Near-death authority Dr. Raymond Moody to discuss 'Life After Life'

What can near-death experiences teach us about life? Bestselling author and internationally-known authority on near-death experience, physician Raymond Moody has changed the way many people understand death and dying – not to mention life itself. Moody will share stories and life lessons from those who have been to the brink and back in his presentation, “Life After Life,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Temple Israel. Sponsored by Florida International University’s Program in the Study of Spirituality and Temple Israel of Greater Miami’s Spiritual Health and Wellness initiative, the program is open to the public. Tickets are going fast – to purchase yours, click here.

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Temple Israel to host 'Holocaust Seder' to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day

To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Temple Israel will host A Holocaust Seder, an intergenerational, interfaith event Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will include readings from the specially-designed Third Seder Haggadah, music and singing by the temple's director of music Dr. Alan Mason on piano and the Temple Israel Singers choir, and a light meal. For prepaid registration, click here.

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Toasting Tu B'Shevat with wine tasting

Tu B’shevat, the New Year of the Trees, is Jewish Arbor Day. The custom for this holiday is to taste four cups of wine, each cup holding special significance. Join us as we toast the holiday with sommeliers extraordinaire Brad Trushin and Oliver Pfeffer, who will guide our tastings. We will also enjoy light refreshments, primarily those significant to this holiday. Join us for a fun, fabulous evening of good wine and conversation!

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Jewish single boomers program: change your love life to meet 'The One'

Jewish single baby boomers, learn the tips and techniques to immediately start transforming your love life at a fun and informative brunch program Sunday, Jan. 25, hosted by JSBoomers, Temple Israel's Jewish singles group for 50s and 60s. The group will welcome dating coach and author Bari Lyman, creator of the Meet to Marry method™, who will present her dynamic seminar, “Three Secret Love Essentials for Meeting ‘The One'" and teach participants the number-one shortcut for finding true love. 

Event Schedule

Happening @ TI

  • January 26 | 5:00 pm

    Join Temple Israel's Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum for Volunteer Night at the Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless. Volunteers meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Chapman kitchen. Come, put your social justice values in action and make a difference! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/600/event/

  • January 31 | 11:00 am

    Take a seat around Joseph's Table on Shabbat morning for spirited, thought-provoking discussions on Jewish texts and teachings. Our special guest leading this session will be Rabbi Louis Rieser, founder of the Palm Beach County-based Nishmat Torah, which integrates Jewish sources with meditation practices, and a teacher for The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, offering classes in Talmud and Midrash from a Liberal Jewish perspective. Learning with Rabbi Rieser is a treat, so be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity! Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1283/event/

  • February 01 | 10:15 am

    Revive your Jewish spirit and connect with your Jewish roots in a new adult education class, Grow Your Judaism, led by Rabbi Heyn. Seven 90-minute sessions are being offered, beginning Feb. 1st, each with a different topic. Open to Religious School parents and any interested adults, sessions will examine and discuss both traditional and contemporary sources. Read more: http://templeisrael.net/community/calendar-of-events/day/1421/event/

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A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

A Shabbat Message

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  • 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.

  • 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!

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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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