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CHAI LITES LITES DECEMBER 2012/KISLEV-TEVET 5773 5772 VOLUME 7170NUMBER NOVEMBER 2011 / CHESVAN-KISLEV VOLUME NUMBER 3 6

Installation of Rabbi Moshe Thomas Heyn December 14, 2012 More details on page 10


CLERGY AND STAFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabbi, Spiritual Leader M. Thomas Heyn

TEMPLE ISRAEL OF GREATER MIAMI - a progressive Reform congregation has been celebrating its diversity in downtown Miami since 1922.

Table of Contents MESSAGES Rabbi’s Message Scholar-in-Residence Presidential Perspective Executive Director A Musical Interlude SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

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EDUCATION AND YOUTH Notes from the ECC Religious School News Youth Activities

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ADULT LEARNING

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GET INVOLVED Sisterhood Corner Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum

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WORSHIP December Schedule

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LIFE CYCLE EVENTS Mazel Tov Birthdays & Anniversaries Yahrzeits

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SUPPORTERS

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DECEMBER CALENDAR

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

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CHAI LITES Published monthly at: 137 N.E. 19th Street Miami, FL 33132 Phone: (305) 573-5900 Email: info@ templeisrael.net

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ext. 406 rabbi@templeisrael.net Mitchell Chefitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabbi, Scholar-in-Residence ext. 418 mchefitz @templeisrael.net Dr. Alan Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Music ext. 409 dralanmason@hotmail.com Marla Towbin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director ext. 404 marla@templeisrael.net Federico d’Angelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facility Manager ext. 403 fdangelo@templeisrael.net Isabel Montoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager ext. 402 imontoto@templeisrael.net Janice Baisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Assistant ext. 405 jbaisman@templeisrael.net Iris Amador. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bookkeeper ext. 407 iamador@templeisrael.net Ellen Goldberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing and Communications Coordinator ext. 409 egoldberg@templeisrael.net Chaim LieberPerson, RJE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I nterim Religious School Director ext. 409 chaim@templeisrael.net Gigi Epstein. . . . . Director of the Joni and Stanley Tate Early Childhood Center ext. 423 gepstein@templeisrael.net Valleen Aguilar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrative Assistant ext. 421 vaguilar@templeisrael.net

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Howard D. Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Public Relations Robert Glazier* Neil Rollnick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Real Estate Beco Lichtman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Programming Robert Waterstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Religious Affairs Carla Neufeld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Harris Reibel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Peter Bermont* Dr. Joan Bornstein* Orlee Bushman Marsha B. Elser* Martin Fine* Esta Friedman Cynthia Sobel Gold Susann Goldberg Dr. Andrew Gottlieb Michael Graubert, M.D. Frank Futernick Suzanne Hafkin Lance Harke Brian Hirsch Douglas M. Jacobs* Jane Kahn Jacobs* John Kanter

Edythe Kerness Michelle Krinzman Jannet Dannon-Mairena Arthur Marcus Richard Milstein Michael D. Orovitz* Norma A. Orovitz* Oliver Pfeffer Candace Ruskin* Jack Schillinger* Gerald K. Schwartz* Donna Seldes Michael A. Silver* Stanley G. Tate* Robert L. Waxman *Past President

ADVISORY COUNCIL Ben Kuehne, Chair* Leonard L. Abess JoAnne Bander Joe Farcus Seymour Hecker Douglas Heller Betsy Kaplan Elton J. Kerness Nathan S. Lee Lawrence Leitner

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RABBI’S MESSAGE Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn

What are you doing for Christmas?

There must be more for Jews to do on Christmas than going out for Chinese food. I know many who are members of “blended families” will do something with their relatives who celebrate Christmas. But what about the rest of us? Are we to just carry on as if December 24-25 is just another day? Jews have always had something important to do with this seasonal holiday. The best-selling single of all time, the song “White Christmas,” was written in 1940 by a Jew – Israel Baline, better known as Irving Berlin. And, of course, we all know that Jesus himself was a Jew. But much has happened since Jesus walked the earth and learned what he knew of Torah from other rabbis. In the two millennia since then, our respective traditions and sacred narratives have gone in very different directions. And so it’s often around holidays, when our stories and beliefs about “salvation” come to the foreground, that we find ourselves wondering, “how do we find our place in relation to a story or belief that is not our own?” The uncertainties raised by this question explain why Jews have such an ambivalent relationship with Christmas. Longstanding attitudes characterized by hostility or indifference have generally given way to acquiescence and accommodation. But a more interesting response has been for us to see the holiday as an opportunity for performing mitzvot - deeds which many consider to be our moral, if not religious, obligation as Jews. In 1969, a Milwaukee resident by the name of Albert Rosen encountered a man who was upset about not being with his family on Christmas because he had to work. That night, he called a local radio station and asked the disc jockey to announce that a Jewish man wanted to work for a Christian on Christmas. For the next twenty-eight years Rosen stood in for strangers, doing their jobs on Christmas Day. He filled in as a police dispatcher, bellman, switchboard operator, television reporter, chef, convenience store clerk, radio disc jockey, and a gas station attendant, taking the time to train for each position in advance. Occasionally Jews asked him why he would want to ingratiate himself with Christians. He replied by saying, “I do this because I’m a Jew. Judaism is about being a light unto the world.” Perhaps the most ironic manifestation of performing a mitzvah around Christmas is for a Jew to play the part of

Santa Claus. Jay Frankston of New York City took up the role of Santa in 1960, at first to amuse his children. Later, upon discovering that the third floor of the city’s main post office served as the storage place for letters addressed to Santa Claus, he managed to gain access to the letters and decided to send telegrams to eight of the children saying, “Santa is coming.” Dressed as Santa, Frankston then made good on the promise, bringing the delighted children their presents. By 1972, he was providing gifts to 150 children. Publicity about Frankston’s good deeds attracted donations which he, in turn, gave to charitable organizations to distribute at Christmas. Today, thousands of American Jews find a place for themselves during Christmas by doing mitzvot – volunteering in soup kitchens and hospitals, visiting the homebound, preparing or delivering Christmas meals, buying Christmas presents for the poor, or substituting for colleagues at work. These kinds of activities, here at Temple Israel and around the world, are a perfect way of combining the Jewish values of tikkun olam, repairing the world, with the Christmas spirit of bringing joy to the world. December will be a busy month as you’ll see in this issue of Chai Lites, but when our Temple family’s celebrations come to an end on the eighth day of Chanukah (Sunday, Dec 16th), we’ll be ready to put into practice all the inspiration and wisdom we’ve gained. What could be a better expression of our Jewish values than making ourselves available to serve? I look forward to seeing you this month, whether it’s at one of our many important events at the Temple, or when we’re delivering or wrapping presents from our Toy Drive, or when we’re serving food on Christmas Eve at the Chapman Partnership. What are you doing for Christmas? Hopefully you’ll be celebrating the holiday as Jews - in a way that goes beyond withdrawal on the one hand and acquiescence on the other. By “being a light unto the world,” we also end up creating for ourselves a better place in it.

