Your TAO newsletter is early this week in observance of Shavuot...
Please note that the TAO office will be closed
from sundown Tuesday, May 14th
and will re-open Friday, May 17
. A special Shavuot Wisdom Class
is Members Only
and will be at the home of Rabbi Marc and Rebbitzen Paulina, 7-8:30pm.
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Wrap Up on
TAO's 5th Annual Spa Day !
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Find Out What's New at TAO!
Support those who support us...
click here for a list of those who donated time, products and/or services to Spa Day.
TAO'S Website has been updated
Thank you to our Volunteers!
Saturday night, the Board and Rabbi Marc hosted a dinner for long-term members to show our appreciation to them. Special thanks go to Jenae Rubin, for allowing us to use her beautiful home and for being so gracious and accommodating. And extra thanks to Pam Kelner, Jacci King, Renee Greene and Jenae's roommate Frank for helping to set up this intimate dinner for 40.
We could not have done it without you! Thank you.
Please note that there will be another dinner to celebrate more of our long-term members.
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.
Feel free to log on for current TAO news and articles.
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.
Dennis Barry, Richard Grove, Gilah Fish (daugher of Renee Greene & Michael Fish) Paul Avenati (friend of Sheryl Lipsky Reback), Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law),Leslie Brinkman, 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, Ron Himelblau (brother of Shirley Shelpman), Renee Hock, Kamruz Hosein, Andy Iannaco, Esther Jungreis, Paul Kay, Phyllis King, Pamela Klein, Ava Kugelman, Andy Leeds, Judy & Louis Levy (Sue Reisman's parents), Alan Lipsky (Brother of Sheryl Lipsky), 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), Marla Silverman, 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), Diane Zeller.
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
Caren Levy Vivado posted on Facebook and we thought we'd share it with all of you:
I would like to say thank you for the scholarship that was offered to me today for Spa Day by an anonymous donor. I would have loved to stay longer, but my voice started going, and I had to go. I love you all. I'm sorry I missed Rabbi Marc's Yoga and Meditation. I was really looking forward to that. Thank you again everybody who offered me that ...day ... it was nice to see everyone have so much fun!
We thank the generous souls that gifted Caren and many others a "Day of Ahhh."
Do a Mitzvah...
"Professional" Clothing needed...
Jacci King is putting together a "closet" for her adult students that need interview clothing. Please donate your old suits, shirts, ties, handbags, accessories, shoes and help these worthy students to get great jobs. To donate contact Jacci by clicking here.
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 Renee@TAOCenter.net
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.
Looking for Work
Wayne for a Day!
Wayne Rogers is available for a variety of services that include:
- Everglades Tours
- Five-Course Thai meal
- Spanish conversation... and more...
Call Wayne at 954-564-5954 or 954-383-7189
and see how he can help you.
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 Facebook for more information or Call Anne at 954-536-8008
TAO MEMBERS GET 10% OFF INTRODUCTORY PRICES.
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 Admin@TAOcenter.net
Members post job opportunities for FREE!
Call the office: 954-888-1408
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?
Please Sponsor the calls for the next 12 months. What a mitzvah it to support this lovely practice.
Please call the office with your donation, 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
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.
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 provided Facials and Massage Therapy.
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.
Halley Elise - Empowerment Psychic
Focuses on you, your contentment, your fulfillment in life. The usual applies such as telling you if you will marry or where your career is going. In addition, you get information regarding your future and the power to make right now, along with your future, as good as it can possibly be: Love, Money, Family, Health, ALL of it!!
Peter Fox (LMT) Healing Hands
Fusion of Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and other energy healing. Deeply relax, remarkably therapeutic.
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
Guillermo Ledesmo, LMT -
Customized Clinical Therapeutic Massage
God will guide you, if you need to be under my wings. Balance Your Life.
Guillermo Ledesma, LLC, LMT
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!
Joan Sonabend, LMT
Over 26 years, specializing in stress and relaxation. Holistic weaving of body, mind and soul employing a number of modalities. Release the everyday frustrations and transient emotional events that are unresolved and show up in your body. This work also helps those who have experienced traumatic life events and potentially leading to PTSD as well as Panic/Anxiety attacks.
Beth Stoller, LMT - CranioSacral
Specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish Massage, LaHo-Chi Energy Healing, and doTERRA Essential Oil Independent Product Consultant.
Jacquie Thompson - Uressentials Mobile Services
Unique at-home SPA serice, committed to greatly impacting those living with pain and discomfort with proactive approach to health and wellness that allows you to look and feel great so you can life a healthy, stress-free, worry-free life.
Dottie Zveibil, CHT, NLPP, RM, CAP
Reduce stress. Reprogram your patterns. Master NLP, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist and Aromatherapist. Regression.
Robert Zveibil - Reiki
Intuitive energy worker, using Reiki as a conduit to reduce stress and align within to your natural state of well-being.
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
Dr. Florence Ross*
Immediate Past President
High Holy Days
Men - Lowell Gannon
Women - Myrna Wolf
Zionism: Our Voice
Choir & Musicians
Renee J. Greene
* of Blessed Memory
(First and Third Friday of each month)Next Service:
Friday, May 17th7:20pm at Artserve
Be a part of joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer at ArtServe.
