Bet on a great time at Casino Night!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 16 when Temple Israel hosts a Roaring ‘20s Casino Night! Enjoy an evening that includes a fabulous cocktail buffet, open bar, silent auction and full array of gaming tables – blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and slots – all run by professional croupiers. You’ll want to tempt Lady Luck, too, because prizes, including Caribbean trips and a big-screen TV, are up for grabs. Come out to support this Temple Israel fundraiser and be with great people from your community! Tickets are available for $75, $90 after May 1st. To purchase tickets, click here.   Sponsorship and  auction/raffle donation opportunities are also available.

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Interfaith brunch program: 'Jews of Arab Lands: Charlie Hebdo and the New Face of Anti-Semitism'

The relationship between free expression and religion will be discussed at an interfaith dialogue Sunday, May 3, sponsored by JSBoomers and Temple Israel. Open to the community, the 10:30 a.m. brunch program, "Jews of Arab Lands: Charlie Hebdo and the New Face of Anti-Semitism,"   will feature University of Miami professor Henry Green, a noted expert on Sephardi Jewry, with response from Coral Gables attorney and civil rights advocate Khurrum Wahid. Cost for the brunch and program is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Reservations required. For prepaid registration, click here

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Celebrate Shabbat with Pride

Join us at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1 for Temple Israel's annual Ru'ach Shabbat when the theme of the evening will be acceptance and what it means to be holy in an LGBT-affirmative community. This special service will be led by Ru'ach members with Rabbi Tom Heyn. Guest speaker will be Tom Canning of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, with music by guest cantorial soloist Adina Baseman Sharfstein. A festive Oneg follows the service. All are welcome!

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • May 12 | 8:00 am

    Get your fill of sustenance and spirituality when Rabbi Tom Heyn holds his next JEWS & JAVA meetup at Zak the Baker in nearby Wynwood. It’ll be a casual time to stop by, chat and learn for a bit with Rabbi Tom. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1520/event/

  • May 14 | 6:30 pm

    The Central Chavurah will present “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One,” the seventh and final program in its Jewish humor series. This year, we enjoyed and drew inspiration from guest speakers who spoke on a variety of Jewish humor topics. Now it’s participants’ turn to share the spotlight: Come with a favorite humorous Jewish story or favorite joke to share with the group. Then, get ready for the laughs! Potluck supper before the program, so let us know if you plan to come and what dish you'll bring. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1481/event/

  • May 15 | 7:30 pm

    Abiding by Temple Israel's tenet that we are "many generations, but one family," the congregation will bring in Shabbat with a Friday evening Shabbat service honoring cherished members who are in their 90s. Please join us for this special service led by Rabbi Heyn, with music by guest cantorial soloist Jennifer Benrey (her last Shabbat with us before she leaves for Israel for her cantorial studies!), accompanied by Dr. Alan Mason. A festive Oneg follows. All are welcome! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1513/event/

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A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

Presidential Perspective by Doug Jacobs

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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.

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