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Your weekly update from TAO - February 28, 2013

Megillah Reading - Thank you Rabbi Phil... 
... for a fun and insightful Megillah reading this past Sunday night at the home of Rabbi Marc and Rebbetzin Paulina.  As a master at storytelling, Rabbi Phil took us on an extraordinary Purim journey.  The 100 year old Megillah, which belonged to his grandfather, set the mood.  We were awed by the gripping tale and an insider's "who's who" of the Purim cast of characters.  Equipped with groggers, we stood ready to give them a whirl at the mention of Hamen's name.  Of course, our adventure would not have been complete without delicious Hamentashen shared in joy as community.

~ Pam Kelner 


Shefa Gold A very special Wisdom Class on The Magic of Chant, led by Rabbi Shefa Gold  

seder picture Pesach
Save the Date...
Tuesday, March 26 - 6:30pm at Artserve
Community Potluck Seder 
Mark your calendars for our TAO Community (Vegetarian) Potluck Seder on the second eve of Pesach - Tuesday, March 26th at Artserve.

Join us for an experiential evening that will teach and encourage all who attend to share the holiday of Passover with family and community in joy and spirituality. 

Please bring your vegetarian or parve meal for your family. We ask that you try to honor Passover Kashrut by not including any foods or food products which contain ingredients derived from: fermented cereal grains: wheat, barley, oats, spelt or rye OR legumes such as corn and beans, peanuts, as well as rice.

TAO will supply grape juice, ceremonial wine, matzoh, paper goods and tableware. 

Rabbi Marc will lead us through the rituals and traditions of making Pesach for your family in our TAO community way.  If you want to learn or you're a seasoned Pesach hostess, OR if you want to simply be a part of our TAO Community Seder, join us.

Reservations are open now and limited to the first 100 due to seating limitations.

$5 for members by CHECK mailed to TAO at 10200 W. State Road 84, Suite #218, Davie, FL 33324
$12 for member's guests and all non-members. (The fee covers the cost of the room and all included items listed above.)

Share the joy...bring a friend, your chldren and grandchildren! 
Do It Anyway! 
Nancy Mendelson has generously offered to Chair this event.  Thank you Nancy!  If you are looking for a way to get more involved with TAO, Nancy will need a team to make this happen easily and beautifully.

Call the office:  954-888-1408 if you can volunteer to help plan, set-up or clean-up for the Seder.

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Do 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. You can also wish him a happy birthday.  Jerry turned 93 this past week!


..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.


Give Tzedaka


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.

Judy Levine (Yuhuzit bat Natah), Edith Rogers (Wayne Rogers' mom), Shaul ben Ida & Chana Rifka bat Hinda (Hindy Stegman's parents), Debi Sweeney (Alan Kurtzman's daughter),  Judy Levy (Sue Reisman's mom), Eliezer Ben Chava Glaser, Murray Evans, 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), Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Brian Fusco,  Kate GeMeiner, Gila bat Sora, Grace Gleissner, Barbara Gotsopoulos, Sylvia R. Greene, Ernest Gross-Brein, Jerry Grove, Richard Grove, Myrna Greissman, Bob Heaton, Leon Heller, Esther Jungreis, Paul Kay, Phyllis King, 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, 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
Heart to Heart


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TAO 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 
FREE & 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


Transportation 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.
TAO'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.



Tikkun Olam Tikkun Olam
(Heal the World) 
TAO cares about your health and that of the earth.  Check here weekly for useful tips that save money, conserve resources and protect both you and our precious planet.

Turn the water off when you brush your teeth and save as much as 4 gallons of water!


TAO wants to celebrate Birthday cake YOU! 

Let us know the day and date (we don't need the year) of your birthday and allow us celebrate you.  After all, YOU are what makes US special. 


