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Holocaust Survivor David Schaecter and wife Sydney Schaecter to be Honored at Temple Judea's L'Chaim To Life! Fundraising Gala

Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform congregations, is pleased to announce that world-renowned Holocaust survivor David Schaecter, and his wife Sydney Schaecter, are the synagogue’s 2019 Honorees at their premier fundraising gala to be held April 13, 2019 at 6:30pm. Entitled L’Chaim, To Life!, the Gala will celebrate the lives of these two unique individuals who continually inspire, lead by example and take personal responsibility for ensuring the well-being of others. The L’Chaim, To Life! Gala Co-Chairs are Linda & Michael Bittel and Bella & Jay Newmark.

David Schaecter, a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, speaks globally recounting his ‘Choose Life’ story. Schaecter is the subject of the 2017 documentary, ‘A Call to Remember’, by Holocaust scholar, Michael Berenbaum. 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. The film illustrates his struggle for survival in Auschwitz, his escape, and how Schaecter pieces his life back together following the war.

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. Her more recent contributions came notably through her roles as Associate Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation as well as the Employment & Business Development Specialist for ParnossahWorks Miami (now known as J-Works Miami).

Individual Gala tickets are $250 per person for a “L’Chaim” ticket and $180 per person for a “To Life!” ticket. To RSVP and review a variety of sponsorship levels and benefits, see: https://bit.ly/2RsOBaN. For more information on the Gala including sponsorship, email Danielle Spiegelman, Temple Judea’s Senior Director of Advancement at d.spiegelman@judeagables.org or call 305-667-5657 x 2119.

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. 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 www.JudeaGables.org.

Temple Judea Holds Community Healing Service August 28

Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform synagogues, is holding its popular Healing Service, part of its Caring Community efforts, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7pm at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables. The event is free and open to Temple Judea members and the entire community. For more information, contact Jodi Rozental at email: j.rozental@judeagables.org or call 305-667-5657 x 2114.

“We are happy to announce that Gospel Vocalist Antonia Wilson, Artistic Director of Legato Vocal Ensemble, will perform with us on August 28,” said Jodi Rozental, Temple Judea’s Cantorial Soloist. “Our diverse group is committed to the power of healing through music and a unanimous belief in supporting others through all phases of their life journeys.”

People seek out both emotional and physical healing at different times in their lives for a variety of reasons. This could be related to an illness, loss of a loved one, caregiver fatigue, major life transitions or societal fears and concerns faced daily. Organized and led by Jodi Rozental, the Healing Service includes spiritual and secular songs, prayers, and inspirational readings, all performed by a rotation of talented singers and instrumentalists from various schools and organizations in Miami. These culturally diverse performers range in age and come from New World School of the Arts, University of Miami School of Music, Miami Children’s Theatre Choir, Florida Grand Opera and Temple Judea’s Choir. Held quarterly on Tuesdays at 7pm, the next Healing Service will be November 27, 2018.

Now celebrating 70 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of the largest Reform synagogues in Miami with approximately 600 member families. Temple Judea's mission is to enrich members’ ever-more complicated lives with the new insights of ancient Jewish heritage. For more information, visit www.JudeaGables.org.

Temple Judea of Coral Gables Elects Attorney Gary Matzner as President

Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform congregations, has elected attorney Gary Matzner as President for a two-year term starting July 1, 2018.

“In addition to his distinguished legal career, Gary Matzner has extensive experience guiding large non-profit organizations and municipalities,” said Rabbi Judith Siegal of Temple Judea. “Gary’s business acumen, leadership skills, financial and fund raising expertise are essential as Temple Judea’s presence in the community continues to grow and develop.”

Among his many civic achievements, Gary was the co-founder of the Village of Pinecrest, Florida and served as its mayor. He was president and founder of Preserve the Jungle, Inc. which helped raise over $4 million toward the purchase of Pinecrest Gardens by the Village. He also served on the Board of Governors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami-Dade County.

Matzner is a Miami partner at the law firm of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert (KO). With has a wealth of experience in health care law and corporate transactions, Matzner represents hospitals, managed care companies, accountable care organizations, physicians, medical group practices ASCs and imaging centers. He has expertise in the medical regulatory area and has represented clients in numerous multi-million dollar transactions and contracts.

