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  • Exciting EvEnts!Monthly Movie, LMazelTov and more!Page 13

    cAMP giLAH Registration for Camp Gilah is here! Page 10

    February 2013 Shevat/Adar 5773 Volume 28 No. 8

    MitzvAH MontHAll February get involved with clean-up day, special collections and more! Page 9

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    Professional staff

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    Families enjoying a night of camping on Bet Shiras field with Cantor Kula,

    as part of Mega shabbat!january 12, 2013.

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    new World symphony at Bet shiraMarch 3, 2013 @ 4:00 P.M.

    Mitzvah day at Bet shira CongregationMarch 3, 2013

    Rock on shabbatMarch 8, 2013 @ 6:30 P.M.

    CONTENTSCLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi brian schuldenfrei The Light of Rosh Hodesh5 Cantor mark H. Kula Devar TorahFRoM ouR PResidenT6 joseph H. serota: Transition

    sisTeRhood7 suzanne roberts

    RiTuAL8 religious services and Candle lighting times

    sYnAGoGue eVenTs & neWs9 tikkun olam, mazel tovs, and news

    eduCATion10-11 bet shira: Perfect for the Young ones in Your family

    YouTh PRoGRAM12 Youth Calendar and events

    PRoGRAMs/AduLT eduCATion13 Programs for all ages!


  • l ets PretenD to be amateur astrologists. the jewish calendar has a lunar orientation, meaning we mark time according to the phases of the moon.

    With that in mind, which phase of the moon would

    be best to celebrate Rosh Hodesh (the new month)?

    most would suggest that it would be best to

    celebrate Rosh Hodesh with the full moon, when

    the sky is most bright and fi lled with light. Yet,

    we celebrate Rosh Hodesh with the fi rst sighting

    of new moon light, after a period of darkness in

    the sky.

    our traditions preference for new light instead

    of the most light is telling. While a full moon

    radiates confi dence, a new crescent restores hope.

    We have seen many dark hours, times when our

    very existence has been threatened. Yet, despite

    numerous attempts to extinguish our ame, the

    light of our people remains lit. now, with the

    ame of Judaism in our care, its light illuminates

    a path of hope and possibility.

    as a jewish people, we face challenges, in the world.

    When those challenges seem insurmountable, we

    can look up for that fi rst glimpse of new light on

    Rosh Hodesh. as the bright sliver of the moon

    adds light where there was darkness, its light

    reminds us that in order to burn an eternal ame

    (Ner Tamid), we need to celebrate new light.

    rosh Hodesh for the month of adar begins on

    sunday night, february 10. may the light of this

    Rosh Hodesh be a light of hope and blessing.

    to a good month Hodesh Tov!

    The Light of Rosh Hodesh

    Please join our Bet Shira family for a Progressive Dinner

    Saturday, February 2, 2013This is a wonderful event to get to

    know your fellow congregants!B E T S H I R A C O N G R E G AT I O N w w w . b e t s h i r a . o r g

    4 C L E R G Y S C O R N E RFrom The Pulpit: Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei

    [email protected]

    From The Pulpit: Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei

    [email protected]

  • b et sHira Was packed for our recent town Hall meeting. We shared the survey results and discussed our future. it is a privilege to share my Devar torah.

    We read the book of exodus this time of year, and we meet an off-the-beaten-path character thats fi tting for study tonight. Everybody knows moses and his great contributions to the jewish people earning him the title, moshe rabeinu, moses our Great teacher. another exodus character i identify with is nachshon ben aminadav, who took the fi rst step on the journey to Israelite freedom. Nachshon took the fi rst step into the Red Sea. He stood there with nothing but water as far as he could see. Did nachshon wait for the seas to part or did he take the leap of faith, trusting himself, trusting his people, and trusting his God? the midrash teaches nachshon took the fi rst step. A tattered people left Egyptian slavery setting out on a journey to freedom, so they were told, and then they hit the seas. slavery was behind them, freedom ahead of them, but a vast and stormy sea between the past and the future was before them. some wailed with despair. i can feel it. and the waters did not part. others sang a song of excitement and gratitude. You can feel it. (sing..mi Chamocha) Yet, what were they to do with a past from which they escaped, a status quo that was a no-mans-land, and an unknown future on the other side of the sea?..

    nahshon was up to his nose in the water, as per the midrash, the sea parted. Nachshons fi rst step made a future happen. There is even a Yiddish phrase recalling this event nu, be a nachsonbe an initiator. We can admire nachshon ben aminadav.

    the exodus story is the ultimate tale of transition and the pinnacle story of opportunity. it is a jewish story at the core of who we are and why we do what we do. it is ours to tell over and over and in fact imperative to integrate it into our beings and life styles. judaism is very clear that each of us is to see ourselves as personally experiencing this exodus. the exodus story is repeated throughout history as millions of immigrants passed through ellis island barely a century ago. it is the story of Cubans who have come ashore in south florida. it is the family story Holocaust survivors crossing the mediterranean to Palestine and eventually, israel.

