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Please join Renee and your TAO friends for a Zoom Happy Hour to socialize and visit. We will socialize the 4th Tuesday of most months. Each month will be centered around a theme or topic.
“What Makes You Laugh?”
Tuesday, October 26 at 5 pm
Please email [masked] for Zoom details.
Bring your favorite joke (no off-color please), your funniest story or incident, something funny that happened to your friend, or some laughing yoga to share so that we can all laugh together. Some say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Let’s hope so as we come together to share our joy and remember that there is still a lot to laugh about, even when life appears to be very challenging. Be here for your friends!
TAO and BOLD (Broward Organized Leaders Doing) Justice
TAO is currently partnering with BOLD Justice: Together we stand Bold for Justice.
We need your support and please invite others to this meeting.
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL BLESSING BY RABBI MARC & PAULINA LABOWITZ
Community Problems Assembly
Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2021
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/BOLD_2021_CPA
Thanks for supporting TAO Rodef Tzedek
BOLD Justice’s mission is to powerfully address community issues in Broward County through a self-sustaining, interfaith, interracial, proactive organization rooted in religious congregations. BOLD Justice (Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice) is a politically non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization composed of congregations from different racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds.
They are a direct-action organization that holds community leaders accountable to solve serious community problems that affect Broward County residents and local businesses. They have won victories related to Affordable Housing, Dental Care, Juvenile Arrests, Jobs, Unemployment, and Education. They are currently working on Senior Care, Mental Health, and Juvenile and Adult Arrests.
Wayne Rogers, Cecile Dumornay, Michael Alpert, Claudia Gill and Sherry Stern have been involved with Bold Justice and are also happy to answer questions about the organization..
Join Rabbi Marc and, our special guest, Daniel Epstein (creator of the Portraits in Faith documentary project) for an exploration of the spiritual experiences and lessons of Reb Zalman’s life. Daniel was fortunate to spend two afternoons with Reb Zalman about 15 years ago and we will be delving into 7 parts of the interview. For each section, Daniel will share his perspective and then Rabbi Marc will share his experience on the topic both as Reb Zalman’s student and in his own rabbinate. We will be covering these topics: Earliest Memories of Faith, Spiritual Awakening, The Feminine, Doubt, Faithing, This Too Shall Pass, Dark Times.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 7:30 PM
TAO Members: Welcome
Guests: [please purchase tickets here https://www.taocenter.net/product/wisdom-class-with-daniel-epstein-portraits-in-faith/
Handout for the class – Click here
Only those non-members who register and purchase tickets will receive the zoom details for the class.
If you have any problems registering, please email the TAO office at [masked] or call at[masked].
For those who would like to watch the entire Reb Zalman interview (1 hour) prior to the event, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2R_9d3iX4M
BIO: For 15 years, Daniel Epstein, a Marketing Director at one of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble, traveled the world for business, and for faith. Motivated by his own search to fill the “God-sized hole” in his life, he did not know where it would lead. He felt that if he did not develop some type of spiritual faith, he would die. Born and raised a Jew, Daniel’s challenges with relationships, work, and “life” forced him at age 36 to get on his knees and pray to a God he did not know, a higher power not specific to either his own Judaism or any religion, and ask for help. In order to keep his new found sense of faith alive and to gain from the experience of others, Daniel created a spiritual exercise out of interviewing people around the world about the role of faith in their lives. As a photographer, Daniel also captured a moment with each person in a black and white portrait meant to evoke their true spirit. This project is a perfect intersection of the great passions in Daniel’s life: Helping others heal, Bringing people of different faiths and cultures together, global travel, and photography.
Sweet and Holy Friends, join Rabbi Marc and our Special Guest Rabbi Debra Smith for a Soulful and Joyful Shabbat Service.
Welcome back to Rabbi Debra Smith!
Tonight’s topic: Chayei Sarah: Remembering Judaism’s customs on loss and mourning
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 @ 6:30 PM
Join LIVE on Facebook
Guests-please email [masked] for details
Zoom meeting info will go out to TAO members
Rabbi Debra Smith (“Reb Deb”) is the founder and spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ha Lev, a virtual Jewish Renewal Community, formerly physically located in New Jersey. She is also a Clinical Social Worker and Multicultural Family Therapist.
Reb Deb received smicha (rabbinic ordination) from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She is also an ordained Maggidah (Jewish Storyteller). The focus of Reb Deb’s rabbinic work is Deep Ecumenism and multi-faith dialogue. As a multi-faith activist, she currently serves as co-chair of the NJ Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee and is co-chair of the Morris County 1 NJ chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom.
Reb Deb co-facilitates Jewish-Christian dialogue sessions and Jewish-Muslim dialogues with local pastors and imams. She has developed and is teaching, with a Muslim colleague, an online course in Muslim-Jewish Leadership, for ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
In addition to serving as Rabbi of Congregation Or Ha Lev, Reb Deb is the Rabbi-in-Residence at the Drew University Methodist Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ. She is on the faculty of the ALEPH Ordination Program where she teaches Pastoral Counseling and Clergy Ethics.
She is the author of Every Tallit Tells a Tale, which teaches about the history and evolution of the tallit (prayer shawl) and shares 75 stories about the tallit from many contributors throughout the country and as far away as Israel. She is also the author and editor of a collection of original multi-faith prayers, poems and blessings from more than 40 contributors, Words from the Heart, released this past summer.
Reb Deb has been nationally recognized for her work as an ethicist and ethics educator in the field of social work, and is a recipient of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Trailblazer Award in the field of professional ethics.
She is married for more than 45 years to Neil Smith, a now retired physician and mohel, and is the mother of two married daughters, Elana and Dana. Reb Deb and Neil make their home in Parsippany, NJ and in Delray Beach.