New This Week...
Sat, Dec. 24th
"WJTD" Havdallah Celebration
Please celebrate Chanukah and TAO Membership at our "What's A Jew to Do" (WJTD) annual Havdallah pot-luck celebration on Saturday, Dec 24th, 7 pm, at the home of Jenae Rubin in Davie.
Please bring a pot-luck vegetarian or dairy dish (the theme is oriental) to share, your Chanukiyot (Menorahs) and Chanukah candles to participate in our moving community Chanukah candle lighting, and bring your spirit and "spirits" if you wish. If it's chilly, bring a sweater to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor festivities.
Please participate in a hysterical "White Elephant Gift Exchange". Everyone (one per person) is requested to bring a wrapped gift (or a re-gift) valued at not more than $15. The exchange will be lots of fun, and you will roar with laughter!
We need several volunteers to arrive at 6:15 to help Jenae set-up and we need about 5-10 people to stay at the end to help clean-up. Please get into the holiday spirit and contact the office at 954-888-1408 to volunteer. Thanks to all of our members for our support throughout the entire year. We appreciate and celebrate you!
Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year
The Rabbis, the Board of Directors, and the administrative staff of Temple Adath Or wish you and your families Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year 2012! The TAO administrative offices will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 21st until Monday, January 2nd.
Have a wonderful holiday.
Many thanks to Jon Rosen for opening his home and his heart for TAO's Fun & Games Day. A fun time was had by all!
Spiritual Fulfillment Weekend
Feb 11 & 12, 2012
Feed Your Soul & Your Body
Saturday - Feb. 11, 2012
"Balancing Gender & Birthing The Future"
Join Rabbi Shoni Labowitz and Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner for a revealing discussion and interactive experience on gender and the future. This will take place at the home of Rabbi Shoni from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring a brown-bag vegetarian lunch with you.
Open to the first 20 registrants.
Reserve your spot: Email TAOAdmin@TAOCenter.net.
Sunday - Feb.12, 2012
Register Now for Spa Day
Spa Day is a phenomenal event! Join us this 4th year to partake in this relaxing and fulfilling day. A Spa Day package is a great Valentine's Day gift... or special treat for yourself... Enjoy pure heaven!
Read all about it on the TAO website.
The early bird gets their first choices of Services and Times! Click here to view schedule and register.
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- Dec 27- Mens Spirituality Group 5/8
- Jan 06- Drumming Shabbat Service
- Jan 16- Women's Spirituality Group
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Tues, Dec 27 - Men's Spirituality Group
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.
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. Facilitator
Lowell Gannon can be reached at 954-240-1944
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.Directions
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. RSVP954-888-1408
Fri, Jan 6 - Drumming Shabbat Service
|7:15 - Cantorial Chants
7:30 - Service Begins
1350 East Sunrise Boulevard
Back by popular demand TAO Drumming Shabbat.
Bring your drums and let's find the rhythm of Shabbat together.
Bring a friend, your children and grandchildren!
Share the joy.
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 PrayersClick for free prayer bookServices
First & Third Fridays
Fourth Saturday (Unless noted otherwise)
Summer Schedule Varies (See below)
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,
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 SponsorsCelebrate 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.
Mon, Jan 16 - Women's Spirituality Group
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
Jan 16To be included in the email list for Women's Spirituality Group, email Rhonda Hey Heygraph@bellsouth.net
|Sat, Jan 28 - Saturday Shabbat Service |
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
Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23
Saturday Havdallah Services
Dec 24 - Chanukah
Members OnlyServices at Rabbi Marc and Paulina's home are for TAO Members Only.
Members are welcome to bring out-of-town guests. Dress comfortably!Location
Saturday Service is at Rabbi Marc & Paulina's home. Call Office for address: 954-888-1408.Parking
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, Feb 11 - Morning Meditation Retreat|
|10:30 a.m. 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.
Feb 11, Mar 10
Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9
At the home of Rabbi Marc and Paulina. This is a members only event.
Note: There is no Oneg.
Sat, Feb 25 - Israel Meeting
Our Land, Our People,
Join the discussion at the Rabbi's home following Saturday Services.
|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 63 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.
As the holidays draw near, if you would like to make a donation towards food or holiday gifts for our adopted family, please contact the TAO office at 954-888-1408.
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 Renee@TAOCenter.net. 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
- Antiques, Art & Collectibles
- Retail, Spa, Restaurant gift cards
- Entertainment Like: Day on a sailboat, golf outing
Be creative! To donate, contact Jacci King: phone: 954-818-6546, email: JaclynKing56@gmail.com. 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.
- Household Services & Repairs
Meet Jewish Singles
Aleph, The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, has set up a place to meet singles. Simply go to Facebook.com. 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!
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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.
Friday, Jan 6, 2012
Drumming Shabbat Service
7:15 PM- Cantorial Chants
7:30 PM- Service Begins
Learn the Friday night Shabbat prayers.
Click to print Prayer book.
