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Beth Torah is the spiritual sanctuary where we find a lifelong connection with Conservative Jewish values through prayer, education and Mitzvot. Ours is a welcoming community which includes all Jews, Interfaith families and members from many countries where we explore the joys of faith in G-d and celebrates the cycle of life. Beth Torah links us to a proud and rich Jewish heritage which embraces human rights and ensures our commitment to the continuity of a vibrant Jewish life, The State of Israel and The United States.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SERVICES

Minyan

Monday-Friday at 7:30 am
Sunday at 8:30 am

Shabbat

Friday Service at 7:00 pm
Saturday Shabbat at 9:30 am


SHABBAT SERVICE SCHEDULE:

SHAVUOT SERVICE SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

7:00 pm-Annual Hy Tucker z”l Tikkun Layl Shavuot.  Services and learning preceded by an optional Dairy Dinner (see flyer below)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

9:30 am-Shavuot Morning Services

7:00 pm-Mincha/Maariv Services

Thursday, June 1, 2017

9:30 am-Shavuot Morning Services

10:45 am-Yizkor

SPECIAL NOTE: 

8:00 pm-Mincha/Maariv with an additional Yizkor Service for those not able to attend Yizkor in the morning.



SHABBAT TIMES



THIS WEEK DEVAR TORAH


UPCOMING EVENTS

Tue 30

Tikun Layl Shavuot

May 30 @ 7:00 pm


ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAZAL TOV TO: 

  • Jessica and Sebastian Sagranichne, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Pablo, on Thursday Morning.
  • Miguel and Cristine Lerner, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Felipe, at our Thrusday Morning Minyan.
  • Rabbi Mario Rojzman on being named “Clergy of the Year” by Miami Health Systems, Jewish Community Services and Mishkan Miami.  Kol HaKavod and well deserved!
  • Abby Winograd, on receiving The Aleza Baltuch Winslow Award for the Outstanding USYer of the Year at the USY End of Year Banquet, Wednesday night.



NEWS FROM OUR FACEBOOK

END OF THE YEAR SPEECH BY
ALAN IMAR, OUTGOING BTBRC USY PRESIDENT
DELIVERED ON MAY 24, 2017

There are only two memories that I have from my freshman year. The first is then-Chapter Presidents Logan Miller and Danu Rojzman pulling me out of the Hochberg's library downstairs to ask me if I would be one of two young leaders for that year, and the second was a Miami Heat game where we had about 40 leftover tickets because no one signed up to come. I remember the Heat game so vividly because I never want something like that to happen in this chapter again. We didn't have a lot of members, we had a self-run chapter without a real youth director, and we were struggling to keep our heads above water. To be blunt- times were tough.
But one key characteristic held this chapter together: resilience.
Philosophers, psychologists, and journalists theorize that there are three main components of resilience: acceptance of reality, strong beliefs, and improvisation.

Three stories.
Imagine a 16-year-old USYer dressed up in a lined black suit with a baby blue shirt and dark blue tie who can't stop his legs from trembling or his palms from sweating. Imagine this 16-year-old USYer walking to a podium in front of more than 300 of his friends to deliver a speech that would change his life. Well, just a year ago, that USYer was me. Plot twist, I lost that election and thank God.
The first characteristic of resilience: acceptance.
I lost, at least that's what they told me. But I had to make the most of it. I ran for chapter president, and that was the best decision I could've ever made. This year was eye-opening, matured me, and helped me become a better leader.
It wasn't until December, when our chapter hosted Kadima Convention, that I truly accepted the outcome of that election. Hannah Wolf, former Arvot Sub-Regional President, sat me down Saturday night.

"You've done a horrible job as chapter president," she told me.

"I know," I responded.

It was in that moment that I understood. That election was never coming back, whether I wanted it to or not. I could only look to the future, and that night, I truly became this Chapter's President.
Put that story in a box.

