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Your weekly update from TAO - March 28, 2013

To Our Holy Members,seder picture

The Rabbis, Board of Directors and Administrative Staff of Temple Adath Or wish you and your families a Spiritually Uplifting Passover.

In observance of Passover, the TAO office is closed and reopens Wednesday, April 3 at 12:30pm.

Telephone messages will be checked periodically throughout the holiday for emergencies.

Chag Sameach!

Many, many thanks
To Nancy Mendelson, Jenae Rubin, Angela Gershenwald and the entire team (you know who you are) who worked so hard to make our Community Seder such a success.  More than 100 people gathered at Artserve and learned there is much more to Passover than matzoh and morer.  Rabbi Marc, Rabbi Phillip and rabbi-in-training Galia led us in a mystic understanding of this treasured holiday that is sure to become a TAO tradition. 
Chag Sameach! 

Ongoing Activities
Coming Up at TAO

More on TAO
Donate to TAO - Support your spiritual source
Heart to Heart - Show someone how much you care
Tikkun Olam- Environmental tips

Special Wisdom Class
Wednesday, April 3  

Shefa Gold
The Magic of Chant.
Led by Rabbi Shefa Gold  

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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.

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Sunday, May 5 is Spa Day

Read What's New This Week!

Scroll down a millisecond for "New This Week" box

Many thanks to our Major Sponsors:

Scrumptious Lunch: Whole Foods
Many Services, Prizes and Extras are Donated by: KarmaSeven Day Spa

New this Week

Register by SUNDAY - March 31, and get TEN RAFFLE tickets to a Special "Early Bird" Raffle.  You CANNOT BUY RAFFFLE TICKETS FOR this gift basket! This Raffle is ONLY available to Early Bird participants.

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Schedule change:
Double Delight starts at 5:00

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NEW: Singing & Chanting with Rabbi Marc plus Wine & Cheese starts at 6:00 - Open to all attendees!

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Tons of Auction Items listed. You can bid even if you can't attend! Check it out, and contact Jenae if you have questions, can't come and want to bid on an item or want to donate an item.

Spa Day, TAO style, almost as luxurious as a 5-star spa, is a day of pampering to give to someone you love. Come alone, with your lover, family, soul sister or brother from another mother and create memories that last for years.

Give (or receive) the Gift of Ahhhh
  • Celebrate Mother's or Father's Day
  • Celebrate your Birthday or Anniversary
  • Celebrate "I love me" Day!! You certainly deserve it

Massage (including clothes-on treatments), Reiki and Cranio-Sacral (clothes-on treatments), Waxing, Facials, Foot Reflexology, Foot Detox, Manicure/Pedicure, Triple Mask (Facial, Body, Hair)

Makeup Makeover, Ayurveda, Spiritual Reading

Classes/Lectures (Subject to change)
  9:45 - Stress Melter
11:00 - Ayurveda Lecture
12:00 - AquaYoga
  3:00 - Zumba
  5:00 - Rabbi Marc'sYoga & Meditation Double Delight
  6:00 - Singing/Chanting w/Rabbi Marc, Wine&Cheese

Admission Starts at only $36

Register Online Now
Download Flyer
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Questions or Donations
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.

Andy Iannaco, Dennis Barry, Leslie Brinkman, Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law), Chava Lila bat Masha Aviva, Yehudah Cantor, Brianna Dalnas, Evan Jacob Demarb (son of Haddassah Nafdallah - friend of Anne Goldberg), Robbin Garrison DiCiacco, Ralph Dozer, Rick English (Carole McConnell's son-in-law), Murray Evans, Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Brian Fusco, Kate GeMeiner, Gila bat Sora, Eliezer Ben Chava Glaser,Grace Gleissner, Barbara Gotsopoulos, Jared Gordon (Jenae Rubin's cousin),George & Sylvia Greene (Renee Greene's parents), Jerry Grove, Myrna Greissman, Leon Heller, Esther Jungreis, Paul Kay, Phyllis King, Pamela Klein, Ava Kugelman, Andy Leeds, Judy & Louis Levy (Sue Reisman's parents), Jacob Marvin, Billy Mauer (Velvul ben Leah), Meira bas Shandel Chana (Shana Heppner's daughter), Audrey Nevins (Ann Kurtzman's sister), 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, Royce Sagenkahn (Jenae Rubin's friend), Lynn Schlitt, Rebecca Schwartz (Rivka Maiden's cousin), Shauel Randell, Marvin Sheplow, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris, Frayda Sinnreich, Debi Sweeney (Alan Kurtzman's daughter), Toba Basha bas Chana, Shirley Ullman, Caren Vivado, Shaul ben Ida & Chana Rifka bat Hinda (Hindy Stegman's parents)

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.

