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Temple Israel welcomes community to Shabbat weekend of celebration and learning Dec. 14-16, as it installs spiritual leader Rabbi Heyn

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Posted on 11/21/2012 @ 12:37 PM

Rabbi Arthur Green, authority on Jewish thought and spirituality, to give teachings and public talk, “Spirituality for a New Era”

The community is invited to a Shabbat weekend of celebration and learning Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16, as Temple Israel of Greater Miami formally installs its spiritual leader Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn who assumed his pulpit post this past July.

Participating in the weekend and inaugurating the temple’s newly launched Jewish Spirituality Series will be Rabbi Arthur Green, a renowned authority on Jewish thought and spirituality who has been an important teacher and mentor to Rabbi Heyn for more than two decades. Green will speak on “Spirituality for a New Era” Sunday, Dec. 16 in a morning program that is free and open to the community.

The weekend includes a Shabbat Chanukah Dinner Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the temple’s Wolfson Auditorium. Catered by chef Michael Meltzer, the dinner is $25 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. RSVP no later than Dec. 10 to the temple office at 305-573-5900 or

That evening at 7:30 p.m., a Shabbat and Installation Service will be held in the temple’s Bertha Abess Sanctuary. Green will participate in the service, led by the temple’s scholar-in-residence Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz with cantorial soloist Rachel Brook, music director Dr. Alan Mason and The Temple Israel Singers. A festive Oneg follows.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, there will be a Shabbat morning service at 9:30a.m., with a discussion by Rabbis Chefitz, Green and Heyn of the weekly Torah reading, Parashat Mikeitz.

Following the service at 11 a.m., Green will lead a discussion based on his essay, Restoring the Aleph (see:, at a “Joseph’s Table” program at the temple. The conversation will resonate for those familiar with Green’s essay, but will also be of interest to anyone interested in Jewish spirituality.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, Green will give a special presentation titled, “Spirituality for a New Era,” engaging participants in an open conversation about how we can play a more active spiritual role now and in shaping our future. A light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. will be served prior to the program, which begins at 10 a.m. in the temple’s Wolfson Auditorium.

The Dec. 16 program, which is open to the community and free of charge, will launch Temple Israel’s Jewish Spirituality Series. In addition to Green, the lineup includes Florida International University research professor Dr. Nathan Katz, known locally for bringing the Dalai Lama to Miami three times, who will speak on "Contemporary Global Spirituality" January 22 at 7 p.m.; and award-winning author, poet, educator and founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, who is scheduled to appear March 1-3.

For more information on Temple Israel’s Dec. 14-16 programs and its Jewish Spirituality Series, contact the temple at 305-573-5900 or The temple is located at 137 N.E. 19 St., Miami.

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