    the exodus story is in movies, the shema, the seder and our daily prayers. i wonder though, if our ancestors were respectful of each other or were they contentious? Were they civil despite living in desperate times and embarking into unknown territory? Did our ancestors hold hands partnering enabling the crossing of the split red sea in search for freedom and a better tomorrow? Were they scared, happy, anxious, or confi dent? Did they stroll in like lovers in a park? Did they march in like soldiers? Did they jump in like excited kids? Were there those who could not walk on their own, but needed assistance and a caring hand? How did they behave when crossing the sea? You and I can just feel both the trepidation and excitement of being on the edge. Descriptive words of this liberation legend are in the plural indicating cooperation in this signifi cant transition. neighbors and strangers assisted each other in gathering adults and children alike. How do we behave in our transitional moments? Collaboration plays a major role in successful transformative moments.

    the israelites alliances had a distinctive characteristic though, that, we share as a community and must continue to embrace as we

    step forward into bet shiras next stage. the commandment is: be civil! act with Derech eretz! throughout social and professional circles we are encouraging higher levels of civility. a Washington D.C. Civility task force proffers: Civility is claiming and caring for ones identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone elses in the process. Civility is about more than merely being polite, although being polite is a great start. Civility is combining self-awareness and respect for others. Civility requires staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted disagreements. Civility seeks common ground as a starting point for dialogue when differences occur, while simultaneously recognizing that differences are enriching. Things change so quickly in life and career be it homes, jobs, and shifts in our intimate relationships. Civility is a gauge to keep us inline in the midst of so much change.

    the talmuds insights on civility, Derech eretz go further teaching the words of bar Kappara and resh lakish: a person who is bad tempered achieves nothing but his bad temper. while a person who becomes angry--if he is a sage, his wisdom departs from him; if he is a prophet, his prophecy departs. the talmudic sages offer a profound insight about moses. When moses was angry the exodus was in peril. Civility will continue to be an important value of bet shira. our clasped hands enable us to experience a sense of unity as we progress forward as individuals and a community.

    nachson stepped forward into deep waters and those who envisioned the blessing of a greater tomorrow and future, left egypt. bet shira sustains judaism and will re-imagine our structure. at the banks of the red sea, those who desired the status quo of enslavement lagged behind and never knew freedom of body and spirit. american synagogues that retain status quo structure and rigid paradigms have questionable futures. Our journey sharing jewish dreams will continue.

    Personally, I just stood at the banks of the sea and I got a nudge into the sea and, i got married. it is the best nachshon step i have ever taken! thank you, Coreen. We all have transition moments and hopefully, placing our best foot forward. Challenging and exciting times are before us and being on the banks of the red sea is a metaphor for all of us to appreciate and perceive blessing to move ahead. We will cross the gaps putting forth the best of who we are and arriving on the other side the best we can be. Lets do so with Derech Eretz. Then, we will unfurl a fi ne future bringing blessing to each other forging a place where everyone is going to want to be.

    shalom uveracha Peace and blessing for all. amen.

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    5The Voice of Bet shira:Cantor Mark H. Kula

    step forward into bet shiras next stage. the commandment is: be civil!


    Wednesday, February 13 at noonspeaker: Rabbi david h. Auerbach

    Topic: Women and the Wall$10 a person, includes lunch

    RsVP by Monday, February 11 to 305-238-2601

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    6 F R O M O U R P R E S I D E N T


    Joseph H. [email protected]

    constant contact E-Mails from Bet shira

    We send out one to two e-mails weekly to our Congregants via Constant Contact. if you have received e-mails from us in the past, but are not now, or you would like to start receiving e-mails from us, follow these instructions:

    Go to scroll down to the bottom of the page. in the bottom right corner there is an icon that says join our list. Click on that link and then enter your e-mail address in the box provided. You should start receiving

    e-mails from bet shira within one week.

    recently, rabbi schuldenfrei advised us that he was exploring other opportunities and would not accept the synagogues offer to exercise a two year option on his contract. While we are disappointed that this occurred, bet shira Congregation will continue to survive and prosper. Weve had a very strong year both fi nancially and programmatically. Our winter and spring events will certainly continue the success we have achieved so far this year. a transition like a change of clergy is an opportunity for us as a congregation to consider what we need and desire in our rabbi and in our synagogue. We are fi nishing up our Strategic Plan and evaluating the results of the synagogue-wide online survey. i will be reporting the survey results to you in the near future. bet shira Congregation has endured many challenges over the past 27 years. We kept going through Hurricane Andrew, fi nancial problems, and other rabbi transitions. The strength of our congregants along with our clergy has helped us survive and ourish over these years. We are in the process of evaluating who and what we want in the future. all of our congregants need to be a part of this process. if you ever need an update or want to provide your thoughts and insights, please feel free to contact me or lori blum, our president elect.

    uPcoMing MEEtings:Board of directorsall are invited to attend.Wednesday, february 27 at 7:30 P.m.

