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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 email@example.com 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
There was once a man who made a strange request of Rabbi Hillel, the great Jewish sage who lived and taught in Israel about 2,000 years ago. The man was not Jewish but was willing to convert if Hillel could explain to him the whole Torah “while standing on one foot.” This was another way of asking Hillel to summarize the vast array of Judaism's teachings in less than a minute. Either the man was impatient or felt that if something had intrinsic value, it shouldn't take long to explain it or understand it. He was right. 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
As you are reading my final Chai Lites article, the nominating Committee is putting together the slate of officers for the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council for next year. Yes, it is that time of year when we pick new leadership for our temple. As rewarding as it is to serve this amazing congregation, we find we have a shallow recruitment pool. Because we reduced the size of our board we decreased the number of experienced people from which to choose. Several of us have cycled through various positions, and we are ready to tag out. Myself included. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being President of Temple Israel. However, we need to bring in new blood. We need new ideas and we need individuals who can move up the leadership ladder if we are to survive.To read more, click here.
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