Author, activist, academic Dr. Jay Michaelson guest scholar-in-residence

Temple Israel will welcome author, activist and academic Dr. Jay Michaelson as guest scholar-in-residence Dec. 5-7 as part of the temple’s Spiritual Health and Wellness speakers series. Michaelson, whose weekend theme will be "What Is Spiritual Health?" will speak at Shabbat Friday evening and Saturday morning services and lead a text study session. On Sunday, Dec. 7, Michaelson will give a two-part presentation: an introductory morning session, "Getting Serious About Your Spiritual Health," followed by an afternoon hands-on session when he leads a "Spiritual Health Workout." Open to the public, the Sunday program, which includes a light lunch, is $18 advance registration, $25 at the door, free for Temple Israel members. Contact the Temple office to register today!

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Light up the night with Chanukah, New Members Shabbat dinner and festivities

Light up the night – literally – while celebrating Shabbat Chanukah and our newest Temple Israel family members, on Friday, Dec. 19. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Community Menorah Lghting, followed at 6 p.m. with a Family Chanukah Dinner, Menorah-Building Contest with awards and prizes, and a Song & Dance Fest. Then join us for our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service, as we welcome new members and enjoy Chanukah music performed by our own Temple Israel Singers. Make your dinner reservations today!

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Temple ushers in a Season of Giving

Look at Temple Israel’s calendar and it’s clear to see this is the Season of Giving. Sisterhood is reaching out to our congregation's away-from-home college students to send Chanukah Care Packages. Please let us know by Dec. 1st if your student could use some long-distance TLC! And because this is the time when many of us like to spread holiday cheer to those who need it most, Temple Israel is again having a Toy Drive to benefit families at Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless and a Volunteer Night Christmas Eve to serve dinner, distribute gifts and mingle with Chapman families. Please join us to brighten someone's holiday - and yours!

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Temple Israel kicks off 2015 with exciting events for all ages, interests

Kick off 2015 with Temple Israel, which in January will present a variety of musical, thought-provoking and educational events sure to appeal to a range of ages and interests. Starting out on a high note January 10th will be the seventh annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, presenting the best of Jewish music – Yiddish, Ladino, Israeli, Sephardic, cantorial, classical, jazz, folk, pop, and more – presented by acclaimed performers from around the country. The next afternoon, recording artist Peri Smilow and award-winning Jewish a capella college group Tizmoret will give a rousing performance for audiences of all ages. Later in the month, on January 25th, hear bestselling author Dr. Raymond Moody, a medical doctor and doctor of philosophy who The New York Times calls “the father of near-death experiences,” speak on “Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experience.” Then, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, Temple Israel will host A Holocaust Seder,’ an intergenerational, interfaith event that will include readings, music and excerpts of videoed interviews with congregants who are spouses or children of survivors. Join us for one or all of these amazing events.

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • December 01 | 12:00 pm

    Sisterhood's First Mondays Group and the Great Books Club team up to discuss bestselling author Karen Abbot's most recent novel, 'Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.' Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1335/event/

  • December 05 | 5:30 pm

    Families, please join us for a Chanukah-themed Sababa Shabbat experience. Rabbi Heyn leads blessings and prayers, there's music and dance fun with Mallie Duboff Perlmutter, and themed activities with Megan Gerstel. Light refreshments served. RSVP today! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/571/event/

  • December 05 | 5:30 pm

    JSBoomers, Temple Israel’s group for Jewish singles in their 50s and 60s, invites all Jewish single baby boomers to meet at 5:30 p.m. for an early (pay-your-own-way) dinner at Sake Room restaurant. Following dinner, we'll attend together Temple Israel's 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service, featuring guest speaker Dr. Jay Michaelson who will kick off the temple's Dec. 5-7 Spiritual Health & Wellness weekend, capped by a dessert reception. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1029/event/

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Chanukah care package for our college students

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

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  • 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! 

  • 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!

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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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