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Friday Shabbat Service
February 17 -Pinsky Vow Renewal


Please join TAO at this week's Friday Shabbat Service.  As a community, we will join Andrea and Todd Pinsky in renewing their vows of commitment and love to one another.  



Spa Day Wrap Up 

Full article about Spa Day below.  Pictures on website.  



Blood Donations Urgently Needed

Carole Constad's granddaughter Emily Sutker is at this moment battling for her life.  She is 21 years old and has Leukemia.  Blood, Bone Marrow and Platelets Donors are needed.  Please donate at the David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, Fl 33328 on Friday, Feb. 17th from noon - 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19 from 8 am - 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.. 


Many Thanks 


Our Spa Day was a huge success!  Many Thanks to all who supported it and to our chairmen Jenae Rubin, Dottie Zveibil, and Pam Kelner for their endless work and all of the volunteers and practitioners who made it possible.  Many Thanks to Dottie and Robert Zveibil for donating their beautiful home and making everyone feel so welcome.



Join TAO in Giving Back To our Community Feb 19 - 24 

In past years, TAO volunteers along with Rabbi Marc, have traveled to Haiti and Alabama to help with rebuilding the community after tragedies. This year from February 19th - 24th, we will be helping those in our own community who go to bed hungry every night, through out project - All-Fed. Please volunteer to join us in this mitzvah. 


We are working with Expand the Love and Invigorate U, LLC to actualize this. We need volunteers for one to six days - two pick ups at a location and two drop offs at shelters per day. This should only take a few hours of your time. People work in teams of two or three and make only two pickups and deliveries each day. If you can commit to at least one day, please contact Val Salidker at [email protected] Please let Val know that you are a TAO member and answer the following questions: 1. Preferred day or days you are willing to commit to (and a back-up date.) Please realize that if you make a commitment to be with us, we need you to honor that commitment or we will be short a driver/team member. 2. Your city or area so you can be matched up with another person and location near you. 3. Do you have someone who can be with you as a team or do you need to be partnered up? Who will be your partner? 4. Your contact email and phone number. 


Let's expand the love to our local brothers and sisters.

Save The Date - Sun, March 25 -10th Anniversary of JAM & All

TAO members are invited to share in the 10th Anniversary Celebration of JAM & All on Sunday, March 25 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. At ArtServe Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.  This event - "A Decade of Diaglogue" will feature music, ethnic foods, introduction of the "Dr. Florence M. Ross Youth Interfaith Initiative Award", a recap of JAM activities and a ceremony honoring the JAM & All founders David and Jane Kamrat and Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed.  RSVP is required.  Email [email protected] or contact Kathy Leonard at 561-289-4621 or Safiah Khan at 954-401-1082.

on-site auction donations: Mohair Scarf from Margo Mintzer. 

Celebrate The Labowitz's
Saturday, May 5, 2012 


Please mark your calendars for Saturday night, May 5, 2012 for a special evening when we will celebrate Rabbis Shoni and Phil Labowitz!! This will be a fun and meaningful evening where we will Celebrate Laughter and Celebrate Life! Details to follow. Please plan to join us!

Click here to view flyer.



Please Sponsor  

An Oneg Shabbat  


Celebrate your special occasion - birthday, anniversary, promotion - or say thank you or honor someone special by sponsoring a Friday night or Saturday Service Oneg Shabbat.  Full and partial sponsorships are possible.  Sponsorships can benefit your business as well  as it is publicized at the service and in our newsletter.  Rabbi Marc will personally acknowledge and thank you for your contribution.


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



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  • Feb 17-Shabbat Service - Pinsky Renewal 
  • Feb 20-  Women's Spirituality Group 
  • Feb 21 - Mens Spirituality Group 3/8  
  • Feb 22-  Wisdom Class
  • Feb 25-  Saturday Service  

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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
Article Headline
Heart to Heart
Healing Prayers
Spa Day Practitioners
Yahrtzeit Plaque
Tree of Life
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Meaningful Gifts
Wednesdays with Rabbi Marc
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Spa Day Wrap Up



Spa Day 2012...

