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
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.
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.