Mitzvah Day – March 19, 2017


Press Release
Mitzvah Day, Mitzvah Madness, A Day of Giving Back, at TEMPLE BETH ORR March 19th, 2017

Coral Springs, FL – Temple Beth Orr is planning a month of giving back to the community, with the “tip-off” being Mitzvah Day, Mitzvah Madness from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! The event will begin in the sanctuary with Rabbi Klein teaching about the act of mitzvot (a charitable act) and its importance. The activities will continue in the social hall where a myriad of projects will take place including making sandwiches, knitting blankets, sorting clothing, toiletries, plastic caps and canned goods for those in need; writing thank you notes to soldiers and first responders; yoga, car wash, gardening and baking; collecting supplies for animals; a blood drive and much more. There will also be several community partners onsite including Life Alliance, The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family Services and Sawgrass Nature Center. Additional offsite activities will take place throughout the month of March, benefitting several community organizations. The mission of these events is to bring people together to perform acts of service and kindness for the temple and broader community and provide an opportunity for people of all ages to embody the spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Mitzvah Day, Mitzvah Madness will take place at Temple Beth Orr 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL on March 19th at 9am. For more information or to donate needed items contact Melissa Kenny @ or 954-821-3482.

Michelle RossMitzvah Day – March 19, 2017
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Thanksgiving Unity Service Choir Practices

Thanksgiving Unity Service
Choir Practices at Temple Beth Orr – 7:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 19th
Wednesday, November 2nd
Wednesday, November 9th
Monday, November 14th

Rehearsal at Congregation Kol Tikvah:
Wednesday, November 16th
6:00 pm – children
7:00 pm – adults

Thanksgiving Unity Service
Tuesday, November 22nd – 7:00 pm start / 6:00 pm choir call time
Clothing – white top / black bottom
At Congregation Kol Tikvah
6750 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067

Michelle RossThanksgiving Unity Service Choir Practices
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Sisterhood Board Installation Retreat

This past weekend, Sisterhood members enjoyed their annual Board Installation Retreat. Due to the immense efforts of Cathy Glassman and Ilayne Finkelstone, the day was not oly productive, but extremely enjoyable and informative. A good time was had by all. In addition, thank you to Renae and Sandi Horowitz for organizing breakfast, snacks, and lunch.
After the event, Sisterhood co-presidents,  stated, “We could not ask for a better group of women to work with.” 

Sisterhood plans many wonderful social, educational and social action events. The group’s enthusiasm is contagious and their continuous energy and commitment to support Sisterhood and Temple Beth Orr is extraordinarily impressive.For more information, please contact:

Doreen Klein at (954) 648-8165
or  Laurie Leavy at 305-773-0515

Michelle RossSisterhood Board Installation Retreat
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Sermon Given by Phil Neiss, at Maccabee Shabbat

Good evening everyone. I’m Phil Neiss. In the interest of the Maccabee Program, I wish to share a few words pertaining to the Program here at Temple Beth Orr.

Before I offer you my synopsis of the Maccabee Program, I would like to share with you how we initially came here to TBO. My fiancé, Marion Silver and I are currently living in Coral Springs for a little more than two years.

This August, we celebrate our first anniversary at TBO. So how did we end up here? Perhaps some of you can relate to or share a similar story. You see, we are a couple of semi-misplaced and relocated New Yorkers, who besides shopping for a house were also looking for a viable and friendly Jewish community to become part of. We were seeking an anchorage where we would feel comfortable and welcomed; Yes, you could say that we were “Shul Shopping”.

We had visited several other temples, many with different levels of religious practice. We had heard about Temple Beth Orr from friends of ours, Reina Anijar and Paul Guilbert who were also seeking their own Jewish community experience. Collectively, we all joined TBO.

I must confess however, that being raised “Conservadox and spending most of my adult life in a Conservative temple environment, a Reform temple was a bit of a transition for me. That is the personal decision that each of us make when it comes to our own level of religious practice. Nevertheless, as we stand before you, you can see that Marion and I opted to proceed and join TBO.

The last few months have been uplifting for us. We regularly attend services on Shabbat Eve, and have willfully engaged in many of the activities that TBO offers. More important, we feel at home here; we have a sense of belonging to the TBO family.

Now I know that every organization, including houses of worship, has its own circles and “cliques”. Oddly enough, we don’t find that the case here at TBO; actually we’re finding it to be quite the contrary. People are very welcoming here; we continue to meet new congregants all of the time; friendships are forming and growing. I recognize that in some places, if you’re not a member of that special ”clique” you might get singled out, and perhaps be castigated or criticized! Well, that’s simply not how it works at TBO; you see, if you do get singled out here, there may be another plan for you… which leads me to Maccabee Program.

When Ilayne Finkelstone called and invited us to attend Maccabee Program, there was no hesitation whatsoever. We suspected that by attending, we would have a positive experience. We figured that we would learn something, simply because we always look for a “takeaway” in everything that we do.

We also recognized that we would be in a room full of people that we hadn’t yet met. No problem there, as we are always seeking new friendships, and we viewed this as a wonderful source of introduction.

