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  • Join us for Mega ShabbatJanuary 11-12, 2013

    Innovative Shabbat (shorter) service, life cycle highlights, learning, lunch

    and Shabbat celebration for everyone!More on Page 8

    Exciting EvEnts!Farm Fresh Miami, Motorcycle Rides, LMazelTov and more!Page 13

    sURviving AnD tHRiving See photos from our Surviving and Thriving event.Page 14-15

    January 2013 Tevet/Shevat 5773 Volume 28 No. 7

    sULAM LEADERsHiPWe welcome our future leaders.Page 6

    Details on Page 17

  • Looking Back

    Team Bet Shira (pictured above) building a home for Habitat for Humanity on Synagogue Sunday, December 2.

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    JEc students and teachers (above and right)learning at Sunday

    School, november 18.

    Professional staff

    rabbiBRian ScHuLDEnFREi

    rabbi emeritusDaViD H. auERBacH

    Cantor MaRk H. kuLa

    eXeCutiVe DireCtorLoRi SoLoMon

    eCC DireCtorJuDiTH gaMPEL, ED. D

    eDuCation DireCtorMaRiLYn WoLFSon

    YoutH DireCtoraLEX ZaREMBa

    LaY LEaDERSHiP

    PresiDentJoSEPH H. SERoTa

    PresiDent-eleCtLoRi BLuM

    sisterHooD PresiDentSuZannE RoBERTS

    SuPPoRT STaFF

    ritual assistantaVRon SMoLEnSkY

    finanCe DireCtoraiLEEn LaFonT

    eXeCutiVe assistantDonna LEigH-TuckER

    member serViCes/bulletin BEckY cHoSED

    eCC assistant DireCtoraRiEL koBETZ

    eCC aDmin. assistantgLaDYS MaRTinEZ

    eCC Pta liaisonSHiRLEY WiLLiaMS

    jeC aDmin. assistantiLEnE FREiDEL

  • Looking FoRWaRD

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    Join our Bet Shira family for a Progressive DinnerSaturday, February 2 Details on back cover!

    CONTENTSCLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi brian schuldenfrei Should This Article Be Printed?5 Cantor mark H. Kula A Month of Blossoming Programs: Tu BishevatFRoM ouR PRESiDEnT6 joseph H. serota: New Years Resolutions

    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!

    SuRViVing anD THRiVing PHoToS14-15

    goLF TouRnaMEnT THank You16

    Tu BiSHEVaT MuSicaLE17

    Ecc REunion18

    conTRiBuTionS19

    Mitzvah Month at Bet Shiraall February get involved with clean-up day on the synagogue

    grounds, special collection bins and special projects!

    More information on Page 12

  • a t our Home, we have made a concerted effort to limit our consumption of paper. in the past few years we have moved to paying

    bills online and preserving records digitally.

    the real watershed move to make our home

    green came when I (finally) agreed to receive

    my new York times subscription digitally on

    my Kindle. i miss how the actual paper would

    absorb my dining room table covering it in

    knowledge, opinions, and even a recap of the

    prior days games. However, in terms of my

    carbon footprint, i know this little change can

    make a big difference.

    A reflection about limiting our use of paper

    that is ultimately printed and distributed on

    paper strikes an ironic tone. and it begs the

    question: should this article be printed? it

    is a good question, and one that we should

    consider.

    many of you share that the synagogue sends too

    much mail. it is overwhelming! furthermore,

    we know that the more we send the greater

    the likelihood that it will end up unopened in

    a recycling bin. We hear your concerns and

    we agree with your point! We can do better!

    Perhaps, it is even time to move to a digital

    bulletin. of course we could print copies for

    those without internet access or computer

    capabilities. but, would it be more responsible

    and ultimately better for the community if we

    stopped mass-printing this bulletin?

    In one of the first directives to humanity, God

    charges adam and eve with the responsibility

    of caring for the earth: till it and tend it!

    (Genesis 2:15) As we mark the festival of Tu

    bshevat, let us consider how we can live up

    to this lofty and holy challenge.

    Should This Article Be Printed?