Where do I start?


More than 80 people attended TAO's 4th annual Spa Day last Sunday. It was our biggest, most wonderful of all.


Like all successful events, it takes a committee, and boy did we have a stupendous team. Dottie Zveibil and Pam Kelner Co-Chaired the event with Chairperson Jenae Rubin. The Tremendous Trio... with invaluable help from Irene Yovu (who - with her connections - filled goody bags, sponsored lunch and supplied many items for our raffles and auctions)... quadrupled the first year's results and more than doubled last year's.


Dottie and Robert Zveibil, once again, munificently loaned their beautiful, elegant home... which took days of preparation... and may not be completely finished at this reading! We literally used every inch of their 5-bedroom plus office home including alcove, hallways, laundry room, garage, porch, patio and grass. Of course anything that needed to be done the day of, they were there for as well.


Pam and Dottie oversaw the solicitation of auction items (Pam was unbelievable in obtaining fabulous items for the goody bags), finding superb practitioners and gathering a squad of people to make this event appear effortless in its execution.


Lori Samuels (Touch a Heart Foundation) magnanimously loaned tents which Robert Zveibil and Keith Kander helped set up (no small task).  


Sixteen practitioners

Generously donated pampering services. If you gazed into the eyes of the lucky recipients following their treatments, you knew they did an amazing job! We completely sold out of all services.

  • Manicure/Pedicures (Cristine DaSilva of Jacaranda Hair Salon on Broward and Pine Island)
  • Facials (Denise Saulter of Jacaranda Hair Salon on Broward and Pine Island)
  • Massage & other Energy Work (Carmen Navedo Cordova, Peter Fox, Dave Guzman - of Drew James Salon, Laura Hardman, Valerie Leeds, Michael McConnell, Bob Singer)
  • Reiki (Robert Zveibil)
  • Reflexology (Carmen Navedo Cordova)
  • Foot Detox & Foot Baths (Nelly Munoz-Perez)
  • Spiritual Readings (Cynthia Segal)
  • Chiropractic Body Scans (Dr. Robert Hanopole)

Thanks to Charles & Rochelle, we had plenty of yoga mats. People sat and stood inside, outside and around the tents for these popular classes:


  • Yoga & Meditation with Rabbi Marc
  • Aromatherapy with Dottie Zveibil & Nelly Munoz-Perez
  • Tantra with Russ Cashin 
  • Zumba with Luz

Meals were a huge hit

We grazed on delicious (mostly healthy) delicacies all day. Breakfast was sponsored by Smoothie King (on Nova and Davie) and Brooklyn Water Bagels (off Stirling Road in Hollywood - both set up by Nancy Mendelson).


Whole Foods most generously provided an amazing lunch of Tangerine Glazed Salmon, Sesame Shitake Mushroom Tofu, Green Beans with Caramelized Glaze, Cabbage Crunch, Citrus/Wheat/Berry & Beet salad, California Quinoa Salad, Sprout Mong Bea & Mango salad and so, so much more.


Bamboo Noahs (thanks to Jenae's sister Lisa Simon) provided a delicious lunch platter. Ben & Jerry's sugar free ice cream was an enormous dessert hit!


And to top off the day, Maria Daskal, Elyn Zerfas and Renee Greene sponsored our closing Wine & Cheese Chill...
a delicious way to end the day.


Birthday girls abounded!

Debbie Kugelman came with three of her friends to celebrate. Cathy Bowers attended with her cousins Linda Weissman and Lana. All birthday girls - Doris Sobel (Feb 15), Nancy Mendelson (Big 60-Feb 11), Rochelle Tischler (Big 65-Feb 1), Debbie Kugelman (Feb 12), Cathy Bowers (Feb 22) and Pam Kelner (Feb 10) - were gifted with raffle tickets by attendees. Everyone shared in the joy.