Please bring non-perishable goods to Services. We collect for those less fortunate than ourselves.
" When you garner within yourself a Faithful Inner Stillness then you can stand in a storm of change and still be tuned to the frequency of serenity "
December 22, 2011
26 Kislev 5772
Miketz: Genesis 41:1-44:17
This is ...Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Assyrians, the rededication of the Temple (164 BCE), and the miracle of a single day's oil giving light for eight days.
Wisdom by Rabbi Shoni
In the silence, you are better able to see the wisdom and hear the understanding beneath your words and actions. In the silence you access the invisible, inaudible light that is uniquely yours.
Remember in the pauses throughout the day to rediscover your uniqueness and reactivate your light.
People are Talking about TAO's Wisdom Class.
A Hearty Mazel Tov to proud parents: Aliza & Arik Labowitz (& brother Judah), and Grandparents: Rabbis Shoni & Phil, & Aunt, Uncle, & cousins: Paulina, Rabbi Marc, Galia & Ocean on the birth of Baby Boy - Noah Zeev!
Mazel Tov to Joan Rosenwasser on the wedding of her granddaughter Raquel Rosenwasser to Avi Raskin.
Many happy years of blessings together.
Welcome New Members
Laura Edge Truong
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!
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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.
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.
Jacob Marvin, Kathy Leonard, Jack Moussa, Frayda Sinnreich, Joyce Goobic, Sandra Miller, Sandy Goldman, Erica Strum, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris, Jeff Alden, Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law), Maxine Brodsky (Malcha Bat Fraeda), Chava bat Czarna vet Moshe Abram (Mother of Suely Suchodolsky), Chava Lila bat Masha Aviva, Brianna Dalnas, Robbin Garrison DiCiacco, Cecile Dumornay, Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Fruma Bat Baila Rivka (Carole Constad's granddaughter), Senator George Firestone, Brian Fusco, Kate Gemeiner, David Goodman (Susan Gotlin's brother), Barbara Gotsopoulos, Richard Grove, Myrna Greissman, Leon Heller, Ilene Joseph, Selma Kahn, Paul Kay, Ava Kugelman (Debbie Kugelman's mother), Andy Leeds, Dianne Lerner, Ed Lerner, Billy Mauer (Velvul ben Leah), Robert Perlmutter, Susan Quasha (sister-in-law of Phyllis Tess), Rachel bat Nechama (Rick Vogel's sister), Robin (Steve Einbinder's sister), Sara Rosenbaum, Joy Rosenbloom, Joan Rosenwasser, Jackie Sabatucci,Joan Sadik, Norma Seegal, Sid Sokolsky (Shirley Shelpman's brother-in-law), Diana Strauss, Suely Suchodolsky, Myra Sullivan (Rhonda Hey's sister), Shirley Ullman, Caren Vivado, Roberta Vogel, Angela Weiss, Elayne Wilks, Elyn Zerfas.
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.
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
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.
|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.
Did you know
You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.
Freecycle Network provides an online community tool for giving and receiving free stuff.
Unique, inexpensive and meaningful
Everything is available on our online Store
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.
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 Admin@TAOcenter.net
Wednesdays with Rabbi
| By appointment
To schedule a private meeting
with Rabbi Marc Wednesday afternoon, call 954-888-1408. PhotoShop: Elyn Zerfas
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. www.CleaningForAReason.org Help members who
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)
People 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.
|Free & Member Only (MO) Events Mark your calendars!
Sukkot Havdallah (MO)
Shabbat Retreats (MO)
Women's Spirituality Group (MO)
Men's Spirituality Group (MO)
Sunday Salon (MO)
Saturday Shabbat Service at Rabbi's house (MO)
New Year's Day Shabbos (MO)
Join TAO now!
|Do you love the sweet reminder calls Rabbi Marc sends Thursdays prior to Services? Will you sponsor the calls for the next 12 months? What a mitzvah it will be to support this lovely practice. Please call the office with your donation, or click here to donate online now. Please indicate "Reminder Calls" in the message box if donating online. Thanks... LOTS! Your sponsorship will bring much joy to our community.
We'd like to help celebrate your birthday
Click here to email your birth date to us now - we don't need the year!
A place where members showcase their business. Click here or look for Networking on the TAO home page. Members, add your listing by clicking "Join Network" in top right corner. Your listing will appear the day your membership status is verified.
If you wish to offer a discount to TAO members, indicate such.. and welcome to the Network!
Join a Committee
Participating on a committee enriches your life and builds meaningful relationships. Call a Committee Chairperson or the office 954-888-1408. Thank you.
Board of Directors
Rabbi Phil Labowitz
Rabbi Marc Labowitz
Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
Dr. Florence Ross*
Immediate Past President
High Holy Days
Men - Lowell Gannon
Women - Myrna Wolf
Zionism: Our Voice
Choir & Musicians
Laura Edge Truong Staff Administrative Director
Renee J. GreeneOffice Manager