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CLERGY AND STAFF Jody R. Cohen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabbi
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Table of Contents MESSAGES Rabbi’s Message Scholar-in-Residence Presidential Perspective Executive Director Notes from the Cantor A Musical Interlude by Dr. Alan Mason
SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS
EDUCATION AND YOUTH Notes from the ECC Religious School News Youth Activities ADULT LEARNING
GET INVOLVED 16-17 Sisterhood Corner Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum WORSHIP April Schedule LIFE CYCLE EVENTS Mazel Tov Birthdays & Anniversaries In Memoriam Yahrzeits
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ext. 406 firstname.lastname@example.org Mitchell Chefitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabbi, Scholar-in-Residence ext. 418 mchefitz @templeisrael.net Michael Glozman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cantor ext. 409 email@example.com Dr. Alan Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Music ext. 409 firstname.lastname@example.org Marla Towbin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director ext. 404 email@example.com Federico D’Angelo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facility Manager ext. 403 firstname.lastname@example.org Isabel Montoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager ext. 402 email@example.com Iris Amador. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bookkeeper ext. 407 firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Goldberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing and Communications ext. 414 email@example.com Janice Baisman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Temple office staff ext. 405 firstname.lastname@example.org Valeria Michanie . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Education ECC and Religious School ext. 423 email@example.com Melba Leiman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Administration ECC ext. 421 firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ben Kuehne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Joan L. Schaeffer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Administration Merri Mann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Education Edythe Kerness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Fundraising Neil Rollnick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Real Estate Howard D. Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Membership Beco Lichtman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President-Programming Ellen Kempler Rosen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Michael D. Orovitz* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Peter Bermont* Dr. Joan Bornstein* Marsha B. Elser* Martin Fine* Esta Friedman Robert Glazier* Cynthia Sobel Gold Richard Goldberg Susann Goldberg Dr. Andrew Gottlieb Suzanne Hafkin Lance Harke Douglas Heller Douglas M. Jacobs* Jane Kahn Jacobs* John Kanter Lisa Katz Michelle Krinzman Gail Lewis
Jannet Dannon-Mairena Arthur Marcus Richard Milstein Carla Neufeld Norma A. Orovitz* Oliver Pfeffer Harris Reibel Candace Ruskin* Jack Schillinger* Gerald K. Schwartz* Donna Seldes Michael A. Silver* Peggy Silver Stanley G. Tate* Suzanne Trushin Robert Waterstone Robert L. Waxman Henry E. Wolff, Jr.* *Past President
ADVISORY COUNCIL Douglas M. Jacobs, Chair* Leonard L. Abess JoAnne Bander Joe Farcus Michael Graubert, M.D. Seymour Hecker Betsy Kaplan Elton J. Kerness Nathan S. Lee Lawrence Leitner Marlin Lewis
Budd Mayer S. Ronald Pallot Kenneth D. Rosen Barton Sacher Neil Schaffel Sandra Simon Brenda Shapiro Joni Tate Richard Weiner James Weinkle
Rabbi Jody Cohen
Chag HaAviv, the Festival of Spring - A Time to Spread Love and Hope
Living in South Florida, we lack a sense of appreciation for the conclusion of a long, hard winter and the beginning of spring. When we lived in Connecticut, we longed to see the first buds of spring appear out of the dark, brown earth. Those tiny blossoms gave us hope that we could soon look forward to the green grass and colorful flowers that would brighten our dreary winter landscape. It’s no wonder then that our ancestors greeted spring with love songs to God in gratitude for the possibilities that new birth brings. These love songs, found in Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs, are chanted on the Shabbat during Passover, also known as Chag HaAviv, the Festival of Spring. In Biblical times, Passover, representing the commencement of spring, signified the beginning of a new year. Not coincidentally, this annual new year celebration coincided with our ancestors’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Just as spring heralds the rebirth of nature, so, too, does our liberation from Egypt herald the rebirth of our people. Each year, with the advent of spring and the commemoration of our people’s liberation, our thoughts turn to love and hope - love for the beauty of nature and hope for the redemption of all those who remain enslaved. Each year, as we retell the story of our ancestors’ long ago exodus and journey to freedom, we are compelled to be mindful of those who are living in embittered and narrow places. What role can we play in helping them to find love and hope?
Like the crocus and tulip appearing out of the hard, wintry ground, small acts of kindness can bring joy and hope to those who are lonely, suffering, and in need of human compassion. A simple warm and friendly greeting; a phone call to someone elderly, sick, or living alone; an offer to drive a homebound person to temple; an invitation to share a meal; an offer to pick up items at the store; a handwritten note to thank someone for a kindness they did - all are small yet profound ways we can spread seeds of love and hope among those who are languishing in their own form of winter, unable to see the possibilities for spring. Chag HaAviv, the Festival of Spring, is the time to emerge from our own internal hibernation and reconnect with others through g’milut chasadim, acts of loving kindness. This Passover, let us follow the tradition of greeting the holiday with Shir HaShirim, words of love. Like the first buds of early spring, may these words lead to acts of kindness that blossom into signs of hope for all those who are still enslaved. April 2012 / Nisan –Iyar 5772 Volume 70 Number 8
Campfire Stories to Prepare for Pesach
Twenty years into the wilderness, two campfires. About one campfire, four generations – those who had been grandfathers when they came through the sea, fathers who came with children in tow, boys too young to be in awe Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz Scholar-in-Residence of the moment, children born during the journey that still had twenty years to go. “Tell us again,” the young ones said. “Tell us again!” One father began, “You want to know what happened? I’ll tell you what happened. We had our backs to the sea. The Egyptian soldiers were pressing close. They chose to wait for the light of the morning. The moon was full, the tide strong. The wind from the East blew all night long. The sea so shallow, it nearly disappeared. Before daybreak we set out, by dawn we were gone. “The Egyptian soldiers awoke to an empty Hebrew camp. They chased after us in chariots, but the wind had stopped blowing, the tide had passed. They made it half way across before the sea rose and sealed them in a watery grave. “That’s what happened. Such a miracle. The wind, the tide, the shallow water, just at that time, to allow us through.” “That’s not the story,” the young boys said. “Tell us the other story!” Another father spoke. “Moses cried to heaven about the plight of his people. He heard this response. ‘I hear their cry. I see their distress. Tell them to go forward. As for you, stand on a bluff above the sea, hold your staff high for the Egyptians to see.’ “Moses stood high, extended his staff. Nothing happened. He reached still higher. Again, nothing happened. He turned his face toward heaven and said, ‘The Egyptians are close, we have nowhere to go!’ “From heaven came these words. ‘Why don’t you do what I told you to do?’ Do you remember what Moses was told to do?” “Tell the people to go forward!” the young boys said.
Temple Israel Transition Time!
