5780/2019 High Holy Days at Temple Solel

High Holy Days - Rosh Hashanah - Yom Kippur

Words reflect reality.  They also create reality.

For example: consider the way that we speak about the entire experience of the Days of Awe (also known as the High Holy Days).

What do we American Jews call those things that gain you admission into worship services?

“Tickets.”

A ticket is: what you get for driving too fast; or, what you need to get on a plane or a train; or what you use when you go to the theater, a concert, or a sports event.

A “ticket” implies a performance, something passive, something that you watch.

At Temple Solel, we have thought about what this coming season really means. It is a season of renewal — of spiritual, personal, moral, and communal renewal.

What is the most dominant image of the Days of Awe? Gates — the passage ways that led us into the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, and the entrance paths of our prayers to the heavens.

We no longer have “tickets.” We have keys — keys that will open up our gates to renewal.

Here is your key — not only to the experience of the Days of Awe, but to the unfolding experience of deep religious and communal life here at Temple Solel.

This year, may we help you find the key that will unlock your soul.

An early wish for shanah tovah — a good and sweet year.

See our High Holidays Schedule by clicking here.

Check Out the Best New Way to Connect to the Jewish Community

It’s now easier than ever to get your spiritual fix

It’s 2019 and at Temple Solel, we know how important it is to keep up with the digital pace, so we’ve been working hard on our new website!

We’re super excited to launch this new site with a fresh look and features, but our goal is still the same! We want to get our message out to not only our congregation, but to also reach more people. This allows us to extend our community while providing information, resources and support to our current members.

Today, we want to take some time and introduce our new site to you:

 

Who We Are

What’s in a name? In our case, everything.

When you head over to our website, one of the first things you’ll notice is our name, Temple Solel. The word Solel means pathfinder and that’s what we aim to be for today’s Jewish people.

We help our members connect to Judaism and create “GPS Systems” for fostering spiritual growth, ongoing learning, and determining how to respond to the challenges of modern-day life. We offer worship services, creative musical programs, youth education and programming, continuing Jewish education, social justice and environmental care programs, life cycle celebrations, and many other services that all work toward building your connection to Judaism and Jewish people.

Let our website be your guide to all things Temple Solel. You can read much more about our history, programs, and special Jewish events, plus you can find out where and how to volunteer or donate.

 

What’s Our Mission

As you peruse through our information, you will learn loads about us, including our purpose. The values of Judaism radiate through everything we do. We believe Judaism is the:

  • Heart – communal worship and individual spirituality.
  • Head – learning opportunities for everyone.
  • Hand – activism in the larger community and social justice.
  • Hospitality – the creation of a community where everyone is welcome and valued.

And we strive to keep all of these at the core of everything we do.

We also believe in education and its importance in making progress in the world. Lifelong learning is what we call it and we offer classes ranging from Early Childhood Education and K-12 School of Living Judaism, to adult continuing education classes. Here, students can learn Hebrew, Jewish traditions and culture, plus much more!

 

How to Get Started

There are numerous ways to get involved in our Jewish community. Whether you join us for Shabbat services Friday evening and Saturday morning, Saturday morning Torah study with the rabbi, Israeli dancing with the cantor, lifelong Jewish learning, or socializing at an event, we welcome you with open arms!

Stop by an event or schedule a time to come in and take a tour–we’re here to help you get involved!

 

Learn More

Explore our website to learn about Temple Solel and how it’s grown and changed over the years. Drop us a line with a comment or question–we’d love to hear from you! We’ll be making frequent updates, so subscribe to our newsletter to stay linked to our special events and the latest Temple developments.

 

Temple Solel Commemorated for Completion of the GreenFaith Energy Shield

Dear Temple Solel,

On behalf of GreenFaith and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, it is our great pleasure to commemorate your completion of the GreenFaith Energy Shield! Over the past year, you have done tremendous work to reduce your carbon footprint and educate your members about the importance of energy conservation. You should feel really proud of your efforts.

It has been a joy to work with you, and we look forward to collaborating on other environmental projects in the future. We are enclosing a beautiful certificate, made from recycled materials, that showcases your completion of the program. Please share our excitement with your entire congregation; we encourage you to display your certificate proudly.

Thank you for your commitment and your dedication—you are an inspiring example for the entire GreenFaith and RAC community.

