Your weekly update from TAO - August 15, 2013
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High Holy Days 
High Holy Day services are held at the Westin Hotel in Cypress Creek (about 1/4 mile east of I-95 on Cypress Creek Rd.)
Experience joyous, meaningful and deeply spiritual High Holy Days with TAO.  We are a community of light. Come and shine your light with ours!  Want to know more about the Holy Days with TAO?  Click here


Saturday, August 31 at 9 pm  - 
Member Privilege

Rosh Hashanah
- Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 10 am

Yom Kippur
- Friday, September 13, 7 pm
Saturday, September 14*, 10:30 am

Click Here for Details
Click Here to Buy Tickets 
High Holy Day services are held at the Westin Hotel in Cypress Creek (about 1/4 mile east of I-95 on Cypress Creek Rd.)

* Break the Fast with TAO! 
           Top 5 Reasons to Buy Tickets: 
1. You can eat immediately 
2. The food is great 
3. Fabulous music
4. Dancing, dancing and dancing
5. Have enormous fun with your friends and family at TAO

Tickets: $44/adult
                  $23/children ages 6-12

To purchase tickets, call the office at 954-888-1408  

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Support those who support us...
click here for a list of those who donated time, products and/or services to Spa Day.

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TAO'S Website has been updated
Please visit us at www.TAOcenter.NET 
It's Membership Renewal Time

We are here for you!  
Belong... Participate... Give

Join us!  It's time to renew your TAO membership or join as a member for the first time.
The new membership year begins August 1. 
By renewing now, you are doing Tikkun Olam (repair the world) by being eco-friendly in saving paper and fiscally helpful in saving postage.
Sign up and pay in full for membership today.
 $594 for singles or $1122 for families
Single membership includes 1 adult HHD ticket
Family membership includes 2 adult HHD tickets and up to 2 dependents 18 & under 

Please note: Single membership includes 1 High Holy Day ticket and family membership includes 2 tickets for 2 adults and up to 2 dependents ages 18 or under.

If you are able to donate at a higher level, please do so to support our scholarship fund.

Please either click here to print out the membership form to mail to the office or call 954-888-1408 to renew or join prior to July 31st. 
Here are just some of our membership benefits:  
  • Free Admission to High Holy Days Services
  • Discounts at most TAO events
  • Men's Spirituality Group
  • Women's Spirituality Group
  • Reduced advertising rates in the newsletter
  • Member Only events like Havdallahs, Spirituality Groups, Sunday Salon with Rabbi Shoni and Dr. Lisa                       
  • Saturday Morning Meditation retreats at Rabbi's home
  • Saturday Shabbos Services at Artserve
  • Labowitz Family Events  
**Only Friday Shabbat services and wisdom classes are open to non-members
We are here for you!

Renew and Join Now! 

Please call the office
or email
[email protected]
with special requests or questions.  
Community Journey to Israel Israel


Do you really want to miss out on this trip?  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. 


VolunteersDo you have the time and talent to help us?  There are several ways you can help:


Be a part of the growth of TAO.  If you have an idea for an event or outreach opportunity and are willing to spearhead it, please click here and let us know. 

  • Rabbi Marc-Assistant to help TAO connect with a younger demographic. Contact  Rabbi Marc 
  • Do you know the newest version of Photoshop? We need a consultant for just a couple of hours. Contact Anne Goldberg 
  • Audio Editor - help edit down audio footage of services so the clips can be used to help promote us.   Contact Anne Goldberg 
  • Web Developer - our site needs help!  Contact Pam Kelner 
  • Public Relations - help us get free publicity for our unique events and outreach.  Contact the office at 954-888-1408 
  • Telephone Committee Chairperson - call the office at 954-888-1408
  • Webcam/Skype - Help us get Wisdom Class on-line and expand the reach of Rabbi Marc.  Contact Pam Kelner 
Many thanks
... to Jenae Rubin for updating all of our membership and HHD pages on the website.  We REALLY appreciate your giving your time to help us remain current.

... to Pam Kelner and Jenae Rubin for spending so much time getting our website and website calendar up to date.  Check it out for TAO events that are already scheduled for this year!

