Mark your calendar for TI’s 93rd Annual Congregational Meeting

Temple Israel invites all members and friends Friday, June 12 to our 93rd Annual Congregational Meeting, Dinner, Presentation of Or Zarua Award, and Installation of the 2015-2016 Board of Trustees. Our special service will be led by Rabbi Tom Heyn with musical guests, the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, accompanied by TI director of music Dr. Alan Mason. A festive Oneg reception follows. Pay tribute to our Temple leadership and celebrate community! Prepaid reservations are required. To make yours, please click here.

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Sisterhood to hold Shabbat Dinner and Installation Service

Temple Israel Sisterhood will hold its annual Shabbat Dinner and Installation Service beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29. Sisterhood members will lead the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service with Rabbi Tom Heyn, with music by guest Cantor Paul Offenkrantz accompanied by musical director Dr. Alan Mason. A festive Oneg caps the evening. Prepaid reservations a must. Click here to register.

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Pride Seder to mark marriage equality

Ru’ach, Temple Israel’s LGBT havurah, will host its 15th annual Pride Seder June 24th by celebrating Florida becoming the 36th state to achieve marriage equality. To mark this milestone, we will pay tribute to those whose unions are now legally recognized in the Sunshine State. Guest speakers will include attorney Richard Milstein and Rabbi Tom Heyn, with guests Tony Lima of SAVE and Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida. As in years past, the evening will be filled with moving stories, uplifting song and wonderful food. Hosts for the evening are Avi Flashenburg, Dr. Michael Graubert, attorney Elizabeth Schwartz and the temple’s director of music Dr. Alan Mason. Cost is $36 per person. For prepaid registration, click here.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • June 05 | 5:30 pm

    JSBoomers, Temple Israel’s singles group for people in their 50s and 60s, invites all Jewish single baby boomers for an early (pay-your-own-way) dinner at Bin No. 18 restaurant, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Temple Israel's Friday evening Shabbat service, capped by an Oneg with delicious desserts and schmoozing. Dinner RSVPs a must! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/832/event/

  • June 05 | 7:30 pm

    Join us for Graduation Shabbat when we honor all graduates, from preschool up through advanced degrees at a service led by Rabbi Heyn, with music by guest Cantor Ronit Rubin, accompanied by director of music Dr. Alan Mason. A festive Oneg and schmoozing follow. If you or someone in your family is celebrating this milestone occasion, be part of this kvelling moment! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1213/event/

  • June 09 | 8:30 am

    Get your fill of sustenance and spirituality when Rabbi Tom Heyn holds his next JEWS & JAVA meetup at Panther Coffee in Wynwood. It’ll be a casual time to stop by, chat and learn for a bit with Rabbi Tom. No RSVP necessary. Just come on by and start your day off right! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1491/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 May 2015

    Apr 26, 2015

    Temple Israel has selected for May the organization our Religious School chose for its Tzedakah Project: Yad Eliezer, a Jewish poverty-relief organization that helps tens of thousands of people in Israel. Best known for its monthly distribution of food packages for babies and families, it also provides a range of financial and rehabilitative support services, including a Big Brothers & Big Sisters program, initiatives for students with learning disabilities, mentoring children from single-parent families, and medical assistance for low-income families. Founded as a small, neighborhood relief  organization, Yad Eliezer is now one of the largest poverty-relief organizations in Israel, with over 12,000 volunteers. To donate, click here.

  • 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.

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A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn

Rabbi Tom

Everyone I know loves the Hillel sandwich. It's named after Hillel the Elder, perhaps the greatest rabbi of all time, who was born in Babylon around 60 BCE and died in Jerusalem in 10 CE. He is famous for his patience and humility, as well as for his sayings which are recorded in Pirke Avot, a collection of rabbinic aphorisms. But for anyone who celebrates Passover, Hillel is probably best known for the sandwich we eat during the seder. 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

Are you happy with your temple? I realize you have a choice. You probably drive past at least one other congregation to get to ours. Still, Temple Israel is your destination, and I am glad you chose us. So, how are we doing? To read more, click here.

  Read about Rabbi Heyn Read about TI President Douglas Jacobs

Centennial Brick Project

Temple Israel invites you to support our Centennial Brick Campaign to help pave the way to our future. Click here to learn more »

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 »