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    4 C L E R G Y S C O R N E RFrom The Pulpit: Rabbi Brian [email protected]

  • b eT ShIrAS MeGA shabbat is an innovation! it will feature inspiring short services, enlightening learning, and a tasty Kiddush. shabbat is the best time to gather as a community and for this shabbat, everyone, no matter what age, is invited and welcome. shabbat reminds us of the jewish teaching of making meaning of time by our relationships and our good deeds. Kick off mega shabbat with our very own black shabbos band playing ishabbat. Come to the service, and feel the blessing of our shabbat and community shabbat dinner. on january 12, the focal point of mega shabbat, we will highlight personal milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries in the context of a refined consolidation of prayer, with singing, learning and sharing in the sacred space of our arin Stacey Applebaum sanctuary. Lets fill Bet Shira for this shabbat! mega shabbat will be on par with the energy of High Holy Days! later in the day on january 12, we host the annual Camping Havdalah on the Bet Shira field. Join us at 4:00 pm for snacks, tent set ups, Havdalah and camping activities on saturday night.

    The Midrash on Genesis describes the world as being a gift for humanity. We must protect, care and appreciate the present of our world. this month we are commanded to appreciate the beauty of nature and the gift of trees. our bet shira community celebrates the gift of nature and the blessing of foliage on tu bishevat, the jewish arbor Day, a 2500-year-old holiday.

    We mark this day with a yearly musical event and this year we are producing the 22nd annual tu bishevat musicale bringing broadway to bet shira. be here on january 26th at 8:00 p.m. for one synagogue sensation, our bet shira Cabaret Club accompanied by our signature drink, the shiratini.

    jewish composers and lyricists have played a major role on broadway and american theater. leading into cinema, broadway was the blossom of the early Yiddish theater. musical theater was a most favorite genre. join us for an entertaining musical theater evening performed by the excellent talent of south florida. the cabaret setting will be our night on the town marking tu bishevat, celebrating the blessing of the earth and trees. tickets are available and everyone is welcome. Please consider being a sponsor. most of all, be here for this wonderful evening.

    [email protected]

    A Month of Blossoming Programs: Tu Bishevat

    Come watch Cantor Mark H. Kula perform in this historic Jewish Music Concert! 6:00 P.M. $18 Food Reception

    8:00 P.M. $18 ConcertVisit jewishconcert.org for tickets or

    call 1-800-838-3006

    Bertha Abess Sanctuary Temple Israel of Greater Miami

    137 NE 19th StreetMiami, FL 33132

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    5C L E R G Y S C O R N E RThe Voice of Bet Shira:

    Cantor Mark H. Kula

  • MILDRED SEROTA MEMORIAL

    LUNCH AND LEARN

    Wednesday, January 9 at noon

    Speaker: Dr. abraham Benyunes

    Topic: The Sephardic Legacy: unique features and

    achievements.

    $10 a person, includes lunch

    RSVP by Monday, January 7to 305-238-2601

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    New Years Resolutions

    Joseph H. [email protected]

    While rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur focus on reviewing our conduct during the past year, a new calendar year has us looking ahead. Weve had a very active and successful fall, but it is now time to consider what needs to be done in 2013. For the first six months of 2013, my resolutions on behalf of the synagogue include the following: 1. Complete the strategic Plan and distribute it to the congregation.2. Prepare a schedule and plan to implement the strategic Plan.3. formulate an approach to retire our accumulated debt, fund critical programs, and organize an endowment Campaign.4. Plan a spring fund raiser. rest assured that the lay leadership and clergy see great things ahead for the synagogue in 2013. the completion of the strategic Plan should not only give us a direction for 2013, but for many years to come as well. Have a great 2013!

    UPcOMing MEEtings:Board of Directorsall are invited to attend.Wednesday, january 30 at 7:30 P.m.

    Sulam for Emerging Leaders is a national leadership development program of united Synagogue designed to encourage and grow the next generation of synagogue leaders. Bet Shira and its Sulam facilitators, Dr. Lori Plotkin Blum and Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei welcome our 2013 cohort:

    Toby ascherman, Dana ascherman, cheri Eisenson, alexander Havenick, Molli Robbins, Steve Spann, Francine Birns, gary Haftel, Stacey Leibowitz, Jilla Montenegro, adam Schwartz, Samantha Sharpe, Janine Stone, and Rina Wolf.

    Please note: The offices will be closed January 21 in observance of Martin Luther

    king Day.