Shabbat Services Shabbos Candles
Friday, March  1

7:20pm - Cantorial Chants
7:30pm - Service begins
Followed by Oneg Shabbat

Following the service please join us for our Oneg Shabbat (Vegetarian and/or fish potluck dishes gratefully welcomed!)
Next service - Friday, March 15 at Artserve with special guest, Rabbi Shefa Gold

David crystal bowls Join us in joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer at Artserve. 
We are delighted to once again welcome
David Jesse Kennet and his crystal sound healing bowls. We invite you to immerse yourself in the vibratory essence of healing and love, as David coaxes these bowls to sing their soulful notes, and then tones along with them in perfect harmony.  This is Jewish Renewal.  This is TAO.  Welcome home.

Members and non-members are always welcome to our services.  Share the joy and connection of our holy, sweet community.

Members, please help us welcome guests (wearing red name badges) by offering them a warm greeting and a TAO hug.   

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 

Learn the Friday night prayers and come sing with us
Today's Parsha
February 28, 2013

18 Adar 5773

KiTissa: Exodus 30:11-34:35

Moses brings two more tablets of stone up Mount Sinai to the Lord, and returns to the people bearing the Ten Commandments.  And Moses' skin is radiant. 


When we remove the surface layers of doing, speaking, and thinking, a luminescent part of God is revealed.    


Weekly Inspiration  

Love your time here, see the good.  Care for your words now, they make your world. 


~ Rabbi Marc

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Coming Up at TAO Calendar 1

Mar 1  
habbat Across America -
Friday night services at Artserve
Mar 4 
Women's Spirituality NORTH in Delray Beach, Vicki Lichtman Facilitating  
Mar 5    
Men's Spirituality Group - Members Only!
Mar 6  
Wisdom Class led by Rabbi Marc
Mar 9         
Saturday Meditation Retreat - Members Only!
Mar 15  
Shabbat Services at Artserve - a very special Meditation Service with special guest, Rabbi Shefa Gold   
Read more 
Mar 18 
Women's Spirituality SOUTH,
Nancy Mendelson, Facilitating
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. 



Welcome to TAO
  R'Marc & R'Phil Drumming
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. 
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.

Embark on a journey to your Jewish soul through music, dance, chanting and meditation.  This is not your parents' schul!  Come and experience the warmth of Jewish Renewal - and community - 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
Click Here for tickets
Sat, March 9th - 6:30pm, Rm 317   TAO orchestra

Rabbi Marc and the TAO Orchestra
At the Broward County Convention Center
Partner Happenings
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations 

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Wisdom Class - Wednesday, March 6   
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 an entry point to a soulful, mystical, and purposeful life. In learning to live a life seen through the lens of Kabbalah, we become attuned to looking deeper and finding meaning.  


At TAO, we see the hidden wisdom of Kabbalah as one of the keys that unlock an empowered, conscious existence. Each class is a combination of music, discussion and lecture designed to unravel these veiled depths of liturgy and prayer so that they become accessible, meaningful and useful in daily life.  There is no need to bring anything special, only a thirst for insight, friendship and levity.  This is a stimulating, spiritual circle of like-minded seekers of truth led by Rabbi Marc Labowitz. 


Join us Wednesday nights 7pm at Posnack JCC and taste the sweetness of this millennial-old knowledge brought to life by Rabbi Marc and observe how the world becomes a 'sweeter place'.   


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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Women's Spirituality Group

Monday, March 18
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Nancy Mendelson, Facilitating
Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation 
Monday, March 4
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Vicki Lichtman, Facilitating 

Always 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



Click Here for Location & Directions WSG SOUTH

Myrna Wolf's home 


RSVP and/or questions about this group, please contact 

[email protected] 



To be included in the email list for WSG NORTH email Rhonda Hey [email protected]
2013 Dates WSG NORTH

Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, June 3 

RSVP and/or questions about this group, please contact
[email protected]

To be included in the email list for Women's Spirituality Group NORTH , email [email protected] 
Men's Spirituality Group photo

Men's Spirituality Group
Tuesday, March 5
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. 


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Saturday 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 and loved ones who passed on (parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, children, friends.) 

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 

Sponsor 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.



Join 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)