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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


    PresiDentJoSEPH H. SERoTa

    PresiDent-eleCtLoRi BLuM

    sisterHooD PresiDentSuZannE RoBERTS


    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


    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


    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

  • 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.

    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 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



    Wednesday, January 9 at noon

    Speaker: Dr. abraham Benyunes

    Topic: The Sephardic Legacy: unique features and


    $10 a person, includes lunch

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

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

    New Years Resolutions

    Joseph H.

    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 war