    Joseph H. Serota

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    7S I S T E R H O O D N E W S

    As we glide into February, Sisterhood fi nds itself cooking up a storm. Our cooking Academy has been very successful and this month features two new classes. Mystery of the Braids challah making will be taught on tuesday, february 12th at 10 a.m. by fran farkas in her home. this class is $20 pp, payable in advance to sisterhood. the avors of India come to Bet Shira on Tuesday, February 26th at 10 a.m. indian vegetarian cuisine traditional as we welcome culinary instructor ayesha Dmello. ayesha has been my instructor for nine different classes and shes really excellent worth every penny and then some! she will teach this vegetarian class, explain spices used in Indian cooking including medicinal benefi ts, provide a recipe packet and lunch. Charge: $45 pp and it will be a show! register noW with stephanie bull, 6695 southwest 133 street miami 33156. our kitchen craft depends on your rsVP!!

    We love our books, too. in the words of marcel Proust there are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with our favorite book. daytime Book club meets on Wednesday, february 27th at 10 in bet shira to discuss Back to Blood by tom Wolfe. its a wonderful, humorous read all about our miami. mr. Wolfe was again at the miami international book fair and this author has quite a mind. Comfortable chairs, superb discussion and curious readers all come together here with sharon Glick. sisterhood Book club, the evening reading group, will meet on tuesday, february 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of sheila Chabrow as we discuss Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer. This is a non-fi ction piece about the National Memory Championships. Foer covered one, was enticed into training for it and actually won a competition. This chronicles the journey of the unforgetting, well-trained brain.

    craft corner meets mondays and there is an active core of capable crafters. it is never too late to begin, but why delay as Harriet rudoff is happy to teach at all levels. our Knit for israel Project for our sister synagogue in Ashkelon just outside of the Gaza strip is eagerly accepting hats, scarves, socks blankets for those residents who are under constant rocket fi re. If you can make something, please advise me as I will be arranging for packages to go to israel.

    Years ago dreamers, schemers and drifters created a gaming metropolis in the desert called las Vegas. our sisterhood game day, Thursdays at Bet Shira, parallels success in the sub-tropics! Come play, eat treats, socialize and enjoy yourself.

    Passover nears. its time to order your holiday owers for the seder table or give a hostess gift. it is $45, payable by check to sisterhood, mailed to the synagogue care of iane deutsch. Please put memo on check and do pre-pay. it makes life much simpler. our purveyor of blooms is Hirnis and they dont disappoint!

    Speaking of owers, Diane Pinchuk handles all owers and gift baskets for the bimah. If you are interested in sponsoring, honoring, remembering or surprising someone, please e-mail her at [email protected] for details.

    bouquets of thanks go to Caryn boren for hosting our tu bishevat seder, robin schaffer for leading it, and to audrey stone for coordinating a lovely sisterhood shabbat. it is the hand of friendship that guides our sisterhood.

    No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

    -Albert Einstein

    Suzanne Robertssisterhood President

    [email protected]

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    8 R I T UA L & R E L I G I O U S S E R V I C E S

    Reading of the Megillaherev Purim, saturday, february 23, 2013

    7:00 P.m. Havdalah family reading 8:00 P.m. adult readingFollowing the Adult Reading, we will screen the movie

    The Producers

    BAR MitzvAHSamuel Isaac Schechter

    saturday, february 9, 2013 at 9:30 A.M.

    son of rosa and beno schechter, grandson of liliane and bernard eckstein and of Chava schechter zl and isidoro schechter zl. brother of ariela. sammy is a seventh grader at ransom-everglades middle school. He is a passionate actor, singer and dancer and has appeared in 16 musical theater productions, mostly with miami Childrens theater. sammy is a Diabetes Diplomat. He has raised over $5,000 for the Diabetes research Institute through various projects. For the second year in a row, sammy is leading a team at the Walk for Walgreens on behalf of the Diabetes research institute this april and he invites you to join him. Sammy is continuing to fi nd ways to raise awareness and funds towards a cure for type 1 diabetes, by getting to know and helping newly diagnosed patients and by collecting strips and other supplies for those who cannot afford to

    purchase them.

    BAR MitzvAHDaniel Isaac Fidanque

    saturday, february 16, 2013 at 9:30 A.M.

    son of analisa and stanley fidanque. Grandson of barbara and ricardo Henriquez and Connie and stanley zl fidanque of Panama. brother of David, joshua, and sophie joy. Daniel attends Gulliver middle school. Daniel volunteers his time with the friendship circle in miami and in north Carolina helps at the local shelter. His family is so proud of his accomplishments and is excited to celebrate this milestone with him.

    dAiLY WoRshiProbert tenDriCH CHaPel

    sundays 9:30 A.M.Weekdays 7:30 A.M.

