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October 31, 2013
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Community B'Nai Mitzvah
May 24, 2014

This is your chance

to deepen your connection to Judaism, TAO and Rabbi Marc, by studying to becoming a bar/bat mitzvah.   




Classes with Rabbi Marc begin in just a few weeks. Registration is limited to just 18 people, with additional names put on the list for next year.
  • A small $18 commitment fee.
  • Once-a-month full-group classes with Rabbi Marc are free.
    First class will be just before Wisdom Class on Wednesday, November 13th.  
  • Six study groups of three people each for on-going support and learning.   

Then, on May 24 at our Saturday Shabbat your friends and family can gather, along with your TAO community, as Rabbi Marc leads a group B'Nai Mitzvah service.  


A joyous, celebratory luncheon will follow ($36 pp - more details to follow.) 


Contact the office at 954-888-1408 to sign up. First come, first enrolled.  


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It's time to join...
to belong...
to participate...  
to give...

Being part of community brings meaning, joy and purpose to your life.  Sign up for membership today and become part of this holy community of light.  Join us.  You know you want to!

$594 for singles
$1122 for families 
Single membership includes 1 adult HHD ticket; Family membership includes 2 adult HHD tickets and up to 2 dependents 18 & 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 join. 
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!

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 reservations for 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:



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. 

  • NEW!   We need someone to Chair our Ad Journal for the 5th Annual People of Distinction Feb 9th.This is one of the most important aspects of the event both to celebrate our honorees and to support TAO
    To volunteer, email Renee at the office
  • NEW!  Work with Rabbi Marc to create a TAO Passover Haggadah.
    To volunteer, email Renee at the office 
  • 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
  • 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  

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.

Michael Yaschik (Renee Greene's cousin), Paul Avenati (friend of Sheryl Lipsky Reback),
Dennis Barry,Gertrude Birchwood (Myrna Wolf's mother-in-law), Neil Blaxberg (Amichai Heppner's son-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), Jerry Grove, Leon Heller,  Ron Himelblau (brother of Shirley Shelpman), Renee Hock,  Andy Iannaco, Barbara Janis, Esther Jungreis, Jo di Kalick, Enid Kamin (Maxine Kamin's mother), Sharon Kay, Paul Kay, Pamela Klein, Ava Kugelman, Jeremy & Scott, 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), David Rosenthal, Joan Rosenwasser, Jean Sokol Rosner, Jake Rutsky, Royce Sagenkahn (Jenae Rubin's friend), Erin Saporta, Marshall Saskin (Marcia Peschitz's brother), Rebecca Schwartz (Rifka Maiden's cousin), Shauel Randell, Simcha ben Sarah-Iris,  Israel Silberman (Father of Diana SIlberman), Frayda Sinnreich, Jack Spitzer, Toba Basha bas Chana, Shirley Ullman, Caren Vivado, Shaul ben Ida & Chana Rifka bat Hinda (Hindy Stegman's parents), Marla Wallach, 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 
Rhonda Hey, co-owner of A Sweet Dog Barkery, needs help every Sunday from Oct 13 to the end of June from 9:00am to 3:30pm setting up and taking down a 10'x10' tent and 8' table, banners and helping with setting out of their delectable doggie treats, cakes & cupcakes.  This is a paid job.
For more information, call Rhonda at 954-205-3441

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...


Wayne Rogers has requested that we honor his Mother Edith's 95th birthday with 95 birthday cards for her birthday on November 6th.  Let's help make this a memorable birthday for Edith! Please mail Edith's birthday cards to:

Wayne Rogers

12 NE 19th Court, A111
Wilton Manors, FL 33305 
"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.


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 Tzedakah 
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)   
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.

Safer Household Cleaning 
Chlorine and ammonia
are deadly ingredients commonly used in household cleaners, including toilet bowl and oven cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that chlorine byproducts are 300,000 times more carcinogenic than the chemical pesticide DDT. Instead, use cleaners such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and castile soap.

* with thanks to MotherEarthLiving.com 
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 

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. 

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.
Shabbat Services Shabbos Candles  

MeditativeShabbosFriday, November 1, 2013 
    Location: Artserve

Be a part of joyous, meaningful, spiritual prayer with Jewish Renewal and Rabbi Marc Labowitz.

Next Service: Friday, November 15th

You are always 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.

Learn the Friday night prayers and come sing with us.  Click here to VIEW or PRINT TAO'S Prayer Book

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

Today's Parsha*
October 31, 2013
27 Cheshvan 5774

Isaac takes Rebekah and she becomes his wife and he loves her.

Sex is the ultimate gift of reciprocity between the male, female and God.

