It seems incredible that another successful year is coming to an end and that we are planning our inspirational High Holy Days at the Westin Cypress Creek. We look forward to your joining TAO - The South Florida's Center for Jewish Renewal- on the upcoming High Holy Days. This is where your spirit awakens and you feel a heart connection. TAO services are joyful and loving, the complement you seek in your life.
Share your delight of TAO temple services with your friends and family. Invite them to be part of
Yom Kippur is distinguished by the Yizkor Memorial Service. In Yizkor (May He Remember) prayers, we ask Hashem to remember the souls of our loved ones who passed. These include primarily family members: husbands and wives, parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and children.
Instead of just attending the High Holy Day services this year, join TAO and relish in the Jewish Renewal experience throughout the entire year. High Holy Day tickets are included with membership, and you will benefit from the wide array of classes and programs as well as the loving warmth of our Community.
Community is giving and receiving, the circle of life, the joys of participation and belonging to a supportive family. Join us, pray with us, and support us. We need each other to blossom into our fullest potential.
We look forward to sharing the High Holy Day services with you.
Do you really want to miss out on this trip? We are still accepting a few more registrations and depositswhich 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.
Do you have the time and talent to help us? There are several ways you can help:
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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.
Neil Blaxberg (Amichai Heppner's son-in-law), Sarah Bloom (Elaine Bloom's daughter), Jodi Kalick, Enid Kamin (Maxine Kamin's mother) 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, Ronna Cole, Brianna Dalnas, Ralph Dozer, Rick English (Carole McConnell's son-in-law), Murray Evans, Rita Feuerman (Rhonda Hey's mother), Brian Fusco, Kara Fusco, 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), Bernard Greenberg (Judi Greenberg's Dad), Jerry Greenberg (Judi Greenberg's brother), Jerry Grove, Leon Heller, Amichai Heppner, 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.
It has been too long since I have been in the Broward area and years since I have been to services. I am being discharged from rehab and plan to return ASAP. I would love to be there in time for the High Holy Day services. If anyone knows of a handicapped accessible place I could move to ASAP, please let me know. I love and miss TAO and its beautiful, joyful community that feels like a family. Love and miss Wisdom Class and my sisters from WSG, especially. See you soon. Barbara Gotsopoulos
Thank you Barbara. We have missed you too. We're thrilled you're back.
Please Note: Barbara is looking to rent a studio or 1-bedroom apartment that is handicapped accessible. Call Barbara at 954-297-3404
Looking for Work
Wayne Rogers is available for a variety of services that include:
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 Admin@TAOcenter.net
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.
It's a new school year and 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.
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
Do you love the sweet Shabbos reminder calls from Rabbi Marc?
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 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.
Bring a sweater, jacket or shawl, as it does get cold in the room. Come prepared.
Your name tag is your ticket. Please wear it to each service for admittance.
If you forget your ticket, you must stop by the registration desk to have a new name tag made.
Tzedakah and Mitzvot
At this most holy of days and Teshuvah, show your concern for those less fortunate by bringing canned food to each High Holy Day Service. There will be a drop-off area near the registration desks. God Bless you for helping those less able to help themselves.
Pre-Yom Kippur Buffet
Friday, September 13th, 5;00 - 7:00 PM
Alfiere Mediterranean Bistro, hotel lobby
$23 plus tax and tip (paid to the restaurant, not TAO) Reservations required 954-351-2434
(Please do not ask for return call for confirmation... your message is all that is required.)
We Are a Child Friendly Community
Children are welcome to pray, sing and dance with us. When were sitting, please have children sit with you in a seat, not on the floor or in the aisles due to safety regulations.
Break-the-Fast New Year Dinner Dance Limited Seating!
Join us for our annual Break-the-Fast Dinner Dance, Saturday night, September 14th after Yom Kippur services. Arnie Steinberg will be joining us again this year as DJ and singer for our celebrated evening.
Today and every day, you stand before God, who unconditionally loves, approves and accepts you for being just who you are. You are holy. When you stand before God open, vulnerable, aware, and conscious of your commitment to journey the path ahead in the uniqueness of who you are, God supports, assists, and guides you.
* Parshas reprinted from from Miraculous Living Calendar
by Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner adapted from Miraculous Living by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
Helena Voss Michele Korin Gina Estrada & Adam Balsamo Roxanne & Michael Raphael & sons Dante & Donovan Norma Mayer Linda & Steven Levy Tova Weinstock Zeva Soroker & Claudio Da Silva Judi Garlick Suely Suchodolski
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.
Please check back for events sponsored by TAO's partner organizations
Saturday, September 21
FOR MEMBERS ONLY!
7pm - Rabbi Marc and Paulina's home
Celebrate the "Season of Rejoicing" TAO style. Join TAO as we experience a communion with nature and commemorate the divine protection that we received after the departure from Egypt. As we sit communally in the Sukkah we are grateful for the abundance of the land and the harvest. We feel our vulnerability, yet we feel safe because we sense God's surrounding presence. We celebrate the simplicity of life's joys and experience intimacy, fun and mystical awakening as we come to recognize that the most important possession we must acquire and earn during our brief time on earth is the connection to God.
Please bring a parve or vegetarian dessert or fruit!.
RSVP to TAO office - 954-888-1408
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org~ 561-509-9188.
Men's Spirituality Group
Next 8-week session begins Tuesday, September 17th
Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend two times.
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
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.
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.)
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.
Cutting Board Freshener: Disinfect and deodorize cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Let the juice dry, then wipe clean with water.
* with thanks to MotherEarthLiving.com
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
Dr. Florence Ross*
Pam Kelner Robert Zveibil Sheryl Reback Jon Kushner
Board Members Emeritus
Anne Goldberg Bob Heaton
Immediate Past President
Chessed/Social Action Janice Weintraub
High Holy Days
Special Member Projects
Men - Lowell Gannon
Women - Myrna Wolf, WSG South & Marcia
Sweedler, WSG North
Oneg Shabbat Committee
Nancy Mendelson Eileen Grove Richard Grove Fleur Heaton Marcia Peschitz
Zionism: Our Voice
Choir & Musicians Maria Daszkal Bob Heaton Rebbetzin Paulina Michelle Alva Laura Launer
Staff 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