Our enduring, glorious, yet complicated history as Jews has shown that our survival and our successes are the Ben Kuehne results, in part, of our willingness President and ability to work together toward our common goals. Our traditional Pesach (Passover) Festival celebration, a defining moment for all of us through the ages – the vital story of our people retold through every generation – is a living narrative of our coming together as a family, as a community, and as a nation. During our illustrious journey, we have formed the bonds of community as our leaders have helped to guide us from generation to generation, honoring the requirement of “B’kol dor v’dor – in each and every generation.” Within our own home at Temple Israel, we know the sustaining power of community during our journey to our 90th Anniversary. New family members join us, are embraced by one another, and become the teachers, leaders, and volunteers who help us grow. But we cannot and do not forget those who have come before us. We need only gaze across the history-laden walls of our Bertha Abess Sanctuary, or consider the names of the volunteers, leaders, and members whose contributions have helped us become the best we can be, to understand the value of Honoring Our Past as Our Legacy for the Future. It is with this sense of continuity that I bring you exciting news from your Board of Trustees: We have named our successor to Rabbi Jody Cohen. Commencing July 1, 2012, we are honored to invite Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn and his wife Allie into our Temple Family. Ordained at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently the Congregational Rabbi for the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community in Vermont, Rabbi Heyn continues our enviable tradition of profound spiritual clergy leadership as we start the countdown for Temple Israel’s centennial celebration! Temple Israel will have many and more opportunities to bring Rabbi Heyn and Allie into our community. We can all look forward to making a welcoming place for them in our warm, caring, engaging, and inspiring family.
“A boy who looked just like me!” all the young boys said.
Just as Rabbi Heyn will be the newest member of our “team” at Temple Israel, our community could not grow or function without all of our other members – all of YOU. Temple Israel is every one of us, from our spiritually uplifting Clergy, to our dedicated administrative and support staff, to our religious teachers, our Sisterhood, our Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum, the committees and sponsors bringing us exciting,
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“Yes, you remember it well. But the people had been slaves three hundred years. They did not know how to swim. ‘Are we to drown?’ they asked. ‘Better to fight the Egyptians than drown in the sea.’ Only one person had faith to step forward.”
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Marla’s Meisele Maysele… (my little story)
Four Children Each Passover we are commanded to retell the story. The youngest at the table asks four questions, and as part of the answers we are offered the example of the four children.
Marla Towbin Many years ago Judaic scholar and Executive Director artist David Moss gave a description of his beautiful, hand crafted Haggadah and explained that unlike other holy books, like the Torah or Megillah, the Haggadah must have pictures so that no matter where Jews have come to live in the Diaspora, they can identify the elements of the meal with the foods available in their own communities that most closely resemble the ideal portrayed in the book. The Haggadah therefore, can be used as a manual for one’s personal recounting of the miracle of the Exodus.
But if there is nothing else our modern education system has taught us is that every child learns differently, and not every person is as adept at reading an instruction manual, so the Haggadah has to be more than that. Thus the story of the four children is provided to remind us that it is not enough to hear the answers; one must explore the right questions, and beyond that one must know in what spirit one must ask these questions. Literally they are described as wise, rebellious, simple and silent. I, myself, am one of four daughters—each with different personalities, strengths and abilities. Regardless of each of our understanding of the story, the obligation my parents and grandparents had was to tell the story in such a way that each of us could experience this miracle. Beyond that as individuals, we all possess many qualities that change over time. The story of the four children reminds us that even as adults, even if we make the effort to be present, to participate in the story, the story will not be the same: our frame of reference, our situations and our perspectives change so that each year we can hear the same words, yet learn something new that will lead us on our personal journey to the redemption. Each year, we renew our quest together with the people with whom we share this experience, to discover the meaning of this lovely ordered meal by recounting what happened to our forefathers, not just by hearing the story, but by experiencing the exodus with all of our senses- the wonderful smells from Continued on page 24
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NOTES FROM THE CANTOR
A MUSICAL INTERLUDE by Dr. Alan Mason
This year’s version of the annual Winter Jewish Music Concert at Temple Israel of Greater Miami was the program’s best in its four years of existence.
Sharing memories together
Cantor Michael Glozman
We’ve successfully completed our 3rd Purimspiel together. I want to share with everyone how much fun it was working with our group and even more special to watch our Congregation enjoy the evening. This year was especially fun as we all drifted back in time traveling to Woodstock and learning about Peace and Love. The Sanctuary rocked and as everyone left the room was filled with positive energy and the good mood stayed in the air for days.
The concert, which recently took place and featured 27 musical artists, including local cantors and program director Alan Mason accompanying them, seems to get better Alan Mason every year. Mason’s direction Director of Music and of this sensational spectacle Doctor of Musical Arts was equaled by the chemistry he shared with the performers as he accompanied them while playing the piano. The singers all gave powerful performances while providing the highest level of music execution possible through a variety diverse range of music such as Ladino, Israeli, folk, Yiddish, pop, classical, hazzanut, jazz, rap and tango. The concert’s vibrant tone and upbeat atmosphere was set during the singers opening processional performance of “Ki va Moed.” The audience was then treated to the performers putting forth their best efforts through renditions of Jewishinspired music that provided a spiritual and lively presence in the room. Mason’s piano playing flowed very well with the singers’ performance. A highlight from the concert included Martin Bookspan, former host of the PBS series “Live from Liberty Center,” serving as special guest host. Highlights from the cantors’ performances included Zachary Mondrow of Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach providing a powerful performance of “V’Li-rusholayim Ircho,” Lisa Segal of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach giving a beautiful rendition of “I Sing I Pray,” Geniene Miller of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach singing “A Piece of the Sky,” Michelle Auslander Cohen of Temple Beth Am in Margate and Temple Beth El of Boca Raton providing a nice rending of “Sim Shalom,” Emily Arnoff Teck of Temple Beth EI of Boca Raton rapping to “We Can Rise,” Rachelle Nelson of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest singing “Mirror to My Soul” that brought a spiritual presence to the room, Benjamin Continued on page 24
Special Events and Programs
FIRST MONDAYS AT THE TEMPLE Monday, April 2, 2012 12 pm Sponsored by Temple Israel Sisterhood Bring a bag lunch; dessert and coffee provided. In addition to the lively chatter, sounds of clicking knitting needles and “bamming” mah jongg tiles look for the implementation of some new ideas which reflect group interests. Join us for our regular meeting.
You are Invited to
Join with Central Chavurah Thursday, April 19, 2012 7PM
This month Central Chavurah leads off with a topic which causes concern in ever increasing intensity: Jews and the Rising Power of Islam Hmmm . . . Does this announcement look familiar to you? If your answer is “yes,” it’s because this was our announced topic for the March meeting. Due to last minute circumstances, we were unable to present the program, Jews and the Rising Power of Islam, but such an important topic cannot be skipped over. Therefore, we offer it for our April meeting. Please come to help us sort out the multitude of views we hear and see concerning this subject on our televisions, in the newspapers and in many books. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, immediate past-president of the URJ has urged that we find the voices of moderation within the Islamic community and to engage in dialogue with them. Rabbi Yoffie wries, “While we have had our successes and failures in this effort, we must not desist in this task, for we are stronger and safer when we transcend our fears and work together. Sensible religious people have the obligation to to do something when fanatics kill in the name of God.” Our discussion, as in past sessions, will be moderated by Rabbi Larry Halpern. All Temple members and their friends are welcome to be with us for an exchange of ideas on this important topic.
