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For December, Temple Israel is participating in a Toy Drive up to December 20th to benefit Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless families. We also are encouraging you to please join your Temple family on Dec. 24 at Chapman Partnership to serve dinner and dessert, distribute gifts, and spread holiday cheer to those who need it most.
Temple Israel is participating in the annual Branches Thanksgiving Meal Program. We are calling on TI members and friends to join us by volunteering Thanksgiving morning to help cook, package, and serve or deliver holiday meals to individuals and families in need. Please register on the Branches website by clicking here. For more information, contact the Temple Israel office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-573-5900.
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.
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.
A Message from Rabbi Tom Heyn
Last year at a Hanukkah party, I found myself sharing what I had learned in rabbinical school about the holiday's historical background. I explained how it began not only as a struggle between Jews and Greco-Syrians but as a battle within the Jewish community between zealots and early reformers. The Maccabees ushered in a period of Jewish independence plagued by intrigue and fratricide which led to its own downfall. Soon after, the Talmudic rabbis decided to whitewash this tragic outcome with a story about oil that lasted for eight days.
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Presidential Perspective by Doug Jacobs
I can't believe it has been one year since I returned as President of Temple Israel. It went by so fast, and I am already looking ahead to next year with another great year of programs. Now is the time we start looking at new and creative additions to our programming lineup, so if there is something out there that interests you, please let us know. To read more, click here.