    Minyan February 18 9:30 A.M.

    shABBAT WoRshiParin staCeY aPPlebaumsanCtuarY

    Friday nights 6:30 P.M.saturday Mornings 9:30 A.M.

    shABBAT TiMes February 1 5:47 P.M.havdalah February 2 6:54 P.M.February 8 5:54 P.M.havdalah February 9 6:59 P.M.February 15 5:57 P.M.havdalah February 16 7:04 P.M.February 22 6:01 P.M.havdalah February 23 7:08 P.M.

    jAMMies & jeAnsFriday, February 16:00 P.M. shabbat Tot service6:30 P.M. Pizza dinnerRsVP to [email protected]

    in MeMoRiAM Louis Foster, father of kim (Chris) Cosner, and grandfather of Chelsea, Zac and Zoe.

    Lewis Horowitz, father of Alyse (jonathan) Messinger and nissa (Lee) Mesnekoff.

    Moe Nierenberg, father of Andy nierenberg.

    Marlene Barnett Hochfelsen, sister-in-law of Randi (Leonard) Rothenberg .

    We recite the names of Yahrzeits daily. Please join us to remember loved ones. We remember those who came before us by making charitable donations, learning, and acts of kindness. May our memories be for a blessing.

    come Experience ishabbat february 8, 2013

    6:30 P.m. instrumental service7:30 P.m. Community Dinner

    rsVP for dinner to 305-238-2601Children under 5: freeChildren 5-12: $15.00

    Children 13-adult: $20.00bYoW: bring Your own Wine!

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    9S Y N A G O G U E E V E N T S & N E W SMAZeL ToV

    To Geoffrey and Linda James on the birth of their grandson, Austin stone. Parents are danielle and Zach james. Also to the james and Gussin families.

    TodAh RABAh! To the JEC Parents, the Program Fund, our Black shabbos Band, and everyone who participated in Mega shabbat.

    To Jason Timmons, Lee Mesnekoff, and jerry Greenberg for organizing the Mega shabbat Campout.

    ZuMBAMonday & Wednesday Mornings9:15 A.M. in the simcha Court$10 a class taught by stacey Harris, certifi ed personal trainer/fi tness instructor. 305-389-3037

    FARM FResh MiAMiMonday, February 43:00-6:00 P.M.Get a full or half share of thoughtfully varied produce, dependent on what is harvested that week. You must sign up to have Bet shira as your pick up location at:

    noTiCePlease note the Administrative Offi ces will be closed February 18, 2013 in observance of Presidents day.

    its that time again: Mitzvah day is here! on march 3, 2013, lets all do a great mitzvah and participate in one of the many worthwhile activities planned around town. events include: serving lunch to the residents of Chapman Partnership (Downtown location); participating in games and other activities with the youth of Chapman Partnership (Homestead location) and of inn transition south; gardening and pruning at the Zoo and at Pinecrest Gardens; donating blood at our blood drive; assembling care packages for american and israeli soldiers; cleaning-up matheson Hammock Park, and so much more!

    There are projects for people of all agesincluding eCC-aged childrenboth at the synagogue and out in the community. Contact Carol stein for more information. [email protected]

    to get us ready for mitzvah Day, february is mitzvah month at bet shira. look for our special collection bins in the main lobby and keep an eye out for special projects, including a February 3rd clean-up day on the synagogue grounds.

    if youve been thinking of getting involved in tikkun olam, this is a great time to do it! mitzvah Day offers many different ways to help

    others for people of all ages, and we always welcome new volunteers! Please also share any ideas or projects of your own, and let us know how we can help.

    as always, we continue with collections for a number of local agencies. for the Kosher food Bank, bring your non-perishable food products to the donation bin located outside the synagogue offi ce. We are also collecting books and magazines for the food bank and the chapman family Partnership, and we also welcome donations of hygiene products and unused, unexpired medical products for the open door clinic and other agencies. We are also collecting feminine hygiene products for women at inn transition. there is a real need for all of these items, so all donations are greatly appreciated.

    uPcoMing EvEnts:clean-up day february 3Mitzvah day March 3

    uPcoMing MEEtings:tuesday, february 12 at 7:30 P.M.tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 P.M.All are welcome!