... to all of our members who already have renewed their membership and to all of those new members who have just joined our holy chevra.               

We appreciate you more than we can say.

Our Newsletter  
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.

Kara Fusco, 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, 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, Ken Gordon, Belle Gotlin (mother of Ron Gotlin), Barbara Gotsopoulos, Jared Gordon (Jenae Rubin's cousin), George & Sylvia Greene (Renee Greene's parents), Jerry Grove, 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), 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, Joan Rosenwasser, Jean Sokol Rosner, Jake Rutsky, Royce Sagenkahn (Jenae Rubin's friend), Lynn Schlitt, Rebecca Schwartz (Rivka Maiden's cousin), Shauel Randell, Stefanie Sacks, 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), Janice Weintraub, 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

TAO Classifieds    Classifieds  

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Home Repair by TAO Member - Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, painting and more... Great work, reliable and shows up on time!


Looking for Work

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. 

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 [email protected] 


Job Opportunities 

Members post job opportunities for FREE!
Call the office: 954-888-1408
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 [email protected]
Give Tzedaka 
TAO Gives Back   Tzeddakah1


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


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


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

FREE &Member Only (MO) 
Aleph Kallah Member Benefits
Membership does have its privileges.  There are many great (& often free) events for members of
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? Rabbi Marc and Ocean

Please Sponsor the calls for the next 12 months. What a mitzvah it is to support this lovely practice.


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. 


Shabbat ServicesShabbos Candles
Be a part of joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer with Jewish Renewal.

Next Service: 
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Cantorial Chants begin at 7:20

Bring your DRUMS, TAMBOURINES & SHAKERS because this is a MUSICAL service featuring the sounds and rhythms of the High Holy Days.   
You are invited to join us for our warm Oneg Shabbat after services.  
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.
We hold people not prayer books.


Members, please help us welcome guests
(red name badges) by offering them a warm greeting and 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*
August 15, 2013
9 Elul 5773
Ki Teitze:  Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Additional laws address community responsibility for the needs of orphans, widows, strangers, the poor...

You are not alone.  Your developing God image is a vital contribution to the oneness of God and the wholeness of society.  God needs you, you need God, and we need one another in a most God-filled way of being.  Expand your image of God and expand your life, your self, and the perceptions in your mind. 

* Parshas courtesy of
Miraculous Living Calendar by Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner from Miraculous Living by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
Weekly Inspiration
RM quote Aug 15 2023
Photo Courtesy of Anne Goldberg

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Coming Up at TAO  comingupCalendar 1
Shabbat Services,
Friday, August 23 at 7:20pm at Artserve

Special Summer Series  

Wisdom Class 
Thursday, August 15, 22
7-8:30pm at the TAO office conference room 

Did you know that Judaism provides an on-going opportunity for self-transformation?  Did you know that is what the High Holy Days offer us?  Join Anne Goldberg for an exploration of the deeper meanings of this holy period that starts with 1 Elul 5773 (sundown - Aug 6, 2013)

Thursday, August 15 - Selichot & Rosh Hashanah
Thursday August 22 -  Yom Kippur

Women's Spirituality South 
Monday, August 19th. 
NOTE: for this month only, WSG South will be at the home of Dottie Zveibil at Stonebrook in Davie. For directions/questions please call or email Rhonda Hey at 954-205-3441 or [email protected]

Facilitator: Carol Himmel 

Men's Spirituality Group
Resumes Tuesday, September 17th.  

New Members!
TAO warmly welcomes.

Veronika Niyazova
Barbara Langer
Judith Karasik
Terry DeMonaco
Regina Ozeryansky, Yulia Ozeryansky
Mindy & Michael Schumann & Lyndy 

Welcome Home! 

Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov

... to Kate Gemeiner on being the subject of a Miami Herald article on Sex and (Seniors) in the city!  Click here for the whole article.

... to Eileen Grove on the marriage of her granddaughter in Philadelphia - the new Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Garcia.

