King Tide 2022

Pictured from left to right:
Dr. Keren Bolter, Gwen Bolter, Elaine Franklin, Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Hollywood Commissioner Caryl Shuham, Penelope Heller, Rabbi Ari Plost, Ethan Bober, Aidan Pender, David Liebowitz, Rebecca Adler, Sara Pearl Adler, Daniel Wilentz, Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy, and Jose Cortes.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the Sea Level Rises’ King Tide Event last Sunday. A special thank you to Scott Lewis, Samara Bober, Cheree Liebowitz for their hard work to promote the event. It was great to seeing so many of our youth involved as we learned how to protect our community as our sea level rises!

Temple Solel’s 14th Annual Mitzvah Day (2/24/2022)

The Tikkun Olam Committee gives a huge thank you to all our Solel Mitzvahniks who gave so much of your time, energy and donations of money, clothing and toiletries for Mitzvah Day. Together we built a wheelchair-accessible gardening area for mobility-challenged individuals in our community, and a large worm-composting center for the entire community to be able to compost their food scraps and garden waste. We also decorated close to 100 backpacks which we will filled with toiletries and collected clothing and shoes, all for low-income individuals who obtain food from the Jewish Cupboard.

Everyone worked really hard, but I have to give a special shout out to Joanna Berens and Susan Mattes, who always do an amazing job of feeding us and organizing the toiletry sorting. Our Brotherhood members really shvitzed today, along with our teens and Rabbi, building the wheelchair-accessible gardening bed. Special thanks also go to Randy Cohen and Michael Jofe, who built the roof for the composting area on Saturday, in addition to all the hard work they did on Sunday. We also thank members of the Tikkun Olam Committee who set up on Saturday. Thank you also to Cantor, who provided us with beautiful music and song and to Rabbi Plost who gave us some wonderful words of wisdom.

We also want to thank our presenting sponsor, Home Depot, who works closely with us to provide all the supplies that enable us to do what we do. We are also grateful to Hazon, the Jewish Lab for Sustainability, for providing some of the funding for the composting project; and as always, we are indebted to Grand Café for donating so much delicious food- and always doing it with such grace.

 Our other generous sponsors were:


            Starbucks Coffee (across from the Temple)

            Target (Davie and Hollywood)

            Brooklyn Water Bagels

            Dunkin’ Donuts (Stirling and 56th)

We encourage you to patronize these stores and restaurants and tell the managers how much we appreciate their support.

Finally, we are so grateful to Jack Stromfeld, of blessed memory, who left money in his will for Mitzvah Day at Temple Solel. He was a great man who is remembered with love.

Welcome Ari Plost Donation Fund Established

We are pleased to announce the Rabbi Plost Welcome Fund. This fund has been established to serve as a way of welcoming Rabbi Plost, upon his arrival on July 1, and to give our members, as well as extended virtual friends of Temple Solel, a special opportunity to make a donation to Temple Solel in his honor. We want to show him, through our gifts, our appreciation and enthusiasm for his arrival and our excitement for the reinvigoration of our Temple. We hope this fund will grow to show him how welcoming and appreciative we feel about him joining our Family of Solel.


Click here for more information about Rabbi Ari Plost’s arrival.

Temple Solel Commemorated for Completion of the GreenFaith Energy Shield

Dear Temple Solel,

On behalf of GreenFaith and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, it is our great pleasure to commemorate your completion of the GreenFaith Energy Shield! Over the past year, you have done tremendous work to reduce your carbon footprint and educate your members about the importance of energy conservation. You should feel really proud of your efforts.

It has been a joy to work with you, and we look forward to collaborating on other environmental projects in the future. We are enclosing a beautiful certificate, made from recycled materials, that showcases your completion of the program. Please share our excitement with your entire congregation; we encourage you to display your certificate proudly.

Thank you for your commitment and your dedication—you are an inspiring example for the entire GreenFaith and RAC community.


Stacey Kennealy
Energy Shield Director

Temple Solel Presents Climate Change Resolution

Scott Lewis, co-chair of our tikkun olam committee, makes Solel history — presenting the resolution on climate change to the plenary of the URJ Biennial. Solel was the lead synagogue in bringing this resolution to the floor. How proud we are of him, our tikkun olam committee — and Temple Solel. We have made a major difference in the Reform movement and in the world.

Temple Solel wins Social Action Award

Fain Award Seal Temple SolelThe Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism has awarded Temple Solel the 2017 Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award for their, Sea Level Rise Higher Ground Initiative.

Their innovative program will be spotlighted at the URJ Biennial Convention in Boston, in December, 2017, as well as on the Religious Action Center’s website.

This is a major achievement for Temple Solel, and a well-deserved national recognition of the work of the Tikkun Olam Committee. A hearty mazal tov to them, and especially to the leadership of Nikki Glantz, Stephanie Jofe, and Scott Lewis.

May we all continue to go from strength to strength together.

Community leaders rally for peace

The Gore family members are among the 300 who attended the “Stop The Terror” rally at Temple Solel. (Staff photo/Orit Ben-Ezzer)

Approximately 300 people came to express their solidarity with Israel in a rally for peace titled “Stop The Terror” that took place recently at Temple Solel in Hollywood.

The rally, held inside in the main auditorium, was planned by leaders from Temple Solel and 22 mostly Broward based Jewish organizations over 72 hours as a quick response to the recent violence in the Middle East.

According to reports by the Associated Press, 10 Israelis have been killed over the past five weeks in Palestinian attacks, mostly by stabbings, and more have been wounded.

The rally, highlighted by speeches from Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of Temple Solel, Israeli Consul General to Florida Chaim Shacham and Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, was noteworthy for not involving strong political statements.

“We are involved together for a call for peace and solidarity and not to talk about politics,” said Rabbi Gideon Goldenholz of Temple Sinai of Hollywood.

The core message was that South Florida Jews feel the pain whenever terrorists attack Israelis.

“If terrorists fire bullets into the bodies of Jewish parents in the West Bank, the Jew in West Broward feels it,” said Salkin.

“If terrorists try to board a school bus to kill children in Beit Shemesh, the Jew in Boca feels it.”

“If a rabbi and two worshippers are attacked outside of a synagogue in Marseilles, the Jew in Margate feels it.”

“I will tell you why. We Jews are one body. We Jews are one soul. We Jews are one heart, from the West Bank to West Broward, from Beit Shemesh to Boca, from Marseilles to Margate.”

“Why are we here? Because we Jews might be a small people, but we are a very large family,” said Salkin, applauded by the supporters.

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Temple Solel is Always Doing Their Part to Make the World a Better Place

by Beverly Perkins | Our City Our Hollywood

Tikkun Olam is a Jewish concept which defines acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world, and to assist those who may be at a disadvantage. Although Temple Solel in Hollywood always has ongoing projects to help others, they declared a specific day eleven years ago to gather congregants of all ages to fulfill the action of mitzvoh (performing good deeds). Read more