    Jerry Greenberg, Karen Siegel, and Steve SpannCo-Chairs Tikkun olam Committee

    [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

    Tikkun Olam

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    Friday, February 1 Jammies and Jeans shabbat for the Tots in our Family6:00 P.M. service, 6:30 P.M. dinnerRsVP for Complimentary Pizza dinner

    Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 LMazelTov: A Class for Expectant ParentsGuest Facilitator: Rabbi deborah schuldenfrei (see Page 13)

    Thursday, February 7 ECC P.T.A. Meeting 9:00 A.M. in kiddush Court

    Friday, February 8 Professional Development Dayno sessions

    Thursday, February 14How to Talk to Your Children about Halloween, Christmas and Valentines DayGuest Facilitator: Rabbi Brian schuldenfrei9:15 A.M. in kiddush Court

    Friday, February 15 ECC LDor V Dor Generations DayA four-hands day for eCC students and their loved ones.10:15-10:30 A.M. - Registration and Coffee10:30-11:00 A.M. - Learn in with Rabbi Brian schuldenfrei and Cantor Mark kula 11:00:-11:30 A.M. - erev shabbat Practice Program11:30-12:00 A.M. - Classroom Art Project12:00-12:30 A.M. - Lunch by Reservation only

    Judith Gampel, Ed. D

    eCC [email protected]

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    Monday, February 18 Presidents Dayno sessions

    Thursday, February 21 Nursery Family Holiday Bridge-PurimRound Robin Purim shabbat Preparation Activities for nursery Parents and students.10:00 A.M.-11:45 A.M.Leo and Gloria Martin social hall

    Friday, February 22 ECC Purim Celebration11:00 A.M. - Megillah Reading with Rabbi and Cantor11:15 A.M. - staff Mystery Purim schpiel11:30 A.M. - Costume Parade

    Nursery Family Holiday Bridge-Purim Dinner and Service6:30 P.M. -8:00 P.M.Beginning with Megillah Reading in the Arin stacey Applebaum sanctuaryGraciously sponsored by our sisterhood and P.T.A

    sunday, February 24 Purim Carnival!

    Thursday, February 28 School Committee Meeting11:15 A.M. in kiddush Court

    February is one of my favorite months of the year for celebration, not just because it is my birthday month, but it is usually a month fi lled with holidays! This year we celebrate Generations Day, Presidents Day and Purim!

    Why do I love holidays? Its not just the food, it certainly isnt the presents, but what I enjoy is the company, the community, the kehillah! three generations work together to prepare for the holiday. When the house is prepared and the table is set, everyone sits down together for a meal. the conversations, the community and the eye to eye contact are so important! it is all about ldor v dor.

    for our Generations Day this year we will be exploring some of joel Grishavers ideas in his 10 attitudes of Highly effective Grandparents. joel tells us to:

    1: ask the right question, 2: be auntie mame, 3: be a Curator, 4: be scheherazade, 5: be there in times of pain, 6: be a Community Center, 7: Dont be the Pope and Poperinna, 8: Dont play tug of War, 9: live locally-support Globally, and 10: be all that you want them to be.

    I think all of his ideas apply to parents, aunts and uncles as well as grandparents. Enjoy February, enjoy your friends and especially your family. i wish you well!

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    jeC MeeTinGs

    Tuesday, March 12 7:30 P.M.

    sunday, April 14 10:30 A.M.

    J E W I S H E D U C AT I O N C E N T E R N E W S

    Marilyn Wolfson

    What a complex question and what a provocative question to ask a group of socially minded, committed and devoted bet shira congregants. our children, on a monthly basis are asked to examine those questions from our Gan Kinders to our Gesher bnai mitzvah students. Why monthly? it is because we seem to have a holiday that challenges our mental, moral and physical being every nissan, iyar, sivan, etc. now i didnt mention the month of adar il because as we all know, Purim (usually) falls in Adar I and just fi guring out the Adars is a full time job for the JEC faculty.

    We teach a very techno savvy group of children, so here is the viral explanation of Purim. Purim is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim), a celebratory meal (seudat Purim), public recitation of the scroll of esther (keriat ha-megillah) and additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim). other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration. We do all that at the jeC and we also share the excitement of our Purim parade dressing up in costumes and sounding our groggers as loudly as possible.

    This year we implore you to join your children, grandchildren, friends and all our students on sunday february 24 for the reading of the megillah. this is an opportunity for the elders to act like the kinders, and the kinders to be tumlers, and for all of us to be family.

    the children work very hard on their masks and love coming in costumes. So be a Mordechai, Esther, Batman or just yourself. Grab a grogger and a student and listen to rabbi schuldenfrei & Cantor Kula read the story of Esther. If you promise to come and join us we promise to give you a love fi lled hamantaschen.

    so now you know the answer to my opening question. being jewish means using our minds to understand (even in the age old reading of the megillah), having open hearts to enjoy the festivities of holidays (like the Purim parade) and actions (showing up to defeat the Hamans of the world).

