicious food catered by Michael Meltzer, fabulous prizes, and musical entertainment performed by artists with the J-CAT Cultural Arts Theatre. Open to Sisterhood members and guests. Tickets now available!

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • April 14 | 8:00 am

    Get your fill of sustenance and spirituality when Rabbi Tom Heyn kicks off his JEWS & JAVA meetups at Panther Coffee in Wynwood. It’ll be a casual time to stop by, chat and learn for a bit as Rabbi Tom discusses “Passover’s Over…Now What?” Come start your day the right way! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1491/event/

  • April 19 | 11:00 am

    JSBoomers, Temple Israel’s Jewish singles group for 50s and 60s, invites all Jewish single baby boomers to join them at the World Erotic Art Museum where the group will enjoy a private tour with collection owner and curator Naomi Wilzig. After the museum visit, we can gather for brunch at one of the many South Beach restaurants in the area. Reservations a must! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1507/event/

  • April 26 | 9:00 am

    Brotherhood will sponsor a 'Car-Mitzvah' Car Wash fun(d)raiser. Join us that day for lots of clean fun, with proceeds going to future Brotherhood events. If you'd like to volunteer your time, we'd love to have you! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1448/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 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.

  • 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. 

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

Much of what I write here has to do with the activities of our caring community and staff, all working hard to create the vibrant and thriving congregation we are becoming. Instead, I want to turn our attention to something much bigger than any of us individually or even our congregation as a whole. We are members of a larger community that is working to ensure the health and vitality of the Jewish people and its only sovereign political entity – the State of Israel. 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 am still basking in the glory of what was an amazing 7th annual Winter Jewish Music Concert. EVERY seat was taken in our Bertha Abess Sanctuary and it was a tremendously prideful moment to watch these performers sing their hearts out in our home, Temple Israel. I am still riding high as President for a second time and I want you to know that these, and other programs, are what Temple Israel is all about. To read more, click here.

  Read about Rabbi Heyn Read about TI President Douglas Jacobs

Centennial Brick Project

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