* Parshas reprinted from from Miraculous Living Calendar
by Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner adapted from Miraculous Living by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
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Shabbat Service 
Friday, November 1st
Cantorial Chants begin 7:20 PM
Location: Artserve
Oneg Shabbat follows service
All are welcome!
Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 PM
Member Privilege!
Non-members may attend twice before joining. 
Wednesday, November 6th: 7 - 8:30 PM 
at the Posnack JCC in Davie
"The Kabbalah of Conflict Resolution" with special guest co-facilitator, Jeffrey Weissman, Litigation Attorney 
All are welcome!

Saturday, November 9: 10:30AM 

Wednesday, November 13th 
B'nai Mitzvah - First Class at 6:00 PM
Wisdom Class at 7:00
Posnack JCC in Davie

Women's Spirituality Group South
Monday, November 18: 7 - 9 PM 
Facilitator: Janice Weintraub
This month only... WSG at the home of Trudi DeGrazia 
Please call the office for her address 954-888-1408 
Member Privilege!  
Non-Members may attend twice before joining. 
Saturday night, November 30, 2013 
Location: Artserve
Free for members with advance registration!!! 
REGISTER NOW!  Don't Miss out on the best deal in town!

Welcome to TAO  

RM Shabbat

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 
... to Caren Vivado and her family on the passing of her beloved mother, Annette Berger.  Our hearts join with yours.
Welcome Welcome New Members
Please join us and come home to joyful Judaism.
chanukahTAO / JAFCO Chanukah Gift Drive

It's that time of year again. Chanukah and the Gift/Toy Drive for JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) is just around the corner.   


This year, Chanukah begins on Wednesday evening, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.  Speaking with JAFCO, it was determined MP3 Player type electronics would be especially nice for many of these young people, so if you would like to contribute to that, give us your donations in any amount, and we will do the shopping.  If you prefer buying the gifts yourself, please bring them unwrapped to any services or classes beginning  immediately.  Thanks for all you do in the community.


Janice Weintraub, Chesed Chair

Nancy Mendelson, Chanukah Drive Chair

RM yogafest 2013
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
TAO orchestra

Watch here for news on the TAO Orchestra with Rabbi Marc 
Register NOW and it's FREE!!! 

Saturday night, November 30at 7:00 PM

The 2nd Annual TAO

Coffeehouse Cabaret





Chanukah Candle Lighting 

(Bring your menorahs, candles & matches!)


A Member Appreciation Event!  


Advance Registration 
Free Admission for TAO Members

who register by Nov 20th


Guests 18 years & Up:  $12
Guests up to 17 years:  $ 8   

At the Door 

Members: $10
Guests 18 years+:       $18
Guests through age 17: $12  

The Rabbis & Board of Directors want you to know how much we appreciate you and this event is our way of saying thank you , we love and value you. 

               *  Spiritually Uplifting    


*  Great, Fun Entertainment


               *  Coffee & Tea Bar


               *  Snacks, pastries & delicious delicacies
Calling All Talented TAO Members to volunteer to entertain our community. Email Bob Heaton and let him know you want to be a part of the fun on November 30th.

Last year more than 125 people had a fabulous time being entertained by the talents of our members.  We hope you will join in the fun this year. 
Saturday Morning
Meditation Retreats 
Next Retreat: Sat., November 9
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Member Privilege!

Location - The home of Rabbi
Marc and Paulina*

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. 


Upcoming Dates
December 14
January 11 

* The Meditation Retreat is a Member Only Privilege
   Non-Members by Invitation only 

Kabbalah Wisdom Class

Led by Rabbi Marc Labowitz
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Next Class: Wednesday, November 6
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Posnack JCC in Davie (corner of Pine Island & Sterling Roads)

Parsha Study - Facilitated by Meyer Weiss, prior to Wisdom Class from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
"The Kabbalah of Conflict Resolution"
Join Rabbi Marc and special guest facilitator, Jeffrey Weissman, noted litigation attorney, as they explore the subject of conflict resolution from the lens of Kabbalah.  This promises to be a lively and provocative discussion of spirituality
Click Here to read more about Jeffrey Weissman

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 

2013/2014 Class Schedule
November 13,
Dec 4, 11, 18,
Jan 15, 22, 29,
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26,
March 5, 12, 19, 26,
April 2, 9, 23, 30
Check back for updates as to when the last class will be. 
wsg song

Women's Spirituality Group

Monday, November 18    
7:00pm Sharp (so come early)

Facilitator:  Janice Weintraub
PLEASE NOTE: For November only, WSG will be at the home of Trudi DeGrazia.  Please call the office for address/directions. 954-888-1408

Always the 3rd Monday of the month 

Please Note: 
Women's Spirituality North is on hiatus.

 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]  


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 photo
Men's Spirituality Group
Tuesday, November 5th  
7:00 PM
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]

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]
Members Only logo


Men's Spirituality is a Member Privilege 
Non-members may attend 2x before joining. 


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

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)