The second characteristic of resilience: firm beliefs.
At the beginning of the year, I sat down with Jeni and told her we had to receive chapter of excellence this year. We deserved it, and I refused to end my term without the recognition we deserved. So now, a year later, I can proudly stand before you and tell you because of your contribution to our chapter, we not only were awarded the best chapter in the sub-region, not only were we awarded chapter of excellence, but we were also nominated as the best chapter in HaNegev to represent the region for the international chapter of the year award.
I had a firm belief that I could do better after that conversation with Hannah in December; I had a firm belief that I had to serve this chapter better; but most importantly, I had a firm belief that I couldn't succeed alone. This was a collective effort. Whether you are a member at large, a board member, a parent, part of the clergy, or weird distant uncle that traveled across the country to hear me give this address (LOL), know that you played the dominant role in the growth of this chapter. I have a firm belief that you yourself played a crucial role in recording chapter history this year.
Put that idea in a different box.

The third characteristic of resilience: improvisation.

Once, a crow was very thirsty.
The crow searched for water everywhere.
"Kaa, Kaa, Kaa..."
AT last he saw a pot with very little water in it.
He put his beak inside. But he could not reach down the water.
The crow thought of a plan.
He picked some pebbles and dropped then into the pot one by one.
The water level rose.
The crow drank the water and flew away happily.

We are all that crow. Last year, I was scared that after our senior class graduated, we wouldn't be left with dedicated members. I'm proud to tell you that I was wrong. A lot of freshman came to our events at the beginning of the year and enjoyed them. I'm also proud to tell you that this year's freshman class is one of the strongest I have ever seen. Just like that crow had a problem, we had one too: how do we make our programming the best it can be to retain members? As soon as we came back from winter break, we hit the ground running with our all-around best program of the year: The Bandit Woodstock written by Jayme and Abby. This program combined discussion about social issues such as the JCC bomb threats with poster and friendship bracelet making. From that day, every main program we planned was pre-written, incorporated different religious and community-improvement initiatives, and most importantly, brought together our chapter as one big family.
But how do we bring our chapter even closer? At the beginning of the year, Jeni and I sat down to brainstorm ways to do that. We agreed that we needed a chapter retreat. That weekend in February at Gold Coast Camp brought our chapter closer than ever. I remember the week after the retreat, I walked into the youth lounge, and the people in this room were like brothers and sisters. From that day, USYers started coming at 4:30, at 5:30, and at the latest, 6:30, because we enjoyed being here so much.
Last summer, our chapter sent not one, not two, but three USYers to the Promised Land: Jared Keil, Abby Winograd, and myself. This summer, I'm proud to say that we're continuing to send USYers on life-changing trips. Dylan Gostfrand will be on Wheels Pacific Northwest, where he'll travel to Alaska on a 10-day cruise and tour the beautiful cities of Seattle and Portland. Annie Rojzman will be on DREAM USY, headed by our Regional Director Stephanie Nichol, and will work with the local impoverished community in the Dominican Republic as well as practice her Spanish speaking and act as the official group translator, I assume.
This year, with acceptance, firm beliefs, and improvisation, we were resilient. But I could not have done it alone.
First and foremost, to this synagogue, a beautiful and vibrant Jewish institution that has become a home for more than 30 USYers, thank you for your support. To the Rabbis, Rabbi Rojzman and Farber, who care so deeply for Jewish continuity and youth, and without, our synagogue nor community would be the same. I would like to take this time to extend my gratitude to the synagogue and the Rabbis for helping the summer program participants go on our amazing trips, and I think I can speak for all of us when saying that it was, or will be, one of the best summers of our lives.
I'd like to extend a big thank you to Marcela and Cantor Gaston for staffing chapter retreat. Thank you, Marcela, for your inspiring words about leadership on that Shabbat morning and Cantor Gaston for bringing the J2M students who became an integral part of our family.
Thank you, Marla, for always stepping in when we need you the most. Thank you for helping make this night so memorable and for your encouragement throughout my past three years in USY. And thank you for searching my bags and calming me down when I nearly had an anxiety attack before Regional Convention.
Although she could not be here, thank you Danu for making me join USY. It's been hard not having you here at home, but I know you're doing amazing things in New York City and having a great time in Israel.
To the chapter board, thanks for dealing with me in the escape room, especially since we all knew Maya was the only one that could solve the puzzles. You have planned, you have listened, you have lead. Most of all, you have grown. It has been my privilege seeing you develop your leadership skills, and thank you for working with me this year.
I would not be here today if it weren't for Abby Winograd. Our constant talks in the car, roadtrips, jam sessions for Shacarit Live, coffee stops, and economy jokes always keep me smiling. I'll miss you next year, but I know you'll have a great time on Nativ and at UGA.
To my parents, who still don't quite understand the totality of USY, but support my passion unconditionally, thank you for your constant encouragement and ideas. I love you guys.
Troy, silly goose, toaf, and the guy I see driving children around in a JCC bus, thanks for sticking with us for the past two years. You always make us laugh and have become an important part of our BTBRC family without which we wouldn't be the same.
Catalina, although it's only been a few months, your presence in this chapter is already noticed. You bring new perspectives to our discussions, always walk in with a positive attitude, and I'm sure I can speak for all of us when saying that we can't wait for the next year with you.