Integrative Shabbat Service Friday, December 21, 2012 6:30 pm See page 18 for more details.

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SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE

The Secret of Creativity

PRESIDENTIAL

Perspective

A Torah-Ted Talk, Sunday Dec. 9, 10:30 AM

Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz Scholar-in-Residence

Ah, if I had only heard this talk before I began my rabbinic learning, it would have made that learning so much easier. Instead, I got lost in the peculiarities of biblical Hebrew and the various documents that constitute the manuscript of the Torah. Interesting enough, but not

helpful for understanding the process of creation. The Torah is attempting to convey creation as best it can, with story after story – four, all told, each expanding one upon the other. First is the story of the adam, the original earthling. The earthling is given but one responsibility, to name everything it encounters. With that task complete, it recognizes it is alone and complains to the Creator, “Take me back! There is no complement for me!” But the Creator does not take it back. It presses it into a deep sleep, divides one side from the other, one to be female, the other male, and says, “Now you have a partner.” And, creation continued. The second story is of the woman, Eve, and her partner, Adam. They try to eat their way back to the Creator. With knowledge, they perceived the Tree of Life. Should they eat from the Tree of Life, creation would collapse, so the Holy One sent them away from the garden to interact with people from other stories, the unwritten stories. At the end of Parshat Beraysheet, the opening chapters of Genesis, we learn that humankind were having sex with angels, trying to work their way back to the Creator in intimate fashion. That’s what brought the flood. After the flood, creation restarted. At the Tower of Babel humans attempted to assemble a Divine Name and ascend to reunion with their Creator, but the Holy One babbled that name and dispersed them to the ends of the world. Then, Abraham began the work of reassembly, welcoming strangers into his tent. The process of reassembly has been going on ever since. We’re not forbidden to study the process of creativity. We’re only forbidden to misuse it. The Kabbalah has within it a work called Ma’aseh Berayseet, the Work of Creation. Those who master it learn the secret of creativity, a process that enlightens text and, even more, enhances all relationships. Continued on page 20 4

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A TIME FOR MIRACLES I am truly blessed to be able to spend lots of time surrounded by the sounds and faces of young children who spend their days on the Temple Israel campus. That

Joan L. Schaeffer President really propels me to commit myself to Jewish continuity. I am also fortunate to be able to participate in the Jewish community of this city in many venues. Recently, Temple Israel hosted a meeting of MART- the organization of Reform Temples in Miami-Dade. I was reminded of our special place in the larger Jewish community of Miami and how we are entwined with others on a similar, yet different, path.

Like most people, I love the festivities related to the celebration of Chanukah- the food, the music, the exchange of gifts and the fellowship. But this year, we at Temple Israel have so much more to celebrate. It feels on so many levels that we have been given an opportunity to begin again and I am always thankful for new beginnings. We will mark the Installation of our “new” Rabbi, Moshe Thomas Heyn, with a number of events scheduled for the weekend of December 14th. I hope you will join us as we celebrate Chanukah as a Temple community with a congregational dinner and very special service on Friday, December 14th. We will welcome our new members on this special Shabbat. The weekend will be full of events for everyone, and I encourage you to join us as we continue to celebrate the miracle of Temple Israel. We will be hosting Rabbi Arthur Green and Cantorial Soloist Rachel Brook for the weekend. I also want to mention the appropriate seasonal activity everyone can join in as we combine our efforts and strength with other local synagogues as we work with Habitat for Humanity in building homes for those in need on Sunday, December 2nd. I want to wish all of you a very joyous Chanukah. I invite you to fully participate in all the activities we have planned for Installation Weekend which is sure to be miraculous in many ways. And I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have been so supportive in reinvigorating Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Chag SameachJoan Schaeffer President


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JOAN SCHAEFFER’S

Miami Herald letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor Posted on Tuesday, 11.06.12

Temple shares its riches We, at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, enjoyed Mike Eidson’s Nov. 2 Other Views column, Downtown’s cultural corridor blossoms. However, while the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts debuted in 2006, Temple Israel has anchored the neighborhood since 1922. We have provided cultural, educational, civic and environmental enrichments, as well as a central address for progressive Judaism. Having celebrated our 90th anniversary, we welcome community members to participate in our current season, which includes the renowned Winter Jewish Music Concert, Interfaith Chorale Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, educational offerings and a weekend of learning with Rabbi Arthur Green, a preeminent authority on Jewish thought and spirituality. Temple Israel’s enhancements to Miami’s cultural corridor are and have been a priority to our leadership and clergy for generations. With the arrival of Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn, we are well positioned to continue adding to the richness of the central city for another 90 years and beyond. Joan L. Schaeffer, president, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Miami

A MUSICAL INTERLUDE December Is The Month To Purchase Concert Tickets The Bertha Abess Sanctuary will get quite a lot of visibility on Saturday evening, January 19 when Jewish Life TV broadcasts the Winter Jewish Music Concert live on television. The station

Alan Mason Director of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts reaches 4 million homes around the world, and their demographics indicate that Saturday evenings at 8 pm attract a viewing audience of 300,000. That’s a lot of people viewing the Winter Jewish Music Concert, seeing the beautiful interior of Temple Israel, and seeing an audience of 700 enjoy the concert. I can’t say “look how far we’ve come,” because the first concert of this sort, presented in January 2009, attracted an audience of over 700. What I can say, though, is that in the short span of five years, the Winter Jewish Music Concert has firmly been established as the finest concert of Jewish music in the nation. What makes it the finest? The quality of programming. The quality of the singers. The quality of their selections, and the magnificent quality of their performances. The choice of repertoire is carefully considered, and the manner in which the singers perform is considered with great sensitivity, providing the discerning audience with the highest degree of Jewish vocal music they can hear anywhere. Tickets to the concert are $18, and may be purchased at 1-800-838-3006, or at www.jewishconcert.org. Every seat in the Sanctuary is bought up during the month of December, so please don’t wait until the last minute to secure your seats. It’s a concert not to be missed.

