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  • strategic planJoin us at our last task force meeting. Details on Page 6

    lOOKing BacK Smiling faces of Bet Shira congregants at our November events!Page 2

    December 2012 Kislev/Tevet 5773 Volume 28 No. 6

    HanuKKaHJoin us in lighting the Hanukkiah. Schedule of lighting on Page 8

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    Professional staff

    rabbiBriaN ScHuLDeNfrei

    rabbi emeritusDaViD H. auerBacH

    Cantor Mark H. kuLa

    eXeCutiVe DireCtorLori SoLoMoN

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    eDuCation DireCtorMariLYN WoLfSoN

    YoutH DireCtoraLeX ZareMBa

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    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

    cantor kula and Haley Timmons at ecc Little farm, November 14.

    avron Smolensky, Martha Backer, and Michael Backer at flag dedication, November 12.

    Velma and Paul Papier, Barry and Valerie gubernick, and carol Stein at the irving glicken Bet Shira golf Tournament, November 8.

    Barbara glicken and gretchen Tunkey at the irving glicken Bet Shira golf Tourna-ment, November 8. ross gampel, Sharon Presby, and Josh

    rodstein at the irving glicken Bet Shira golf Tournament, November 8.

    The glicken family at the irving glicken Bet Shira golf Tournament, November 8.

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    Join us for Mega ShabbatJanuary 12, 2013

    Shabbat Beyachad for one and all. Creative Shabbat morning prayers, life cycle

    highlights, learning, lunch and Shabbat celebration for everyone!

    Farm Fresh Miami at Bet ShiraComing January 2013


    CLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi brian schuldenfrei Benediction Highlighting Hanukkah5 Cantor mark H. Kula The Ultimate in Optimism

    froM our PreSiDeNT6 joseph H. serota: Strategic Plan Update

    SiSTerHooD7 suzanne roberts

    riTuaL8 religious services, Candle lighting times, and bnai mitzvahs

    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!


  • m r. maYor, CountY Commissioners, Distinguished servants of our County, friends of and residents of miami-

    We are at a most spectacular time of the year. in just two days time, we will all gather around the tables of family and friends and thank God for the enormous blessing of our great country. and following thanksgiving, many of us will celebrate holidays in our respective faiths. in the jewish tradition we will celebrate Hanukkah, the festival, of light.

    and this mayor, is a Hanukkiah, the candelabra that we light on each of the eight nights of the holiday which i would like to present to you as a gift from my congregation.

    now, how to light it. according to the story the jewish maccabees freed the city of jerusalem from Greek oppressors and liberated the Holy temple. When they got to the temple, they found one small container of sacred oil, barely enough for one day of worship. but the oil miraculously lasted eight days.

    if our ritual was to mirror the history of the event, we would fill this candelabra with eight lights on first night and each night take away a candle, like the oil the maccabees found which gradually diminished.

    But, thats not what we do. Instead, on the first night of the holiday we light one candle, and each subsequent night we add another until the Hanukkiah is filled. The reason for this is given in the Talmud: wherever we are, whatever we do, we should always maalin bkodesh we should always add holiness.

    the light of Hanukkah, the light of Christmas trees, and Kwanza candles, are all reminders of this ideamaalin bkodeshadd holiness. and on this day, the day of your installation, may these holy lights serve as a reminder to you, our government officials, to always add holiness. maalin bkodesh. add holiness through your hard work and dedication our community. maalin bkodesh. add holiness by assuming the good intentions of one another. maalin bkodesh. add holiness through sorely needed cooperation. and most importantly, add holiness to the lives of each of the citizens of this great county. like the light of the Hanukkah candles, may you each be blessed to maalin bkodeshto add holiness. and may the light of your service illuminate a path of prosperity and peace for our county.

    Rabbi Schuldenfrei was honored to be selected to deliver the benediction at the installation of

    Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Below is his benediction highlighting Hanukkah

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

  • t He maCCabees of ancient israel battled and persevered in rekindling the life and spirit of the jewish people. things were bad with a destroyed Temple and a downtrodden people, that the first Hanukkah was a delayed celebration of the festival of Sukkot. What a party that first Hanukkah must have been! there was so much joy that the energy of the community and the blessing of faith kept a limited amount of oil last, making it feel like an eternity. More specifically, a measure of oil to last one day remained lit for eight days. the generative story of spirit and energy is told, year after year, inspiring us to feel the power of miracle, and the strength of layers of goodness and hope. When the days darken the spiritual light shines.

    looking backward and looking forward is a fundamental jewish quality. bet shiras surviving and thriving was such a program and hundreds of us came together, shed a tear and laughed whole heartedly, as we looked back at the harsh reality of the painful Holocaust and at the same time honored the strength of character and blessing of thriving. What is true of the first Hanukkah is also true of the Holocaust. We the jewish people live on no matter what evil challenge comes our way.

    all of us at bet shira have been gathering for strategic planning meetings formulating a vision and plans for the future. With the gleam of Hanukkah around us, we are lighting the way for a better future by stating what we want our synagogue to be like, including the ritual, programmatic, financial, social, educational celebratory, healing and spiritual aspects. We are like the glowing Hannukiah with all eight branches shining bright. Stay tuned for the final strategic planning report.

    January 12 is Bet Shiras Mega Shabbat. We will focus attention on 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. We expect every seat filled for this hour and a half service followed by a Kiddush lunch. mega shabbat will be on par with the energy of High Holy Days with january 11 being an ishabbat and community shabbat dinner. later in the day on january 12 we host the annual Camp out on the Bet Shira field. Join us at 4:00 pm for snacks, tent set ups, Havdalah and camping activities on saturday night. this will be our bet shira way of starting off 2013.

    On January 26 Broadway comes to Bet Shira with our 21st tu bishevat musical event. our cabaret setting, with music of Great broadway jewish composers, will be the place to be. bet shira nightclub will be open! lets celebrate the new year of trees and the blessing of our planet.

    the Hanukkah legend is an ultimate story of optimism. When we feel the most challenged, we believe we can raise our voices in song together creating exquisite harmony. the culminating message of Hanukkah is the ever-increasing light of the Hanukkiah, the enduring image is one of luminescence.

    The Ultimate In Optimism

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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



    all are invited to attend.Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 P.M.


    Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 P.M.all task forces will meet again.

    all are welcome.We conclude with a congregational

    candle lighting.



    Wednesday, December 12 at Noon

    Speaker: rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei

    Topic: The good, The Bad, The ugly: The Maccabees

    $10 a person, includes lunch

    rSVP by Monday, December 10to 305-238-2601

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

    Strategic Plan Update

    Joseph H.

    the strategic Plan process has been going full steam for the last 6 weeks. We have had many congregants involved and there is still time for anyone else who wants to participate. We will be having second meetings for most of the task forces on December 9, 2012. Keep in mind that you dont have to attend meetings to give us your input. You can always give us your thoughts through emails or phone calls directed to me, lori blum or lori solomon. We began the process with an on line survey prepared by Paul Papier and steve spann. more than 200 responses were received an