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!
‘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!
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.