SPECIAL MUSICAL TREATS DURING DECEMBER Cantorial soloist, Rachel Brook, who provided such outstanding service for us during the High Holidays, will join us on the Bima for Rabbi Heyn’s Installation Service on Friday, December 14. The Lighthouse for the Blind will present one of their residents, a classical violinist, as our musical guest artist during services on Friday, December 21. December 2012/Kislev-Tevet 5773 Volume 71 Number 6

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Special Events and Programs

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Central Chavurah

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012 7:00 PM IN KAPLAN HALL

JEWISH JOURNEYS Join Chavurah in examining the personal paths we have chosen or have had chosen for us. Along the way, we will seek to identify experiences and events perhaps even those purpose and meaning in them. In this endeavor we look forward to the guidance and insight of Rabbi Heyn. Chavurah is open to all Temple members and their friends.

In a casual setting we

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Seven hundred people gather in a historic 1926 sanctuary in downtown Miami to hear the best of Jewish music from around the world: Yiddish, cantorial, Ladino, Israeli, folk, pop, classical, jazz, beatbox, tango (and magic too!).

Performers Sharon Alcalay-Leibovici Bagels ‘n Box Aviva Bass Michelle Auslander Cohen Erik Contzius Alejandra Czarny Annette Sanders Norman Cohen Falah Sammy Schechter Dafna Rebecca Schwartz Sagee Goldenholz Lisa Segal David Aaron Katz Stephanie Shore Mark Kula Ellen Stettner Donna Mashadi-Azu Stephen Texon Shira Silverman Nafshi Yonina & Miriam Natalie Young Susan Shane Linder, guitar Brian Potts, percussion Alan Mason, piano

5TH ANNUAL WINTER JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT saturday, january 19, 2013 | 8 pm in miami’s vibrant urban center

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Come early for our Hors d'Oeuvre Food Reception at 6pm

6pm $18 Food Reception by 8pm $18 Concert www.jewishconcert.org to purchase tickets or call 1-800-838-3006 Bertha Abess Sanctuary Temple Israel of Greater Miami 137 NE 19th Street Miami, Florida 33132

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Jewish Spirituality Series Featuring renowned spiritual authorities and practitioners, including:

RABBI ARTHUR GREEN: “SPIRITUALITY FOR A NEW ERA” Sunday, December 16, 2012, 9:30 AM-12 PM Powerful forces shape Jewish life and identity. What does it mean for us? of contemporary Jewish spirituality, in an open conversation about our future and how we can play a more active role shaping it. Light breakfast will be served prior to the program, which begins at 10:00 AM. Open to the community, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Rabbi Arthur Green is Rector of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University. He was Dean and President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College from 1984 to 1993. The author of several books, including Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition, Green’s most recent work is Hasidic Spirituality for a New Era.

DR. NATHAN KATZ: “CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL SPIRITUALITY” Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7-9 PM According to a recent Pew study, more than 21% of Americans describe themselves as “spiritual, but not religious,” a category that did not exist a decade ago. In an effort to make sense of this emerging, global trend, of “spirituality” that distinguishes it from both religion and values, forms of spirituality, and explores the interactions between spirituality and any number of human concerns: business, health care, the arts, and warriorship. Florida International University Research Professor in Professor of Jain Studies, Director of the innovative Program in the Study of Spirituality, and Academic Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. For decades he has been on the forefront of Hindu/Buddhist/Jain-Jewish dialogues, and is editor of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies.

MORE PROGRAMS TO FOLLOW! 305.573.5900 or info@templeisrael.net.

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Jewish Spirituality Series RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO: “AMAZING CHESED” Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3, 2013 Ask most Jews if grace is a central concept in Judaism and an essential element in living Jewishly, and, chances are, their answer will be no. But that’s the wrong answer, Shapiro argues, who draws from many facets of

contemporary American Judaism. An award-winning author, poet, liturgist, and essayist, his prayers are included in worship services across the denominational spectrum of American congregations. Founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Miami, he has served spiritual communities worldwide. For more information about Temple Israel’s Jewish Spirituality Series,

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PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 24TH AT CHAPMAN PARTNERSHIP (Empowering the Homeless at 1550 North Miami Avenue) to serve dinner and dessert, distribute gifts and spread holiday cheer to those who need it most!

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of A WEEKEND TEMPLE ISRAEL OF GREATER MIAMI invites you to join us for a Special Dinner & Service in Celebration of Shabbat, Chanukah and the Installation of RABBI MOSHE THOMAS HEYN Friday, December 14, 2012 Temple Israel of Greater Miami 137 Northeast 19 Street 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Chanukah Dinner Adults @ $25.00 per person Children (12 and under) @ $8.00 per person RSVP required by December 10 7:30 p.m.

Installation Service

with special guest, Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University Dr. Alan Mason and The Temple Israel Singers 8:45 p.m.

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CELEBRATION& LEARNING Our weekend of celebration and learning continues… SHABBAT MORNING, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

for those who participated in discussion groups about this essay – and for anyone interested in the many forms and expressions

SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 16 9:30 AM “Spirituality for a New Era: A Conversation with Rabbi Arthur Green”

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NOTES FROM THE ECC

SABABA MEANS AWESOME! We proudly announce our new program at

JONI & STANLEY TATE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Tuesday Mornings (2 times per month) Lead by Rabbi Heyn

Rabbi Heyn will come to the ECC classrooms to conduct our new program: “Hebrew with Rabbi”. Hebrew with Rabbi will introduce our children to the Hebrew language with songs, activities and fun props. Rabbi and the teachers will work together through the year to further stregthen each child’s grasp of Hebrew. 12

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A FUN AND ENGAGING SHABBAT EXPERIENCE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN (AGES 5 AND UNDER) by Rabbi Tom Heyn and our song leader Mallie Duboff for an awesome Shabbat experience with your child(ren) in the award winning Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel

FRIDAY, December 7 5:45 pm - We will welcome Shabbat with blessings and prayers... we will sing and dance fun, upbeat Shabbat songs and read our favorite PJ book of the month. 6:30 pm - Family-friendly Potluck dinner (Reservations required) To sign up for your potluck selection please contact: Megan Blyth Gerstel at blythspirit13@yahoo.com phone: 702-321-9604 or chaim@templeisrael.net phone: 305.607.8580 email info@templeisrael.net.


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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS The ceremony of Consecration marks the beginning of Jewish learning for the children of our Temple’s extended family. When our young people begin their study of Judaism, they are honored before the community as talmidim (students of Torah)

Chaim LieberPerson, RJE Interim Religious School Director

and presented with a certificate marking the occasion and symbolic gifts like miniature Torah scrolls. They also receive a special blessing, acknowledging the importance of this new beginning. In celebrating this during a Shabbat service in our sanctuary, all generations present will have the opportunity to see Judaism as a tradition that is interactive, celebratory, engaging, and growing! The Shabbat prior to Chanukah is a fitting time for us to celebrate the “dedication” of our religious school students. The Hebrew roots for “dedication” (Chanukah) and “education” (chinuch) are one and the same. The English dictionary defines “consecrate” as “to make or declare sacred.” Surely, the start of a child’s Jewish education marks the beginning of something sacred. “To consecrate” also means “to devote or dedicate to some purpose.” In the very act of consecrating our children to the purpose of furthering their Jewish education, we dedicate ourselves to the task of passing our sacred heritage onto future generations. We encourage all members and religious school families to attend. Consecration, like so many other rituals in our tradition, is about coming together to as a community to welcome new students and new families. As we see the hope and spirit in our young people, we cannot help but feel within ourselves a renewed passion for Jewish learning.

