TAO is looking for great stories about our community and its history to be included in a special TAO Birthday video. to be shown at our Gala on February 9th. Please share your stories with us, whether you're an 'old' member or 'new' member, we want to hear from you.
Did you know that we have beautiful Mitzvah Cards, with an original color design by
Rabbi Shoni Labowitz?
These elegant cards can be used to honor a birthday, celebrate an anniversary, memorialize a loved one or simply as a gesture of caring for someone special. Forget the hassle of card stores, post office etc.
It's easy to do.
Call the office at 954-888-1408 and we'll do the rest. All for $18.
Community Journey to 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:
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.
Robert Zveibil, Fleur Heaton, Debi Sweeney (Alan Kurtzman's daughter), Sandy Alexander, 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, Jodi Kalick,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), 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,Michael Yaschik (Renee Greene's cousin), 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.
I cordially thank the Rabbis, the Board of Directors, the Contributors to a Leaf on the Tree of Life, and all the TAO membership for your kindness and good wishes for my 80th Birthday.
~~~~~~~ Dear Rabbi Marc, Renee & TAO Members, Thank you so much for your very generous Leadership Sponsorship for the JFS Kolot 2013 Luncheon. You are true leaders, setting the best example for addressing domestic abuse in the Jewish Community. Many Thanks to your Director Renee for modeling in our fashion show!! With warm regards, Randee Lefkow, JFS Kolot
Rhonda Hey, co-owner of A Sweet Dog Barkery, needs help every Sunday 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]
Members post job opportunities for FREE!
Call the office: 954-888-1408
Do a Mitzvah...
"Professional" Clothing needed...
Jacci King would like to thank everyone who donated clothing for making this effort a big success. No more donations needed!
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]
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.
Flu Season & AntiBacterial Soap..
"An FDA advisory panel considered the question of the effectiveness of antibacterial products in the fall of 2005; the panel overwhelmingly concluded that there was no evidence proving that antibacterial soaps were more effective than regular soaps for preventing infection."
From the CDC... proper handwashing
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
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
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.
Galia turns 9 on December 6th. Rabbi Marc and Paulina are grateful for all the love and generosity our community shows to their children. In the spirit of Tzedakah, they would prefer that Galia's birthday be honored by a donation to the charity fund in her name.
You can share your sweetness to celebrate Galia's birthday (December 6), Ocean's birthday (June 28) or Kole's birthday (June 24) and other occasions, by donating 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.
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.
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December 5, 2013 2 Tevet 5774 Miketz: Genesis 1.1-44:17
Joseph interprets Pharoah's dreams and establishes a plan to save the people during the fortold famine.
The energy you give to the things you think, say and do is available for all time and to all people. Can you imagine what your thoughts, words and actions of goodness and peace today can do for tomorrow? When you expand your reality, your possibilities are limitless.
* Parshas reprinted from from Miraculous Living Calendar
by Dr. Lisa Sirota-Weiner adapted from Miraculous Living by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz
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.
... to all the volunteers who made our 2nd Annual Coffeehouse Cabaret such a success; and a very special thank you to Nancy Mendelson for coordinating all of the food. Great job by a great team. Thanks all!
... to Sheryl Reback and Pam Kelner for helping out in the office and running errands while Dee is out of town!
... to our President, Sandy King and his beautiful wife Jacci on the birth of their first grandchild, Everett Ilango King, born Nov 27th to Sandy's son Jason and his wife Thulasi.
... Mazel tov to Nate and Dani Horowitz on the birth of their baby boy - Donavan - and to grandparents Ed and Dawn Horowitz.
... Mazel tov to Erich and Carole Lachs on the birth of their baby boy - Micah Holland - and to grandparents Lisa and Harold Lachs.
Rabbi Marc Personal Appearances
Rabbi Marc is going back to teach another class at the Berger Singerman Law Firm on The Art of Dialogue. If you would like the rabbi to teach at your law firm, call him directly at 954-822-8430
Did you catch our rabbi on the Global Harmony Show on BlogTalkRadio? If not, you can
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.
Upcoming Dates February 15 March 15 April 12 May 10* 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, December 11 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Posnack JCC in Davie (corner of Pine Island & Stirling Roads)
B'nai Mitzvah Class
With Rabbi Marc, prior to Wisdom Class 6:15 - 7:00 PM
Facilitated by Meyer Weiss, prior to Wisdom Class from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 PM
TAO's 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
Dec 11, 18, Jan 8 (Special Thursday night class) 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.
Please call the office for address/directions. 954-888-1408
Always the 3rd Monday of the month
Women's Spirituality North will resume in February 2014. Watch here for details.
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.
Note: New Schedule. This group will now meet every other Tuesday for 16 weeks.
7:00 PM at the TAO office conference room
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 sixteen weeks (every other Tuesday) 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 sixteen-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."