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

    sisterhood has activities for many interests. our newest project is Knit for israel to benefit our sister synagogue in Ashkelon eight miles from Gaza that is heavily bombarded by threats of war daily. Winter is upon that community and some warm items would be welcomed, which members of our craft corner as well as other experienced hands, could easily product. adults need scarves and children (ages 6-18) are in need of mittens, hats, scarves and socks. No particular pattern is required but fibers should be warm. Please contact Harriet rudoff, chair of Craft Corner for details on making items. We want to make and send them to israel quickly. ([email protected])

    Please be sure to participate in the Womens league national sisterhood shabbat here at bet shira on saturday, january 19th at regular morning services. our sisterhood is planning a special shabbat. if you wish a part, please get in touch with audrey Stone. ([email protected]) We welcome writings, poetry, drawings and other forms of creative spiritual expression.

    another marker is our tu Bshevat seder that will be held on thursday, january 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the home of Caryn boren at 14211 Southwest 97th Avenue. Please rSVP to her at [email protected] or call (305) 251-4010. Dr. robin Schaffer will lead the seder with prayerful inspiration and song. Please be sure to join us!

    sisterhood Book club will discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog by muriel barbery on tuesday, january 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Phyllis ehrlich (8142 SW 83rd Place) and be sure to rSVP to her at (305) 274-1848. A witty, intelligent book written in the strand of German realism where two Parisian women and a Japanese filmmaker discover philosophical truths on beauty, time and the meaning of life that makes for an excellent read.

    Daytime Book club will explore poetry together on Wednesday, january 23rd at 10 a.m. Please bring your favorite poem to share with the group. With Sharon Glick, chair, we will explore the music of poetry. ([email protected])

    Movie club had a very nice turnout for Shanghai Ghetto that was shown at the end of november. the next movie is Ruth Gruber, the distinguished photojournalist from berlin who made her way to america, bringing images of war to the civilians. Date: thursday, january 31st at 7 p.m. in the home of linda james. You must rsVP because that is your ticket to admission. limited seating.

    cooking Academy will have its next class lets roll along about sushi making on Wednesday, january 16th at 6:30 p.m. at bet shira. Price: $30 pp and check is made payable to sisterhood and registration happens through stephanie bull at [email protected] or (305) 733-3705. Advanced registration required; if we do not have enough people, class will be cancelled so act without delay!

    craft corner continues every monday 10:30 to 12:30 at bet shira. all levels of knit and crochet skill are welcome, beginners too! Harriet rudoff is always on hand to teach and offer guidance. each session is $10 pp payable to sisterhood.

    game Day is a wonderful social and mind-sharpening happening every thursday at bet shira. Come for treats, coffee, friends and a chair at your favorite table to game. bobbi Kaufman is chair. Questions: [email protected]

    if you would like to sponsor a saturday Kiddush luncheon in honor of someone or some special occasion, please get in touch with Suzanne. Please do reserve your date now as the calendar is active! Diane Pinchuk handles all requests for flowers or baskets on the bimah ([email protected]) What a nice way to show how much you care to someone dear to you.

    thank you to nancy Crair and Carol berk for arranging to send 39 boxes at Hanukkah to our college and graduate students.

    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 DaiLY WoRSHiP robert tenDriCH CHaPel

    Sundays 9:30 a.M. Weekdays 7:30 a.M. Minyan January 1 9:30 a.M. Minyan January 21 7:30 a.M.

    SHaBBaT WoRSHiP arin staCeY aPPlebaum sanCtuarY

    Friday nights 6:30 P.M.Saturday Mornings 9:30 a.M.

    SHaBBaT TiMES January 4 5:27 P.M.Havdalah January 5 6:33 P.M.January 11 5:32 P.M.Havdalah January 12 6:38 P.M.January 18 5:37 P.M.Havdalah January 19 6:34 P.M.January 25 5:42 P.M.Havdalah January 26 6:39 P.M.

    SiSTERHooD SHaBBaT Saturday, January 19 9:30 a.M. JaMMiES anD JEanS no Jammies and Jeans in January.next service: February 1

    in MEMoRiaM

    Sheldon Mills, husband of claire Mills.

    Louis Weinstein, uncle of ilene (alan) Freidel and Laurie (gary) Moss.

    Sophie Gaby, mother of Ron (Sheila) gaby and grandmother of Sarah and Jessica.

    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.

