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October 20, 2011
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New This Week...


Celebrate Simchas Torah on Friday, October 21


Share the joy as we unfurl the Torah and study the sentence that is sacred to you.


Have you ever seen the entire Torah unfurled like a holy ribbon in a huge circle of people? Simchas Torah marks the completion of the weekly Torah readings, when we read the last Torah portion Deuteronomy 34 and proceed immediately to Genesis 1:1. This reminds us the Torah, and life, is a circle, a cycle, and never ends. At TAO, we honor our Etz Chaim Hee, our Tree of Life, in a sacred, mystic circle, during which your gloved finger points to a Torah selection and the rabbis interpret it through the mystic lens of Kabbalah. It is said that the portion you pick tells you something important about the year to come. Come dance and celebrate the Torah with TAO on October 21st at ArtServe.



Wisdom Class Resumes Wednesday, October 26


After a wonderful summer of classes from our members, Rabbi Marc will begin our Wisdom Class series on Wednesday, October 26 with the subject

Kaballah of Dialogue - Noach 'the builder of Divine Speech'.  Read the full article below.


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  • Oct 21- Simchas Torah Friday Service
  • Oct 25-  Mens Spirituality Group 5/8
  • Oct 26-  Wisdom Class Resumes 
  • Oct 29-  Saturday Services  / Israel Meeting
  • Nov 12- Saturday Morning Retreat

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High Holy Day Recap & Thanks

I am still feeling the high from TAO's High Holy Day services, which culminated with magical Yom Kippur services.  Our temple without walls certainly created a sacred space at the Westin Cypress Creek Hotel and the Creator was felt everywhere in that holy room.


I have come to expect the sweetest wisdom from our rabbis and this year they did not disappoint. Rabbi Marc talked of the merits of Dialogue, authentic communication that comes from our hearts. On Rosh Hashana, we were treated to Dialogue 101 and, I don't know about you, but I was focused on effective communication - dialogue - all week long. (Just ask my boyfriend!) And, on Yom Kippur, our rabbi continued with a deeper look at Dialogue from different perspectives; how dialogue can help heal relationships, businesses, governments and even the political landscape. And he was very clear that, if communication can heal or harm; can be the cause of war or peace, then it is on each of us to "see the good" where we are, within ourselves and others, and to dialogue with compassion.


From our celebration of Rosh Hashana to the beauty of the Shabbat/Kol Nidre service Friday night to Saturday's depth and heart, our Rabbis Marc and Phillip took us on a spiritual journey into self-awareness and transformation. Rabbi Phillip's warm bass voice resonated throughout the room as he chanted, prayed and sang with strength and faith. His blowing of the Shofar sent chills up and down my spine as my soul awakened to its plaintiff call. We were reminded all day that we are in charge of our life through the power and choice of our thoughts. We were reminded all day that every minute holds the promise of redemption and starting over with a clean slate. We were reminded all day that we are in the metaphorical arms of a loving, compassionate God. And, we were reminded that Jewish Renewal offers a road map to a life of depth and meaning; warmth and joy.


As most of you know, typically I sing in the choir. This year on Yom Kippur, I was called to just be, rather than be on stage. Spending the day wrapped in the warmth of my friends/TAO family made me understand, even more deeply, how critical and life-giving this community is. High Holy Days is a time for sacred communion with God, self and community. This year TAO provided the opportunity for that and more.


I pray that your experience was the same and that you will look to us for your spiritual nourishment during the coming year. Your donations matter. They help to keep us here for you, and we are so grateful. With Shabbat services every bit as joyful and meaningful as HHD on the first and third Friday of each month; Men's and Women's Spirituality Groups and Kabbalah Wisdom Classes, you have the opportunity to deepen the bonds of friendship and community. So please, read your newsletters, visit our web site ( and allow us to be, and continue to be, your spiritual home. We are here for you.


Being a part of administration, I am aware of the herculean effort it takes to provide these services to the community. And yet, these past two weeks, I watched congregants walk through an easy check-in and sit (and stand...and sit and stand) in prayer & meditation; and sing, dance and chant until Divine Joy became the dominant vibration in the room. And then, I watched as each person seemed to float out on a heavenly cloud.