We are planning a special evening as we honor Rabbi Marc's 45th birthday.
The Board and Administration invite you to help celebrate our very special Rabbi by coming to services and contributing to the evening's joy by bringing your favorite parve or vegetarian dish for our Oneg Shabbat. Dairy-free recipes can be emailed to Anne Goldberg at email@example.com and we will present our rabbi with a recipe book lovingly put together by our community.
The Pufftations will be performing a song written expressly for Rabbi Marc, and there will be other surprises. So join us for a very special Shabbat on the 17th. Cantorial Chants begin at 7:20pm
Thanks to Hank Himmelbaum for sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat on May 3rd... in honor of his 66th birthday!
This is Jewish Renewal.
This is TAO.
Members and non-members are always welcome to our services. Share the joy and connection of our holy, sweet community.
Next Service Saturday, April 27 at ArtServe
Members, please help us welcome guests (red name badges) by offering them a warm greeting and a TAO hug.
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
May 16, 2013 - 5773
7 Sivan 5773Naso: Numbers 4:21-7:89
During their journey through the desert, the Israelites at times waited three days before entering a new territory. That they stopped and waited is an indiation of hte need to empty, return to nothingness, and become still in order to receive guidance to the next step.
Photo Courtesy of Elyn Zerfas
Coming Up at TAO
Men's Spirituality Group
May 15 Special Shavuot Members Only Wisdom Class at the home of Rabbi Marc & Rebbitzen Paulina
- Celebrating Rabbi Marc's 45th birthday!
Vegetarian/Parve pot luck dishes welcomed! Please join us for another joyous Shabbat.
Women's Spirituality Group South
Trudi DeGrazia facilitating
May 21 All are welcome!
Men's Spirituality Group
Kabbalah Wisdom Class with Rabbi Marc
May 25 Saturday Shabbat-10:30am at Artserve
All are welcome!
2014 Programming Brainstorming Session
Sunday at 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the TAO conference room
|Welcome to TAO
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.
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
Programming Brainstorming Session
June 2 - TAO Conference Room
1:30 to 3:30pm
We are looking for ideas for our 2014 major fund-raiser and would love your input. RSVP to
and help us to create a popular blockbuster event that will draw a huge crowd and... most important...help to support the work of this light-filled community.
Learning, Living and Loving Israel
June 12 - 22, 2014**
Are planning to join Rabbi Marc in June 2014 for TAO-style trip to Israel?
Then you will definitely want to attend - 6:30 on May 23 - at the home of Renee Greene* in Southwest Ranches for an introduction and overview of this spectacular trip. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to sign up and to leave a deposit - which is the only way to guarantee your participation. Space is limited.
* Coffee and dessert will be served.
* To RSVP and get address & directions, please call the office at 954-888-1408
**Optional 4-day Chesed add-on from 6/22 to 6/26. Come on the 23rd and get all the details.
Bring your checkbook/credit card.
Rabbi Marc Personal Appearances
Did you catch our rabbi on the Global Harmony Show on BlogTalkRadio? If not, you can
Where to See Rabbi Marc
& the TAO Orchestra
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations
Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m
Wed, May 15 with Rabbi Marc
This week, Members Only, for a special Shavuot class at the home of Rabbi Marc.
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 in Davie - Main Building, Room #146
Women's Spirituality Group
Monday, May 20
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation
Monday, June 3 -
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
To be included in the email list for WSG SOUTH, please email Rhonda Hey - Heygraph@bellsouth.net
RSVP and/or questions about this group, please contact MSweedle@gmail.com
To be included in the email list for WSG NORTH please email or call Susan Kivowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 561-509-9188.
Men's Spirituality Group
Next Session May 21
Continuing the discussing of how the biblical story of David and Bathsheba relates to life today.
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. Once a new eight-week session begins, the group is closed to new members until the next session. Facilitator:
Contact Lowell if you have any questions.
954-240-1944 or Headhunt31@aol.com Location
Second Floor Conference Room at Office:
10200 West SR 84, Davie 33324. Directions
From Nob Hill Road, just south of SR 84, turn as if you are going into Burger King and follow the road as it curves to the right. We are just west of Imperial Lighting. There is ample parking.
Please arrive a few minutes early as the front door to the building locks at 7pm.
954-888-1408 or TAOadmin@TAOcenter.net
Men's Spirituality is a Member Privilege
Non-members may attend once.
Saturday Morning Meditation Retreats
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.
Location - At the home of Rabbi Marc and Paulina
The Meditation Retreat is a Member Only Privilege
Non-Members by Invitation only
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
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
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
(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.
Here are some cool ways to clean and deodorize your home that are safe for you, your kids and your pets!
- Deodorize dry carpets by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes, then vacuum.
- To rid your garbage disposal of foul smells, add vinegar to water for ice cubes, then let a few of them get chopped by your disposal.
- To clean your silver, boil 2-3 inches of water in a shallow pan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for 2-3 minutes more. Remove silver from the pan and wipe away the tarnish with a clean cotton cloth.
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.