    Friday, January 11, Mega Erev Shabbat iShabbat 6:30 P.M. Sanctuary with Black Shabbos Community Dinner 7:30 P.M.children under 5: FREE, ages 5-12: $15, ages 13-adult: $20Please RSVP to 305-238-2601, BYoW: Bring Your own Wine!

    Saturday, January 12, Mega Shabbat Morning

    Welcome and Schmooze 9:00-9:30 a.M. Main LobbySelection of newspapers, Torah portion summary, Mussar inspirational short readings, coffee, hot cocoa and conversation. Mega Innovative Shabbat Service 9:30-11:00 a.M. Sanctuary with Rabbi and cantor. Life cycle milestone marked and everyone participates. Traditional Service 9:30-11:00 a.M. chapel with avron Smolensky A Place for Everyone 11:00-11:30 a.M.When god Hardens Pharaohs Heart: Free Will in Jewish ThoughtPuppet Show: Sammy the SpiderFun Hebrew: Bingo from the Bible to Tel avivBroadway Bible: Be a Little StarPolitical activism: You can Do it!Show and Tell: global Jewish Ritual itemsShabbat Surprises Too!

    Community Kiddush Blessings 11:30 a.M. Main Lobby Mega Shabbat Kiddush Lunch noon Monthly Movie: Footnote 1:00 P.M.

    *Reminder to JEC students: Mega Shabbat is in place of Sunday school (January 13). Parents are encouraged to attend.

    Mega Shabbat Continues with Havdalah, Camping, Movies and Smores at Bet Shira!

    4:00 P.M. - Sunday Morning

    Enjoy a beautiful outdoor Havdalah service followed by pizza dinner, a movie and more, including smores and a bonfire. Guests and members welcome! Bring your tent, pillow and blanket to stay the night and enjoy continental breakfast the morning of January 13! We even have tent availability for the first RSVPs!

    cost for adults: $35, children through 3rd grade: $25

    RSVP to Jason Timmons, camping chair, [email protected] or call 305-431-7010. assistant camping experts: Lee Mesnekoff and Jerry greenberg

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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 all our congregants listed in Floridas Best Lawyers.

    Laurel and Steven Isicoff on the marriage of their daughter alison to Felix Schterk.

    ToDaH RaBaH To Zelda and John Schwebel for sponsoring Friday night Live! with craig Taubman.

    To the Lehman family for the Youth Lounge renovation.

    To gail and Joseph H. Serota for sponsoring the Bet Shira staff holiday luncheon.

    To Linda Truppman and Josh Harris - chairs, Susan g. Lichtman, Eileen Farr, abe Benyunes, carol Berk, Jonathan Harris, Brandon Harris, Josh Rodstein, kim Foster cosner, Mel Mann, Philis Edelman, Bobbi kaufman, caryn Tanis Boren, Randy B. Lichtman, and irv Reinhard for help with our Surviving and Thriving Event.

    PLaY an inSTRuMEnT? calling all string players interested in joining a chamber orchestra, or string ensemble at Bet Shira. We want even greater expressions of music at Bet Shira, House of Song. Please contact alvin Weinstein [email protected] or call 305-238-3166.

    ZuMBaMonday & Wednesday Mornings9:15 a.M. in the Simcha court$10 a class taught by Stacey Harris, certified personal trainer/fitness instructor. 305-389-3037

    We want to begin the new calendar year by thanking everyone who participated in our big December projects, the Chanukah baskets and Habitat for Humanity. special thanks to edy Cannon and Carol berk for chairing these two events.

    thank you also to everyone who donated books for a school library that was destroyed by Hurricane sandy, with special appreciation to judi berger for coming up with the idea and arranging for delivery of the books.

    its now time to begin planning for Mitzvah Day, which will take place on march 3. more details will follow in the coming weeks, but please join us. there will be projects for people of all ages both at the synagogue and out in the community. once again, Carol stein is taking the lead for the big day.

    leading up to mitzvah Day, february will once again be 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 clean-up day on the synagogue grounds.

    for january, we are looking for volunteers for a sports day inn transition south on january 13. Please contact betsy Yegelwel or any of us if you are interested.

    as we have said before, we cant do these events without your help, so please volunteer. our committee members and project leaders work hard and do an amazing job, but they cant do it alone. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. if any of these projects dont appeal to you or

    fit in your schedules or if you have service projects of your own that need volunteers please share your ideas and let us know how bet shira can help.

    on a separate note, please remember that our sunshine committee exists to help members of our congregation when they are ill or otherwise in need of assistance, a call, or a visit. if you or anyone you know could use a kind word or a hand from our congregation, please let the clergy, the administration, or any of us know. We thank Debbie rosenkranz for her continued leadership of this committee.