I would be remiss if I did not laud the hard work of our many volunteers, without whom, we simply could not do what we do. Dee Sacks, our most extraordinary volunteer and Renee Greene, our part time administrator (who puts in more hours than most full time employees,) we would be adrift without either of you and your efforts are appreciated more than words can ever say. We also could never have been so successful without the efforts of committed volunteers. This year, so many of you graciously volunteered your time and efforts to help, and we are enormously grateful. Our deepest, most heartfelt thanks to:


Elyse Blum, Elaine Bloom, Cathy Bowers, Carole Constad, Trudi DeGrazio, Karen DelGuercio, Robin Diciacco, Cecile Dumornay, Joyce Finn, Michael Fish, Dora Fiser, Peter Fox, Lowell Gannon, Kate Gemeiner, Angela Gershenwald, Robert Goldberg, Jamie Menteguiaga, Ron Gotlin, Susan Gotlin, Judi Greenberg, Judi Gulko, Bob Heaton, Fleur Heaton, Steele Hendricksen, Rhonda Hey, Keith Kander, Eleanor Kaye, Pam Kelner, Jacci King, Sandy King, Debbie Kugelman, Alan Kurtzman, Ann Kurtzman, Heidi List, Lisa Lumiere, Elyse Lofgren, Ron Lowther, Rivka Maidan, Joanna Maurer, Jacob Marvin, Carole McConnell, Nancy Mendelson, Sandy Miller, Rose Moussa, Marcia Peschitz, Father Michel Pugin, Susan Reisman, Rachel Rose, Karen Rosenfeld, Jenae Rubin, Dee Sacks, Steve Schatzberg, Shirley Shelpman, Karen Tina Sheskin, Diana Strauss, Marcia Sweedler, Phyllis Tess, Charles Tischler, Rochelle Tischler, Sheila Tobier, Caren Vivado, Janice Weintraub, Linda Weissman, Arnie Welber, Ethelind Wiener, Linda Winter, Myrna Wolf, Irene Yovu, Dottie Zviebel, Robert Zveibel. Each of you played your part in making us look good!


L'Shana Tova to all our holy friends,

Anne Goldberg
President, Temple Adath Or



In This Issue
High Holy Days Recap & Thanks
Oct 21-Simchas Torah Friday
Oct 25- Men's Spirituality Group
Oct 26- Wisdom Class
Contribute Now
Oct 29 - Saturday Service
Oct 29 - Israel Meeting
Nov-12 - Saturday Morning Retreat
Nov 21- Women's Spirituality Group
TAO's Adopted Family
Auction Donations Requested
Meet Jewish Singles
Nourish Your Soul
Next Service Date
Rabbi's Inspiration
Today's Parsha
Welcome New Members
Drums, Tambourines, Shakers
Heart to Heart
Healing Prayers
Yahrtzeit Plaque
Tree of Life
Tikkun Olam
Meaningful Gifts
Wednesdays with Rabbi Marc
Mitzvah Corner
Member Benefits
Quick Links
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 Fri, Oct 21 - Simchas Torah Friday Service

Shabbos Candles 

7:15 - Cantorial Chants
7:30 - Service Begins

Bring a friend, your children and grandchildren  

Share the joy as we unfurl the Torah and study the sentence that is sacred to you



Are you looking for a meaningful and joyous Shabbat? Look no further.


TAO (Temple Adath Or) is the South Florida Center for Jewish Renewal. We are a warm expression of joyful Judaism that brings Judaism to the 21st Century.


Jewish Renewal is about breathing life and meaning into Judaism. It is a return to the mystic roots of Abraham. It teaches that when we touch the Divine within and allow That to shine through us, we achieve a life of balance, harmony and loving kindness. In its essence, Renewal helps us to access the God within.


TAO services are filled with joy as we sing our way through Shabbat. Prayer, meditation and movement are always a part of everything we do.


Join us the first and third Friday of each month. Whether you are Jewish, non-Jewish or want to feel Jewish again, you will be touched by the depth, joy and connection you will feel at our Services.