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. 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 www.JudeaGables.org.

Temple Judea's March 13, 2018 Healing Service

Take a break from the negativity in the world and the personal challenges you are facing. Join us for a little healing of mind and spirit through beautiful music and comforting words that will nurture, uplift and inspire you. Feel free to invite family and friends who may not be Temple Judea members. All are welcome!

Dessert Reception to follow provided by A Caring Touch.

For more information, contact Jodi at J.rozental@judeagables.org or 305.667.5657, Ext.2102.

Simon Family Purim Celebration at Temple Judea

Join us Sunday, March 4th at 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM for our Purim Shpiel Carnival starts at 11:30 AM to 2 PM Face Painting, New Rides, Delicious Food, Music, Little Farm and More! Wristband Sale $25 Day of $20 Presale

Temple Judea's January 20, 2018 Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat Sing-and-Play with Kalish Artist-in-Residence Billy Jonas Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Funky Jewish music for the whole family! Billy's creative sounds are guaranteed to inspire wonder, joy, and singing. Billy Jonas makes innovative use of found objects, using the rhythm of words, the body, and instruments to inspire young and old.

Temple Judea's Shabbat Service With Legato Vocal Ensemble Gospel Choir

Join us on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm for Shabbat services, featuring the Legato Vocal Ensemble and special guest speaker, Rabbi Peter Knobel. Join us for an Oneg following services.

Temple Judea's Second Annual Shabbat with American Sign Language Interpreters

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Shabbat with the American Sign Language Interpreters. This Shabbat is open to the entire community. Services begin at 6pm. Please join us for our weekly oneg following services. Any questions please contact Sharon at s.israel@judeagables.org or 305-667-5657.

Temple Judea's Kalish Artist-in-Residence

Billy Jonas is a songsmith, multi-instrumentalist, and Jewish educator. Since 1987 he has performed worldwide, in both secular and faith-oriented contexts, using voice, guitar and “industrial re-percussion” (instruments made from found objects).

Don’t miss the chance to experience Billy Jonas at Temple Judea!

Friday, January 19th Coleman Shabbat 6:00pm Billy will be joining Rabbi Siegal, Rabbi Fisch, Cantorial Soloist Jodi Rozental, and our Camp Coleman campers to enrich our Shabbat service. Billy will offer a “sermon-in-song” using guitar, middle eastern frame drums, and his trademark homemade instrument creations.

Saturday, January 20th Tot Shabbat Sing-and-Play – 10:00am Funky Jewish music for the whole family! Billy’s creative sounds are guaranteed to inspire wonder, joy, and singing. Billy Jonas makes innovative use of found objects, using the rhythm of words, the body, and instruments to inspire young and old.

The Art of Jewish Song (Seudah Shlishit) – 3:00pm Location TBA A participatory musical experience! Using Billy’s original pieces, original settings of prayers and liturgical texts, as well as standards, we’ll dive into the heart of what makes a song or melody “Jewish.”

Sunday, January 21st Re-Percussion (for J-PLEx 4th-6th graders) – 9:30am With boxes, tin cans, and plastic containers, tape, and ingenuity, we’ll create playable musical sculptures. The sky is the limit!

Family Concert – 11:30am Engaging sing-alongs, call and response, and question/answer songs, with lots of hand motions, featuring homemade percussion instruments from found and recyclable objects.

This program is made possible by generous contributions made to the Kalish Artist-in-Residence Fund. This fund was established in memory of Hillary Kalish, daughter of Ronald & Nedra Kalish to insure that Temple Judea is able to offer regular artist-in-residence programs.

Temple Judea 5500 Granada Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 33146 305 667-5657

Temple Judea's Scholar Series with Rabbi Richard Address

Temple Judea is delighted to present a series of workshops given by the renowned Rabbi Richard Address, Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging. Unless you're Peter Pan, you're in a constant state of growth - emotionally, intellectually and even physically. Growth means aging. Whether you're retired, just becoming an empty-nester or getting ready to leave the nest yourself, life moves on. Rabbi Address will help us learn more about how to navigate these transitions.

Sacred Aging - The Long and Winding Road: Discussions about growing up, growing older and living longer.

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7PM Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:30PM Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:30PM Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:30PM