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Coming Up at TAO
Megilla Reading

megillahMegillah Reading 
Tao Members are invited to join Rabbi Phil for the reading of the Megillah in honor of Purim on Sunday,
February 24th at 5:15pm at the home of Rabbi Marc & Paulina Labowitz.  


Member Event

This program is for "Members only"

seder picture PesachSave the Date...
Tuesday, March 26 

Community Potluck Seder 
Mark your calendars for our TAO Community (Vegetarian) Potluck Seder on the second eve of Pesach - Tuesday, March 26th at Artserve. 


Please note that we are looking for someone to chair this community event.  So if you are thinking you'd like to get more involved, take more of a leadership role and help your community to rise and shine even brighter, please call Renee at the office.  954-888-1408

volunteerDo It Anyway! 
Volunteers make the difference in our events.  Call the TAO office at 954-888-1408 if you can volunteer to help plan, set-up or clean-up for the Seder.    

newsletterOur Newsletter  
We hope you like the new format.  We're working to make it easier to find all the great information!  Kindly direct ALL INQUIRIES to the office.
mitzvahDo A Mitzvah...
...and visit TAO member Jerry Grove, who's recuperating at home from heart surgery.  He and his children, Richard and Eileen, would welcome your company and healing energy.


..Donate Children's Clothes & School Supplies. Sue Reisman teaches in an extremely impoverished area.  The kids (through 8th grade)  need everything.  It's a great reason to clean your closets and offices. Pens, pencils, paper, glue sticks and on. All sizes of clothing accepted!  

Let her know you'll help.


donateDo a Mitzvah 


   TAO Gives Back  

We are proud to contribute our efforts, time and dollars to help the community.


TAO increased our level of support to Kolot - JFS organization to end Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community.  


TAO supported Touch A Heart Foundation by adopting a family  - a grandmother and two grandsons for next year. 


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

Debi Sweeney (Alan Kurtzman's daughter), Judy Levy (Sue Reisman's mom), Eliezer Ben Chava Glaser, Kate GeMeiner, Murray Evans, Peter Longwill, Yehudah Cantor, George Greene (Renee's Father), Adam Atkin, Dennis Barry, Leslie Brinkman, Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law), Chava Lila bat Masha Aviva, Brianna Dalnas, Robbin Garrison DiCiacco, Ralph Dozer, Rick English (Carole McConnell's son-in-law), Maxine Farber, Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Brian Fusco, Gila bat Sora, GraceGleissner, Barbara Gotsopoulos, Sylvia R. Greene, Ernest Gross-Brein, Jerry Grove, Richard Grove, Myrna Greissman, Bob Heaton, Leon Heller, Esther Jungreis, Paul Kay, Pamela Klein, Ava Kugelman, Andy Leeds, Louis Levy, Jacob Marvin, Billy Mauer (Velvul ben Leah), Meira bas Shandel Chana (Shana Heppner's daughter), Audrey Nevins (Ann Kurtzman's sister), Robert Perlmutter, Susan Quasha (sister-in-law of Phyllis Tess), Rachel bat Nechama (Rick Vogel's sister), Saul Reiter, Wayne Rogers, Sara Rosenbaum, Joy Rosenbloom, Joan Rosenwasser, Jean Sokol Rosner, Jake Rutsky, Jackie Sabatucci, Joan Sadik, Lynn Schlitt, Rebecca Schwartz (Rivka Maiden's cousin), Shauel Randell,Marvin Sheplow, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris, Frayda Sinnreich,  Toba Basha bas Chana, Shirley Ullman, Caren Vivado, Elyn Zerfas



Please contact the office with requests for additions to this list. We respect your desire for privacy and only list with permission. Also, please notify the office to remove names from this list.   

  Heart to Heart
heartHeart to Heart


Click to place your ad and reach over 1000. From your heart to ours.   

classifiedTAO Classifieds

Past Life Recall Workshop Facilitated by: Dottie Zveibil
Sunday, March 17

Are you attracted to a certain era, décor, dress? Have you ever experienced déjà vu? Much of what happens to us and around us is unknown. In this experiential workshop, Dottie will guide you in a Past Life Recall to uncover your natural abilities and unlock the secrets of a past life that impact and affect this life. 

To register please contact Dottie directly
Click Here to send an email
or call Dottie at 305-586-1745

Looking for Work

Experienced office assistant seeking immediate part-time work. Great with filing, telephones and general office responsibilities.  Trustworthy and reliable.  Contact Angela at 954-534-6740.   


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]

Job Opportunities
Members post job opportunities for FREE!
Call the office  954-888-1408

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!   


Member Benefits

There are many great 
Member Only (MO) 
events when you're a member of TAO: 
Sukkot Havdallah (MO) 
Shabbat Retreats (MO)
Wisdom Classes (Free) 
Women's Spirituality Group (MO) 
Men's Spirituality Group (MO) 
Sunday Salon (MO) 
New Year's Day Shabbos (MO)   

Do you love the sweet Shabbos reminder calls from 
Rabbi Marc?