Religious School CONSECRATION Service & Dinner EVENT DATE: December 7, 2012 6:30 pm: Welcome Shabbat/Family-friendly Potluck dinner (Reservations required). To sign up for your potluck selection, please contact Megan Blyth Gerstel at blythspirit13@yahoo.com or 702-321-9604, or Chaim Lieberperson at chaim@templeisrael.net or 305.607.8580. RVSP to Janice Baisman in the Temple office at 305-573-5900, ext 405, or info@templeisrael.net.

7:00 pm: Camp Coleman presentation 7:30 pm: Services begin in Bertha Abess Sanctuary- Religious School Consecration Temple Israel and its Rabbi Colman A. Zwitman Religious School will celebrate Religious School Consecration as part of the Friday night Shabbat service on Friday, December 7 in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary. This will be an opportunity for students and their families to participate in this special service when the entire congregation honors the children’s Jewish learning. Prior to the Consecration Ceremony and Service, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Shabbat potluck dinner for Religious School families in Wolfson Auditorium. During dinner, there will be a short presentation by URJ Camp Coleman about Jewish camping opportunities and we will hear from our own Religious School youth who are Coleman campers. December 2012/Kislev-Tevet 5773 Volume 71 Number 6

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YOUTH ACTIVITIES In October a group of religious school students began the project of archiving the papers of Abe Aronovitz. The students are being led by Francesca del Posso, Sarah Glick, Cindy Gullo, and Brooke Savitt. Known to many as “Honest Abe” (after Abraham Lincoln), Mr. Aronovitz continues in distinction as the only Jewish mayor that the citizens of Miami have ever elected. Serving from 1953-1955, Aronovitz was also a longtime member of Temple Israel and active in B’nai B’rith, the American Zionist Organization, and the Anti-Defamation League. As a highly respected attorney in the community, Aronovitz also provided legal representation to Max and Dave Fleischer when they produced some of their later Betty Boop celluloid films here in South Florida. Through the efforts of executive director, Marla Towbin, Dr. Andrew Gottlieb, curator of the Hollander Collection, was able to secure these papers. Religious school director, Chaim Lieberperson, has designated this as an ongoing project to celebrate the theme of b’rit kehillah (community covenant). James Weinkle, member of the Temple advisory board, has brought local attorney Tod Aronovitz on board, anxious to share with us the stories of his great uncle, “Honest Abe.” Finally, Dr. Gottlieb is working with local Miami historian, Dr. Paul George, to turn this into a “for credit” dual enrollment course for our teens.

decades notwithstanding, the urgency with which the letters were written remains clear. One is a letter from Henry Ford, urging the Jewish community not to interpret his views as anti-Semitic. This particular letter, however, is stapled to a letter typed on B’nai B’rith letterhead indicating the need to expose Ford’s actual views. There remain many equally impressive documents, including a letter from the Tampa Christian Ministries, supporting Aronovitz in his lobbying against the rising Nazi party of the 1930s. As we follow the documents through the end of that decade, and into the early 1940s, there are documents referencing Mr. Aronovitz from the Non-Sectarian AntiNazi League, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and others. Many of Aronovitz’ writings were published in The Jewish Floridian (of which Temple Israel’s Norma Orovitz is the only woman to have served as editor). One of the Jewish Floridian printings in this collection is a 1937 transcript of Mr. Aronovitz’ radio address on WIOD Miami: “The Jew in This American Democracy.” All interested are encouraged to visit religious school on Sundays and participate in this history project.

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ADULT LEARNING

TUESDAY NOONTIME LEARNING with Rabbi Tom Heyn Integral Kabbalah

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WEDNESDAY NOONTIME LEARNING December 5, 12, 19 Exploring Abraham Joshua Heschel’s poetic prose and poetry. The poetic prose: Heschel’s classic work “The Sabbath.” The poetry: Zalman Schacter-Shalomi’s translation from the Yiddish: “Human-God’s Ineffable Name.”

The next program in a series of

TORAH-TED TALKS given by our own

The Secret of Creativity Sunday, December 9 10:30 am The Board Room Free and open to the community

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SISTERHOOD CORNER

Donna Seldes Sisterhood Co-Presidents

Susie Goldberg

If you missed the Paid-Up Membership Brunch on Sunday, November 4, 2012, chaired by Dr. Madeline Levine and ably assisted by Susie Goldberg – well, we missed you and you missed a great morning! As our first major event of the season, everyone thoroughly enjoyed being back among their warm and caring Temple Israel extended family! In the true spirit of Sisterhood tradition, there was delicious food – a carte du jour that would make even the finest chefs take notice! A round of applause to those who participated in its preparation, along with our wonderful kugel makers, amazing bakers and those who came early to help with the set-up: Dr. Joan Bornstein, Saranette Bulbin, Esta Friedman, Dena Glazer, Richard Goldberg, Ivonne Gordon, Edythe Kerness, Herb Klein, Gail and Marlin Lewis, Dody Raskin, Donna Seldes, and Phyllis Littman, who along with our darling teen volunteer Cynthia Chiang, greeted everyone at the Reception Desk and provided assistance wherever needed . Once underway, Donna Seldes welcomed the record crowd and thanked everyone for their affiliation and membership, which are vital to maintaining Sisterhood’s support of Temple Israel, including our valued Friends of Sisterhood and its Liaison Henry E. Wolff, Jr. A meaningful reading was shared by Scott Wenders, and anticipating our hungry guests, Rabbi Tom Heyn led us in the Motzi over a freshly baked challah by Gail Lewis. Rabbi praised us for our good works and encouraged us to continue our efforts of tikkun olam. Rounding out this fun and friendship happening was the announcement of the door prize winner – Alison Cohn – who jumped with excitement when she was handed a magnificent orchid plant generously donated by Isabella’s Orchid Creations! Before leaving, each Sisterhood member received a 20122013 Sisterhood Directory fastidiously put together over the last few months by Linda Datko and Gail Lewis; what an onerous task – we thank them from the bottom of our hearts!