GREAT BOOKS CLUB Invites You and Your Friends To Discuss
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Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:00 p.m. Bring a bag lunch Coffee will be served
RSVP to Dody Raskin: 305-891-5823 or email@example.com. Mark your calendar for our May 17 meeting: “What is Secular/Cultural Judaism?”
Former TI Librarian Still Behind the Stacks
Beatrice Muskat, longtime TI Librarian of great renown, was spotted amid the stacks at Books & Books on Lincoln Road recently. Past President Norma Orovitz and Bea reminisced about their collaborative relationship and her fond recollections across three decades at Temple Israel. Bea, now 96, was named Librarian in 1961 and maintains a keen interest in her family and friends and our collective history.
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Temple Israel’s Support Temple Israel’s 90th Anniversary
Temple Israel of Greater Miami 90th Anniversary I/We would like to participate in Temple Israel’s 90th Anniversary fundraiser! __Cake Layer…$9000 __Slice of Cake…$900 __Anniversary Candle…$90 __Congratulatory Wish…$9 NAME: _________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________ CITY: ____________________________________________ STATE and ZIP:_____________ PHONE: __________________________ EMAIL:____________________________________ Amount Enclosed $ ____________ My/Our gift will be shared with ______________________________________ Method of payment: Check ____ Credit Card ____ (MC or VISA) Card # _____________________________________ Expiration Date _______________ Security Code _______ All levels of participation may be donated in multiples. Donations for cake layers and slices may be shared with other contributors. For payment arrangements, please contact Executive Director Marla Towbin at 305-573-5900, extension 404. 8
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90 th Anniversary Celebrations MAY 6: Renewal of Vows/Commitments MAY 18: 90th Gala “Birthday” Party MAY 18: Publication of Temple Israel Times - 90 years of News JUNE 15: 90th Annual Meeting, Election and Ultimate Raffle Prize
Temple Israel Times Temple Israel’s 90th Anniversary Special Edition Publication
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HOLOCAUST DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE JOIN TEMPLE ISRAEL OF GREATER MIAMI FOR THESE TWO MEANINGFUL PROGRAMS
Sunday, April 15 atand 4 p.m.: Viewing Discussion of More documentary Viewing Discussion of and documentary film. details tofilm, follow. As Seen Through These Eyes—Hilary Helstein's deeply moving documentary As Seen Through These Eyes is the story of concentration camp internees who fought back with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs and shreds of paper to create works of art that portrayed and transcended their unimaginable surroundings. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film is a compelling statement of how the human spirit endures against inconceivable odds. Containing stories Simon Wiesenthal and artwork by the children of Terezin, As Seen Through These Eyes took top awards in Jewish and foreign film festivals worldwide. Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff presents, “The Power of Perseverance: One Family’s Escape from the Holocaust”— Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff’s presentation, “The Power of Perseverance: One Family's Escape from the Holocaust,” is about her family's harrowing escape from Nazi Europe. Admission is free of charge. Dr. Klein Kassenoff, born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, fled Nazi Europe in 1941 with her family when she was a small child, after a miraculous escape of hiding and being on the run for seven months. The family, which included her brother, the late Honorable Judge Ted Klein, arrived in America in 1941 and then settled in Miami Beach in 1957. Miriam's father Rabbi Maurice Klein, was an assistant to Rabbi Irving Lehrman at Temple Emanu-el. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, the first appointee in Miami-Dade County Public Schools to specifically implement Holocaust education, will share her family's incredible story of ultimate survival. She is the Director of the Holocaust Teachers Institute at the University of Miami where she also serves as an adjunct lecturer, as well as the first Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Both programs held in Wolfson Auditorium at Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th Street, downtown Miami
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Education and Youth
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ECC Free expressions of Art Passover is a celebration of freedom. Here, at school we will celebrate freedom through art. That’s the reason we will have our Fourth Annual Art Gallery called: “Free Expressions of Art.” Melba Leiman
Director of Administration ECC
Director of Education ECC
NOTES FROM THE ECC It’s Matzah Time Again!
The Joni & Stanley Tate ECC is getting ready for one of the most important Jewish Holidays: Passover. In addition to teaching the traditions and rituals of the Holiday, we attempt to instill in our children one of the most important values of the chag (holiday): freedom. Freedom is not a tangible concept for our children, but is the main core value of our school. A free child is one who can express him/ herself in different ways-a child who can learn by exploring and asking questions. When children are able to demonstrate their curiosity and express their creativity, they learn to express themselves in a unique way. During the early years, children shape their personalities by asking questions and discovering the wonders of life. They make choices and become more responsible for their selections. Through our school curriculum, The Creative Curriculum, we provide a guide to develop appropriate practices. Throughout this curriculum, teachers acquire the guidance, support, and freedom to be creative and responsive with children. Because children learn from daily interactions with their environment, their peers and their teachers, they build a solid foundation that helps them develop their learning. With the combination of The Creative Curriculum and the Jewish Curriculum, we help our children shape their Jewish Identity. They begin to understand how Matzah is prepared by exploring the wonders of yeast and comparing what happens when we use it to what happens when we do not. They learn more about the characteristics of Matzah and bread by smashing both. They discover the colors of the chag by decorating Matzah boxes. While tasting the Matzah, we will recreate the Passover story. When ECC children are singing Ma Nishtana Ha-laila Ha-Ze Mikol Ha Leilot, “What is different on this night from the rest of the other nights?” they are expressing the curiosity we try to nurture. Passover is a time for the children not only 12
All the classes will be working on different parts of the Passover story, and on April 4th, after our Passover Seder, families will have the opportunity to walk through our Art Gallery and buy their child’s art project. Families will select the price for their child’s art project, and all the money collected will be donated to the Lotus House. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine art, love, compassion and care for others in need. This year, our Art Gallery will have the honor of receiving a special gift donated by the prestigious artist, Jonathan Huxley. This past January, our children from the Multiage PK class visited one of our parents’ Art Gallery: Waltman Ortega Fine Art. This gallery was founded in Paris and is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. They specialize in painting, sculpture, and photography, and they represent a group of emerging to mid-career international artists. During our visit, Jonathan Huxley was exhibiting several art pieces. Our children loved them all and did a special project dedicated to honor the artist’s style. Aliona Ortega, Lucas’ mom from the Multiage PK Class and owner of the Art Gallery, sent the project to the artist. As a symbol of his gratitude, Mr. Huxley decided to donate one of his masterpieces, valued at $22.000, to our school. His Art Work will be proudly displayed in our school hallway. If you are visiting Temple Israel during the Passover week, please stop by and enjoy the masterpieces made by our own artists and the special masterpiece donated by Jonathan Huxley. A special thank you to Aliona Ortega for making this donation to our school. L ‘shalom
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS
The LORD said to Moses, I will rain down bread from heaven for you. Moses said to them, It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Exodus 16:4
Once again, Temple Israel celebrated one of the most popular Holidays in a unique way: with games, bounce house, raffles, balloon art, face painting, music, the most delicious barbeque and lots of prizes!
