Two ways to celebrate Purim

"Come Together" Wednesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. for Temple Israel’s Purim Celebration that includes a Megillah reading, Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” shpiel, adults' and kids' costume contest, and hamantaschen reception. Then get ready for a fun, family-friendly day Sunday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. for our Religious School Family Purim Party with Megillah reading and shpiel, costume parade, carnival games, barbecue lunch and more. Sisterhood Bake Sale that day, too!

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Experience Shabbat with one of 'America's Most Inspiring Rabbis'

Rabbi Yael Levy, recently named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward, will be Temple Israel's guest rabbi-in-residence for a Shabbaton on March 20-21 as part of TI’s Health & Wellness initiative. Rabbi Levy will share her expertise in Jewish mindfulness practices as she leads an EXPERIENCE SHABBAT, including a hands-on workshop Shabbat afternoon with free kids' programming available, all open to the community. Advance, prepaid registration for the afternoon workshop required. For easy online registration, click here.

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Venus Rising women’s ensemble to bring drum circle to Shabbat service

Join Temple Israel for a rousing Drum Circle at our 7:30 p.m. Friday evening Shabbat Service, February 27th. We'll welcome women's drum and dance ensemble Venus Rising, which incorporates chants and rhythms from the Middle East, West Africa, Haiti and Jamaica. Bring a drum or any item that can be used as a percussion instrument – keys, household items, tools, you name it – to play. Families are definitely encouraged to attend this service!
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Mark your calendar for TI's Passover programs, services & 2nd-Night Seder

Prepare your questions, prepare your home, and above all else, prepare your mind and spirit for Passover! Temple Israel of Greater Miami will help you prepare as we offer a variety of programs and services to help get you ready and revved for the Festival of Freedom. Come join us for our 2nd-Night Community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Temple Israel and community members welcome! Seating is limited, so make your reservations early. For prepaid registration, click here.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • March 01 | 3:30 pm

    Temple Israel will host two family events that address bullying and highlight inclusivity and celebrating differences. First up at 3:30 p.m., a free Anti-Bullying Workshop that will teach kids and adults how to identify and react to a bully and self-defense skills when confronted. Then at 4 p.m., the curtain will go up for the world premiere of the musical 'The Purim Superhero' by the Miami Gay Men's Chorus Chamber Ensemble, based on Elizabeth Kushner's 2013 Jewish children's book - the first to portray a same-sex family - by the same title. A craft event follows. Tickets $20 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1446/event/

  • March 12 | 7:00 pm

    The Central Chavurah is delighted to welcome guest speaker Ellen Kaplowitz, who will present, "The Catskills, the Borscht Belt and other Travels of a Jewish Comic," in memory of her Borscht Belt comic father, Danni Leeds. The Catskills were a mecca not only for Jewish vacationers, but also for Jewish comedians looking to strike it big. Learn more about this in this fun and interesting program. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/384/event/

  • March 13 | 6:00 pm

    Join Rabbi Heyn and your Temple Israel family for a delicious Shabbat dinner catered by Michael Meltzer, followed by TI's 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service, capped by a dessert Oneg and schmooze. Make your reservations today! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1407/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 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. 

  • TI’s Tzedakah for November 2014

    Sep 15, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its Tzedakah of the Month: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization whose focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure. A rare and fatal genetic disease, CF affects 30,000 people in the U.S., with another 10 million Americans symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene. When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Due in large part to the Foundation's aggressive investments in research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. To make an online donation, click here; to make a gift through Temple Israel, contact the office at 305.573.5900 or info@templeisrael.net. Thank you in advance! 

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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

TI Prayer Book Project

Temple Israel invites you to support our Prayer Book Project for our new edition of Mishkan T'filah. Click here to learn more »

Centennial Brick Project

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