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Also in the mix on the auspicious day was the Holiday Boutique! Organized by Suzanne Hafkin, the vendors with all their wares added a dynamic dimension to an already marvelous morning! Special thanks to Scott Wenders who assisted with the design and room set-up and manned Sisterhood’s tables along with Linda Datko; and to our treasurer Paula Xanthopoulou for ensuring our financial affairs were in good order at the Cashier’s Table. With Hanukkah just around the corner, the timing of this fabulous Holiday Boutique could not have been more perfect. Every member is an indispensable part of Sisterhood, and we welcome your interest and active participation. It’s never too late to become involved with our vibrant Temple group. For more information, please contact us at sisterhoodtempleisrael@yahoo.com. SAVE THE DATE for the next Sisterhood Event: Rosh Chodesh Pot Luck Dinner: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 6:00 pm. Watch your mail for more details! On behalf of Sisterhood and Friends of Sisterhood, we wish you a blessed and bright Hanukkah and a very happy, healthy and peaceful secular New Year 2013! THE LAST WORD

…Albert Schweitzer

Ivonne Gordon, Esta Friedman, and Susie Goldberg, Vendor Harriet Flashenburg

Bob Waterstone with Olinville Treasures’ Sherry Tomas

Edythe Kerness with Sobe Cookies’ Linda Serbin and her sister.

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DOROTHY SEROTTA Social Justice Forum THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF TEMPLE ISRAEL

Gary Brown

The Board of Directors has approved the Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum public policy proposal for support of the Fair Food Program. The policy states that we reiterate our support for the humanity and integrity of the farmworkers of Immokalee, Florida by supporting efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to implement their Fair Food Program. This program seeks to ensure living wages and decent working conditions for all people employed in the harvesting of fruits and vegetables in South Florida. The Fair Food effort coincides with the Temple’s initiation of the Reverse Hunger campaign, under the leadership of Rabbi Heyn, with the contribution of Rabbi Cheryl Weiner. This multi-pronged initiative seeks to combat hunger on both a local and international level. From sermons on the bimah to food drives in Ghana, this is an important effort to improve the world around us. The third portion of our efforts is visible at the Temple’s Community Garden, where tomatoes, beans and collard greens are currently growing. Students from local public schools as well as people from Lotus House are contributing to this effort, with assistance from Faith In the City. Please join us in our efforts to keep moving forward in all of these endeavors.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON

DECEMBER 19 7:00 P.M. Please mark your calendar to join us the 3rd Wednesdays of each month. ALL ARE WELCOME !!!

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December Schedule DECEMBER 7 5:45 pm Sababa Shabbat - First Friday of every month 7:30 pm Consecration Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat

DECEMBER 14 7:30 pm Rabbi Tom Heyn Installation/Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by a Festive Oneg Shabbat. Cantorial Soloist, Rachel Brook. Special guest, Rabbi Arthur Green.

DECEMBER 15 9:30 am Shabbat Worship Service, led by Rabbis Heyn and Chefitz with participation by Rabbi Arthur Green, in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel

DECEMBER 21 6:30 pm Integrative Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary (note new location this month) 7:30 pm Shabbat Service featuring Lighthouse for the Blind musician in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat

DECEMBER 28 7:30 pm Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat

JOIN US ON FRIDAY EVENINGS 7:30-8:30 pm Feel inspired as you rejoice in Shabbat and connect with our welcoming community in the world renowned Bertha Abess Sanctuary. Our Shabbat service is a gentle mix of traditional and spontaneous song and prayer. Can’t join us in person? Connect with us either by tuning into 880 AM radio, or you will find us streaming on the web at: www.templeisrael.net or www.880thebiz.com.

with Rabbi Heyn and Rabbi Chefitz 9:30 am - 11:00 am Morning blessings, Psalms of praise, the Sh’ma with its meditations, and Standing in the Presence of the Divine. Sometimes with the prayerbook, sometimes not, but always seeking deep attachment.

RABBI HEYN’S MORNING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Thursdays 8:00-8:30 am At the Chapel December 6, 13, 20, 27 Followed by Coffee

INTEGRATIVE SHABBAT SERVICE Friday, December 21, 2012 6:30 pm – Integrative Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary Enjoy a different kind of service… like harmonium, folk drums, etc. kavanah (prayerful intention), sanctification (of the Sabbath,) and separation from the concerns of the week

JOIN US:

based; informal, free-flowing, inviting dance and movement

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Joseph’s Table

maybe one page with words to chant …then stay to participate in the regular 7:30 pm – Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by Oneg

on Shabbat mornings Weaving Torah texts of the great Jewish spiritual masters into a fabric of many colors and shades. Our friend and mentor Joseph Grosbard is no longer with us, but his presence remains around the tables.

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SIMCHA CORNER Please email us your simchas so that as a community we can celebrate together. We need to celebrate life together and share in each other’s moments of joy. Please email your Births, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Engagements,Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations to: marla@templeisrael.net. Please put simcha corner on the subject line. We will do our best to include submissions received prior to noon on Wednesday in the current week’s e-bulletin as well as the next edition of the Chai Lites. We look forward to hearing from you.

December Anniversaries

December Birthdays

Kristina and Mark Pickard

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Howard Germain

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LeAnn Sagmeister

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Alicia and Jose Hadida

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Bryan Jacobs

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Ruth Srebrenik

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Thelma and Richard Altshuler

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Michele Kabat

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Elise Greenberg

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Dick and Chick Weiner

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Albert H. Kahn

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Rosalee Paskow

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Lisa and Robert Waxman

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Arlene Sokolow

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Jessica Hafkin

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Boni Mollins and Stuart Kester

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Ashley Abess

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Paul Hartman

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Richard and Maria Gershanik

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Ronald Pallot

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Daniel Markson

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Isis and Andrew Gottlieb

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Phoebe and Lawrence Weinberg

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Asia Hart-Eason

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Suzanne Pallot

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Ellen and Zooey Kaplowitz

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Jody Ellenby

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Susann Goldberg

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Randi and Joshua Rosenberg

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Julie Goldberg

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Stuart Jacobs

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Candace and Lloyd Ruskin

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Sara Leviten

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June Jacobs

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Carol and Murray Shear

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Michael Bander

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Joshua Rosenberg

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Jeffrey and Susan Postal

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Larry Kabat

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Maurice Serotta

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JoAnne and Michael Bander

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Gerard Kaiser

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Miles Udell

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Iris Roth and Lawrence King

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Ellen Rock

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Isaiah LieberPerson

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Joseph and Jeanne Farcus

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Keith Rosenn

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Victoria Simons

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Ellen and Melvin Brazer

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Aaron Guerrero

10 Enrique Neufeld

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David Sherman

10 Masha Enriquez

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Scott Orth

11 Katherine Greenberg

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Jordyn Tate

11 Erin Tate

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Debra Schwartz

12 Nathan Lee

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Richard Ashenoff

13 Scott Wenders

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Seth Feuer

13 Avi Flashenburg

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Benji Waxman

13 Kami Landy

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Simon Bloom, Jr.