Pam won the small basket (it wasn't really that small!), and Doris won the large one (and it was really large!)


Greeting and bidding adieu

Were Anne Goldberg and Rebecca Negrin. The tireless team shuffled schedules, sold more, processed auction and raffle purchases, helped practitioners settle themselves, answered questions, and gave out many, many terry bathrobes from the best hotels in the country - a lifesaver, thanks to Richard Grove... and the cold weather of the day!

Wrapped in a blanket (it was cold in the morning!), Jaime - one of Anne's son's girlfriends - happily directed parking. There was not one broken sprinkler head!


Once again, the kitchen

Was captained by the Dynamic Duo Charles & Rochelle Tischler. Charles sampled the foods at Whole Foods to make recommendations that were a hit. The kitchen staff cut and chopped, served breakfast, lunch, snacks and wine & cheese from 7:30 in the morning until clean up around 6:40 that night.


We cannot thank Ann Kurtzman, Karen Rosenfeld, Sue Reisman, Angela Gershenwald, Harry Levine and Meyer Weiss enough. Sue and Meyer also ran all over town picking up the meals the day off. Robert, Harry and Meyer were our muscle men throughout the day. They were wherever we needed them.


Hours of Goody Bag stuffing

Was gleefully done by Trudie DiGrazia, Nancy, Meyer, Dottie and Pam (who asked for music so we wouldn't have to hear her sing!) Goody bags were valued in excess of $100, and they included...



Health & Beauty

Food & Household Products

More than 40 auction and raffle items

Presented on three huge tables of were solicited by Jacci King, Nancy, Pam, Rebecca and of course Irene Yovu.


Karen Rosenfeld - once again - did a fabulous job selling raffle tickets. Items offered included:


Major Sponsors

  • Organic fruit and vegetable baskets from Whole Foods
  • 5 Baskets of Hair Care & Services from Jacaranda Hair Salon


  • Three one hour massages with Laura Hardman, LMT
  • Massage with Bob Singer, LMT
  • Massage with Peter Fox, LMT
  • Massage and energy work with Valerie Leeds
  • Vicki Lichtman
  • Five "Ask a Question" with world renown Cynthia Segal

Food for the Body

  • Dinner for you and a guest with Rabbi Marc
  • Shabbos dinner for you and a guest with Jenae
  • Restaurant gift certificates to Anthony's Runway 84 and Vienna Café & Wine Bar
  • Yummy organic basket donated by Hindy Zeifman-Stegman
  • Food coupons for free Wholesome Sweeteners, Quorn and Ezekriel
  • Dr. McDougals soup
  • Canterbury Naturals coconut macaroons

Health & Beauty

  • Cervical pillow from chiropractor Dr. Marti Sinnreich
  • Chiropractic consultation with Friends & Family Spinal Care
  • Medical facial at Ageless Skin Med Spa
  • Yoga basket including 6 classes with Rochelle Tischler
  • Caribbean manicure/pedicure at Drew James Salon
  • Manicures and hair services at Avalon Hair & Nail Salon
  • Hair cut at Karma 7 Salon
  • Mani/pedi at Backstreet Hair & Nail Salon
  • Haircuts with Cookie Colletti in Coral Springs

Body & Wall Art

  • Bracelets from Susan Cohen (Jenae's aunt)
  • Men's jewelry box donated by Amichai Heppner
  • Portrait beauty makeover or photo restoration with Elyn Zerfas
  • Panamanian ink & watercolor paintings donated by Dottie & Robert Zveibil

Home & Household

  • Two hours professional organizing with Francine Yafa
  • Earthworm Family-Safe Cleaners: Carpet & Upholstery; Mold, Stain & Mildew; Drain

Other Gifts

  • Pizzaz Jewelry & Gifts gift basket
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Homemade organic dog treats from A Sweet Dog Barkery, a new venture between Rhonda Hey and Gail Rogers
  • Mohair handmade scarf by Margo Mintzer
  • One hour patient advocacy with Cathy Bowers


Behind the scenes

Before the event began, there were major silent contributors. Especially Dee Sacks. If calls didn't come to me, Dee fielded them... and they came! If a reservation wasn't made online, Dee processed it. And to make sure there were no mistakes, Dee double checked the records to make sure all requests were met. As always, we are grateful to Dee for her ever-present, ongoing commitment to you and TAO.