    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 office. We are also collecting books and magazines for the food bank and the chapman 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:inn transition south january 13mitzvah month all februarymitzvah Day march 3

    UPcOMing MEEtings:tuesday, january 8 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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    Wednesday, January 9Pre-kindergarten VPk open-House 7:00 P.M Pre-kindergarten classrooms January 11-12Mega Shabbat for Everyone!

    Thursday, January 10Ecc P.T.a. Meeting 9:15 a.M.kiddush court

    Thursday, January 17Jewish Holidays to go: Vegan Tu Bishevat 7:00-9:30 P.M.cooking and celebration Tips for the Digital generationa perfect guide for those new to holiday preparation. Judi and Esther will help you prepare a basic Tu Bishevat menu that you can adjust for your familys tastes. Learn how to make Sweet Potato chile and Jicama Salad!. Please R.S.V.P. to gladys in the Ecc office (305) 238-2606. $18 a class.

    Friday, January 18Parent /Teacher conference Dayno SESSionS

    Monday, January 21Martin Luther kings Birthdayno SESSionS

    Thursday, January 24How do i talk to my child about god? Facilitator: Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei9:15 a.M.kiddush court

    Friday, January 25kindergarten Family Ed: Shabbata four-hands day for our Ecc kindergarten and their loved ones.10:00 a.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Thursday, January 31Ecc School committee Meeting11:15 a.M.kiddush courtall are welcome to attend

    Ecc [email protected]

    E A R LY C H I L D H O O D E D U C AT I O N

    bet shira e.C.C. was well represented at this years n.a.e.Y.C. (national Association for the education of Young Children) Conference. The NAeYC annual Conference & expo is the largest early childhood education conference in the world. tens of thousands of educators choose from hundreds of presentations and exhibits. the naeYC conferences bring together early childhood educators to discuss the latest ideas and learn from one another. along with ariel Kobetz, our e.C.C. assistant Director and angela Castro, a master teacher in our Pre-nursery, we not only attended great sessions but we presented our own family Holiday bridge, which was very well received.How exciting it was to learn from such national and international leaders in early childhood education, as mem fox, australian author of many childrens books including, Whoever You are, Diane trister Dodge, founder of teaching strategies which produces our adapted curriculum, Creative Curriculum and becky bailey, creator of our Conscious Discipline Curriculum. so much of what we attended was just down right inspirational. and yet, i left the conference feeling very melancholy. in my heart, i know that what young children need for their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development is play, play and more play. but with the movement towards accountability and meeting the core standards the early childhood community is faced with a real dilemma. blakely bundys workshop, Promoting Play in a race to Nowhere World: encouraging child-directed free play in affluent, competitive and overscheduled communities, really brought this topic to point for me.in order for our young children to be successful in kindergarten and grade school, it isnt just their abCs that they have to learn. it is so important that they learn how to sustain positive relationships, that they participate cooperatively in group situations, that they use appropriate conversational skills and that they demonstrate fine-motor strength and coordination. These skills are developed while children are playing.our bet shira e.C.C. provides so many opportunities for children to master all the skills that are necessary for our children to succeed in school. but when our students are not in our structured school environment, they need opportunities to just play. Please schedule, play dates not more classes! Please open up your doors and encourage the children to play outside! Play is the work of children!

    Educationally Speaking

    Were having so much fun at our Ecc that it is hard to believe that the school year is half-over. it is now time to register your child

    for summer camp and next years classes. Register for the Ecc by February 1st and receive a discount! Register for camp gilah by March 15th and receive a discount! Save a spot for your child!

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    JEc MEETingS

    Tuesday, January 8 7:30 P.M.

    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

    the secular new Year starts january 1st. its the day we all start our new Year resolutions and january 2nd is when we revise those resolutions and january 3rd we...finally get the picture!