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Zeva Soroker & Venus Rising Shabbat Services Friday, April 19th

Venus Rising is a multi-ethnic women's drum and dance ensemble dedicated to creating works that uplift and inspire. We strive to empower individuals to break barriers by celebrating diversity through rhythm and movement. Our performances encourage audiences to delight in the power and beauty of women.

Click here for a video sampling of this wonderful group.   
Mark your calendar and don't miss this Shabbat service with Venus Rising.
Do a Mitzvah...

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.

Click here to send Sue an email

TAO's Adopted Family
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.

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. There is no gesture too small or too large for this needy family.

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


  Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart


My heartfelt appreciation goes to my dear TAO rabbis and friends who contributed a Leaf to the Tree of Life celebrating my 60th birthday.  May our community of light continue creating the healing of the world "by promoting justice, freedom, responsibility, caring for all life and the earth that sustains all life - Tikkun Olam."

~Rose Moussa


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

TAO Classifieds
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    


Legacy Video Creations

Leave a lasting legacy for your children, grandchildren and generations to come with a

Legacy Video Creation by Anne Goldberg. Give the gift of you - your history, your story, your music, your thoughts and what you want future generations to know and hold dear.

Visit my Facebook page for more info.    

or Call Anne at 954-536-8008 




Place Your Ad Here

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


Karma Seven
1255 S. Pine Island Rd.
(NW Corner of SR 84)
KarmaSeven Day Spa -
Beautiful, upscale serene. Lose yourself in any of these services: 
  • Hair (Cuts, Color, Highlights, Lowlights, Ombre: Styling including Extensions)
  • Nails (Manicures, Pedicures, Shellac)
  • Facials (All Skin Types, Acne, Eyes, Gentlemen)
  • Massages (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Swe-Thai, Reflexology)
  • Waxing (Full Body)
  • Hydrotherapy (Steam, Scrub, Mud, Volcanic Ash, Cleopatra Bath), Make-Up (Make Over, Consult, Brides, Bridesmaids)
  • Spray Tan (Bronze and Spray Tan with Skin Treatments)
Spa Day packages, monthly online specials and gift cards available. 
At TAO's Spa Day, KarmaSeven is providing Facials, Waxing, Make Up/Make Over and many Massage Therapists. And everyone who purchases the Day of Zen package receives a hair cut and blow dry and KarmaSeven Day Spa as a gift.

Aimee Davila - Reiki, Ayurveda

The Serene Touch: Tap into nature's healing power through bodywork therapies, food/lifestyle, yoga, pranayama meditation. Ayurveda products, herbal supplements balance your body/mind. 

(305) 796-4426

[email protected] 


Peter Fox (LMT) Healing Hands:

Fusion of Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and other energy healing. Deeply relax, remarkably therapeutic.   

(954) 336-6158



Christine Huynh - Shellac & Gel Nails

Liquid Gel, Gel, ANC Dipping Powder, Pink & White, Acrylic, Spa manicure/pedicure, Shellac. Top-of-the-line products. 

1749 N. University Dr, Plantation

(954) 452-8233

[email protected] 


Cynthia Segal - Intuitive

Through intuitive energy, you get answers to questions and information and guidance to empower you to create the future you want now. Session is recorded! 

(305) 389-1887



Beth StollerLMT - CranioSacral

Specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish Massage, LaHo-Chi Energy Healing, and doTERRA Essential Oil Independent Product Consultant.

(813) 601-2384



Robert Zveibil - Reiki

Intuitive energy worker, using Reiki as a conduit to reduce stress and align within to your natural state of well-being.

(305) 586-1745


Shabbat Services 
(First and Third Friday of each month)
Next Service: Friday, April 5 
Shabbos Candles

7:20 pm
- Cantorial  
Chants & Meditation
7:30 pm - Service begins

Following Service, join us for our Oneg and enjoy socializing with our wonderful community.