    So to all our Bet Shira family we wish you a Hamatashen fi lled with sweet jelly avors of your youth and as always the invitation to join in with our school, give us your input, share your concerns and help us to continue building a strong jeC.

    jeC [email protected]

    What does being Jewish mean in our minds, hearts and actions?

    jeC eVenTs

    saturday, February 237:00 P.M.Family Reading of the Megillah8:00 P.M.Adult Reading of the Megillah

    Following the Adult Reading, we will screen the movie The Producers

    sunday, February 24.Reading of the MegillahPurim ParadePurim Carnival

    dont forget to buy your Purim Carnival tickets! Form is on the back cover of the bulletin.

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    usY (grades 9-12)Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 P.M.Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere: Womens rights abroad -6thGun Violence, Bullying and Surviving high school -13thPurim Carnival Prep Day 22nd1940s Themed Poker Tournament to raise $$ for families of fallen israeli soldiers -27th

    kadima (grades 6-8)Thursdays 6:30-8:30 P.M.Shop for the hungry -7thToy-Gun Control: Fighting Gun Violence as a kid -14thPurim Carnival Prep Day -21st 1940s themed Poker Tournament to raise $$ for families of fallen israeli soldiers -28th

    Yachad (grades 3-5)Sundays Sat. February 9, 10:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. jr. Congregation/Yachad sports day- Come to services, stay for lunch, and have a change of clothes for after. *You Must Come to jr. Congregation to participate in Yachad on this day!!Purim Carnival and Talent Show 12:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Sun. 24th

    usY & kAdiMAUSY and Kadima ORLANDO TRIP to islands of Adventure Park Feb. 17th $52 for usY or kadima Members$242 for non members (fee includes membership)

    Alex ZarembaB E T S H I R A YO U T H N E W S

    Youth [email protected]

    february is Mitzvah Month!

    a special thanks to everyone who participated in the Hanukkah lox Box Fundraiser. I hope everyone enjoyed their Bagels and Lox and had a terrifi c Hanukkah. Thanks to those of you who ordered the lox boxes, helped assemble them, and help deliver them, the Youth Group at bet shira had an amazing Hanukkah!

    ARvot PRoM (for usYers): february 2nd-3rd from 9 P.M.-9 A.M. @ sunrise Jewish center

    Come dance the night away at the first eVer arvot Prom! a fantastic night of fun, friends, and food - $10 for entry but be sure to bring more for other activities! formal attire is encouraged; however usY dress code is in effect. rsVP to alex at [email protected] You dont want to miss this all-nighter!if you will need transportation make sure to get in touch with alex by january 29th at the latest.

    Purim CarniVal- february 24th 12:30-3:00 P.m.

    followed by the bet shira Youth talent show 3:00-4:00 P.m.

    Get ready for some fun!!!!(ticket form on back cover)

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    Join us for a special Monthly Movie on Erev Purim (Purim Eve)Saturday, February 23

    at 9:00 P.M. following our Adults-only Megillah Reading

    We will screen the movie The Producers as part of our erev Purim Celebration!

    Led by Rabbi Brian schuldenfreiTuesday, February 26

    at 12:30 P.M.2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

    suite 700Coral Gables, FL 33134RsVP to 305-238-2601

    LMazelTov: A Class for Expectant ParentsRabbi deborah schuldenfrei welcomes

    couples expecting a baby to connect and build community. Topics include: Values and rituals for a vibrant jewish home, Childbirth and Wellness,

    Baby namings and Bris ceremonies all while enjoying dinner together.

    Tuesday nights, February 5, 12, 19 & 26. $118 fee per couple includes dinners and book,

    LMazeltov: Your Personal Guide to jewish Childbirth education.

    RsVP to Gladys for registration:[email protected] or call 305-238-2606

    Clean Up Day at Bet Shira!Sunday, February 3

    at 8:30 A.M.

    The entire month of February is Mitzvah Month. We will get things kicked off by a

    community-wide clean up day! Grab your cleaning supplies and join us as

    we beautify the synagogue grounds.

  • B E T S H I R A C O N G R E G AT I O N w w w . b e t s h i r a . o r g

    1 4RABBi scHuLdEnfREis discREtionARY


    in appreciation of being there for our family at a difficult time

    Katz, smith, Miller, & shapiro families in appreciation of rabbi auerbach and rabbi schuldenfrei Phineas and ilene Hyams in appreciation of rabbi brian schuldenfreis support during a difficult time Mark and shelley ginsburg in honor of all the good work you do Allen and Mary Eagle in honor of High Holy Day Honors Martin and Amy grey In honor of Jesse Elijah Schuldenfreis birth saul and Esther Bialilew. Beverly , Allison & Adam fisher. Ruben and geraldine gurvich, irvin and nancy Reinhard, Harold, susan, Amanda and Alyssa Rosenfeld, Phil, Lisa, tate and farah schneiderman, Larry and tracey spiegelman, Bruce and Betsy Yegelwel in honor of morning minyan for December Bet shira Minyannaires in honor of rabbi brian schuldenfrei for his compassion and guidance david and Joan Kobrin in honor of rabbi schuldenfrei leading our Havurah group Beverly greenberg in memory of abraham Golod Jeremy and courtney Larkin in memory of adolph spitzer Jan and niki spitzer in memory of emilile froehlich Harry and Anne shearer in memory of Helen rodstein Josh Rodstein in memory of irving rose Laurence and Amy Rose in memory of jose efron david Efron in memory of jose shteremberg Bruce and Betsy Yegelwel in memory of joseph and ruth beitel Marion gold in memory of julius rothman Laurence and Amy Rose in memory of libbie romanoff norman Rachlin in memory of Philip eisenmesser Jan and niki spitzer in memory of rose steiger Ellen Rosenblatt in memory of samuel Goldstein Jan and niki spitzer in memory of sylvia spitzer Jan and niki spitzer