    Well, the world gets a new Year both religious and secular. each of gets a special day in the year and its called our birthday. marriages get a new Year called an anniversary and our children get a new school year that is called a grade promotion.

    on january 26th we celebrate tu bishevat a new Year for trees. that is a new Year the jeC does with excitement and passion. We do an exciting project under the supervision of mrs. blank. We learn the value of making our earth a better and safer place. this is a holiday that embodies all that we must protect and cherish. it is not as popular as Hanukkah, Purim or Passover but just as important. Part of our responsibility as jewish educators is to teach our children that all holidays have a history & significance relating to who we are and how we conduct ourselves as human beings.

    trees are very interesting! they are very much like humans. they come from many different families, different lands. some are one color while others are another. some are big and some are small. some are healthy and some are not. some are beautiful some are plain, some create shelter others are frail. Trees need water and food to survive; they need care and love, protection and pruning. Human beings need all these same elements. We feed our stomachs with food to give nourishment, we wear clothing to give us warmth and protection, we wear sunscreen to protect the health and color of our skin, and we cut our hair to unblock our eyes and ears.

    trees like people as we have learned during some very stormy times are important to our survival. How we treat them, just like how we treat people is key to our survival both emotionally and physically We water the trees and prune their leaves and we must do the same with our jeC families. We must water our people with kind words, prune our limbs with education and always know that we must protect our environment as we protect our words thoughts and actions. Watch our buds grow into beautiful leaves and flowers and hear the words of encouragement and understanding in this the new Year of 2013.

    so, during this month as we celebrate tu bishevat we implore everyone to help nurture our environment, our community and the world we live in.

    JEc [email protected]

    The Words We Say

    JEc EVEnTS

    January 11-12Mega Shabbata Shabbat for Everyone!

    Sunday, January 27Tu Bishevat Seder

    Todah Rabah!Parent chairpersons of the gimmel Siddur Presentation Dinner

    Jennifer gould, Molli Robbins, Jenna SleemanFamily underwriters of Hanukkah is fun!

    Pelz, kobetz-kerman, gitlin, corman, Young, Sharpe, Levine, Horwitz, gusiin & crair

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    uSY (grades 9-12)Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 P.M. January 9 - 2013 Rosh Hashanah?January 16 - Jews in comedyJanuary 23 challah for HungerJanuary 30th israeli Website night

    kadima (grades 6-8)Thursdays 6:30-8:30 P.M. January 10 israeli Dancing night & getting Ready for Mega Shabbat!January 17- Jews in comedyJanuary 24 challah for HungerJanuary 31 intro to Mitzvah Month

    Yachad (grades 3-5)Sundays January 12 - Mega Shabbat Program: Puppets, Bingo, Shorter Services, Lunch, and camping!

    all YouthJanuary 3 10 Pins 10 Commandments: come to Bird Bowling at 7:00 P.M. with the Youth group and special guest cantor kula awesome deals available, contact us at 305-238-2601 x 213 to find out more and to RSVP!

    January 27 - Tu BShvat Trail Blazing @ Matheson Hammock Park 3 different programs:Yachad - 12 1:30 P.M.kadima Hike 2:00-3:30 P.M.uSY -- 4:00 -5:30 P.M.

    Formal Invitation for you(th) to join me (Alex) at services every Shabbat. Come celebrate the day of rest with me and the rest of Bet Shiras congregation.

    Januarys Riddle*:its been around for millions of years, but its no more than a month old. What is it? *Januarys Riddle answer: The moon.

    Alex Zaremba

    B E T S H I R A YO U T H N E W S

    Youth [email protected]

    We are excited to announce this years Purim carnival! Mark you calendars for Sunday, February 24th!

    come check out the new and improved Youth Lounge. Special thank you to the Lehman Family!

    To make it even better, we are currently asking for donations of gaming systems: X Box, Playstation, or Wii, and bean bag chairs.

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    1 3A D U LT E D U C AT I O N / E V E N T S

    Coming January 2013Your chance to order fresh, local produce and

    pick up bi-weekly at Bet Shira.

    Each share consists of either 25lbs. (full share) or 15lbs. (half share) of thoughtfully varied produce,

    dependent on what is harvested that week. Each share consists of leafy greens, ripe fruits and vegetables,

    select roots and herbs, along with recipe suggestions to help enjoy each and every item. The cost is either $50 for the full share, or $33 for the half share, every

    two weeks.

    in season (november-May), you get delicious, farm fresh, organic produce, harvested at the farm just days (and in some cases hours) before they are

    delivered to your table.