Be a part of joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer at Artserve.

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.
Click to PRINT PRAYER BOOK. Learn the Friday night prayers, and come sing with us.
Next Service Friday, April 19th at Artserve

Many thanks to Pearl and Adam Atkin for sponsoring the Oneg at last Saturday's service.

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

Remember to bring non-perishables for those less fortunate.

Location: Artserve
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd (in the public library)
(Enter on 14th Avenue)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Today's Parsha
March 28, 2013 - 17 Nisan 5773

Passover weaves together the themes of miracles, Divine guidance/intervention, political freedom, rebirth and individual renewal.

The greatest freedom of all is to realize that you no longer need to live imprisoned by expectations and self-imposed limitations, for in that freedom you recognize your own divine nature, and the possibility of being everything. 

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At times you will be wrong, yet because you operate within tranquil and faithful confidence, you will not be attached to being right. You will only be attached to God; you will adhere only to the knowledge that there are no wrong turns, no faulty decisions, no real mistakes. 

 ~ Rabbi Marc
Follow Rabbi Marc on Twitter

Coming Up at TAO Calendar 1 

Apr 1
Women's Spirituality North - Monthly meeting

Apr 2
Men's Spirituality Group - Weekly meeting

Apr 3
Wisdom Class with Rabbi Shefa Gold

Apr 5
Friday night Shabbat Service at ArtServe

Apr 13
Saturday Meditation Retreat
A TAO Member Event

Apr 15
Women's Spirituality South

Apr 19
Mark Your Calendar Now
A very special Shabbat Service with Zeva Soroker and her Women's Drum and Dance Ensemble.Click Here for more

Apr 27
Saturday Shabbat at ArtServe

May 5
Spa Day! You deserve a Day of Ahhhh
Read More or Reserve now.


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  

Join Rabbi Marc for a TAO Community Journey to Israel 
Start planning now!  Kate GeMeiner is the first to sign up and start her TAO Israel Savings Plan. Save along with Kate and sign up now so you can be part of this thrilling trip with your TAO community.  Rabbi Marc has put together an awesome itinerary at the extraordinary price of $1250 plus air.  
The dates are June 12, 2014 - June 22nd, 2014.*  Join us.  It won't be the same without YOU. Call the office at 954-888-1408 for details.

CLICK HERE for details

* Optional additional 4 days Chesed add-on. Click above for more information 

Where to See Rabbi Marc 
& the TAO Orchestra 

Watch here for the latest news on our holy orchestra.
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Partner Happenings
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations 

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Wisdom Class - Wed, April 3 with Rabbi Shefa Gold  
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. 


This week we are treated to a special Wisdom Class teaching the deeper wisdom of Hebrew Chanting, as pioneered by Rabbi Shefa Gold.  For those of you lucky enough to experience Rabbi Shefa's sweetness, you know what a great class this will be.  For those of you unfamiliar, please join us and feel the wisdom behind the refrain.  No prior experience or ability to carry a tune is necessary... just an open and a willing heart. 


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 in Davie - Main Building,

Room #146  


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Women's Spirituality Group

Monday, April 15
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation 
Monday, April 1
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)

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.  It is a beautiful way to make friends and deepen relationships, both with other women and with yourself.  Join us North or South or both and feel the love.    

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] 
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Men's Spirituality Group
Tuesday, April 2

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, April 12  

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 - 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 
Yahrtzeit 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   

Photos 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
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 

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.

Earth (& Human) Friendly Oven Cleaner

To clean your oven, sprinkle a cup or more of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then cover the baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Let the mixture set overnight. The next morning the grease will be easy to wipe up because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.


Galia, Ocean and Kole Funds 
In the spirit of Tzedakah, Paulina and Rabbi Marc set up three funds at TAO - a Galia fund, an Ocean fund and Kole Fund. When you share your sweetness to celebrate Galia's birthday (December 6), Ocean's birthday (June 28) or Kole's birthday (June 24) and other occasions, please donate to one of these funds rather than buying gifts for the children.  These funds are used to send toys and other needed items to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations that serve children, including Jafco.

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

Donate to Galia, Ocean or Kole fund for this tax deductible gift.


staff 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 



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

     Rick Wolfe 


Administrative Director
     Renee J. Greene

Office Manager
     Dee Sacks


* of Blessed Memory 


        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)