Learn the Prayers
Click for free prayer book

First & Third Fridays
Fourth Saturday (Unless noted otherwise)
Summer Schedule Varies (See below)
Oct 21, Nov 4 (Celebrating Florence Ross), Nov 18
Dec 2, Dec 16
Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 2, Mar 16, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 15, Aug 3, Aug 17,
Sept 7

Regular Friday Night Services
7:10 - Cantorial Chants
7:30 - Services Begin

Please help setup and cleanup after Services.

During Oneg, please put your plates and cups in the garbage, and it's ok to pick up others' that you see.  Also, please be careful not to get cake and food on the floor... we don't want to be asked to leave!  Thanks for your help and considerations.
Thanks to everyone who has been helping make sure the room is clean before leaving. There has been a big improvement.

You'll make it a lot easier on the Rabbi and the few people who are helping now. To help with set up, show up at about 6:30pm. Thank you so much!! 


Oneg Sponsors
Celebrate your special occasion (birthday, anniversary, promotion) or say thank you or honor someone special by sponsoring an Oneg. Full and partial sponsorships are possible. Sponsorships benefit your business too as it is publicized at the service and in our newsletter. The Rabbi will personally acknowledge and thank you.

To sponsor an upcoming Oneg, call the office to schedule: 954-888-1408.

Feel free to bring a dish to share too! Please write your name on homemade dishes for people who would like recipes. Thanks!

Shabbos Food Drive
Please bring canned food to services for those who are hungry every day of the year. We are supporting Jewish Family Services and the Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable food to services. Each time we bring our dancing feet to prayer and to The Holy One, we can fill our hands with cans. Help continue our mission.

ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale. Click here for Directions.

Tues, Oct 25, - Men's Spirituality Group

Men's Spirituality Group photo

8-week sessions

Attendance is mandatory and closed after first session!

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.



In this eight week session, we will explore different programs including: procrastination, the power of money, creating happiness, and past lives. Please join us in this safe and sacred space where you can be yourself.


Members Only logo
Come home to the brotherhood of men, and take your place as a man among men. All TAO men are invited to this unique strictly-male opportunity. Please call Lowell Gannon if you have any questions 954-240-1944.

Once a new eight-week session has begun, the group is closed to new members until the next session begins.

Lowell Gannon can be reached at 954-240-1944 or [email protected].

Second Floor Conference Room at Office - 10200 West SR 84, Davie 33324. Non-members may attend the first two sessions after which TAO membership is required.

From Nob Hill Road, just south of SR 84, turn as if you are going into Burger King and follow the road as it curves to the right. We are just west of Imperial Lighting. There is ample parking.

Please arrive a few minutes early as the front door to the building locks at 7pm.

954-888-1408 or [email protected]
Wed, Oct 26- Wisdom Class Resumes
hands on beach





Non-Members: $10 donation online or at the door 

Members: $10 donation appreciated




JCC - Pine Island & Stirling Roads


Main Building, Holocaust Learning Center


Map and directions 

Do a Mitzvah
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
Saturday Shabbat Service - Oct 29

Sat Svc10:30 a.m. Morning Service
Oneg Follows

Fourth Saturdays
Exceptions noted below

 Intimate... Connected... Joyful. This is how TAO does Shabbos. Bring your drums, tambourines and your hearts as they will be touched. What a wonderful way to start the day!

After Service, enjoy Oneg with your congregants. Will you sponsor an Oneg? Call the office 954-888-1408.

Saturday Morning Services
Oct 29, Nov 26

Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23

Saturday Havdallah Services


Dec 24 - Chanukah

Members Only logo
Members Only
Services at Rabbi Marc and Paulina's home are for TAO Members Only. Members are welcome to bring out-of-town guests. Dress comfortably!

Saturday Service is at Rabbi Marc & Paulina's home. Call Office for address: 954-888-1408.


To keep the ability to enjoy services at the Rabbi's home, please follow this parking procedure:  

At the Rabbi's house, an attendant will give you a handout with the places you may park. Rabbi Marc did a lot of work to secure parking places acceptable to his development's Board and the City. We must heed the allotments and not park elsewhere.