    Sign up to have Bet Shira as your pick up location at FarmFreshMiami.com

    Led by Rabbi Brian SchuldenfreiTuesday, January 22

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

    Suite 700coral gables, FL 33134RSVP to 305-238-2601

    LMazelTov: a class for Expectant Parents

    Rabbi Deborah Schuldenfrei welcomes couples expecting a baby to connect and build community.

    Topics and guest speakers 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 and 26. $118 fee per couple includes dinners and book, LMazeltov: Your Personal guide to Jewish childbirth Education.

    Join us for the Scott Harlow motorcycle ride. Funds collected donated to

    transportation causes. Donate in memory of Scott Harlow.

    Bike ride led by Michael Levin.

    Sunday, January 610:00 a.M.

    Meet at Bet Shira parking lot.

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    1 4 Surviving and Thriving, Sunday November 18, 2012

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    1 5Surviving and Thriving, Sunday November 18, 2012 Surviving and Thriving, Sunday November 18, 2012

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    1 6 Todah Rabah!

    On behalf of the Bet Shira Congregation and the Irving Glicken Bet Shira Golf Tournament, thank you for your sponsorship of this years golf tournament on November 8, 2012, at the Biltmore Golf Course. This years tournament was another success: the weather was terri c; the golfers had a great time; breakfast, snacks, drinks, hot dogs, pretzels, and margaritas were plentiful. Financially, Bet Shira received needed funds for its operations and programming.

    Without your support, we would not have been able to hold such a rst class golf tournament event. Next year, the tournament will be held at the Biltmore on November 7 or 8, 2013. Please consider sponsoring the event another year. Your feedback is important to us, please contact Josh Rodstein or Michael Stone to discuss your suggestions to make this tournament a greater success. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Michael StoneCo-Chairman

    Josh RodsteinCo-Chairman

    On behalf of the Irving Glicken Bet Shira Golf Tournament a giant Todah Rabah is sent to the volunteers headed by Carol and Bernie Stein. The volunteers were Elayne Tendrich, Kenny Glick, Martin Katz, Val and Barry Gubernick, Jackie Koptowsky, Sharon Presby, Aileen Lafont, Eilene Farr, Linda Truppman, and Velma and Paul Papier.The tournament would not have been the nancial success that it has become without the assistance of our incredible sponsors. Please show your support for these corporate sponsors by using their services whenever possible.The Glicken FamilyGrossman & Roth, Attorneys at LawWeiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole and Boniske, Attorneys at LawNAI Miami Commercial Real Estate Services, WorldwideThe Finkle FamilyHolliday Fenoglio FowlerMallah Furman, CPAsLen RothenbergPresby AssociatesMarcum, LLP, AccountantsRoth and SchollBraman ManagementGreenberg TraurigNCF InsuranceKoniver SternSouthern Wine and SpiritsThank you to our hole sponsors:

    Drs. Geoffrey and Jason JamesRabbi Brian Schuldenfrei and Cantor Mark H. KulaKim Cosner FosterMal and Irene WeinbergerStewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A.Michele and Robert StoneMendelson ConsultingBet Shira SisterhoodServices Keepers MaintenanceMichael Troner/Josh RodsteinSidney PertnoyKosher Events by A Fare to RememberAlan and Marjorie Goldberg

    Letter from our Golf Tournament Chairs

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    BET SHIRA ECCS THIRD ANNUAL REUNION FIELD DAY

    Friday, February 1, 201310:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

    ECC Alumni Ages 5-16

    School is out for DCPS but in for Bet Shira ECC.Join your friends for a few hours of fun!

    Bounce house! Sports! Pizza lunch!

    Visit with your beloved teachers andArt with Mrs. Blank Discovery Zone with Miss Norma and even

    a Sing a long with Miss Emily!

    Parents Get Together and Coffee from 10:00-11:00 a.m.Reconnect with old friends

    R.S.V.P. to Gladys in the School office: [email protected]$36.00 for first child, $18.00 for second, third or fourth children in a family

    Have you visited www.betshira.org lately? Our website has gone under the knife and is

    looking better than ever! You can now make donations and payments online, check out upcoming events, candle lighting times and more. Live Streaming is up and running in

    our Media Center tab, on the homepage. Please log on and check it out!