Welcome 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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RMappearancesRabbi Marc Personal Appearances

Did you catch our rabbi on the Global Harmony Show on BlogTalkRadio?  If not, you can
Where to See Rabbi Marc and the TAO Orchestra
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TAO's High Holy Days at the Westin Cypress Creek

Rosh Hashanah
Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6 
Yom Kippur
Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14 

To buy tickets, click here or call the office at 954-888-1408

Join your light with ours.   
Wisdom signhhdwisdomclassSpecial Summer Series
Wisdom Class
Deepen your experience of the High Holy Days...

Location:  TAO Office Conference Room 
Time:         7:00 to 8:30pm
Dates:        Thursday, Aug 15, Aug 22 
Did you know that Judaism offers the opportunity for self-transformation? This special Summer Series Wisdom Class, facilitated by Anne Goldberg, offers deeper insight into the meaning and wisdom contained in this holy period, known as the Days of Awe. 

For those of you eager to capitalize on the spirit and energy of this period, that of Teshuva - a return to our Divinity - these classes will provide a framework with which to do this.

With this in mind, click here for a short homework assignment designed to kick-start your spiritual accounting that is the backbone of these holy days.   
Partner Happenings
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations 
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.
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Women's Spirituality Group

Monday, August 19 
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)
Facilitator:  Carol Himmel  
Always the 3rd Monday of the month in Plantation 
PLEASE NOTE: For August 19th ONLY, WSG South will be held at the home of Dottie & Robert Zveibil in the Stonebrook community of Davie

For questions/directions: Call Rhonda Hey at 954-205-3441 or email her at [email protected]   

WSG NORTH is on hiatus for the summer.
Keep checking back here for further updates.

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
(Please note: If you need to call Myrna directly, the correct number is: 305-519-8600) 


To be included in the email list for WSG SOUTH, please email Rhonda Hey - [email protected]  

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

To be included in the email list for WSG NORTH  please email or call Susan Kivowitz at [email protected] ~  561-509-9188.     
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Men's Spirituality Group

Next 8-week session begins Tuesday, September 17th

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 [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.

RSVP - 954-888-1408 or,
email to [email protected]
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Men's Spirituality is a Member Privilege 
Non-members may attend once. 


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 OlamTikkun 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.


Homemade Cleaners*

Lye-Free Drain Cleaner 
For a clogged drain, use a plumber's snake or an untwisted coat hanger to pull out as much gunk as possible. Pour 1/2 cup baking or washing soda down the drain; gradually add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let fizz and dissolve. Carefully pour in boiling water from a tea kettle. Wait half an hour. Repeat as necessary. Before calling a plumber, let things cool off and snake again.


Germ Killer 
Avoid cleaners with chlorine bleach and toxic antibacterial agents such as triclosan and triclocarban. The American Medical Association advises against using antibacterial products because they may not be any more effective than regular soap, and they promote the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A wipe-down with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide provides adequate disinfecting for kitchen and bathroom surfaces-and don't forget door handles. Remember, the best way to get rid of germs is plain soap and hot water!

* with thanks to MotherEarthLiving.com 

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 Marc Labowitz
    Rabbi Phillip Labowitz

     Rabbi Shoni Labowitz

Honorary President 
     Dr. Florence Ross*

     Sanford King

     Bob Heaton

Board Members 
     Pam Kelner
     Robert Zveibil
     Sheryl Reback
     Jon Kushner

Board Members Emeritus
      Anne Goldberg
      Bob Heaton 

Immediate Past President
     Anne Goldberg   

Committee Chairs 

Chessed/Social Action
     Janice Weintraub

High Holy Days 
     Dee Sacks

Special Member Projects  
     Shirley Shelpman

Spirituality Groups 
     Men - Lowell Gannon   

      Women - Myrna Wolf, WSG South & Marcia 

         Sweedler, WSG North  

Nichum (Bereavement) 
     Kate GeMeiner

Oneg Shabbat Committee 
     Nancy Mendelson
     Eileen Grove
     Richard Grove
     Fleur Heaton
     Marcia Peschitz 


Zionism: Our Voice

         Rick Vogel 


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

     Esther Levy

     Rick Wolfe



       Ron Gotlin  

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)