    RABBi AuERBAcHs discREtionARY fund

    in appreciation of being there for our family at a difficult time Howard and Robin Katz in honor of bar mitzvah of grandson jacob flansburg Elayne tendrich

    cAntoRs discREtionARY fund

    a General Donation Martin and Linda cohen in appreciation of being there for our family at a difficult time Katz, smith, Miller and shapiro families in appreciation of Cantor mark H. Kula Robert and nancy Elias, Phineas and ilene Hyams in appreciation of livestreaming Eileen somerset in honor of alison isicoff and felix schterks marriage Jeremy and fran farkas, Marty & Phyllis schwartz in honor of beautiful Yom Kippur services and hearing Cantor Kula sing Ruth Malman in honor of bill levins 80th birthday John and zelda schwebel, Malvin and irene Weinberger in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula Allen and Mary Eagle, Mark and Alix Langer in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula and Coreen Duffys 1st new Year as mr. & mrs. together Ellie goldman and Lesly soltz diaz in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula and Coreen Duffys marriage Jeffrey and Loree feiler in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula for his compassion and guidance david and Joan Kobrin in honor of Debbie and michael troners 50th wedding anniversary Robert and Linda spiegelman in honor of john schwebels birthday ian and Myrna nisonson, Malvin and irene Weinberger, Ruth friedner, Barbara and Paul nissenfeld in memory of ann friedman Myrna Hyman in memory of bella stupp steven and claudia stupp in memory of bernard elfenbein Emanuel Elfenbein in memory of Daniel segal sharon Beck in memory of David linder Brian and Meryl spector, sylvia Linder, Brian and Meryl spector in memory of David strauzer Mark and Alix Langer

    in memory of edith baum Joseph and cynthia Baum in memory of Gerald soltz Ellie goldman and Lesly soltz diaz in memory of Hyman levitan nancy Levitan in memory of ida Diamond Jeffrey and Loree feiler in memory of ira ehrlich Phyllis Ehrlich in memory of jacob solomon lieblich Michael and deborah friend in memory of jeannette ballen Peter and suzanne Ballen in memory of jonathan raphaely dorothy Raphaely in memory of lewis Horowitz John and zelda schwebel in memory of louis foster chris cosner and Kim foster, gail tescher in memory of murray baum Joseph and cynthia Baum in memory of myer idlelson Harold and susan Rosenfeld in memory of rae levitan nancy Levitan in memory of rose steiger Albert and Jan cohen, Jeremy and fran farkas in memory of samuel schwartz Jeffrey and Loree feiler in memory of sophie Gaby Richard and Audrey stone

    EARLY cHiLdHood fund

    in memory of judy Diamond Robert and deborah cohen in memory of lewis Horowitz Ray and fredrica Applebaum in memory of louis foster Ray and fredrica Applebaum in memory of mae lubitz Allen Lubitz in memory of moe nierenberg Ray and fredrica Applebaum, Paul and velma Papier

    JEWisH EducAtion fund

    in honor of baby naming of luisa sanz Joseph and Marilyn Wolfson in honor of john schwebels 70th birthday Ronnie & Arnie ginsberg in memory of bess Cohen carole Horowitz in memory of bonnie blyweiss, sister Robert and Linda spiegelman in memory of lewis Horowitz Barry and Lori Blum, Barry, Jennifer & scotty gould, Phineas and ilene Hyams, Michael and Amy Jellson, Paul and velma Papier, Robert and Linda spiegelman, Joseph and Marilyn Wolfson

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    1 5in memory of lewis Horowitz, father and grandfather Jack and Phyllis Yaffa in memory of lilian Wintner Michael and Amy Jellson in memory of nessia and julius rosenberg Martin and Amy grey in memory of rose steiger colin and Becky neiburger