From this Torah Portion, we realize how blessed our ancestors were to have food provided for them each day during their journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land. As they began their Exodus from Egypt, they went through so many challenges and difficult times. Yet, they knew that God would always be there for them.
Special thanks to Larry Leitner and Linda Datko for building all the games for this special event and to our friends from Sisterhood for hosting the Bake Sale. The Purim Carnival is a community event that connects all our families together!
Today, there are so many people in Miami experiencing their own Exodus. They’ve lost their job and their home and end up living on the street or in shelters, including families with children. When I see homeless people, I ask myself, where is God? And the answer is simple, God is in every one of us. Judaism teaches that we are responsible for helping others in need. As important as it is for each of us to answer that call to help, we do it best when it is part of a community response. Now, let me share with you a story. From time to time, one of our religious school students, Emma Berzofsky, and her family make and deliver bagged meals to the homeless living in downtown Miami. Emma shared with me that there are always more people to feed than the bagged meals will accommodate. When she told me about it, I immediately thought about our magnificent community at Temple Israel which is always ready and willing to help those less fortunate. By working together, we can help more people in need! That is the main reason I invite our wonderful community to join us at the Brown Patio on Sunday, April 15th at 9:15am to help us to feed the homeless. We will prepare bags of food and distribute them to homeless people near the temple. Any leftovers will be taken to the Homeless Assistance Center. If you would like to participate, please bring the following items to prepare the lunches: boxes of Capri juice, fruit cups, granola bars, sliced bread, gum, and dental floss. Please, I urge all members of our community to come on time and help our religious school students work on this Mitzvah Project.
Religious School Fundraisers:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful community in supporting all the school fundraisers we have held in the past few months. Thanks to your generous donations for the Flea Market we were able to raise $200 for our school! Besides enjoying selling and buying at the Flea Market, we had a unique day celebrating the Greening of Temple Israel. Thanks to the Passover chocolate sale, we raised almost $400. The Annual Purim Carnival event raised $300. All these funds will help our students enjoy special fieldtrips and other programs at no cost!
Camp Coleman News
It is with great honor that we announce that 10 students from Temple Israel will be attending Camp Coleman this summer. Our religious school students were honored to receive 4 scholarships of $500 each from Sisterhood to attend Camp Coleman. Once again, our friends from Sisterhood are helping our students attend this amazing Camp!
Our teens had the privilege to lead a special teen service on March 30th. Special thanks to Rabbi Jody Cohen for preparing our students together with our Youth Advisor Mallie Duboff. I would like to thank our teens for helping me during this Spring Break at the ECC and sorting all the chocolate orders received from Miss Chocolate!
As we approach the holiday of Passover, we are reminded that this time of year is one of rebirth and renewal. We hope this important Mitzvah Project will help a homeless person feel that from despair comes hope. B’shalom
Purim Carnival Review Our Purim Carnival was amazing! We started with the Purim Shpiel , and reading the Megilla with Rabbi Jody and singing and dancing with Cantor Michael. Following the service we all marched in a special parade showing our costumes. We BOO’d every time Haman’s name was mentioned and we laughed with Rabbi Jody’s stories! April 2012 / Nisan –Iyar 5772 Volume 70 Number 8
YOUTH ACTIVITIES Sababa SHABBAT Friday, April 27th 5:45 pm Sababa A FUN AND ENGAGING SHABBAT EXPERIENCE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN (AGES 5 AND UNDER)
Join us for a special Shabbat led by Rabbi Jody, our song leader Mallie Duboff, and Valeria Michanie. 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 dinner $15 per adult and $5 per child. Please R.S.V.P. to Temple office at 305-573-5900 or email email@example.com.
P O P U P DAT E : MOVIE NIGHT CONTINUES TO BE A SCREAMING SUCCESS! The kids have a great time playing with their classmates and interacting with one another! Parents also have a great time meeting each other and catching up with friends. Next Movie Night will be in mid-May. Stay tuned for more details. Also coming April 30 - May 5 is the annual Book Fair!! POPs and ECC are planning an exciting and educational event including a new local vendor (“Books and Books”) and book readings! Stay tuned for more details!
ADULT LEARNING Creating
MODERN MIDRASH with RABBI JODY COHEN
MODERN MIDRASH Thursdays, April 5th and 19th 12 noon – 1 pm ADULT HEBREW
P lease contact R abb i J o dy for fur ther infor m ation.
WEDNESDAY NOONTIME LEARNING w ith
Rabbi Chefitz A pril 4, 11, 18 and 25 We are reading:
A Passion for Truth By Abraham Joshua Heschel
A b r ah am Jo s h u a Hes che l, one of the most be love d religious le aders of o u r t ime, d eliv er ed t his book to his publisher a fe w we eks be fore his d eat h . Rep r in t ed b y Je wish Lights, available through any bookse ller. “ P ro b a b ly t he b est bo o k on Hasidism to appear in the English Language.” - Library Journal
The Art of Cantillation with Cantor Michael Glozman For more information please contact Cantor Michael Glozman at 305-573-5900 ext. 409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Donna Seldes Sisterhood Co-Presidents
And the winners have been announced! On February 26, 2012, four deserving Religious School students were awarded scholarships, from funds provided by Sisterhood, to attend Camp Coleman this summer. Camp Coleman is a summer program run by the Union for Reform Judaism, which serves campers from the Southeast United States from Tennessee and the Carolinas through Georgia and Florida. Its agenda is committed to core values of respect, peace, community and kindness. The experience builds a warm and caring environment where campers have fun and experience the excitement and camaraderie of belonging to a Reform Jewish community. Scholarships have been awarded to Emma Berzofsky, Hannah Karl, Julian Michanie, and Goldi LieberPerson.
Events to Calendar: Monday, April 2, 2012 – Noon: “First Monday”: Bring a bag lunch; dessert and coffee provided. In addition to the lively chatter, sounds of clicking knitting needles and “bamming” mah jongg tiles look for the implementation of some new ideas which reflect group interests. Sunday, April 22, 2012 – YES Fund/JAFCO Luncheon: Our annual covered dish luncheon to support two worthy causes. More information and an invitation to follow.
Save-the-Date fo r t h e P rid e m ar ch o n S u nd ay, A pr il 1 5 & th e P rid e S ed er Wed ne s da y, Jun e 1 3 More details to follow... 16
Social Justice Forum THE ART OF RECYCLING THE MIAMI BEACH E-COMB RECYCLING CENTER LOCATED AT 210 2ND. ST. (305.534.3825) IS NOW ABLE TO RECYCLE THE FOLLOWING:
Social Justice Forum Expands Temple Israel’s Volunteer Program at Chapman Center The Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum is increasing its successful volunteer efforts at the Chapman Center for Empowerment of the Homeless. Following the successful volunteer evening on Monday, February 27th, the Social Justice Forum will be initiating monthly volunteer evenings on the fourth Monday of each month. The Chapman Center is located at 1550 N. Miami Avenue, and assists over 400 people daily. The next scheduled date will be Monday, April 23rd. Temple members seeking more information on the volunteer program should contact Michael Sagmeister at email@example.com.
