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.

Warmly,

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

Rabbi brings gift of teaching to Temple Solel

Not all rabbis will quote Mick Jagger or Bob Dylan in a sermon.

However, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, the new spiritual leader at Temple Solel of Hollywood since Aug. 1, has built up a national following by writing twelve books and having a blog he writes on contemporary topics titled “Martini Judaism for those who want to be shaken and stirred.”

“I am fond of Bob Dylan’s music. I am particularly devoted to the music of Leonard Cohen, who writes songs that reflect a deep sense of Jewish spirituality,” said Salkin.

“It’s not just Jewish rock musicians. I greatly appreciate that the Rolling Stones played a concert in Tel Aviv this past year. Mick Jagger even spoke Hebrew to the audience. Good for the Stones for defying the cultural boycott of Israel.”

“I am honored to work at Temple Solel because it is a multi-generational community. I have discovered a deep hunger and interest in learning. My job is to continually try to light and fan those flames,” said Salkin.

“We are thrilled to have Rabbi Salkin as our senior rabbi,” said Joseph Stadlen, president of Temple Solel. “His enthusiasm, spirit and approach to teaching will resonate well with our congregation and we look forward to continued learning of the Jewish religion through his wisdom, knowledge and experience.”

Salkin’s range of topics written is broad, with articles written on masculinity and Judaism, spirituality of work, interfaith relations, Jewish history with articles published in “Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “Readers Digest” and “The Forward.”

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Temple Solel has jubilant celebration for Cantor Rosen

Cantor Israel Rosen, left, with crystal microphone as presented by Temple Solel president Joseph Stadlen. (Submitted photo)


Temple Solel in Hollywood had a jubilant celebration recently in honor of Cantor Israel Rosen for his 30 years at the congregation featuring a Mediterranean brunch and shuk.

What was most unusual about the celebration is that Cantor Rosen is not retiring from his work. Most congregations usually only have a gala event for a rabbi or cantor upon retirement.

The celebration featured a shuk inside the temple making the 175 guests feel as if they were in a Jerusalem market, featuring displays of chocolates, jewelry and Judaic merchandise.

“Cantor Rosen is from Israel, so we wanted to make him feel at home by recreating an Israeli village in his honor,” said Stacey Fisher, chair of the 24 member committee for the event.

Temple Solel’s caterer Artisan Foods created Israeli culinary delights that added to the festive atmosphere.

“For the last thirty years, Cantor Rosen has touched hearts for his enthusiasm and innovative programs, such as Israeli dancing for so long that we wanted to create a special day for him,” added Fisher.

“Cantor Rosen is very much beloved by everyone at Temple Solel and we want him to be with us forever,” said Temple Solel president Joseph Stadlen at the event.

The celebration included the Shalom Band singing many Israeli and popular songs. When the song “Hallelujah” was played, the cantor was lifted up in a chair, as if he was a groom, while many others in the congregation spontaneously broke into a jubilant flash mob dance.

Stadlen presented Rosen with a crystal microphone as part of the celebration.

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