'Song, Spirit and Celebration' Shabbat Weekend with Guest Artist Ellen Allard

Award-winning singer, composer and educator Ellen Allard  will be the guest artist-in-residence for a “Song, Spirit and Celebration” Shabbat Weekend May 16-18 at Temple Israel of Greater Miami. The diverse and decidedly musical weekend will feature a Saturday Night Lag B’Omer Songfest  for adults with Allard joined by popular South Florida performers, plus plenty of family-friendly programs with our guest artist that include three different Friday Evening Shabbat Experiences , all culminating Sunday with the Religious School’s annual Parents Appreciation Day Event , replete with family tefillah, a sumptuous brunch and student talent show.

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‘Paving the Way’ to our future: Temple Israel to celebrate, dedicate, April 25th

Join Temple Israel on Friday, April 25 for a  "Paving the Way" Shabbat Dinner, Shabbat Evening Service with special guest speakers, and Outdoor Dedication Ceremony, all capped by an Oneg dessert reception to mark the congregation's official launch of the Centennial Brick Campaign, laying the foundation for our upcoming 100-year anniversary. All are welcome to take part in this festive evening when we celebrate as a community, honor our campaign supporters and display the newly-installed, personalized bricks in the Temple's Brown Patio courtyard. CLICK FOR A BRICK by April 23rd AND YOUR DINNER IS FREE!

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • April 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/

  • May 02 | 5:15 pm

    JSBoomers, Temple Israel's Jewish singles group for 50s/60s, invites all Jewish single baby boomers for an early pay-your-own-way (non-kosher) dinner, then attend together TI's 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Service, capped by an Oneg with delicious desserts and socializing. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1030/event/

  • May 05 | 12:00 pm

    Sisterhood's First Mondays group and the Great Books Club team up to discuss Kent Haruf's imaginative novel, "Plainsong.' Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Mah Jongg, cards, knitting, and the opportunity for socializing follow the book discussion. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/451/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

"ALL WHO ARE HUNGRY, COME AND EAT..." Have you ever forgotten to eat? Maybe you were working on the computer or engrossed in some other activity and didn’t notice you were hungry until you smelled or tasted something that caused you to suddenly realize you were ravenous. Something like this happens at least once a year, especially during this season in which we celebrate Pesach. Just before we take the first bite of matzah at a Passover seder, we read, “Ha lachma anya…This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. All who are hungry, come and eat…” Why do we read this phrase when we are already seated at our seder table? Isn't it a little late to be extending an invitation for others to join us? 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.

Read about Rabbi Heyn Read about Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz

TI Prayer Book Project

Temple Israel invites you to support our Prayer Book Project. This fall, we will replace our prayer text with a new hardcover edition of Mishkan T'filah. Click here to learn more »

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