1) PAPER PRODUCTS : MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPER, CARDBOARD 2) MILK & JUICE CONTAINERS 3) METAL : FOOD & BEVERAGE CONTAINERS 4) GLASS BOTTLES - NO CAPS OR LIDS 5) PLASTIC : NARROW NECK BOTTLES ONLY NO PLASTIC BAGS OR DIARY TUBS (COTTAGE CHEESE, CREAM CHEESE,YOGURT....) THE SINGLE STREAM / COMMUNITY DROP OFF STATION IS ACCESSIBLE 24 HRS. ON THE SIDE OF THE ECOMB OFFICE (on Collins Ct.) DURING BUSINESS HOURS (10am-5pm) THE CENTER ALSO WILL ACCEPT ELECTRONIC WASTE , BATTERIES & COMPACT FLORESCENT BULBS. THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF TEMPLE ISRAEL MEETS ON THE 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH - PLEASE JOINS US ON APRIL 18TH @ 7 P.M. “ALL ARE WELCOME”
Volunteers needed for Edible Garden The garden is in full bloom. The seeds planted in October are up. We are harvesting green beans, radishes and collard greens. Tomato plants have buds on the vine. Come participate Sunday morning between 8:30 am and 10:00 am; regular volunteers are needed. All produce is donated to Lotus House. Weekday volunteers by special arrangement. Contact David Galler: (617) 365-2728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Worship and Spirituality
April Schedule KOL CHADASH A NEW VOICE Saturday Morning Spiritual Awakening with Cantor Michael Glozman
9:30 am In the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel. Everyone is invited and welcome to experience Shabbat.
Draw closer and connect to the divine through prayer, song and niggunim. Kol HaN’shamah Tehalel Yah – Every soul praises the Eternal One. *Beginning in May, we welcome you to join us in prayer at 9:30am, as Temple Israel’s Shabbat morning service is lead by Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz.
JOIN US ON FRIDAY EVENINGS 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.
JOIN US: on Shabbat mornings .10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Joseph’s Table 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. 18
5:00 pm First Night of Passover. Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary
7:30 pm Social Justice Shabbat Service Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat
7:30 pm Yom Hashoah Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat
5:45 pm Sababa Shabbat in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel
7:30 pm Yom HaAtzmaut Shabbat Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary followed by an Oneg Shabbat
Life Cycle Events
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: email@example.com. 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.
April Anniversaries Pat and Marty Fine June and Stuart Jacobs Albert and Arlene Kahn Cathi and Michael Graham Jayne and Leonard Abess
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MAZEL TOV TO: DR. ENRIQUE MASRI AND CECILIA RUBIO
on their marriage HONORABLE BRONWYN MILLER
on receiving the Outstanding Woman in Government and Law award from In the Company of Women 24th Annual Awards Luncheon MIAMI HERALD JOURNALIST STEVE ROTHAUS
on being the recipient of the 2012 Community Service Award from the South Florida International Press Club, and for being honored by Equality Florida (the Statewide LGBT rights organization
April Birthdays Marsha Elser Reyna Galler James Tate Patricia Berezdivin Charlotte Rose Eric Ruben Ellen Kempler Rosen Barth Green Lawrence Denmark Leonard Grossman Doree Louis Bart Sacher Hope Wine Vivian Witkoff Nancy Bloom Sharon Elliot Joy Fried Larry Major Michael Lapat Steven Leidner Lawrence Weinberg Brian Hirsch Susan ScholzRubin
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Mark Fried Miriam Giraldez Jeffrey Kramer Valeria Michanie Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz Kerrin Bermont Hilda Messina Sonia Nathan Angela Sacher Julian Goldstein Kenneth Raskin Michael McClennen Stanley Tate Gertrude Weiner Arlene Kahn Mark Kirby Judith Price Susan Galler Roger Michelson Mark Pickard Jeffrey Bor Jennifer Parrado
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for his 21 years of advocacy and fundraising for the AIDS Walk Miami JEN RUEBEN
on her acceptance to the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion April 2012 / Nisan –Iyar 5772 Volume 70 Number 8
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY On behalf of Temple Israel’s Board of Trustees, Rabbis, Cantor and Administration we extend our condolences to the entire inmediate and extended family and friends of: ARTHUR BARKER Husband of Audrey Barker NURIT KALINI Sister of Jimmy Gavarian, sister-in-law of Rabbi Jody Cohen and aunt of Ami and Lauren Cohen-Gavarian JEWEL GREENBERG Mother of Elise Greenberg and grandmother of Aaron Guerrero LAWRENCE SINGER Husband of Harriet Singer May their memories be for a blessing and may God comfort all who mourn their loss.
Messages Continued from page 4
SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE “Yes, a boy who looked just like you,” the father agreed. “He stepped into the sea, the waters stepped back. Another step, the waters retreated. He ran into the sea, it opened before him. How wide do you think it opened?” “Just enough for him!” the children said. “And it closed behind. So each person himself had to choose to step forward. For each person, an act of faith. For each person the waters opened. Each person walked through on dry land.” “Tell us again,” the young ones said. “Tell us again!” “Enough now, go to sleep.” Around the other campfire, four generations – those who had been grandmothers when they came through the sea, mothers who came with children in tow, girls too young to be in awe of the moment, children born during the journey that still had twenty years to go. “Tell us again,” the young girls said. “Tell us again!” One mother told it again. “The story of the sea began nine months before when Moses thrust his staff into the Nile and drew blood from the water. Nine more plagues followed, 20
a month between each. That was when we emerged from the crucible of Egypt, head first against the banks of the sea. The waters broke. We emerged through a narrow canal to become the children of Israel, no longer Hebrews. The taskmasters who had held us in the womb of Egypt came after and, like afterbirth, perished in the process.” “Tell us again,” the young girls said. “Tell us again!” “Enough now, go to sleep.” Fathers and mothers took children in tow, tucked them safely into their dreams. The grandmothers and grandfathers gathered together around a single fire to recall memories as best they were able. At first there was chaos. Such confusion. Smoke by day and fire by night. Wind blew across the face of the waters. The waters divided, one side from the other. Dry land appeared. Life issued forth. But they were so old, their memories so fragmented, one story folded into another.