Ethelind Wiener by herself called almost half the people on our list to share the news about how much fun Spa Day is. Bob Heaton, Sandy King, Myrna Wolf, Rochelle, Pam, Dottie and Anne supported the phone tree efforts with huge success.


Dianne Lerner, Marcia Sweedler, Marti Sinnreich, Myrna Wolf, Dottie & Robert Zveibil were so inspired by this day, they sponsored attendees who would have otherwise been unable to attend. May you be blessed for your love and mitzvah.


Many did a lot more than they are credited for here. They would love it if you said thanks to them when you see them next. This was a monumental effort. We were all delighted to bring prosperity to the temple we love and bliss to many people this day.


Me, I organized, contacted everyone a million times, and did a little of almost everything. Each one of us is pleased and privileged to have helped create this beautiful day. Every report has been complimentary and enthusiastic about how this blew the doors off the previous years... which were already amazing!


Until next year...


With, peace, love, harmony and joy,

Jenae Rubin

Spa Day Chairperson



P.S. Here's what a few attendees wrote...


Spa Day was a huge success. Kudos. You all can be very proud. Everything was terrific. Thank you for taking this on and doing it with such skill and joy.   Love, Ethelind Wiener


Dear beautiful volunteers... What a magnificent day. You made us feel safe and cared for. Even when you were exhausted, you smiled and kept going. I was impressed and honored. It takes a lot of love and dedication. We noticed. Thank you! I enjoyed every moment.   With MUCH Love and Gratitude, Vicki Lichtman

A million thanks and congratulations to Jenae, Dottie and Pam for making Spa Day a huge success.  We heard so much positive feedback and are so grateful to the chairpeople and committee members that made this so great.  I am sure the excitement and positive feelings will continue long after Spa Day and lay the groundwork for excitement for Spa Day 2013.  TAO is so lucky to be blessed with beautiful volunteers who care enough to give your best for the temple and who go beyond 100% to assure that Spa Day is more than just another day at the spa  - but a day surrounding those who attend with love, warmth, harmony and blessings.  Thanks also to Robert and Dottie for "loaning" us your home for a few days and making your home the home for TAO and its growth.  Again - applause to your captain - Jenae -for the hours you put into this project and for putting your heart into it once again. Warmly, Renee Greene


Charlie, Rochelle & Angela, the stir fry and tofu were absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! Delicious & delectable! The best food of the whole day!! Great job. Jenae, Dottie & Pamela, the day was just great; a little chilly but still terrific. Good job everyone!   Can't wait til next year!! Karen Rosenfeld


Your monumental effort resulted in a perfect day of pampering, peace and joy. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Anne Goldberg


My heart and soul are fulfilled! Unsigned


Spa Day was the best ever. I enjoyed the Tantra session as well as the unusual massage from Laura. Dottie led a delightful Stress-Melter where we breathed away our stress. Please continue this program forever. Sandy King


OVER THE TOP. Loved it!! Jacci King


I was encouraged to attend Spa Day and am so thankful I did. This has been the best day of relaxation. I enjoyed connecting with our community. Laura Truong


Spa Day... so relaxing and refreshing. Thanks to all who made this excursion into a Nirvana. Amichai Heppner


This day was a profound blessing - from the healing hands of many gifted healers to the healing voice of energy of Rabbi Marc. Much gratitude and many blessings. Catherine Wilson


Every morning I thank God for the beautiful day, and this was one of the best. Unsigned


Everything was OUTSTANDING! I am so very blessed to be here and a part of this beautiful spiritual event. Thank you Hashem! Thank you TAO. Eileen Grove


I came here this morning feeling very low. I let this evening feeling relaxed and supported, loved and pampered. Thank you all, my wonderful TAO friends. Carole Constad


 Fri, Feb 17 - Shabbat Service

7:15 - CanShabbos Candlestorial Chants  
7:30 - Service Begins



1350 East Sunrise Boulevard    



Bring a friend, your children and grandchildren! 

hare the joy.