Please respect the neighbors if they should ask you to move your car or not park in their swale - even if they previously gave permission to park there. By being respectful of their wishes, we assure fewer problems in the future.

Sat, Oct 29 - Israel Meeting

Israeli Flag


Our Land, Our People,
Our Zionism


Join the discussion at the Rabbi's home following Saturday Services.


Upcoming Meetings
  • October 29
  • February 25
Israel faces daily existential challenges like no other nation has ever endured, come learn how we as a congregation can - and must - respond. After services have concluded on Saturday, October 29th, we will be joined by Eric Ross, AIPAC's Broward County Area Director, for a briefing and friendly conversation on the strategic challenges that Israel faces today. This discussion, like all AIPAC engagements, is strictly off the record and closed to the press.
Working with members of Congress and other policymakers, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is involved in more than 100 initiatives each year to provide Israel with the financial, diplomatic, military, and moral support needed to help keep the Jewish state strong and secure, and to ensure that the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong for generations to come. For more information about how you can get involved with AIPAC in Broward County, please visit
Eric Ross began his tenure at AIPAC in January of 2009, as the North and Central Florida Area Director. In early September of 2011, he became the Broward County Area Director, where he now oversees AIPAC's development, programming, grassroots lobbying, and political objectives throughout the county.
Eric grew up just outside of Orlando and graduated from the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida. He proudly spent his freshmen year of college studying abroad and volunteering in Israel. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies in 2001 from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Eric went on to earn two Master of Arts Degrees from Gratz College near Philadelphia; the first in 2004 in Jewish Studies, and the second in 2005 in Jewish Communal Service with a specialization in Jewish Non-Profit Management.

Eric currently lives in Tamarac, together with his wife and their young daughter.
Sat, Nov. 12 - Morning Meditation Retreat

10:30 a.m.   
Members Only logo The TAO Shabbos Hour Retreat is a sanctuary of silent inner reflection and sacred presence. Give yourself this hour to be soothed and transformed, through quiet prayer, euphoric chanting, gentle (Renewal-style) yoga, and holy meditation, all in a tranquil, loving environment with your TAO community and friends.

This glorious hour, led By Rabbi Marc, is fabulous for your physical and mental health.

Upcoming Retreats:  

Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 10
Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9
Watch video


At the home of Rabbi Marc and Paulina. This is a members only event.

Note: There is no Oneg.

Mon, Nov 21 - Women's Spirituality Group

7:00 p.m.
Members Only logo
Women's Spirituality Group is a sacred circle of spiritual women who want to grow and share their souls. Participation requires no prior experience, just an open heart and willingness to be in the company of loving, accepting friends. We neither solve problems nor give advice; we listen and learn, love and accept. Please join us.

Non-members may attend twice before joining TAO.
View Shirley Shelpman's notes from April's WSG. 
Read now

Location & Directions
Myrna Wolf's home


Janice Weintraub



[email protected]
wsg song
2011 Schedule  
Third Mondays

     Nov 21, Dec 19

To be included in the email list for Women's Spirituality Group, email Marcia Sweedler [email protected]

TAO's Adopted Family

Through our support of the Touch A Heart Foundation, TAO has adopted a family whom we will try to offer visits and support during the coming year.

Our "adopted" family consists of a 62 year old grandma with custody of two grandsons, a 10 and 11 year old. Grandma has MS, and on a good day uses a cane. More often she requires a walker or wheelchair. Her greatest fear is losing her home which is the only home the boys have ever known and handicap accessible for her. Their only income at this time is Social Security.

The family has a "Wish List." If you can provide any of the items on the wish list please contact Renee at the office. You could drop the items off at the office (in the afternoons), or make a donation to cover the costs and Renee will purchase.

  • A gift certificate for shoes for the boys to either Sports Authority or Footlocker
  • Tickets to the movie theater. Closest to them would be Regal Cinema or Cinemark
  • Clothes for the boys - Pants/Shorts (size 12 and 16), Shirts (medium and large)
  • Gas cards, Publix or Target gift cards
  • Rides to and from services  
  • Socks, towels, blankets, toiletries
  • Publix card or precooked meal including beverages and paper goods
Grandma does not expect entire wish list to be granted.