14 Matthew Harke

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Howard Goldstein

14 Murray Shear

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Samuel Schandler

14 Jonah Stepakoff

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Sandra Darrall

15 Carl Wagman

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Leon Simkins

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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS RITA AND JOEL COHEN WILLIAM SCHULMAN We value our Members. If you know of someone who Temple Israel of Greater Miami, please contact Marla Towbin, Executive Director, at ext. 404. Thank you.

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MAZEL TOV TO

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

RICHARD MILSTEIN

On behalf of Temple Israel’s Board of Trustees, Rabbis, and Administration we extend our condolences to the entire inmediate and extended family and friends of:

for being featured in a November 7, 2012 Sun Sentinel/Jewish Journal article describing him as a “champion of human rights and equality throughout his life while promoting anti-bigotry and anti-hate” NATIVIDAD SOTO recipient of The H. Samuel Kruse Silver Medal Award - the highest honor of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Miami Awards. The Silver Medal was awarded in recognition for her accomplishments over an extended period of time for Service to the Profession, due to her participation in furthering the cause of the profession of architecture and providing inspiration to her fellow architects TEMPLE ISRAEL’S MUSIC DIRECTOR DR. ALAN MASON who will be performing in concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, December 6th as well as at New York’s Museum at Eldridge Street on December 2nd. The concerts will pay homage to the Golden Age of Cantors and to the liturgical music of modern times ELLEN BRAZER who spoke at the Miami Book Fair International, the most prestigious book fair in the United States about her newest book, And So It Was Written; the book premiered on Amazon as a bestseller under Jewish Literature. BETSY KAPLAN retired School Board member, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award for her achievement, contribution and excellence in art education by the Miami-Dade County Art Educators DR. ALAN MASON who has been invited to New York by the Union for Reform Judaism to serve on the Music Selection Committee to help evaluate and select the newest of Shabbat music to be published by the URJ ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ who was sworn in as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association ERNEST WALLIS who was awarded the medal for the Knight of Legion of Honor, France’s highest military distinction for his service during World War II; he was presented with the award by the French Consulate in a ceremony that took place on Veteran’s Day ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY JAMES A. WEINKLE who was elected to the Board of Directors of One Spirit Learning Alliance and the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City 20

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ZELDA DRUCE Aunt of Joan Schaeffer RICHARD J. HALPERN Brother of Rabbi Larry Halpern THERESA PALMATORY Sister of Frances McDonough ROY “ROB” SCHECHTER Husband of Terry Schechter, father of Nicole (Adam) Darnell and George Schechter, nephew of Patricia Papper HAZEL TRUJILLO Partner of Elly du Pre, daughter of Juan Jose and Amparo Trujillo, and sister of Ivy, Maria, and Heidi

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SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE

The Secret of Creativity

A Torah-Ted Talk, Sunday Dec. 9, 10:30 AM In the Torah-Ted talk on December 9th at 10:30 (note the time), I’ll share a simple framework with you, the framework of The Four Worlds. It is guaranteed to enhance all of your creative processes.


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YAHRZEITS Kaddish May God’s name be exalted and hallowed throughout the world that He created, as is God’s wish. May God’s s May God’s great name be praised throughout all time. Glorified and celebrated, lauded and worshiped, exalted and honored, extolled and acclaimed may the Holy One be, praised beyond all song and psalm,

Zichrona L’vracha, May their memory be for a blessing. DECEMBER 7: Milton I. Friedman Archie Kronson Hyman Smith Joseph Gorinstein Bebe Zilber Katz Dr. Emanuel Papper Joseph S. Bulbin Rhoda Freshwater Bernard David Lebar Lt. Martin Queenth Fanny E. Ukelson Samuel Bergson Mollie Lieberman Molly Silverstein Harry Slosberg Lillian Wolfson Stein Alexander Feterson Robert Nadler Abraham Orovitz Ruth Greenfield Schwartz Virginia Torreulla Richard Friedman Henry Kaplan Charlotte Newland Charles Albert Cope Emanuel Goldweber Helen Fox Harrris William H. Lee George Manne Ervin Pick DECEMBER 14: Jack Freshwater Klara Markovitz Dr. Stanley Olson Robert Rich Steve M. Weishar Bernard Wilensky Jacob L. Younger Hattie (Sunshine) Brooks Mac Leider Charles Woldenberg Samuel Barr Berman Abraham Coleman

Elsie Cowan Phyllis Newman Harry Sley Hannah Slote Fay Sussman Leonard H. Cooper George A. Diamond Dr. Edward Faust Benjamin Friedman Leo Gumbiner Paul Kutner Maurice Malmuth Clara Trifield Barbara Weinman-McElwee Herman Whitelaw Hannah Wolff Clara Gewertz Brick Alexander Cogen Henry E. Davis Joel Fishkin Sydney Frankfurt Louis Gram Sarah Holtsberg Dorothy Schy Kaufmann Dr. Donald Kobley Rae Rosenbloum Jacob Arnold Isidore Coret Paulyne Fleisch Gross Paul Kramer Harriet (Dolly) Lev Ella R. Weinberg Jessie Wolff Robert K. Gross Madison Knox Yetta Pine David Nathan Reader Joseph Schonthal DECEMBER 21: Georgia Roth Brenner George F. Franklin Karl Greenberg Barney Newman Leah Richter

*Names listed denote deceased whose plaque is in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary.

Morton S. Greenwood Samuel Kann Ida Karnowsky Louis Louis Jacob Milberg Charles Oppenheim Mollie Hirschensohn Dr. Hans Margolius Carolyn Marshall William B. Moore Annabelle Rosen David Stuzin Jacob Hanna Trotzky Adolph Wolfe Dorothy Ehrenreich Louis Goldstein Mary Leider Fay Kantor Joy Summers Landy Benjamin Ourisman Eugene Wolff Shirley Greenfield Sophie Leifschutz Esther Spear Joseph A. Brawer Edward L. Cowen Anne Feinberg Henry E. Green Paula Pearl Nestor Harry Robinson Minnie Hoffman Ross Sidney J. Rudolph Arthur Warren DECEMBER 28: Irene Kahn Davis Evelyn Koppelman Enfield Mae Finklestein Rosabel Hoffman Freed Edith S. Grushow Julius L. Jacobstein Marjorie Schillinger Tobias Simon Henry Sprintz Sara Reva Elson