Warmly,

Stacey Kennealy
Energy Shield Director

Temple Solel Presents Climate Change Resolution

Scott Lewis, co-chair of our tikkun olam committee, makes Solel history — presenting the resolution on climate change to the plenary of the URJ Biennial. Solel was the lead synagogue in bringing this resolution to the floor. How proud we are of him, our tikkun olam committee — and Temple Solel. We have made a major difference in the Reform movement and in the world.

Temple Solel wins Social Action Award

Fain Award Seal Temple SolelThe Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism has awarded Temple Solel the 2017 Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award for their, Sea Level Rise Higher Ground Initiative.

Their innovative program will be spotlighted at the URJ Biennial Convention in Boston, in December, 2017, as well as on the Religious Action Center’s website.

This is a major achievement for Temple Solel, and a well-deserved national recognition of the work of the Tikkun Olam Committee. A hearty mazal tov to them, and especially to the leadership of Nikki Glantz, Stephanie Jofe, and Scott Lewis.

May we all continue to go from strength to strength together.

Community leaders rally for peace

The Gore family members are among the 300 who attended the “Stop The Terror” rally at Temple Solel. (Staff photo/Orit Ben-Ezzer)


Approximately 300 people came to express their solidarity with Israel in a rally for peace titled “Stop The Terror” that took place recently at Temple Solel in Hollywood.

The rally, held inside in the main auditorium, was planned by leaders from Temple Solel and 22 mostly Broward based Jewish organizations over 72 hours as a quick response to the recent violence in the Middle East.

According to reports by the Associated Press, 10 Israelis have been killed over the past five weeks in Palestinian attacks, mostly by stabbings, and more have been wounded.

The rally, highlighted by speeches from Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of Temple Solel, Israeli Consul General to Florida Chaim Shacham and Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, was noteworthy for not involving strong political statements.

“We are involved together for a call for peace and solidarity and not to talk about politics,” said Rabbi Gideon Goldenholz of Temple Sinai of Hollywood.

The core message was that South Florida Jews feel the pain whenever terrorists attack Israelis.

“If terrorists fire bullets into the bodies of Jewish parents in the West Bank, the Jew in West Broward feels it,” said Salkin.

“If terrorists try to board a school bus to kill children in Beit Shemesh, the Jew in Boca feels it.”

“If a rabbi and two worshippers are attacked outside of a synagogue in Marseilles, the Jew in Margate feels it.”

“I will tell you why. We Jews are one body. We Jews are one soul. We Jews are one heart, from the West Bank to West Broward, from Beit Shemesh to Boca, from Marseilles to Margate.”

“Why are we here? Because we Jews might be a small people, but we are a very large family,” said Salkin, applauded by the supporters.

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Temple Solel is Always Doing Their Part to Make the World a Better Place

by Beverly Perkins | Our City Our Hollywood

Tikkun Olam is a Jewish concept which defines acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world, and to assist those who may be at a disadvantage. Although Temple Solel in Hollywood always has ongoing projects to help others, they declared a specific day eleven years ago to gather congregants of all ages to fulfill the action of mitzvoh (performing good deeds). Read more

Rabbi brings gift of teaching to Temple Solel

Not all rabbis will quote Mick Jagger or Bob Dylan in a sermon.

However, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, the new spiritual leader at Temple Solel of Hollywood since Aug. 1, has built up a national following by writing twelve books and having a blog he writes on contemporary topics titled “Martini Judaism for those who want to be shaken and stirred.”

“I am fond of Bob Dylan’s music. I am particularly devoted to the music of Leonard Cohen, who writes songs that reflect a deep sense of Jewish spirituality,” said Salkin.

“It’s not just Jewish rock musicians. I greatly appreciate that the Rolling Stones played a concert in Tel Aviv this past year. Mick Jagger even spoke Hebrew to the audience. Good for the Stones for defying the cultural boycott of Israel.”

“I am honored to work at Temple Solel because it is a multi-generational community. I have discovered a deep hunger and interest in learning. My job is to continually try to light and fan those flames,” said Salkin.

“We are thrilled to have Rabbi Salkin as our senior rabbi,” said Joseph Stadlen, president of Temple Solel. “His enthusiasm, spirit and approach to teaching will resonate well with our congregation and we look forward to continued learning of the Jewish religion through his wisdom, knowledge and experience.”

Salkin’s range of topics written is broad, with articles written on masculinity and Judaism, spirituality of work, interfaith relations, Jewish history with articles published in “Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “Readers Digest” and “The Forward.”

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