Members, please join Rabbi Marc and Rebbitzen Paulina at their home in Davie for a Havdallah Sukkot celebration. Please bring a dessert or fruit to share. This event is a Member Privilege
High Holy Days at TAO
If you were one of the 600 people who shared your High Holy Day observances with TAO, you experienced how we transformed the Westin hotel ballroom into our own holy tabernacle. From the opening prayers of Rosh Hashanah to the closing of the Ark and the sealing of the Book of Life on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Marc and Rabbi Phillip took us on a journey of spiritual self-evaluation leading us on a path to our own Divine intuition.
The TAO Choir and Orchestra, under the inspired direction of Maria Daszkal, provided the wind that lifted the wings of the congregants higher and higher. Our deepest thanks to Maria for her dedicated hard work, her love for TAO and her talent. Thank you Maria, and thank you to your family for sharing you with us. We are a grateful community.
No thank you would be complete without a generous dose of love, gratitude and deep affection for our rabbis. Rabbi Marc, Rabbi Phil and Rabbi Shoni... thank you for this holy community; this place of safety, love, compassion and wisdom. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us.
Maria Daszkal - piano; Bob Heaton - guitar; Eddie Horowitz - violin; mandolin & guitar; Paulina Labowitz - bass;
Nate Horowitz - drums, Doug Tessler - flute;
Richard Wolf - drum; Laura Launer - drum;
Sopranos: Victoria Lichtman, Anne Goldberg, Esther Levy, Princess Jagarnauth, Cecile Dumornay and Myrna Wolf
Altos: Shirley Shelpman, Carol Constad, Penny Cheever, Jules Alpern and Sheryl Reback Tenors: Peter Fox, Richard Grove, Steve Einbinder Bass: Wayne Rogers, Steven Weisberg
Sound: Adam Balsamo with the assistance of his wife, GIna Estrada
Virtual Siddur: Jenae Rubin Many, many thanks from a grateful community. Your beautiful Virtual Siddur provided a deeper meaning and gave us the chance to hold people, not prayer books. Your efforts were enormously enjoyed and appreciated.
Thanks to Dee Sacks, Chairman and the more than 30 women who helped us with registration for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To each and every one of you... thank you! We could never have done this without you.
To the holiest volunteer of all...
we say it every year because it's true... we just wouldn't be us without you. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate & love you. And, thank you Lee Sacks for sharing your amazing wife with us!
Renee Greene. Your dedication, wisdom, humor, experience and general can-do way keeps us running smoothly. You are the Navigator, steering us in the direction set by the Rabbis. We can't thank you enough. Roberta Pakowitz, thank you for your administrative help in the office when we need you the most.! Special Mention Michael Fish, Thanks for all you did to make the High Holy Days a success. Your work does not go unnoticed. We cherish all that you do in the background to help us soar.
Greenery: Nola Firestone
Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, Michelle Alva, Robert Zveibil
Ron Gotlin, Jon Rosen, Richard Tobier, Father Michel, Richard Grove, Jenae Rubin, Charles Tischler, Lowell Gannon, Wayne Rogers, Meyer Weiss, Barry Liss, Pam Kelner, Julian Daszkal and Eddie Horowitz and any others who helped.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who ushered on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Many thanks to: Myrna Wolf, Lowell Gannon, Steve Sperber, Bob Heaton, Jenae Rubin, Norman Stolack & Betsy Dobrick and Dottie Zveibil
Janice Weintraub - Thank you for organizing our food drive. Arnie Welber - TAO extends our heartfelt thanks to Arnie for his dedication in transporting donated food to our designated food banks at High Holy Days and every Shabbat service.
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.
Annette Berger, Michael Yaschik, Barbara Janis, David Rosenthal, Jeremy & Scott, Neil Blaxberg (Amichai Heppner's son-in-law), Sarah Bloom (Elaine Bloom's daughter), 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, Jo di Kalick, Enid Kamin (Maxine Kamin's mother), Sharon Kay, Paul Kay, Phyllis King, Pamela Klein, Ava Kugelman, Andy Leeds, Kathy Leonard,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), Robert Perlmutter, Susan Quasha (sister-in-law of Phyllis Tess), Rachel bat Nechama (Rick Vogel's sister), Edith Rogers (Wayne Rogers' mother), Wayne Rogers, Sara Rosenbaum, Joan Rosenwasser, Jean Sokol Rosner, Jake Rutsky, Royce Sagenkahn (Jenae Rubin's friend), Erin Saporta, Lynn Schlitt, Rebecca Schwartz (Rifka Maiden's cousin), Shauel Randell, Stefanie Sacks, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris, Israel Silberman (Father of Diana SIlberman), 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
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]
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 [email protected]
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.
Be a part of joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer with Jewish Renewal.
Next Service: Friday, September 27th, 2013.
Cantorial chants begin at 7:20 PM
Simchas Torah - "Rejoicing in the Torah" marks the completion of the weekly Torah readings, when we read the last Torah portion Deuteronomy 34 and proceed immediately to Genesis 1:1. This reminds us the Torah, and life, is a circle, a cycle, and never ends. Join us for this special Shabbos, as we unfurl the Torah and discover its significance to us individually.
You are invited to join us for our warm Oneg Shabbat after services.
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.
Members, please help us welcome guests (red name badges) by offering them a warm greeting and TAO hug.
Please remember to bring non-perishable food for those less fortunate.
Location: Artserve 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd (in the public library) Enter on 14th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-462-8190
September 18, 2013 14 Tishrei 5774 We enter Erev Sukkot, the Festival of Huts (Festival of Booths), celebrated at the full moon of Tishrei, at the ripening and gathering in of the heart.
When you are self-motivated, each thing you attain becomes the doorway to newer and more glorious insights. You are the soil in which God plants the seed, and the caretaker of the crop that is harvested.
* Parshas reprinted from from Miraculous Living Calendar
by Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner adapted from Miraculous Living by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
Coming Up at TAO
Sukkot HavdallahSaturday, September 21, 6:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Marc and Paulina Member Privilege! Dessert Pot Luck
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
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!
Pot Luck - Please bring dessert and/or fruit to share
6:30 PM - 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.
A generous donation was made to cover the cost of our food for tonight, but not our desserts, so please bring a desert to share!
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.
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.
To be included in the email list for WSG NORTH please email or call Susan Kivowitz at[email protected]~ 561-509-9188.
Men's Spirituality Group
Tuesday, Sept 24
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 [email protected]
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.
DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. One-third of all Americans use this repellant, which has been shown to be toxic to the central nervous system. Natural insect repellant solutions exist; otherwise, candles with eucalyptus oil or citronella oil in the area will do the trick.
* with thanks to NaturalNews.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