Bennett Glazier Anne Morshenson Jay Allen Siegel Rabbi Coleman A. Zwitman Bertha Gewertz Brick Jerome Greenwald Harry Kaiser Julie Lind Marjorie Wien Henry E. Wolff Claire H. Gussow Desmond B. Hays Albert I. Jacobs Ella Kutner Bessie P. Lovitz David Polak Jack Julius Rauch Rose Scherer Kate Tomar Leopold Ackerman Herman Blumberg E. Max Goldstein Ida Goodman Eugene Greenfield Sari Sapero Jacob Silverman Anita Treister Leon Yubas Louis Beller Gordon Davis Saul Edelman Jacob E. Finklestein Charles Gettleman Leo Hohauser Jonathan Adam Kaminer Alan Keys Mary Leider Samuel A. Livingston Bessie Palees Robert Russell Michael-Ann Russell Kaminer Sol Schimmel Roberta Stone

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Supporters ......................................................................................................................................................................................... We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who support Temple Israel of Greater Miami by remembering and honoring their friends and loved ones through their generous contributions. MEMORIAL FUND Anne Lewis in memory of Harry Lewis in memory of Morris Philip Marcus Audrey and Leon Manne in memory of Samuel Manne Bob Waterstone in memory of Bernard Waterstone and Melvin Waterstone Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell in memory of Sharon Miller Dale Stryker Gary in memory of Eleanor Toch Debby Bussel and Steve Goldin in memory of Shepard Broad Debby Bussel and Steve Goldin in memory of Ruth Broad Diane Lindner in memory of Bella Colb in memory of Raymond Homs Esta Friedman in memory of David Goodman Ethel and Al Solomon in memory of Sara Slaughter and Miriam Solomon Ethel and Al Solomon in memory of Emanuel Goldweber Gerald and Celine Berman in memory of Abraham Elmaleh Gerald and Celine Berman in memory of Chantal Berman Geri Dreyfuss in memory of Elsie Dreyfuss Gladys Cowen in memory of Myron Cowen Iris Amador in memory of Jim Orovitz in memory of Miriam Lefcourt in memory of Ann Moskowitz in memory of Rebecca Droshnicop in memory of Esther Powers Linda Weston in memory of Raie Spektor Lois Model Rukeyser in memory of H. Denny Schweiger Margot Friedman in memory of Harry Kanner in memory of Sid and Doris Cohen in memory of Edel Jankower in memory of Rosalyn Kasser Epstein in memory of James Orovitz in memory of Howard Novell in memory of Jim Orovitz in memory of Saul Reiter Roger Epstein in memory of Isaac Lubschutz in memory of Gertrude Pallot Susan and Marvin Levinson in memory of Jim Orovitz in memory of David Pasternack in memory of James Orovitz in memory of Irving Denmark RADIO-INTERNET FUND Brandy and Larry Primak in memory of Edna Primak Carole and Arthur Green in memory of Jim Orovitz David Press and Doree Press in memory of Gussie Berman and Mollie Press in memory of Edward Deutch in honor of Elizabeth Schwartz receiving the Community Service Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 22

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SPONSOR BIMAH FLOWERS OR AN ONEG SHABBAT: enhance our Shabbat is a lovely way to remember or honor a loved one. Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or other simcha and need a gift? Why not sponsor an Oneg Shabbat to commemorate the occasion?

Oneg Shabbat, your name will appear in the Shabbat bulletin and in Chai Lites. For more information or to sponsor, 305-573-5900 or info@templeisrael.net. in memory of her mother, Anita Schaeffer in memory of his parents, Vivian and Samuel Novich in memory of her husband, Richard Friedman in memory of his mother, Lillian Pearlman

in honor of the installation of Rabbi Tom Heyn


.................................................................................................................................................................................... in honor of the birth of Logan Scott Stanffenberg in memory of James Orovitz Mortimer and Joy Fried in memory of Meyer Fine Nati Soto and Howard Goldstein in memory of James Orovitz in memory of Elliott Taxman and Harry Nathenson in memory of Frank Shapiro and Bernard S. Shapiro in memory of Esther Spear DOROTHY SEROTTA SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM Environmental Action Committee CANTOR JACOB G. BORNSTEIN AND DAVID SAMUEL BORNSTEIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR JEWISH CAMPING OR YOUTH STUDY IN ISRAEL in memory of James Orovitz THE LEARNING PROJECT Marilyn Udell donation THE JONI AND STANLEY TATE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER donation Joni and Stanley Tate in honor of Danielle and Clinton Mueller on the birth of their son, Lucas Joni and Stanley Tate in memory of Louis Grossman Joni and Stanley Tate in memory of W. James Orovitz Joni and Stanley Tate in memory of Rozella O’Connor in memory of William Bermont in memory of Louis Grossman THE CHARLES HELD, JR. MEMORIAL FUND TO FEED THE HUNGRY in memory of Tillie Hessing B. B. AND GRACE GOLDSTEIN MUSIC FUND in memory of Lillian Schaffel FLOWER FUND Esta Friedman in memory of her husband, Richard Friedman in memory of his parents, Vivian and Samuel Novich in memory of her mother, Anita Schaeffer in memory of Lillian Pearlman in memory of Gertrude Samuels TEMPLE ISRAEL in honor of Ruach in honor of Ruach James Weinkle in honor of Ruach Lois Rukeyser in honor of the installatin of Rabbi Tom Heyn Martin Fine donation in honor of Ruach in honor of Aliyah received Steve Leidner in honor of Ruach ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Have Your Next Affair Here The Event Center is conveniently located in Miami’s vibrant urban center. Great space, great rates, and free parking. For availability, rates and more information please contact Federico d’Angelo-Facility Manager (305) 573-5900 ext. 403 or fdangelo@templeisrael.net

Annette Eisenberg Ian Reiss Pat and Marty Fine MARJORIE SCHILLINGER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND in memory of Harvey Kahn and Marjorie Schillinger GODMOTHERS’ RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Morales Law Group in memory of Harriet Epstein

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YOM KIPPUR APPEAL We thank the following people for their Yom Kippur Contribution: Irene Abel

Dale Gary

Alan Levy

Steven Siegel

Jayne and Leonard Abess

Howard Germain

Diane Lindner

Patricia Solomon and Neil Signer

Thelma and Richard Altshuler

Myriam Gerstein

Judy Loft and Joe Reid

Sandi and Charlie Simon

Ivy Ames

Vivian Giller

Roberta Mandel

Marte Slocum

Eric Askowitz

Robert Glazier and Alan Mason

Lloyd Mandell

Esther Small

Audrey Barker

Cindy and Jon Gold

Berveley Markowitz

Muriel Sommers

Jacalyn and Elliot Barnett

Natividad Soto and Howard Goldstein Simone Mayer and Mayda Perez

Shirley Spear

Vanessa Bartram

Isis and Andrew Gottlieb

Leslie Mayeron

Suzanne Sponder

Irene Bartram

Sue and Alan Graubert

Lori and Robert Meyers

Rae and Barry Stein

Ene Benjamin

Lolly Green

Beverly Morshenson

Henry Stevens

Anne Levy and Richard Bermont

Elise Greenberg

Jerome and Julie Moskowitz

Leonard and Amy Stolar

Kerrin and Peter Bermont

Sandra Greenblatt

Carla and Enrique Neufeld

Debra Strochak

Margrit and Roger Bernstein

Lee Greene

Rebeca and Ronald Newman

Joan Esser-Stuart and Paul Stuart

Simon and Nancy Bloom, Jr.