thought-provoking programs, the pillars of our community who have provided for us in times of need, and the hundreds upon hundreds of members and others who pass through our gates throughout the year. YOU have made us who we are; and YOU will continue to refashion us into who we will become. That is why I am extending an invitation to you to take an active role in Team Temple Israel, to bring your time, talents, and dedication into our community. You will find that opportunities abound and the satisfaction endures. So make that call to Executive Director Marla Towbin to find out how you can bring your passion to Temple Israel. Whether through committee participation, programming, strategic planning, or volunteering in the office, we want and need you to create your special place in our sacred space. Building the vibrant Temple Israel includes reworking and transitioning our organization into an effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible institution that serves our spiritual, educational, and social needs. We continue to identify how best to keep our Temple and our campus vital to our members and the Jewish community at large as a robust Temple of 400 households. Our history as a Temple of 1,000 + members is a testament to our legacy when the Miami Jewish community was quite different from today. Your Temple Board is working diligently, with earnestness and an understanding of our religious, social, and educational mission, to create an outstanding spiritual presence and administrative operation that together serve all our needs. The unfolding process is daring, creative, and ambitious, opening opportunities for every one of our members and members-to-be to participate. The Temple Israel of the future will be just Continued on page 24
May God’s name be exalted and hallowed throughout the world that He created, as is God’s wish. May God’s sovereignty soon be accepted, during our life and the life of all Israel. And let us say: Amen. 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, beyond all tributes that mortals can utter. And let us say: Amen. Let there be abundant peace from heaven, with life’s goodness for us and for all Israel. And let us say: Amen. May the One who brings peace to His universe bring peace to us and to all Israel. And let us say: Amen.
Zichrona L’vracha, May their memory be for a blessing.
APRIL 6: Carolyn Edith Apple David Bass Philip Baumoehl Sarah Blatt Sarah Blumenthal Ruth Bossak Etta Carp Frank S. Cole Hazel F. Dallett Samuel G. Ehrenreich Dorothy Gladys Fishman Frances Freedman Elizabeth Friedman Norman Gelvan Yetta Gelvan Emma Greenfield Herman K. Homa Joseph Horwitz Beatrice S. Hyman Selma Schaeffer Katz William L. Klinkenstein William Lieberwitz Sherwood P. Lowenstein Sidney Meisel Johanna Bessie Miller Jules Pearlman Samuel A. Prager Michael Primak Michael Richard Rizzo Mathilde Rosthal Isidore Rubin Hirsch Sadowsky Dorothy Siegel Benjamin Simon Martin Sobel Harry Stolar Bernard B. Stolmaker Albert Sussman Pauline Tavlin
Adolph Ungar Mortimer Edward Wien Hattie Younger Sandford F. Zahler APRIL 13: Louis Adler Harry B. Blasberg Julius Brody Barbara Brown Henry Bulbin Suzanne Collins Joseph W. Cowan Charles H. Finkelstein Ben Frankenstein Marcella Abess Gans Sam H. Goldman Alex Goldstein Meyer Groskin Herman J. Hegt Dr. Adolph Jacoby Ira David Joseph Benjamin Kaiser Antonia Kann Sam C. Levenson Irving H. Lieberman Harraiet Scheff Matthews Betty Neulander Ida Reigel Belle Riff Norman A. Rossman Malcolm H. Roth Louis Silverberg Marie S. Silverman Herbert D. Venzer Bessie Wien Hatie (Sis) Willens APRIL 20: George G. Adler Edith Asckenasy Clara Baumoehl
Lee Dickens Blumberg Dora Coleman Evelyn Dash David Davidson Richard Deutch Nathan Feika Abraham Feldman Anne Fisher Daniel Alan Friedman Emelia Gelb Jennie Fryer Goodman Marie Goudiss Sidney R. Jacobs Ignatz Jacoby Benjamin Jaffe Debra Lane Ruth Levin Beatrice Cohn Lipkin M. Victor Miller Rose Nadler Anne Rubin Novack Ernice Weinkle Preston Jack Rabinovitch Theresa Riesner Rose Blumberg Robbins Ida M. Robinson Gertrude Lang Rosenthal Edith P. Roskin Fae S. Rubin Rose Louis Rubin Julius A. Rudolph Sarah Helen Russin Isidore A. Sherman Abraham Stern Erwin R. Stern Arthur A. Unger Abe Vatz Shirlie Wasserman Esther G. Woldenberg Chai Zilber
Sarah Zilber APRIL 27: Edward H. Blatt Simon M. Bressler Estelle Center Albert Chauser Marshall Cohen Laura Dubbin Joseph Eppstein Sam Finkelstein Richard E. Gerstein Samuel S. Goldberg Max H. Goldhoff Sarah Goldstein Anna Schwartz Gordon Max Edward Gottlieb Rose S. Green Nathan S. Gumenick Henry Jacoby Rachel Kandel Hilda Kempler Ada Levene Hyman N. Levy Benjamin Lipoff Sadie Meisel Lubash Sarah Luby J. Bert Marx Herbert L. May Viola Mendelson Zenia Meyer Rose Miles Morris B. Rubin Harvey Simon Philip Stern Lee Towbin Peter G. Valdes Lillian Van Wye Herman Wall
*Names listed denote deceased whose plaque is in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary. April 2012 / Nisan –Iyar 5772 Volume 70 Number 8
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 Paul and Bernice Goldman in memory of Seth Levene Vivian Giller in memory of Norman Giller Morton R. Goudiss in memory of Marie Goudiss Edwin and Carol Wariner and Family in memory of Richard Wariner Dora Maya in memory of David Maya Bernice and Paul Goldman in memory of Abe Bessel Nadene Schantz and Sharon Walshon in memory of Leatrice E. Handleman Rhonda and Henry Keller in memory of Adrienne Keller Paula Yarosz, Luis, Lily, Stephanie and Harry Yarosz in memory of Zygmund Yarosz, Alexander Giraldo-Yarosz Dr. Henry Stevens and Family in memory of Jack Stevens Joan Schaeffer in memory of Bernard Delavenay Judy Loft in memory of M. Grimberg Patricia Papper in memory of Sidney Meyer, Julia Papper Robert and Lisa Waxman in memory of Maurice Waxman Bunny Greenberg in memory of Charles Greenberg, Meyer Goetz Rosaleen Jacobs Horn in memory of Grace G. Jacobs Bernice and Paul Goldman in memory of Frances Bessel Marcia and Lewis Kanner in memory of Marcella S. Kanner Sharyn A. Brotz in memory of Herbert Brotz Edwin and Carol Wariner in memory of Natalie Weiner Esta Friedman in memory of Mary Gitelman, Marilyn Ellis Helen C. Cowen in memory of Frances Goldman Gloria Gilbert and Family in memory of Sally Manne Mrs. Albert H. Friedman in memory of Rachel Kanner Naomi Roth Smith in memory of Malcom Roth and Ben Frankenstein James Cohen in memory of Shirlee Freed Sara Nelson in memory of Herman Brameister Lois Dolgoff in memory of Ruth Berger and Albert Berger Patricia Papper in memory of Zenia Meyer Robin Reiter-Faragalli in memory of Trudi Reiter Yvonne Benrube in memory of Elie Alcheck Lee Greene in memory of Max Hoffman Nornan and Ellie Browner in memory of Elsie Chaffin The Sobel-Gold Family in memory of Martin Sobel The Newmark Family