We plan to visit our family throughout the holidays and throughout the year. If you are interested in being a part of one of these visits, please let Renee know at 954-888-1408 or by email at [email protected] This is a wonderful mitzvah project and we hope each of you can participate in this mitzvah in some small or large way.

Seeking Auction Donation & Raffle Items

We're collecting items for upcoming TAO auctions and raffles. Some of the types of items we are seeking are listed below. Click here for a more comprehensive list of ideas.
  • Antiques, Art & Collectibles
  • Retail, Spa, Restaurant gift cards
  • Entertainment Like: Day on a sailboat, golf outing  
  • Household Services & Repairs
Be creative! To donate, contact Jacci King: phone: 954-818-6546, email: [email protected]. Note: Items may be saved for future events. Thank you SO much for donating and participating. It is with and because of you that we succeed.

Meet Jewish Singles

Aleph, The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, has set up a place to meet singles. Simply go to Search and then select Aleph-Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Then, near the top of the page, click the link: Aleph/Jewish Renewal Singles. Or click here to go to the singles page directly. Then click the "Like" button in the grey bar on the top of the page.

This is new to Aleph, so there are not many people who joined... yet. Be one of the charter members! There's no cost, and who knows, you might meet your soul mate. To meet people, just click on their names or pictures to learn more about them, and initiate contact with whomever you choose. Good luck... and have fun!


Shmuel Gabbai, 36. I take out the Torah Saturday morning. Would like to take you out Saturday night.  Please write. 

Nourish Your Soul

Tzedakah BoxSponsor this newsletter or make a donation. We are so grateful for your love and support. 
Newsletter sponsorships are $180 for four weeks.

Call 954-888-1408 to reserve.  

Donations to TAO are tax deductible.
Please remember TAO in your will.    
Your support makes a huge impact on the work we do. Without TAO, many of us would not be affiliated with any temple community. TAO, The South Florida Center for Jewish Renewal, brings a special connection to you, the Divine and Judaism.

Next Service


 Friday, Oct 21, 2011

 7:15 PM- Cantoral Chants

 7:30 PM- Service Begins


Saturday,Oct 29, 2011 

10:30 AM - Members Only at Rabbi's home


Learn the Friday night Shabbos prayers.

Click to print
Prayer book.    

Please bring non-perishable goods to Services. We collect for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Weekly Inspiration


" Life is a grand quilt and yet our focus is just one square "


Rabbi Marc

Follow Rabbi Marc on Twitter.

Today's Parsha

October 20, 2011


20 Tishrei 5771


The eight day from the First of Sukkot is a solemn gathering, Semini Atzeret, invoking prayers for rain in the new season, and Yizkor prayers for remembering the dead.


Wisdom by Rabbi Shoni

Even within the deepest darkness there is a ray of light waiting to be lit; within the greatest challenge, there is a miracle waiting to be found; and within the greatest sorrow, there are memories of joy waiting to be grasped.


People are Talking about TAO's Wisdom Class.

Welcome New Members

Janet Alexander

Ronna Cole

Lisa Crane

Maria Daszkal
Robbin Diciacco 
Kenneth Gilgoff 
Eileen Grove
Ynge Ljung & Herb Hoffman
David Jove
Susan Kivowitz
Barry Manin
Rebecca & Joseph Negrin
Isabella Overington
Miriam Perlroth 
Gail Rogers
Norma Seegal
Zeva Soroker & Claudio DaSilva

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov


Mazel tov to Marsha Freedman on publishing the second edition of her Bull's Eye Business Writing workbook

Drums, Tambourines, Shaker

Would you like to have your own drum, tambourine, shaker or other instrument to bring to TAO Services and events? Click here for a NEW catalog. The retail price is under each item and it includes shipping. To order, call or email Jenae: 954-290-9896 or [email protected].


100% of profits go to TAO. 

Welcome to TAO

At TAO, you find joyful Judaism, meaningful ritual & universal truths rooted in Torah, Kabbalah and other traditional Jewish sources and draw deeply on our inner truths, communal wisdom and spiritual traditions in accordance with the ongoing process of the living Torah.

