Thank you to all the Temple Solel Mitzvahniks who braved the torrential rain and worked so hard and donated so many items to make our 15th Annual Mitzvah Day a success. You painted and laid down hundreds of tiles to build a hand-painted patio, although I’m sorry to announce that Rabbi Plost has left us, only to be replaced by our new Rabbi- Mad Dog Plost! Mad Dog, in the company of a bunch of amazing Temple members, including our youth, worked so incredibly hard doing really back-breaking work- and did it cheerfully.
Our volunteers also set up a library, and as soon as the area is cleared, the new furniture will be put out and the children will have a cozy reading area. We also painted an activity room for the children, packed toiletry bags, and sorted clothing and shoes.
You are all awesome, but we need to give a special shout-out to several temple members who were instrumental in making the day a success: Joanna Berens for organizing all things food, Susan Mattes for organizing the toiletry bag sorting, Mandee, Rebecca and Sara Pearl Adler for taking charge of painting the tiles, Randy Cohen and Johnny Kane for taking charge of painting the yellow room, Matt Lippman for setting up all the computers for the children, Scott Lewis for organizing and doing the planting, and Cantor Rosen for our beautiful music.
We are also thankful to The Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church for giving this space to Earth 2 Table, which was sorely in need of a permanent home and to Ovrill Dwyer, the founder and director of Earth to Table, who makes the impossible, possible, for the children in her program.
We also urge you to support all our very generous business sponsors in the coming year:
Anthony Benedict, Abco Paving and Drainage
Joanna Berens Hospitality, Inc.
Starbucks Coffee Company
And we thank our generous families who donated money and supplies to make this project possible:
Catherine and Jacob Jofe
The Adler Family
Larry and Sheila Smith
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.
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.
Energy Shield Director
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.
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.
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.
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