    For all your Bet Shira events,

    Call 786-250-5387 or visit www.faretoremember.com

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    1 9RABBi scHULDEnFREis DiscREtiOnARY FUnD

    in honor of jesse elijah schuldenfreis birth isaac and Elena shteremberg in honor of lisa Harlow Michael and Martha Backer in memory of Charlotte PalayRichard and sheila Wagner in memory of louise rodstein Josh Rodstein

    cAntORs DiscREtiOnARY FUnD

    in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula Lowell Financial, inc in honor of Cantor mark H. Kula and Coreen Duffys marriage Leonard and Jill Bloom, Leonard and Diane Pinchuk in honor of john schwebels 70th birthday David & Diane singer, Dr. & Mrs. Paul A. gutlohn, Louis & nadine Barocas, tamara spungen in memory of abraham lieberman Ellie goldman and Lesly soltz Diaz in memory of bessie liebling Brian and Meryl spector in memory of Herman alberstadt Hy (Herman) and Marilyn Berger in memory of leon spitzer Jan and niki spitzer In memory of Moe Goldman Hy (Herman) and Marilyn Berger in memory of norman Krasno Beverly Krasno in memory of rose alberstadt Hy (Herman) and Marilyn Berger in memory of sarah Holzman Beverly Krasno in memory of William nadler steven and susan Eisenberg

    EARLY cHiLDHOOD FUnD

    in honor of john schwebels special birthday Sondra Rosenfieldin memory of abraham schreiber Paul and velma Papierin memory of judy Diamond Paul and cynthia Bass, Albert, Jan,

    Brad and courtney cohen, steven and susan Kobetz, Louis and nadine Barocas in memory of lilian Wintner seth and Jill Diamond in memory of rose steiger steven and susan Kobetz, Louis & nadine Barocas in memory of ruth rosenberg steven and iane Deutsch

    JEWisH EDUcAtiOn FUnD

    in honor of josh Harris for all his hard work and dedication to create the surviving and thriving eventRay and Fredrica Applebaum in honor of linda truppman for all her hard work and dedication to create the surviving and thriving eventRay and Fredrica Applebaum in memory of luisa Horwitz Roberto and Betty Horwitz in memory of rose steiger Joseph and Marilyn Wolfson

    RitUAL FUnD

    in honor of linda truppman for a job well done Michael and Martha Backer

    tiKKUn OLAM FUnDin appreciation of lori solomon and all that she does Martin and sandy Katz in memory of bettylee shulman Leonard and Jill Bloom In memory of harry Golden Barry and valerie gubernick in memory of jose shteremberg Eliot and Deborah Rosenkranz in memory of jose shteremberg, beloved father and grandfather Jack and Phyllis Yaffa WHERE nEEDED MOst FUnD

    in honor of bet shira for allowing us to hold our monthly meetings south Florida Horse show Association in honor of november morning minyannaires

    Bet shira Minyannaires in memory of David Kasner Joan Kasner in memory of jeanne edelman Fred and Rosalind Edelman in memory of lisa james geoffrey and Linda James in memory of rose steiger Barry and cookie Wright in memory of sarah Katz Daniel and Elaine Katz in memory of sidney silverman steven and Debra silverman, Zelda silverman in memory of jose shteremberg Phyllis tanenbaum YAHRZEit FUnD

    in memory of ethel Kobetz steven and susan Kobetz in memory of Henry Perkins Ellen Blake in memory of lawrence sharoff Robin Forman in memory of moses Wichner Robert and Linda spiegelman in memory of rose Weinstein Alvin and Maxine Weinstein

    YOUtH FUnD

    in honor of ben farkas and lisa mansdorfs marriage Ray and Fredrica Applebaum in honor of november morning minyan Bet shira Minyannaires

    PRAYER BOOK FUnD

    in honor of john schwebels 70th birthday Zena Levin in memory of rubin Cohen Andrew and Ellen Leinoff

    CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Please join our Bet Shira family for a...

    PROGRESSIVE DINNER Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:30 P.M.

    22 Shevat 5773

    The evening will begin with hors doeuvres. Dinner will follow at various homes.We will conclude by joining together for Havdalah and dessert for a sweet new week

    $36.00 per personYour check is your reservation.

    Please make it payable to Bet Shira Congregation and mail to the synagogue office. RSVP by Friday, January 25 to 305-238-2601

    This special evening has limited spaceDinner hosts for the Progressive Dinner are needed. Please contact Carol Stein to volunteer.

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