Meditation, dance, chanting, song and music, present in Judaism throughout the ages, is an integral part of our services.

Join us and embark on a spiritual journey into your Jewish soul!

TAO Videos
Meditation Retreat: Impact of Stillness > Watch
Shema & Self Image > Watch
Friday Night Service > Watch
Meditation Retreat > Watch
Drumming Services > Watch

Heart to Heart




Share what's in your heart: love, simchas, gratitude, life events, appreciation. . . or help promote an event that is meaningful to you. This is a sacred space where we give each other the gift of our words. $18 donation per listing.

Past events...

Healing Prayers


The following people may need help remembering they are whole and healthy. Please, whenever you are with them and whenever you think about them... see them as whole and perfect.

Sandy Goldman, Erica Strum, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris, Dee Sacks, Elayne Wilks, Elyn Zerfas, Diana Strauss, Laura Truong, Kate Gemeiner, Leon Heller, Chava bat Czarna vet Moshe Abram (Mother of Suely Suchodolsky), Barbara Gotsopoulos, Phyllis Lister (Daughter of Ethelind Wiener), Chava Lila bat Masha Aviva, Cecile Dumornay, Fruma Bat Baila Rivka, (Carole Constad's granddaughter) Maxine Farber (Charles Tischler's sister), Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Joy Rosenbloom, Brian Fusco, Myrna Greissman, Jackie Sabatucci, Robin Garrison Dicacco, Robin (Steve Einbinder's sister), David Goodman (Susan Gotlin's brother), Sal Vanni, Maria Fernandez, Billy Mauer (Velvul ben Leah), Riley Victoria Lowe, Ava Kugelman (Debbie Kugelman's mother), Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law), Dianne Lerner, Susan Cohen (Jenae's aunt), Paula Censor, Velvo ben Leah, Devorah bat Fraydl, Norma Seegal, Jeff Alden, Suely Suchodolsky, Renee Maud Guerrier, Myra Sullivan (Rhonda Hey's sister), Ron Aurnou, Paul Kay, Ed Lerner, Anita Marino, Susan Quasha (sister-in-law of Phyllis Tess), Nancy Mendelson, Joan Sadik, Gabriella Silverstein, Sid Sokolsky (Shirley Shelpman's brother-in-law), Jay Simon, Perry Moss, Richard Grove, Albert Wilansky, Danny Shia, Rabbi David Novak, Michael Antonelli, Joan Rosenwasser, Roberta Vogel, Rachel bat Nechama (Rick Vogel's sister), Maxine Brodsky (Malcha Bat Fraeda), Ilene Joseph, Sara Rosenbaum, Robert Perlmutter, Andy Leeds, Marilyn Gnapp (Doris Baker's sister), Caren Vivado, Angela Weiss, Brianna Dalnas, Selma Kahn, Abby Siegel, Shirley Ullman, Randall Castro, Barbara Freling Weissman

Please contact the office with requests for additions to this list. We respect your desire to privacy and only list with permission.

Please notify TAO office to remove names from healing.

Yahrtzeit Plaque

Yahrtzeit Plaque

Jewish tradition externalizes our beloved departed by honoring the blessed memory of family members who passed on (parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, children). The Yahrtzeit Plaque is a permanent memorial to your loved ones

Add your loved one to the Yahrtzeit Plaque.

Photo by Elyn Zerfas.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Express the unique spiritual grace and energy that reflects our loving Oneness. That's our Tree of Life.

Gift a leaf to honor your loved ones. Celebrate marriages, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, births life!

Order a leaf and show someone how much you love them forever.

Photo by Elyn Zerfas.

Tikkun Olam

Ongoing TAO Program

Cartridges for kids


If you own or work at a business that is willing to help collect these items, contact Renee at the office.


We will arrange for pickups at any business throughout Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County


Thank you for helping.


Help Repair the World


Memorize this motto:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Recycled Content 

Ask your local retailers to stock more products made from recycled materials and buy products made from the highest recycled content whenever possible



Freecycle Network provides an online community tool for giving and receiving free stuff.

Meaningful Gifts


Unique, inexpensive and meaningful
  • Florence's book
  • Ocean and Galia fund
Everything is available on our online Store.