in memory of Isabella Newmark RADIO-INTERNET FUND Richard and Susie Goldberg for the speedy recovery of Ken Raskin Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Josepher in memory of Sandor Rosin Diane G. Person in memory of Harold Goetz Arline Kent Stewart in memory of Alfred Aronovitz, Eugene Aronovitz, Lt. Nathan A. Aronovitz, Ronald Kent Patty Craven in memory of Janice Gottlieb Smith, Marilyn Ellis, Roz Jaffe, Carl Hageman, Gene Kline Mark S. Teitelbaum in memory of Pauline Comiter Janeth Serbin in memory of Robert Kahn Beth and Ed Tavlin in memory of Pauline Tavlin David Press and Doree Press in memory of Rose Gotlieb Jerry, Julie, Scott, Hilary and Gregg Moskowitz in memory of Meyer Moskowitz Joan Getz and Family in memory of Anyce Lavigne Robert Waterstone in memory of Charlotte Waterstone Lois Model Rukeyser in memory of Ben Lubin Richard and Susie Goldberg in memory of Mac Goldberg Brandy and Larry Primak in memory of Michael Primak Esther Reckles in memory of Morris Peters Robin, Ari and Neil Rollnick in memory of Joshua Rollnick Sandra Brawer Koplon in memory of Bessie Lippman Joan Schaeffer in memory of Bruce Flashenburg Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Price in memory of Dorothy Price, Sylvia and David Friedland Lillian A. Scher in memory of Arnold Scher and Ruth Sheinberg Lillian A. Scher and sons in memory of Harry Powers 22
SPONSOR BIMAH FLOWERS OR AN ONEG SHABBAT: Bimah flowers enhance our Shabbat experience. Sponsoring the bimah flowers 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? And the great thing is: one size fits all! As a sponsor of the bimah flowers or Oneg Shabbat, your name will appear in the Shabbat bulletin and in Chai Lites. For more information or to sponsor, please contact Temple office at 305-573-5900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO OUR MOST RECENT SPONSORS: Lisa and Robert Waxman in memory of Iva Jane Weinstein and Barbara Chapman
Kahn-Jacobs family in memory of Rose and Burton Kahn
Janine Elkin Ricci and Bob Ricci in honor of their son, Blakeâ€™s Bar Mitzvah
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Felicia O. Deutch and Family in memory of Richard Deutch Donna Seldes in memory of Rose Kahn Sherri Garfield in memory of Philip Stern Vivian Giller in memory of Norman Giller Marilyn Cromer in memory of Warren Bernstein Alan and Benes Glackman in memory of Sadye Glackman Ed and Bev Tavlin in memory of Lillian Van Wye Fran and Robert Lane in memory of Debra Lane Joan Schaeffer in memory of Jewel Greenberg JOSEPH R. NAROT ENDOWMENT FUND Richard Bermont in memory of Ronni Bermont Charles and Sandra Simon in memory of Harvey Simon Ethel and Al Solomon in memory of Ruth Goldweber, Ernest Solomon IN APPRECIATION OF CLERGY Dorothy Solomon in appreciation of Rabbi Cohen for the Modern Midrash Class Eve Pinder in appreciation of Rabbi Cohen The Saltzburg Family in memory of Victor Fleming THE JONI AND STANLEY TATE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Joni and Stanley Tate in memory of Jack Stevens Joni and Stanley Tate in memory of Arthur Barker Diane Person donation Diane and Ernest Halpryn in memory of Arthur Barker FLOWER FUND Leoanrd Grossman and Family in memory of Elaine Grossman Leonard Grossman and Sylvia Fine in memory of Mary Rosenzweig Roger Epstein in memory of Deborah Epstein, Herman Lubschutz Arlene and Marshall Stein in memory of Jack Lavine DOROTHY SEROTTA SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM Marc Zemsky in honor of the birthday of Gary Brown Dr. Maurice Serotta in memory of Belle Levin, Charlotte Serotta, Harry Serotta, Isaac Levin Environmental Action Committee Dr. Joan Bornstein and Benn Giller Sheila Feeley in memory of Benjamin Mandell, Pearl Mandell Garden Project Annsheila Turkel in memory of Herman Tronick CHARLES HELD, JR. MEMORIAL FUND TO FEED THE HUNGRY Dr. Henry Stevens and Family in memory of Jack Stevens Leon and Audrey Manne in memory of Frances Rubenstein Robert Waterstone in memory of Marilyn Simon Eric Hankin and Richard Milstein in memory of Bruce Flashenburg Eve Pinder donation Joan Schaeffer in memory of Nurit Kalini Jeffrey and Karen Calderon donation Paul and Bernice Goldman in memory Seth Levene Sandra and Charles Simon in memory Nurit Kalini THE DENMARK LIBRARY Caryl Chassman in memory of Nathan Heller CANTOR JACOB BORNSTEIN AND DAVID SAMUEL BORNSTEIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR JEWISH CAMPING OR YOUTH STUDY IN ISRAEL Irene J. Cohen in memory of Morton Goustin and Anna Goustin Peter and Kerrin Bermont in memory of Ronni Bermont Marilyn Greenbaum in memory of Jerome Greenbaum Irene J. Cohen in memory of Florence Gordon Doug and Jane Kahn Jacobs in honor of the birthday of Ben Giller B. B. AND GRACE GOLDSTEIN MUSIC FUND Dr. Mark Goldberg and David Rigg in memory of Florence Goldberg Charles and Sandra Simon in memory of Esther Jacoby, Benjamin Simon Angela and Barton Sacher in memory of Joseph Rosenson Burton B. Goldstein in memory of Grace and B. B. Goldstein Edythe and Elton Kerness in memory of Arthur Barker Dr. Harold Goodman in memory of Rachel Goodman RABBI COLMAN A. ZWITMAN RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Gladys L. Cowen in memory of Doanld Lavigne Nancy Goldring and Family in memory of Carolyn F. Grossman, Barry Goldring MARJORIE SCHILLINGER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Jack Schillinger in memory of Harris Ruskin, Harry Schillinger Jack Schillinger in memory of Lauren Katzenstein TEMPLE ISRAEL Joyce and Jerry Kaiser in memory of Charles Steinhauser The Saltzburg Family in memory of Justin Marder Siegel Ruth and Richard Shack in memory of Sol Schreiber Pauline Winick in honor of Merri Mann
SISTERHOOD: Brandy and Larry Primak in memory of Jewel Greenberg
Ken and Dorothy Raskin in memory of Marilyn Ellis
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INVITES YOU TO OUR LUNCHEON MEETING ON Thursday, April 26, 2012
11:30 am LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP
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SPEAKERS Dan Gelber David Lawrence Katy Sorenson Juan Zapata MODERATOR Robert Levy Wolfson Auditorium Temple Israel
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PRESIDENTIAL Perspective Continued from page 20
as spiritually meaningful, but will also propel us to be the progressive, growing presence in our city center. I encourage you to not only embrace our progress, but become an indispensable part of our future. Chag Sameach, Ben Kuehne, President TemplePresident@kuehnelaw.com
Marla’s Meisele Maysele... (my little story) Continued from page 5
the kitchen, the dipping of our fingers in wine for the plagues, the visual presentation of the holiday symbols on the Seder plate, and the delicious tastes we have learned to associate with the holiday.
