Your weekly update from TAO - June 6, 2013
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Sweet Friends:

It's that time of year again - Time for members and friends of TAO to join Rabbi Marc in our Annual Week of Chesed from June 9th - June 14th- sharing loving-kindness by performing Mitzvot, reaching out to those who need our help.

This year we are focusing on our local community and we are partnering with
Hands on Broward to offer a variety of opportunities for each of you to become a part of.   


Click Here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities (and instructions on how to apply) ranging from teaching adults basic computer skills to working at a food bank to caring for ailing horses and other farm animals.  Weekday and weekend opportunities are available.  

Community Journey to Israel Israel


TAO's Israel meeting last Thursday was a huge success. Almost 50 people attended and at least 40 are signed up and have given their deposits. We are still accepting  a few more registrations and deposits which will go on the wait-list until we are able to confirm with our Director in Israel about our maximum capacity.  


Call the office ASAP at 954-888-1408 to get the required registration papers and to leave your deposit. Don't miss out on this first community journey to Israel with Rabbi Marc. 

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Find Out What's New at TAO!
Many Thanks - New! 
Support those who support us...
click here for a list of those who donated time, products and/or services to Spa Day.

Ongoing Activities

More on TAO


TAO'S Website has been updated
Please visit us at www.TAOcenter.NET 

Many thanks
... and gratitude to Cathy Bowers for sponsoring our Oneg Shabbat at Saturday's service, in honor of her mother, Jane Fleder.   

...and to Lori Samuels and Debbie Pearlman for loaning us those great tents for Spa Day... TAO expresses many thanks!

Our 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. 

Our Website... has been updated.
Feel free to log on for current TAO news and articles.        
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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.

Geri Hesseltine (Friend of Anne Goldberg), Adam Atkin, Paul Avenati (friend of Sheryl Lipsky Reback), Dennis Barry, 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), Gilah Fish (daugher of Renee Greene & Michael Fish) 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, Richard 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
Heart to Heart




From Amichai Heppner

I would like to thank the many members who sent me such supportive and caring messages after the death of my wife, Shana.  These expressions of empathy clearly show how close we are to each other's lives and how the grief of one touches the rest.  Shana loved being part of the Chevra and enjoyed the fellowship and good learning that we share.  I am happy to be part of such a tight group of friends.

Thanks again for your love and support. 

A Message of Thanks from Rabbi Marc

Sweet friends, as it says in our Talmud,
"Those things given from the heart are received by the heart."  Your love is heartfelt.  Thanks to all of you for making my 45th birthday celebration service so spiritually fulfilling.  I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.  Thanks for the leaf, your gifts, donations, our Oneg Shabbat treats and especially your participation in the memorable and palpitating Shabbat evening.  I love you all.   
~ Rabbi Marc 

Click Here to Place Your Heart to Heart Message and reach over 1000. From your heart to ours.  
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
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. 


TAO Classifieds
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 




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 Admin@TAOcenter.net 


Job Opportunities 

Members post job opportunities for FREE!
Call the office: 954-888-1408
Aleph Kallah 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)
Meaningful Movie Nights (MO)
Saturday Meditation Retreats (MO) 
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 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 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.
(305) 796-4426

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!!
(561) 755-2166

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


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
(954) 639-1558

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

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.
(954) 975-3380

Beth Stoller, LMT - CranioSacral

Specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish Massage, LaHo-Chi Energy Healing, and doTERRA Essential Oil Independent Product Consultant.
(813) 601-2384

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.
(305) 733-4759

Dottie Zveibil, CHT, NLPP, RM, CAP

Reduce stress. Reprogram your patterns. Master NLP, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist and Aromatherapist. Regression.
(305) 586-1745



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 ServicesShabbos Candles
(First and Third Friday of each month, & the 4th Saturday)

Next Service:

Friday, June 7th

7:20pm-Cantorial Chants begin at Artserve

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, June 7th 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.

