International Shabbat takes us to Brazil - no passport required!

International Shabbat returns Friday, November 7 at 6 p.m., as series coordinator Elton Kerness takes us on a virtual tour of the Jewish community of Brazil. With a history that dates back to the fifteenth century and today boasts the ninth largest Jewish community in the world, Brazilian Jews enjoy an open religious life in a country where they are well integrated in all spheres of life. Learn more about this interesting community, while enjoying Brazilian cuisine specially prepared by Chef Michael Meltzer. Following the program and dinner, join in our Shabbat evening service. Dinner reservations are a must by November 3rd, so RSVP today!
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‘Venus Rising’ women’s drum and dance troupe comes thundering back for Shabbat Drum Circle

Temple Israel of Greater Miami is excited to welcome back Venus Rising women's drum and dance ensemble, which will lead a Shabbat Drum Circle as part of our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service Friday, Nov. 21. The multi-ethnic performance troupe of women percussionists and dancers explores West African, Caribbean, Brazilian and Middle Eastern rhythms, movements and songs. To see what you can expect, click here. Or better yet, join in – and bring a drum, if you have one, or any item that can be used as a percussion instrument. Rattling keys, pots and pans, silverware – you name it – can be used to play in the Drum Circle. All are welcome, and families are definitely encouraged to attend this rousing service!

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Ukrainian Rabbi to discuss challenges faced by Jews in homeland at Global Day of Jewish Learning programs

Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine of the Progressive Jewish Congregations, will discuss "The Challenges Faced by Jewish Communities in the Ukraine (and What We Can Learn from Them)” the morning of Sunday, Nov. 16 at both an Adult Education Program and a JSBoomers Program. A founder of the Progressive movement in the Ukraine, Rabbi Dukhovny will discuss the current situation for Jews in his homeland. Following his talk at 11 a.m., Rabbi Tom Heyn will lead an interactive session, Judaism’s Many Paths,” exploring the distinct beliefs and practices across the denominational spectrum. The programs are being held in conjunction with the 5th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning, an international initiative designed to foster Jewish unity, empower individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and create meaningful shared experiences.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • November 04 | 7:00 pm

    If you haven't thought about Israeli dance since the last time you stumbled through the hora at a Jewish wedding, it's time to take another look. Patricia Avissar and Walli Chefitz will lead novices and experts alike in a repertory of dances, all performed with Israeli flair. Join us for lots of fun, fitness and ruach (spirit) for this weekly class, an initiative of TI's Spiritual Health & Wellness's Physical Health Team. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1348/event/

  • November 08 | 9:15 am

    The Talmud says the chasidim rishonim (early pious ones) used to meditate for an hour before worshipping together, so they would be more attuned to the meaning and intentions of their prayers. Beginning Nov. 8th, join us each week for a brief Shabbat morning meditation before our prayer service. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1359/event/

  • November 16 | 11:00 am

    In North America today, the four main branches of Judaism are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. Within these denominations themselves, however, there is a great degree of variation in practice and observance. So too, there are several other noteworthy Jewish movements, including Jewish Renewal and Secular Humanistic Judaism, among others. What are the distinctions? In a new monthly series, Rabbi Heyn will explore the beliefs and practices across the denominational spectrum. An initiative of TI's Spiritual Health and Wellness's Intellectual Health Team, the interactive class is free and open to the community. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1346/event/

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  • 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! 

  • TI’s Tzedakah for October 2014

    Sep 13, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its October Tzedakah of the Month: the Pastor James F. Hines Scholarship Fund of the South Florida nonprofit Brothers and Sisters on a Mission, Inc. (BASOAM). The scholarship fund was created in memory of Miami Herald columnist Bea Hines's son, known to all as Rick, a youth pastor who died of heart failure last year at the age of 55. Shortly before his death, Pastor Hines and his wife Debra founded Brothers and Sisters on a Mission, an outreach organization for at-risk children and youth. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, checks can be made payable to BASOAM, noting "Pastor James F. Hines Scholarship Fund" on the memo line, and send to 3816 S. Lake Terr., Miramar, FL 33023. Thank you for taking part in this wonderful mitzvah!

  • TI’s Tzedakah for September 2014

    Sep 01, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its September Tzedakah of the Month and recipient of our annual High Holy Day Food Drive: Jewish Community Services of South Florida's Kosher Food Bank, which since 2003 has served those struggling to put food on their table - like families with young children, Holocaust survivors and the frail elderly. The JCS Kosher Food Bank is the only food bank in South Florida to which those who observe kosher dietary laws can turn. However, no one is turned away. JCS supplies critically important food items and other daily necessities, plus evaluates clients' overall needs and arranges for appropriate support services. To make a cash donation to the food bank, click here. Also, for Temple Israel's High Holy Day Food drive, from Erev Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, TI members and friends are encouraged to donate non-perishable canned or packaged food items (for the types of certified kosher markings to look for on food items, click here). For your convenience, collection boxes will be out during our High Holy Day Services. For more information, click here. Thank you for taking part in this wonderful mitzvah!

  • TI’s Tzedakah for August 2014

    Aug 01, 2014

    Temple Israel has chosen as its August Tzedakah of the Month: JScreen, a not-for-profit program through Emory University's Dept. of Human Genetics, dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Approximately 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews carry at least 1 of 19 disease genes that are common in this population. Through recent scientific advances, non-invasive screening is now possible to help prevent these devastating diseases. JScreen offers an at-home education and carrier screening program to give individuals and families easy access to information and to allow testing to be done conveniently from home. Testing is performed by a certified laboratory and results are reviewed and reported to participants by participating genetic counselors. For more information, click here. A special offer is available for Temple Israel members by ordering an at-home testing kit and entering the promo code TIM2014 (for Temple Israel Miami). To donate to JScreen, click here.

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

Religious extremism is rapidly overshadowing every other crisis on this planet and, as members of a religious community, the responsibility for addressing it lies squarely on our shoulders. To put it simply, we have two choices. We can try to eliminate violent extremists or we can try to eliminate extremism. While military action is necessary in many situations, killing extremists seems to exacerbate the underlying problem. The only credible, long-term solution is to eliminate, or at least minimize, extremism. But how is this to be achieved? 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

“A person reaches in three directions: Inward to oneself, Up to God, and Out to others. The miracle of life is that in truly reaching in any one direction, one embraces all three.” – Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav. With the lingering sound of the shofar and the High Holy Days behind us, I look forward to what the New Year will bring. Which direction will you “reach” in 5775? To read more, click here.


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