Feb. 17 - Pinsky Renewal
Mar 2 - Prayerdanse with Rachel Levy 


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)
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.

Mon, Feb 20 - 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


Ethelind Wiener 




[email protected]
wsg song
2011 Schedule   
Third Mondays
Feb 20

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

Tues, Feb 21 - 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, Feb 22 - Wisdom Class
hands on beach


Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. 
Parsha Study-5:30 p.m.



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 

Sat, Feb 25 - Saturday Shabbat Service

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

Saturday Havdallah Services
2012 - To be Announced 

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, March 10- 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:  

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.
Do a Mitzvah
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Sat, March 24 - Israel Meeting

Israeli Flag


Our Land, Our People,
Our Zionism


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




Israel Meeting changed from Feb 25 to Mar 24


Rick and Debbie Vogel will be attending the AIPAC National Annual Meeting in early March and will debrief the congregation about the conference when they return


Upcoming Meetings
  • March 24
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 [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, Feb 17, 2012
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.

Weekly Inspiration


" Letting go of  Control is one indication that we have found the organic rhythm of a faithful existence. "



Rabbi Marc

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Today's Parsha


February 16, 2012

16 Shevat 5772


Jethro advises Moses to help him resolve disputes.  


Wisdom by Rabbi Shoni


Expelling a lot of energy for a little gain? When you stop, you can economize by finding the one candle that can light all the rest. Then you have extended the light without blowing your own fuse.



People are Talking about TAO's Wisdom Class.

Welcome New Members


Chana Joubert & Michael Rosenfeld 


Condolences to Hank Himmelbaum on the loss of his beloved brother. 

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
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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.




Cameron & Colby Woodham, Rebecca Schwartz (Rivka Maiden's cousin), Audrey Nevins (Ann Kurtzman's sister), Ronni Feuer, Lisa Taylor, Ruth Popkin, Louis Levy, Rick English (Carole McConnell's son-in-law), Vicki Lichtman, Gila bat Sora, Jacob Marvin, Jack Moussa, Frayda SinnreichJoyce Goobic, Sandra Miller, 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, Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Fruma Bat Baila Rivka (Carole Constad's granddaughter), Senator George Firestone, 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, 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.

Spa Day Practitioners & Sponsors


Jacaranda Studio 

Full service salon offering hair, nails, facials, waxing.

Plantation: 8277 West Broward Blvd.
(954) 616-5939

Bamboo Noahs 

Healthy, fresh, cooked to order "fast" food.

Plantation: 1251 S. Pine Island Blvd.
Ft Lauderdale: 1451 W. Cypress Creek Rd.


Sacred Tantra
A Jewish Maggid and mystic with a B.S. in Psychology and a CCP Paraprofessional Counselor, join his spiritual journey into understanding human behavior, our fundamental relationship to each other and the Divine.
Chanoch ben Yisrael
known as Russ Cashin

Step into a Different Dimension

Let your worries melt away. Connect to Source, your inner guidance, and recharge. Reiki, deep tissue massage and everything in between.
Carmen Navedo Cordova, LMT
(786) 281-7940
[email protected]

Peter Fox Healing Hands
Peter works in a unique intuitive fusion of Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and other forms of Energy Healing. You will enjoy a deeply relaxing, remarkably therapeutic experience integrating mind, body and spirit.
Peter Fox, LMT
(954) 336-6158