    RituAL fund

    in memory of sidney saul backer Michael and Martha Backer

    PRAYER BooK fund

    in memory of sylvia sorkin Robin forman

    tiKKun oLAM fund

    in appreciation of Carol and bernie stein and a wonderful time together Wilma and Alan nishball in honor of alison isicoffs and felix schterks marriage saul and Esther Bialilew in honor of Debbie and michael troners 50th Wedding anniversary Harvey and Rita simon in honor of Geoffrey and linda james birth of grandson fred and Judy schild in honor of Henry trattlers birthday fred and Judy schild In honor of Jesse Elijah Schuldenfreis birth Leonard and Jill Bloom in honor of john schwebels 70th birthday fred and Judy schild in honor of judge larry schwartz retirement from 22 outstanding years on the bench Priscilla Adler in honor of linda spiegelmans birthday fred and Judy schild in honor of martin Katz birthday Phineas and ilene Hyams in honor of Phyllis Yaffas birthday fred and Judy schild in memory of allan Goldring Robert and Mary Krantzler in memory of bert Chabot Michel and connie nahmad in memory of betty and abe broverman Phineas and ilene Hyams in memory of Claire shore Harvey and gloria friedman in memory of David liebman natalie Liebman in memory of flora Delofsky Arlyne gallow in memory of Gloria roth Jeffrey and faye Roth

    in memory of ina burstyn david Burstyn and clara Milikowski in memory of jose shteremberg Jeffrey and Karen Rosen, david and Patricia Roth, Bruce and Betsy Yegelwel in memory of joseph bigio Michael Bigio in memory of lewis Horowitz Martin and sandy Katz, fred and Judy schild, Barry and cookie Wright in memory of mae Gerber Alice Bloom in memory of matthew shane Goldberg david and Patricia Roth in memory of morris burstyn david Burstyn and clara Milikowski in memory of ruth bernstein Jeffrey and Karen Rosen, fred and Judy schild in memory of sheldon mills Paul and velma Papier, Robert and Linda spiegelman in memory of solomon milikowski david Burstyn and clara Milikowski speedy recovery of barbara Henschel fred and Judy schild

    WHERE nEEdEd Most fund

    in appreciation of larry bennett & family frances Larkin in honor of bill levins 80th birthday Phil and Lisa schneiderman in honor of birth of grandson in israel, Dan David Ruben and geraldine gurvich in honor of Debbie and michael troners 50th Wedding anniversary Elayne tendrich in honor of December morning minyannaires Bet shira Minyannaires in honor of john schwebels 70th birthday Mark & Paula froman, gerald and Harriet Rudoff in honor of livestreaming at bet shira during the High Holy Days Marcia newman in honor of luisa eva sanz, grandchild Elayne tendrich in honor of luisa eva sanz, great grandchild Elayne tendrich in honor of rabbi David H. auerbach for his compassion and guidance david and Joan Kobrin in memory of bella stupp david and Philis Edelman in memory of elia leghziel daniele Leghziel and Helena nath Leghziel in memory of ida moczan david and susan Hochstadt in memory of jeanne edelman david and Philis Edelman

    in memory of jose shteremberg Ruben and geraldine gurvich in memory of judy Diamond daniel and Elaine Katz, Robert & Juliette Robbins in memory of lee sterlings sister lauren Phil and Lisa schneiderman in memory of lewis Horowitz Elayne tendrich in memory of louis foster Barry and Lori Blum, Richard and Mindy gotterer ,Elayne tendrich, Barry and cookie Wright in memory of maxine reinhard irvin and nancy Reinhard in memory of moe nierenberg Elayne tendrich in memory of morris rachlin norman Rachlin in memory of rose steiger david and Philis Edelman in memory of sylvia foster chris cosner and Kim foster

    YAHRzEit fund

    in memory of aaron Herskowitz david and Philis Edelman in memory of annette blum Bernard and cindy Akerman in memory of Calman rosenkranz Eliot and deborah Rosenkranz in memory of fannie levin Barry and Lori Blum in memory of irving Halprin david and shelley sokol in memory of jane Wolfson Ronald Wolfson in memory of joseph james geoffrey and Linda James in memory of louis Glick Kenneth and sharon glick in memory of lucia Poyastro Miguel and Lezlie Poyastro in memory of mae schreiber Paul and velma Papier in memory of Paul blum Bernard and cindy Akerman in memory of rebecca epstein Ronald Wolfson in memory of rose luber steven and susan Kobetz in memory of rose and nat Weinstein Alvin and Maxine Weinstein

    YoutH fund

    in appreciation of josh rodstein Eliot and deborah Rosenkranz in memory of lewis Horowitz Michel and connie nahmad

  • To purchase your Purim Carnival tickets, please fill out the form below and drop them off in the synagogue office or mail them to 7500 SW 120 ST., Miami, FL 33156 (attention Alex).

    BeT shiRA ConGReGATion(usPs 004-727)

    7500 sW 120th street, Miami, FL 33156Office: 305.238.2601

    School Office: 305.238.2306Published monthly

    except july/August combinedPosTMAsTeR:

    send Returns to7500 sW 120th street, Miami, FL 33156

    Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


    PAidMiami, FL