Alan Grossman

Norma and Michael Orovitz

Melisa Rockhill and Michael Tarkoff

Joan Bornstein and Ben Giller

Mario and Clara Guzman

Diane Person

James and Janie Tate

Ellen and Melvin Brazer

Larry Halpern

Oliver and Jennifer Pfeffer

Joni and Stanley Tate

Gary Brown and Antolin Carbonell

Miriam Harmatz

Susan Preville

Art Taxman

Jerald Burns

Jordana Hart

Ken and Dody Raskin

Mark Teitelbaum

Anita Cava

Sy Hecker and Bob Yocum

Leslie Rattet

Marla Towbin

Amy Charley

Doris Galindo and Brian Hirsch

Harris Reibel and Merri Mann

Randi and Warren Trazenfeld

Ximena and Tony Cho

Carl Hochheiser

Robin Reiter-Faragalli

Vivian and Avi Tuchman

Lenny Cohen

William Hyatt

Alan Roberts

Gina and Isaac Tuchman

Rita and Joel Cohen

Doug and Jane Jacobs

Robin and Neil Rollnick

Mrs. and Harry Turk

James Cohen

Ellen and Al Kahn

Marvin Rosen

Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell

Craig and Leslie Coller

Joyce and Gerard Kaiser

Judy and Allan Rosenbaum

Evelyn and Evelyn Udell

Patty Craven and Arthur Taxman

Staci and John Kanter

Arthur Rosenberg

Robert Waterstone

Marilyn Cromer

Betsy Kaplan

Silvia and Keith Rosenn

Lisa and Robert Waxman

Elly du Pre

Carol Keys

Melvin Rubin and Susan Scholz-Rubin

Jacqueline and Avi Wechsler

Mindy Eisenberg

Lenny and Lois Klein

Candace and Lloyd Ruskin

Dick and Chick Weiner

Michael Epstein

Harold Klein

LeAnn and Michael Sagmeister

James Weinkle

Pearl Finkelstein

Noemi Kohan

Joan Schaeffer

Mark and Phyllis Wickman

Lisa Katz and Miguel Fra

High Holy Days Kol Nidre Appeal

Ellen and Kenny Schaeffer

Marjorie Wilkoff

Frank Futernick

Michelle and Richard Krinzman

Lil Scher

Hope Wine and Mary Prados

Susan and David Galler

Lynn Kislak and Ben Kuehne

Vickie Schulman and Nancy Dreyfuss

Paula Xanthopoulou

Sherrie Garfield

Lori Lazar

Joseph Schwartz

Julia Zaias and Yolanda Gay

Emily Garnica

Daniella Levine and Rob Cava

Liz Schwartz Esq.

Amy Zakarin

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Sunday No Religious School

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7:30 AM: Habitat for Humanity “Synagogue Sunday”

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6:30 PM: Conversion Class (Rabbi Heyn’s Study)

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Chanukah third night

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TOY DRIVE – LAST DAY TO DONATE

10:00 AM: Conversation 6:30 PM: Conversion with Rabbi Arthur Green Class (Rabbi Heyn’s Study) on “Spirituality for a New Era”

No Religious School

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Saturday 9:30 AM: Shabbat Service

ECC Closed

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Christmas Eve volunteer night at Chapman Partnership

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9:00 AM: ECC – Hebrew with Rabbi

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12:00 PM: Noontime Learning with Rabbi Heyn (Rabbi’s Study)

12:00 Noon: Lunch and a Movie at O Cinema

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10:30 AM: Torah-TED Talk – The Secret of Creativity (Board Room)

9:30 AM: Religious School

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6:30 PM: Conversion Class (Rabbi Heyn’s Study)

9:30 AM: Religious School

9:30 AM: Religious School

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8:00 AM: Rabbi Heyn’s Morning Spiritual Practice 5:30 PM: Temple Israel Singers 6:00 PM: Religious Affairs Committee Meeting 7:00 PM: Rabbi Heyn’s weekly adult learning series, “The Practice of Spirituality”

5:45 PM: Sababa Shabbat Service 6:30 PM: Sababa Dinner 6:30 PM: Religious School Consecration Potluck Dinner 7:30 PM: Religious School Consecration Shabbat Service followed by Oneg

9:30 AM: Shabbat Service

8:00 AM: Rabbi Heyn’s Morning Spiritual Practice 5:30 PM: Temple Israel Singers 7:00 PM: Rabbi Heyn’s weekly adult learning series, “The Practice of Spirituality” Chanukah - 6th night

6:00 PM: Chanukah/ Installation/Shabbat Dinner 7:30 PM: Rabbi Heyn’s Installation/Shabbat Service with Rabbi Arthur Green followed by festive Oneg Chanukah - 7th night

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12:00 PM: Noontime Learning with Rabbi

12:00 PM: Noontime Learning with Rabbi Heyn (Rabbi’s Study)

5:30 PM: Social Justice 7:00 PM: Environmental Committee Meeting Action Committee 5:30 PM: Temple Israel Singers

6:00 PM: Board of Trustees Meeting ECC and Temple Closed

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7:00 PM: Central Chavurah Meeting ECC Closed

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6:30 PM: Integrative Service (Sanctuary)

9:30 AM: Shabbat Service

7:30 PM: Shabbat Service (Sanctuary) featuring Lighthouse for the Blind musician, followed by Oneg

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Community Happenings .........................................................................................................................................................................................

THE UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM (URJ) HAS ESTABLISHED A

HURRICANE SANDY RELIE FUND, WHICH IS PROVIDING:

LUNCH AND FILM TO LEAD IN TO

5TH ANNUAL WINTER JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Lunch and a Movie program on

Sunday, December 9 @ 12pm O Cinema 90 NW 29th St., Miami The Winter Jewish Music Concert is co-sponsoring with O Cinema & Bocaditos. The film will be the comedy, When Do We Eat. Cost of the program (lunch and film) is $25 per person. Visit www.jewishconcert.org to learn more about this event. Or to purchase your tickets for the December 9 event directly, go to www.o-cinema.org/event/when-do-we-eat.

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