KarmaSeven Day Spa
Conveniently located right off 595 and Pine Island, indulge in all spa services including: hair, nails, facials, massage, waxing, hydrotherapy and make up.
Dave Guzman
(954) 703-4499

Chiropractic Services
And 21st century laser technology that alleviates nervous system stress, restores balance and improves overall health. Successful therapies for conditions like: allergies, asthma, skin issues, smoking cessation.
Dr. Robert Hanopole
(954) 423-0020

Massage Therapy
Using a fusion of different modalities, including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Swedish, Healing Energy, Laura will massage you at your home, office, or event. Her speciality is releasing pain, tension, and stress for improved functionality and balance.
Laura Hardman, LMT
(954) 319-7773

Mani / Pedi
Personal pampering by expert nail technician Cristine.
Jacaranda Studio
(954) 616-5939
8277 West Broward Boulevard
Plantation, FL 33324

Facialist / Aestetictian
Denise will delight you from head to toe: Facialist, nail technician and waxing specialist.
Jacaranda Studio
(954) 616-5939
8277 West Broward Boulevard
Plantation, FL 33324

Paramedical Aesthetician
Beautiful skin care: diamond microdermabrasion, radio frequency, body wraps, cellulite treatments, dermaplane; peels; acne and anti-aging treatments. Complimentary consultations.
Marisa Kahn
Pure Skin & Beauty

(954) 439-3546

Invigorate U!
Certified integrative bodywork & energy therapist. 18 year practice.
Valerie Leeds clears blocks, releases stress, opens new possibilities, invigorates dormant power within. Many feel light and blissful. Session may include: Deep tissue, Swedish, Acupressure, Polarity Therapy, Zero Point, Access Energy Therapy. (516) 770-5165

CranioSacral Therapy
A light touch manual therapy developed by Osteopathic physicians. Effective for chronic conditions like headaches, neck and back pain. Trained at Upledger Institute. Practicing 20+ years.
Michael McConnell, LMT, CST
(954) 234-2479

Pure Essential Oils

Are you an Aroma or Massage therapist, Reiki or Reflexology Practitioner? We are an Epi-Center for 100% Pure Essential Oils, Native Herbs, Non-Toxic Home & Personal Products and Alternative Health Care Education.
Nelly Munoz-Perez
(305) 598-2822

Deeply Relax
Bob provides a safe space for healing and nurturing. An intuitive approach integrating a synergistic blend of various modalities that promote rejuvenation and a sense of well-being.
Bob Singer, LMT
(954) 792-8182

Dr. Marti Sinnreich,
BS and MA from Bowling Green University, Adelphi University and Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Nutritional counseling, comprehensive testing, physical therapy, chiropractic care.
(954) 739-3000

Intuitive Consultant
Cynthia uses intuitive abilities to answer your questions and provide you with information and guidance to empower you in the moment to create the future you want.
Cynthia Segal
(305) 389-1887

Intuitive Energy Worker
Intuitive energy worker, using Reiki as a conduit to reduce stress and align within to your natural state of well-being.
Robert Zveibil
(305) 586-1745

Holistic &
Preventative Health care

Reduce stress. Reprogram your patterns. Master NLP, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist and Aromatherapist. Regression.
Dottie Zveibil, CHT, NLPP, RM, CAP
(305) 586-1745
[email protected]


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.

Did you know

Choose products made from sustainable materials for roof, siding and deck  replacement. 



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.

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)
Wisdom Classes
Women's Spirituality Group (MO)
Men's Spirituality Group (MO)
Sunday Salon (MO)
Shabbat Services 
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!

TAO Networking...
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!

Quick Links

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Mitzvah Card - Only $18
Tree of Life Plaque
Yahrtzeit Plaque

Heart to Heart Message - $18
More About TAO
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About Our Rabbis
What is Jewish Renewal?
Words to TAO Songs & Prayers
Monthly TAO Calendar  

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

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 - Myrna Wolf

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
Administrative Director
     Renee J. Greene

Office Manager
     Dee Sacks