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

Today's Parsha
June 7, 2013 -  5773
28 Sivan 5773
Shelach: Numbers 13:1-15:1

The Israelites spurn God, are forbidden from entering the Promised Land, and are sent wandering int he wilderness for forty years.

When you are at midlife or at a midpoint, there is always a rite of passage.  The ritual happens in the center of your being, as you recognize where you've been and accept where you are.  There is no rushing to where you will go next.
Weekly Inspiration

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Photo Courtesy of Sheryl Reback

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We extend our sincere condolences to
Elyn Zerfas & Marti Sinnreich and their families on the loss of Elyn's beloved mother, Mimi Reiter.  

Coming Up at TAO  comingupCalendar 1
Monday, June 10
Women's Spirituality Group
North; Facilitator - TBA

Tuesday, June 11
Men's Spirituality Group - Member Privilege!  

Monday, June 17
Women's Spirituality Group South
Facilitator: Sheila Tobier
- Member Privilege!
Wednesday, June 19
- 6PM
Meaningful Movie Night - the 2nd of 3 special evenings at the home of Rabbi Marc and Rebbizen Paulina.   June 19 - Powder 
Friday, June 21  
Shabbat Services, Artserve, Cantorial Chants, 7:20pm

Wednesday, June 26 
Meaningful Movie Night - the last of 3 special evenings at the home of Rabbi Marc and Rebbitzen Paulina. June 26 - Searching for the Sugar Man

Friday, June 29
Shabbat Services, Artserve, 10:30am 
WelcomeToTAOWelcome to TAO  

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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  

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter 
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Rabbi Marc Personal Appearances

Did you catch our rabbi on the Global Harmony Show on BlogTalkRadio?  If not, you can
RMWhere to See Rabbi Marc and the TAO Orchestra
  TAO orchestra

June 25 at 7:00 
Duncan Conference Center 
The TAO Orchestra will be opening for Pato Banto, a spiritual Reggae singer

15820 Military Trail,  
Delray Beach, FL 33484
(561) 496-4130

Partner Happenings
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations 

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Meaningful Movie Nights
At the home of Rabbi Marc and Rebbitzen Paulina


June 19th -
June 26th - Searching for the Sugar Man. 

The theme of this year's series is Male Enigmatic Characters.   Rabbi Marc would love suggestions for next year of movies with Female Enigmatic Characters.  
Times to follow. 

Bring a parve or vegetarian brown bag dinner and enjoy the evening's movie and discussion.  
This is a TAO Member Only Event! 
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Women's Spirituality Group

Monday, June 17  
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)

Facilitator:  Sheila Tobier  
Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation 
Monday, June 10   
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Facilitator: TBA 
Always the 1st Monday of the month in Delray 
(except for June!) 

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 kivipeace@yahoo.com ~  561-509-9188.     
Men's Spirituality Group photo

Men's Spirituality Group
Next Session June 11
Member Privilege!

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: Lowell Gannon
Contact Lowell if you have any questions.
954-240-1944 or Headhunt31@aol.com

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.

RSVP - 954-888-1408 or,
email to TAOadmin@TAOcenter.net
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Men's Spirituality is a Member Privilege 
Non-members may attend once. 


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SatmeditationSaturday Morning Meditation Retreats
Will be back soon! 
Watch the newsletter for next meditation date. 
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.
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. 

The many benefits of Coconut Oil - Part 1


  1. Replace butter with coconut oil while baking brownies, cookies, muffins, etc. It also makes a healthy substitute for vegetable oil used for cooking.  
  2. Add a little coconut oil (molten) in your smoothies, too.
  3. Coconut oil works as a fabulous eye makeup remover. For this, you just need to dab a little coconut oil on a cotton scab and use it to remove your makeup.  
  4. Use it to clean your mascara brush.
  5. Coconut oil relieves arthritis and works as a natural internal deodorizer, thereby eliminating bad breath in dogs. Thus, you can add a teaspoon of coconut oil in your pet's food or water. 
Galia, Ocean and Kole Kerev 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
TAOadmin@TAOcenter.net   ~   954-888-1408   ~  954-888-1407 (fax)