Jeni. Jeni. Jeni. Jeni. What a year, am I right? I'm not one to say "I told you so," but c'mon, I told you so. Without you, our chapter would be nothing. Part of being resilient is being with the right people at the right time, and you came into our chapter as the right person at the right time. No wonder we call you Mom, because from 4:30 to 8:30 every single Wednesday, you care for us and feed us. I mean, what else are Mom's for (sorry Mom!)? You always figure out a way to make things work, and to be honest, this is my least favorite time of year because you're so focused on camp. From our long car rides, to our jokes about our FAVORITE chapter ever, and to our long phone calls, and mannnnnnyyyyy more memories, I can proudly say that this year in USY has been the best. You are the reason why we all love USY, and you hold this chapter together. Thank you for the best year of my life and for always being there to give me advice.

Finally, to the Bandits: Thank you for being the best family I could have asked for.
And so, a year later, I think there's only one thing left to say: Rick! The man!
Thank you, and Todah Rabah!
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MAZAL TOV TO:
Abby Winograd, on receiving The Aleza Baltuch Winslow Award for the Outstanding USYer of the Year at the USY End of Year Banquet, Wednesday night.
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MAZAL TOV TO:
Rabbi Mario Rojzman on being named "Clergy of the Year" by Miami Health Systems, Jewish Community Services and Mishkan Miami. Kol HaKavod and well deserved
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MAZAL TOV TO:

Miguel and Cristine Lerner, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Felipe, at our Thrusday Morning Minyan.
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MAZAL TOV TO:
Jessica and Sebastian Sagranichne, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Pablo, on Thursday Morning.
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SHABBAT SERVICES

SERVICE/CANDLE-LIGHTING SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 26, 2017
7:00 pm-Shabbat B'Yachad Services in the Perez Chapel.

Light Shabbat Candles at 7:47 pm.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:30 am-Services for Shabbat in the Perez Chapel.
10:00 am-Partners in Torah in the Miniaci Library

Shabbat ends at: 8:44 pm.

SHAVUOT SERVICE SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
7:00 pm-Annual Hy Tucker z"l Tikkun Layl Shavuot. Services and learning preceded by an optional Dairy Dinner (see flyer below)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
9:30 am-Shavuot Morning Services
7:00 pm-Mincha/Maariv Services
Thursday, June 1, 2017
9:30 am-Shavuot Morning Services
10:45 am-Yizkor
SPECIAL NOTE:
8:00 pm-Mincha/Maariv with an additional Yizkor Service for those not able to attend Yizkor in the morning.
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