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 yourdonation, or click here to            donate online 

Please indicate "Reminder Calls" in the message box if donating online. Thanks... LOTS! Your sponsorship will bring much joy to our community. 
R' Marc reaching out
Rabbi Marc Labowitz

 carpoolTransportation As One

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.
adoptedfamilyTAO's Adopted Family

"There, but for the Grace of God, go I."

An important part of living a Jewish life is to offer tzedaka and chesed - charity and loving kindness.  With this in mind, TAO has adopted a family through the Touch A Heart Foundation.

Our "adopted" family consists of a 63 year old grandma with custody of two grandsons, 11 and 12 years 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, significantly, handicap accessible for her. Their only income at this time is Social Security.

How can you help?
You can make a call and say hello, or maybe stop by for a visit.  If possible, you could bring some groceries or cleaning supplies; maybe think of them when you see the 'Buy One Get One' deals at the local market.

As the holidays come around, donations of gift cards or money would mean so much to them

If you are interested in helping this family in any way, please call Renee at 954-888-1408 or by email at [email protected]

This is a wonderful mitzvah project and we hope each of you can participate.  There is no gesture too small or too large for this needy family.



Shabbat Services
Saturday, Jewish star February 23 at 10:30am

Join us in spiritual prayer at Artserve.  And please... remember to bring non-perishables for those less fortunate.  
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd (in the public library)
(enter on 14th Avenue) 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

Following the service please join us for a Potluck Oneg Shabbat in celebration of Purim and our
All Fed volunteers.  (Vegetarian and/or parve please!)

Learn the Friday night prayers and come sing with us
parshaToday's Parsha
February 21, 2013

11 Adar 5773

Tetzaveh: Exodus 27:20-30:10


Shabbat Zachor occurs on the shabbat preceding Purim.  Its special Maftir reading contains the command, "Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt."


Remember in the pauses throughout the day to rediscover your uniqueness and reactivate your light.   


 Weekly Inspiration  

God forms everyone from the same heart. Know this and you will understand everything.


~ Rabbi Marc

Follow Rabbi Marc on Twitter 

Coming Up at TAO

Feb 23  
Shabbat Services at Artserve and All Fed Volunteer Gratitude & TAO Purim Potluck Luncheon at Artserve   
Feb 26    Men's Spirituality Group   
Feb 27    Wisdom Class led by Rabbi Marc 
Mar   1    Shabbat Across America - Friday night Service at Artserve   
Mar 15   Shabbat Services at Artserve - a very special Meditation Service with special guest, Rabbi Shefa Gold    Read more  
Mar 20 & Apr 3 -
SAVE THE DATE. A very special Wisdom Class on The Magic of Chant, led by Rabbi Shefa Gold     

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mark your calendar. Don't miss out! 


Once again, Chair Jenae Rubin, along with Co-Chairs Dottie Zveibil and Pam Kelner and their amazing Spa Day committee, will deliver another day of bliss, relaxation, spiritual upliftment and just plain pampering.


Prices range from just $36 to $236. 


Click here to register NOW!


Do It Anyway!   Call the TAO office at 954-888-1408 if you can volunteer
to help plan, work the kitchen, set-up or clean-up for Spa Day. 



WelcomeToTAOWelcome to TAO  R'Marc & R'Phil Drumming
TAO stands for Temple Adath Or.  Our founding rabbi, Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, used great intention in choosing this name as in Hebrew it means, People (or community) of Light.  And whether the members were drawn to the name, or simply just lived up to it, TAO is, indeed, a community of light.

We are a warm expression of joyful Judaism, with meaningful ritual and universal Truths rooted in Torah, Kabbalah and other traditional & mystic Jewish sources.  We draw deeply from communal wisdom and spiritual traditions in accordance with the ongoing process of the living Torah.

Embark on a journey to your Jewish soul through music, dance, chanting and meditation.  This is not your parents' schul!  Come and experience Jewish Renewal TAO style. 

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


Click here to learn more about TAO  

Where to See
Rabbi Marc This Week

New Life Expo - Sat, March 9th - 7pm, Rm 317
At the Broward County Convention Center
Rabbi Marc and the TAO Orchestra  
Partner Happenings
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations 

hands on beach
Wisdom Class - Wednesday, February 27th  
Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Parsha Study - Facilitated by Meyer Weiss, prior to Wisdom Class from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 


TAO's Kabbalah Wisdom Class is open to all seekers, whether beginners or experienced Kabbalah students. This program is designed so you can attend when it fits your schedule, although we certainly would love to see you at every class and please ... feel free to bring your friends.


Each week, Rabbi Marc leads us through a mystical journey into the wisdom of our sages.  Join us and see for yourself how accessible this knowledge is, especially when presented by our wise and special rabbi.  Notice how refreshed you will feel when you leave from this evening.You must experience this class to understand how powerful it is.


Non-Members: $10 donation at the door 

Members:          $10 donation appreciated



David Posnack JCC - Pine Island & Stirling Roads

Main Building, Room #146 - *NOTE* New Room 

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WSGWomen's Spirituality Group

Monday, March 18
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)

Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation 
Monday, March 4
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)

lways the 1st Monday of the month in Delray. 
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.      