Job Opportunities

TAO members looking for employers and employees are welcome to place an announcement in this newsletter at no charge.


Employers wishing to give Tzedakah are invited to do so.


Seeking Jobs

Personal Assistant / Private Secretary, full or part time. No job too big or too small. Call Rochelle Tischler 954-249-6941.

Email your announcement to [email protected] 

Wednesdays with Rabbi

By appointment

R' Marc reaching out

To schedule a private meeting
with Rabbi Marc Wednesday afternoon, call 954-888-1408.

PhotoShop: Elyn Zerfas

Mitzvah Corner

Undergoing Chemo? 
There is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once a month for four months - for women in treatment. Simply sign up and ask her doctor to fax a note confirming the treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason contacts a participating maid service in her zip code. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

Help members who
need rides 
Sometimes, members need rides to the doctor or to Services. If you're willing to help, we'd like to keep a list of people to call. Please call or email us if you're willing to help.

Sponsor an Oneg
Without your help, this delightful finale of our Shabbos gatherings will change its shape. We are told that it is a wise practice to contribute to a worthy charity before praying. What better time than sponsoring an Oneg. Call the office to reserve your Oneg: 954-888-1408.

Community Service Hours
for High Schoolers
We have many opportunities to fulfill service hour requirements.
Call Anne Goldberg at                954-476-0110 to volunteer.

Donate Timeshare
Please contact the office with details: 954-888-1408.

Tell Someone
You Appreciate Them
Write a Heart to Heart message. Donation is only $18. What a mitzvah! Tell some-one how much you care.

Transportation As One (TAO)


CarpoolPeople from Miami to Aventura to Boca to Palm Beach want to attend TAO Services and Wisdom Class and are unable or uncomfortable driving. If you will take someone with you, please email us, and we'll update the list to help make it easy for everyone to attend and participate in our events.

Plus, it's the green thing to do! Carpooling conserves gas and offers the opportunity to enjoy your TAO friends at the same time. Click here for list of people offering rides.

Galia & Ocean Funds

In the spirit of Tzedakah, Paulina and Rabbi Marc set up two funds at TAO - a Galia fund and an Ocean fund. A portion of these funds is used to send toys and other needed items to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations that serve children, including Jafco.

When you share your sweetness to celebrate Galia's birthday (December 6) and Ocean's birthday (June 28) and other occasions, please donate to TAO instead of generously offering toys, clothing and other gifts. In this way, children will benefit from your sweet generosity.

Paulina and Rabbi Marc will be informed that you gifted their children and performed an act of Tzedakah in their honor.

Both Paulina and Rabbi Marc appreciate the health, toys and love their children have and want to give others the opportunity to share as well. To donate, Donate to Galia or Ocean fund for this tax deductible gift.

Member Benefits

Free & Member Only (MO) Events
Mark your calendars!

Sukkot Havdallah (MO)
Shabbat Retreats (MO)
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Women's Spirituality Group (MO)
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Board of Directors

    Rabbi Phil Labowitz
    Rabbi Marc Labowitz

     Rabbi Shoni Labowitz

Honorary President
     Dr. Florence Ross*

     Anne Goldberg

     Sandy King

     Bob Heaton

Immediate Past President
     Myrna Wolf

Committee Chairs  
Chessed/Social Action
     Janice Weintraub

High Holy Days
     Dee Sacks

     Shirley Shelpman

Spirituality Groups
     Men - Lowell Gannon   
     Women - Marcia Sweedler

Nichum (Bereavement)
     Kate GeMeiner

Friday Oneg
     Angela Gershenwald      
     Richard Grove
     Fleur Heaton
     Nancy Mendelson
     Caren Vivado 

     Rochelle Tischler

Saturday Oneg
     Trudi DeGrazia
     Gwenne Fox
     Nancy Mendelson
     Marcia Peschitz
     Tova Weinstock

Zionism: Our Voice
      Rick Vogel


Ron Gotlin

Choir & Musicians  
     Anne Goldberg
     Bob Heaton
     Rebbetzin Paulina 
     Laura Edge Truong
     Fred Zuker