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Temple Judea Names Sharon Israel Moskovitz as Executive Director

Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform synagogues, has named Sharon Israel Moskovitz as its Executive Director.

“Sharon has uniquely contributed to Temple Judea’s advancement since she joined us in 2007. In addition to important qualities such as trustworthiness and integrity, she has a strong understanding of how Jewish communal organizations function,” said Rabbi Judith Siegal of Temple Judea. “Sharon is extremely dedicated and passionate and has the necessary business acumen, operations, management, financial and fund raising expertise to lead Temple Judea into the next decade.”

Over the last 14 years, Sharon has held numerous positions at Temple Judea, most recently as Director of Engagement & Outreach. Her expertise includes community outreach, volunteer management, public speaking and fund raising. Sharon has invaluable campus-wide knowledge along with an understanding about Temple Judea as a congregation. She previously served as Temple Judea’s Youth Director and Program Coordinator. Sharon holds a Liberal Arts & Science degree from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Miami with her husband Jeffrey and their three children.

Sharon is also active in several charitable organizations such as the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, JAFCO (Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options) and Jewish Community Services.

Now celebrating 72 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of the largest Reform synagogues in Miami with approximately 650 member families. Temple Judea's mission is to enrich member’s ever-more complicated lives with the new insights of ancient Jewish heritage. For more information, visit

Temple Judea Honors Sydney and David Schaecter at annual Gala

On April 13, Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform congregations, honored Holocaust survivor David Schaecter, and his wife Sydney Schaecter, at their premier fundraising Gala at the synagogue, 5500 Granada Blvd., in Coral Gables. Entitled L’Chaim, To Life!, the sold out Gala celebrated the lives of these two unique individuals. 350 people attended and the Gala raised $230,000. Gala Co-Chairs were Linda & Michael Bittel and Bella & Jay Newmark.

Holocaust survivor David Schaecter is a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. Born in a small village in Czechoslovakia, Schaecter was a young boy when the Nazis rose to power in Germany and is the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Sydney Schaecter’s contributions to the South Florida Jewish community have been recognized for more than 40 years dating back to her board leadership positions at the South Dade area office of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Alper JCC.

Now celebrating 70 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of Miami’s largest Reform synagogues with approximately 600 member families.

Photo credit: Claudia Storper Photography

Photo ID L-R: Brian Siegal, AJC; Rabbi Judith Siegel, Temple Judea; Israeli Consul General Lior Haiat; Sydney Schaecter, Honoree; David Schaecter, Honoree