WSG is a Member Privilege.
Non-members may attend twice before joining TAO



Location & Directions WSG SOUTH  

Myrna Wolf's home 


RSVP and/or questions about this group, please contact 

Myrna,[email protected] 



To be included in the email list for WSG NORTH email Rhonda Hey [email protected] 

2013 Dates, Location & Directions WSG NORTH
Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, June 3 

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


Men's Spirituality Group photo

MSGMen's Spirituality Group
Tuesday, February 26
Come home to the brotherhood of men. All TAO men are invited to this unique, strictly-male opportunity. Each session is for eight weeks and discussions cover topics such as: procrastination, the power of money, creating happiness, and past lives. This is a safe and sacred space where you can be yourself.

Please note that once a new eight-week session has begun, the group is closed to new members until the next session begins.


Facilitator:  Lowell Gannon
You can reach Lowell by phone or email if you have any questions
or [email protected] 

Second Floor Conference Room at Office - 10200 West SR 84, Davie 33324. 

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] 

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Men's Spirituality is a Member Privilege 
Non-members may attend once. 


W Praying

SatmeditationSaturday Morning Meditation Retreats
Saturday, March 9 

Retreat into a sanctuary of silent inner reflection and sacred presence.  Allow the hour to sooth and relax you through quiet prayer, euphoric chanting, gentle (Renewal-style) yoga and holy meditation - all in the tranquil, loving environment of the rabbi's own home and in the company of your TAO community.  You know the benefits of meditation for your physical and mental health. Come and join us for this glorious hour, led by Rabbi Marc.

Meditation retreats - usually the 2nd Saturday most months. 
2013 Dates - March 9, April 12, May 11, June 15 
Location - At the home of Rabbi Marc and Paulina  

The Meditation Retreat is a Me
mber Only Privilege
Non-Members by Invitation only 
Yahrzeit Plaque Yahrtzeit Plaque
In the Jewish tradition, we externalize our beloved departed by honoring their blessed memory.  Our Yarhzeit Plaque is a permanent memorial of family members who passed on (parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, children).  

Add your loved one to the Yahrtzeit Plaque. 

Call the office for details.  954-888-1408   

Photo thanks to the talent of Elyn Zerfas


Tree of Life  

Tree of Life 

Express the unique spiritual grace and energy that reflects the loving Oneness that is our Tree of Life. The gift that honors your loved one(s) is a perfect way to celebrate the simchas you want to commemorate.  From weddings to bar mitzvahs, births, graduations or anniversaries, a leaf on TAO's Tree of Life is a beautiful way to say "I love you."

Call the office for details. 954-888-1408

Photo thanks to the talent of Elyn Zerfas 

onegSponsor An Oneg Shabbat Gut Shabbos


Let's face it.  We love our oneg.  We love it not only because we're Jews and we love to eat, we love it because it brings us together and creates a space for us to catch up with, and hug, one another.


When you celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promotion; or say thank you to, or honor someone special by sponsoring a Friday night or Saturday Service Oneg Shabbat, your message of love is heard by all who are there and we all share in your joy.  (And the food is so much better!)  So  celebrate your simchas with your community!


(By the way, sponsoring an oneg is a great way to promote your business.  Rabbi Marc will personally acknowledge and thank you for your contribution at services and, it's advertised in this newsletter.)


Full and partial sponsorships are possible.   


To sponsor an upcoming Oneg,

call the office: 954-888-1408 

Galia, Ocean and Kole Funds

In the spirit of Tzedakah, Paulina and Rabbi Marc set up two funds at TAO - a Galia fund, an Ocean fund and Kole Fund.  These


funds are 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) or Ocean's birthday (June 28) or Kole's birthday, and other occasions, please donate to TAO instead of generously offering toys, clothing and other gifts. In this way, many 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.
Donate to Galia, Ocean or Kole fund for this tax deductible gift.


staffJoin a Committee

Do It Anyway!

Participating on a committee enriches your life, builds meaningful relationships and strengthens our community. 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*

     Sandy King

     Bob Heaton

Board Members
     Anne Goldberg
     Pam Kelner
     Robert Zveibil

Immediate Past President
     Anne Goldberg   

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      

     Eileen Grove
     Richard Grove
     Fleur Heaton
     Nancy Mendelson




Saturday Oneg
     Trudi DeGrazia
     Angela Gershenwald
     Eileen Grove

     Nancy Mendelson

     Marcia Peschitz


Zionism: Our Voice

      Rick Vogel


Ron Gotlin


Choir & Musicians  
     Maria Daszkal
     Bob Heaton
     Rebbetzin Paulina
     Michelle Alva
     Laura Launer

     Esther Levy


Administrative Director
     Renee J. Greene

Office Manager
     Dee Sacks



        TAO - Temple Adath Or, The South Florida Center for Jewish Renewal

10200 W. State Road 84, Suite 218 ~ Davie, FL 33325
       [email protected]  ~  954-888-1408  ~ 954-888-1407 (fax)