A MUSICAL INTERLUDE by Dr. Alan Mason
Continued from page 6 Matis of Shleter Rock Jewish Center in New York providing “Hatei Elokai,” Luis Cattan of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach performing “Ilu Finu,” and Cesar Beliniski of Temple Beth Torah-Tamarac Jewish Center singing “Amen” that proved to be a fitting closure to the solo performances. These are just a few of the brilliant performances that the singers gave. The concert ended in a joyful celebration of all the performers that should entice guests to return next year. Those who missed this year’s concert can always catch it next year. This annual concert is one that should be seen at least once and the music appeals to people of all backgrounds. The date for next year’s concert is set for Jan. 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. at Temple Israel of Greater Miami.
But what if one or more of our senses was impaired? Are we still fulfilling the mitzvah if we are unable to partake in the seder in the traditional way? This was a question we needed to ask, and a reality my family needed to face, when, in addition to our dad (z”l) becoming legally blind due to macular degeneration, his health required that he be fed through a surgically implanted tube. Knowing that I was going to Savannah to be with him and lead the seder during Passover, coupled with knowing his level of commitment to Judaism and to his traditional roots, I realized that this Passover could prove to be a challenging one. I did a google search and a rabbi search, including many of whom I count among my close circle of friends, to see if in the universe there already existed a seder which does not focus on the tasting of food. Each rabbi I spoke with said that although it was an excellent idea, they were not aware of any seder which existed…and each of them encouraged me to create it…so create it…I did! It seemed like an arduous task, but I was both motivated and obligated to figure it out for my dad. Because just as it was the obligation of my parents and grandparents to tell the story, it was now my obligation to tell the story in a way in which my father could once again experience the miracle. Amazon.com and JLevine Booksellers were very happy with me as I perused their sites in an effort to find and purchase just the right combination of text, illuminated Pesach art, and music from which to create our very own sensory seder. Please make sure to visit Dr. Andrew Gottlieb’s showcase where you will find the Towbin Family Unique Sensory Seder Haggadah and materials on display. Like Moses in the desert, one does not really know what they are capable of accomplishing, unless they challenge themselves. Wishing you and your loved ones a zissen (sweet) Pesach. 24
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9:15 AM: Religious 12:00 PM: School Passover Sisterhood First Experience Mondays 10:00 AM: Glee
11:00 AM: Programming Committee Meeting
9:15 AM: Religious School 10:00 AM: Glee 11:00 AM: Trope Class with Cantor (6th and 7th grades) 6:30 PM: Yom Hashoah program [As Seen Through the Eyes (Ru’ach)]
9:15 AM: Religious School
12:00 PM: Noon Learning with Rabbi Mitch 7:00 PM: Next@19th Street New Sanhedrin
12:00 PM: Modern Midrash 6:30 PM: Next@19th Street Community Chorus
First Night of Passover 4:30 PM: Kiddush 5:00 PM: Shabbat Service
9:30 AM: Shabbat Service 10:30 AM: Next@19th Street Joseph’s Table 6:00 PM: Congregational Second Seder Togetherness
12:00 PM: Noon
6:30 PM: Next@19th Street Community Chorus
7th Day of Passover – Temple and ECC Closed 7:30 PM: Shabbat Service and Oneg
9:30 AM: Shabbat Service 10:30 AM: Next@19th Street Joseph’s Table 11:30 AM: Hebrew with Cantor
12:00 PM: Noon Learning with Rabbi Chefitz
12:00 PM: Modern Midrash
with 11 10 Learning Rabbi Chefitz
6:30 PM: Presentation in honor of Yom Hashoah (Ru’ach)
7:30 PM: Yom Hashoah 5:30 PM: Social Justice Shabbat Service and Oneg 5:00 PM: Prize Kick Off committee Meeting
11:00 AM: Sisterhood Yes Fund luncheon
6:00 PM: Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 PM: Learning with Rabbi Chefitz
12:00 PM: Great Books Club 6:00 PM: Next@19th Street Community Chorus
21 20 Shabbat Service 10:30 AM: Next@19th Street Joseph’s Table 11:30 AM: Hebrew with Cantor
7:00 PM: Central Havurah Meeting
11:00 AM: Trope Class with Cantor (6th and 7th grades)
7:00 PM: Environmental 6:30 PM: Next@19th Action Committee Street Community Chorus
10:00 AM: Glee
9:15 AM: Religious School Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration
9:00 PM: Next@19th Street Rooftop Poetry 5:45 PM: Sababa Shabbat
7:30 PM: Yom HaAtzmaut Shabbat Service and Oneg with Next@19 Street Chorus
9:30 AM: Shabbat Service 10:30 AM: Next@19th Street Joseph’s Table 11:30 AM: Hebrew with Cantor 6:00 PM: Havdalah Service 9:00 PM: Next@19th Street Guava Rugelach Lounge
10:00 AM: Glee 11:00 AM: Trope Class with Cantor (6th and 7th grades)
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GUAVA RUGELACH LOUNGE: Kaddish in Concert: A Musical Lecture Sunday, April 1 at 2pm At the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Max Miller: Final Mourner’s Kaddish: 333 Days in Paintings The Mourner’s Kaddish has inspired many concert works that bring this private expression of sorrow and devotion to the public stage. Aron Zelkowicz, principal cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and director of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, discusses how different composers interpret this familiar prayer. He is joined by violinist Daniel Andai, concertmaster of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Ciro Fodere in live performances and recorded examples of music by Salamone Rossi, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Ravel, Leo Zeitlin, and others. This event is a co-production of Next@19th, Jewish Museum of Florida, and The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO). It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Max Miller: Final Mourner’s Kaddish: 333 Days in Paintings on display at the Jewish Museum of Florida through May 13, 2012. This exhibition by Max Miller originated at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City and is sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts. Tickets are $18, $15 seniors, students and artists and $12 for Jewish Museum members at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233728 or 800.838.3006
The Second Avenu e Jew ish Chorale will be performing during our Shabbat services on
Fr id ay, Ap r il 27, 20 1 2 7:30p m The Second Avenue Jewish Chorale is Next@19th’s new community chorus dedicated to the performance of quality Jewish music in South Florida. The Chorale, comprised of more than twenty auditioned singers, is enjoying a spectacular debut season, performing at such venues as the Miami Jewish Film Festival, the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach, Bet Shira Congregation, and Guava Rugelach Lounge. Coreen Duffy, the Founding Artistic Director of the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, serves as adjunct faculty in Musicology at the University of Miami, and is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. The Second Avenue Jewish Chorale is actively recruiting new members and seeking performance opportunities. To schedule an audition, support the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, or book a performance, please email email@example.com or call (305) 542-7732.
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