Temple Solel’s 14th Annual Mitzvah Day (2/24/22)

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:

            Publix

            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.

Temple Solel Awarded the 2021 Hazon Seal Certification!

Congratulations to Temple Solel of Hollywood Florida‘s Tikkun Olam Committee (Chairs Scott Lewis and Stephanie Jofe) on earning the 2021 Hazon Seal Certification. The pandemic made this past year particularly challenging, and Hazon commended Temple Solel’s green team for taking actions to reduce Temple Solel’s environmental footprint and build community.
Receiving the Hazon Seal Certification demonstrates that Temple Solel is doing the necessary work of engaging our institution, building community, and fostering leadership. The increasing number and severity of weather-related disasters and the dire recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report highlight the importance of climate stewardship. By participating in Hazon’s Seal of Sustainability program, Temple Solel has:
  • Show both inwardly and outwardly that we are committed to this sacred work,
  • Have access to coordinator support, Seal Portal tools and resources, as well as educational and programming material that Hazon and Pearlstone offer,
  • Take advantage of community crowdsourcing, networking, and sharing with other Seal of Sustainability Sites,
  • Qualify to apply for mini-grant opportunities that support greening initiatives,
  • Connect with experts in the field and partners for robust project support, and
  • Have input into the addition of new program components that meet your needs.

Great job and thank you for making a difference in the world each and every day!

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Temple Solel’s Chanukah Party

6th Annual King Tide Event

This year’s 6th Annual King Tide Event was entitled, “The Seas are Rising and So are We!” Attended by close to 100 teens, parents, and activists, we are so proud of what our Sea Level Rise Solutions Group accomplished once again this year.

Held along the beautiful Hollywood intracoastal, the event began with presentations about sea level rise from climate scientist Dr. Karen Bolter, information about citywide efforts concerning climate resiliency from Mayor Josh Levy and Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Elaine Franklin, and words about Jewish advocacy and connection from our very own Rabbi Ari Plost. Attendees later visited action stations with interactive activities such as opportunities for photo documentation, trivia games, mangrove planting, letter writing and so much more. The vegan food provided by Ida Leightman, Bunny Blattner and Stephanie Joffe was also a hit.

Special thanks to our teen leaders: Rebecca and Sara Pearl Adler and Dylan and Ethan Bober who spearheaded the organization and planning of the event.

 

 

Temple Solel receives Broward County Proclamation

 

WHAT A SPECIAL DAY!

Thank you to Mayor Steven Geller, Temple Solel Member,

and the entire Broward County Commission

for recognizing Temple Solel

as in integral part of the

South Florida Community.

 

Pictured from left to right:
Jen Chase, Marcy Roberts, Rabbi Frazin, Rabbi Plost and Mayor Steve Geller

I’m a Florida rabbi. It’s a debacle that we can’t pray in person this Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Ari Plost OpEd piece in the Washington Post published 9/15/21.

Yom Kippur in Florida: Missing in-person worship – The Washington Post

5th Annual King Tide Event 10/18/20