Finally, Ilayne described Maccabee as a Leadership Training program. Leadership?  Hmmm. This is where one could become introspective and begin to question why we were invited. Certainly it peaked our curiosity, and we proceeded with optimism and enthusiasm. Let’s do this!

The first meeting was held in Rabbi Loving’s office. It was more of a “getting to know you” moment. There were about a dozen candidates in the room; most appeared to be comfortable, and many of us spoke. The program was further described to be an immersion of “what really goes on here at TBO”.

At our next meeting, we were going over the budget. To be honest, I’ve never been privy to budget analysis so early in the process of becoming involved an organization. This generally takes time, often years, till you’re sitting in the room analyzing the financial engine that keeps the place running.

Curiously we were individually asked if we knew how to read and interpret the budget. For me, having been in the business community most of my adult life, it was no problem. However, I did observe that to some, it could’ve been like interpreting a foreign language. I will touch on this thought a little later.

In the subsequent session, we met many of the of the committee and group leaders. I also recognized many of them from simply being here on a regular basis.

“So what interests you guys?” we were asked. Well, based on our ages, we do qualify for Fabulous Fifties social group, however it was obvious that this entire exercise was not for the sake of merely recruiting us into one of the many social arms that the temple has to offer. “What else captures your attention?”. It was noted that we recently had the opportunity to sponsor the annual Progressive Dinner’s dessert party at our home and had about 60 of our most intimate temple friends at our house! I can tell you that you require a good sense of humor to volunteer for that project.

Yes, we are becoming more involved: Marion is now wading into the Sisterhood waters, and will soon be a familiar face at the Judaica shop in the lobby.

Stan Klein has recruited both of us into the Bingo Brigade.

Garry Pottruck has drafted me for a Brotherhood position.

And I already leaked it, that I understood the budget. So I confess I am looking at a few other committees as well. I suspect that you could call us busy people! Indeed, we are in temple immersion mode!

Still, I hadn’t quite grasped why we were invited into this program. Then, an epiphany! It was my “ah hah!” moment!   You see, while I was pondering the purpose of the program, I continued to inquire and asked lots of questions. This was very much like when we first considered joining TBO. Prior to our enrollment, Marion and I attended an open house where we informally interviewed several members and staff. Hence, my initial reaction and my intuitive curiosity directed me to ask even more questions. I maintained an impression that I was still directing that same initial interview.

Wouldn’t you know it, by the time we finished the Maccabee Program, I realized that I was not guiding that interview at all. It was me and the group of new Maccabee recruits that were being steered, and that it was actually the TBO leaders were conducting the interview; WE were the ones being evaluated. You’ve heard the idiom phrase, “turn about is fair play”? Here it was in real life.

I suspect that the temple leadership may have some plans for us. Whatever your specialty is; whether or not you can read a spreadsheet, or can understand a foreign language; or perhaps you’re an arts and crafts buff, proficient in origamy, or love to cook, or read, or whatever; TBO does have has a place for everybody. We’re encouraged to share our skills and talents and guide and assist others along the way. As I have said, we have a home here, and we are all welcome!

We look forward to forging new relationships and playing an integral part here at TBO.   To the Maccabee Class of 2016, congratulations! Hold on tight, for I suspect that it’s going to be a heck of a ride hereafter. To the leadership, staff and clergy of TBO, thank you for the opportunity to get an inside perspective of how things really work around here!

Shabbat Shalom!




Michelle RossSermon Given by Phil Neiss, at Maccabee Shabbat
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TBO’s Annual Membership Support Program

Temple Beth Orr’s Annual Membership Support Program
**No More Fixed Dues**

Please view this important message from Rabbi Loving
 President Steve Feinstein
Questions can be directed to
or by calling Suzanne Andisman at (954) 753-3232


Fill out my online form.

Michelle RossTBO’s Annual Membership Support Program
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Temple Beth Orr is Going Green


At Temple Beth Orr we are as always, seeking ways to become even more efficient and cost conscious in our spending and operations. In November, a task force was formed to determine ways in which we could streamline our expenses and operate more cost-effectively. One of the recommendations of the task force was to decrease the amount of mail we send out and to go paperless in any way possible.

This recommendation is central to our Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. In our eco-conscious society, it is imperative that we act environmentally responsible and contemplate the implications of our actions and environmental impact. Going paperless will dramatically reduce Temple Beth Orr’s consumption of valuable resources. In turn we will not only reduce our overall carbon imprint but it provides us with a valuable way in which we can all work together to “repair the world”.

For these reasons, we have decided to initiate this effort. Beginning March 1, 2016, majority of our correspondence will be provided to you via email. This will include birthday cards, donation acknowledgments, invoices and more. Our announcements will continue to be available via email, social media and on our website. If you do not currently follow us on Facebook, please do so to further ensure that you are able to keep to date with all of our events and notifications.

If you do not currently receive our emails, need to update your email address or have any questions, please contact: Autumn in the office. Thank you in advance for joining us in this effort. Kulanu, we are all in this together.


Steve Feinstein


Michelle RossTemple Beth Orr is Going Green
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