Special B.A.R.T. Shabbat Speaker – 3/11/16

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander
President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism

Temple Beth Orr is excited to announce that Rabbi Danny Freelander will be our special guest speaker at B.A.R.T. Shabbat tonight, March 11th at 7:30pm!

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander serves as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. With offices in New York and Jerusalem, Rabbi Freelander leads the coordinating body of over 1.8 million Jews, representing almost 1000 congregations and 7 regional bodies.

Rabbi Freelander served the North American Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as a staff member since 1975. As a NFTY Director, UAHC Regional Director, North American Director of Program and URJ Senior Vice President, he provided creative vision and management to dozens of programs and projects, including URJ Biennial conferences, music and worship initiatives and publications, camping and Israel programs. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, Freelander is well known for lecturing on trends in Reform synagogue life. Together with Cantor Jeff Klepper, he has composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies including the well known “Shalom Rav” and “Lo Alecha.”

He is a native of Worcester, MA, and holds degrees from Trinity College, Hartford, and the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He serves on the boards of the Zamir Choral Foundation and Odyssey Networks, an interfaith media group. Rabbi Freelander is married to Rabbi Elyse Frishman, editor of the Reform siddur Mishkan T’filah, and rabbi of the Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ. They have three adult children and live in Ridgewood NJ.

Michelle RossSpecial B.A.R.T. Shabbat Speaker – 3/11/16
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Mitzvah Day is a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who made Mitzvah Day a huge success!

On Sunday, February 28th approximately 200 people came together with a common purpose of tikkun olam. We spent the morning working together to help repair the world. What follows are highlights of what we accomplished together.

We made 335 sandwiches for Broward Outreach.
We created approximately 200 Hope Totes for Broward Outreach.
We raised $320 for Camp Jenny.
We filled 29 backpacks with supplies for the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth) project.

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to making Mitzvah Day 2016 such a successful day! It was definitely a collaborative effort, involving the co-chairs, committee members, project captains, project sponsors, people who worked in front of and behind the scenes to help pull the day together, and of course, the community who turned out in large numbers to enthusiastically support the event; thank you!

Mitzvah Day Committee:
Jeannine Cotler
Regina Elkin
Linda Goldberg
Susan Goldberg
Irving Horowitz
Renae Horowitz
Sandi Horowitz
Tami Karako
Melissa Kenny, Co-Chair
Jodi Klein
Fran Kraft
Gail Kuhn
Shelly Lehner
Aly Masciale
Hillary Nadelman, Co-Chair
Joyce Rubin
Meryl Schwartz
Adrienne Steiner
Gail Steiner

Mitzvah Day Project Captains:
Suzanne Andisman (Humane Society)
Jeannine Cotler (B’nai Mitzvah projects)
Regina Elkin (Blood Drive)
Judie Goren (Knitting/Crocheting)
Irving Horowitz (Torah/Prayer Book repair)
Renae Horowitz (Rabbi Gross Food Closet)
Edith Kaplan (Fleece Blanket making)
Stacy Kardys (HIPPY)
Jackie Klein (Challah making)
Fran Kraft (Thank You cards)
Shelly Lehner (Sandwich making)
Liz McEwen (Park Summit)
Aly Masciale (Car Wash)
Garry Pottruck (Clean/organize new meeting space)
Tamara Ronkin (Yoga class)
Meryl Schwartz (Hope Totes)
Samantha Silver (HIPPY)
Adrienne Steiner (Letter to Soldiers)
Shari Tromer (Sort/fold/deliver clothing donations)

Other Assistants:
Noah Feinberg (Mitzvah Day video)
Autumn Sheridan (general help with organizing etc.)
Laura Bernstein (Mitzvah Day music)
Ed Kaplan (Mitzvah Day music)
Michelle Ross (resource, set-up, editing, registration, TBO info)
Lisa Nelson (professional organizer for new meeting space)
Michael Black (breakfast)
Chandler Black (breakfast and event photography)
Madison McEwen (event photography)
Marilyn Richter (challah making assistant)
Laurie Leavy (event runner/floater, clean-up)
Leigh Anne Roth (clean-up)
Joyce Rubin (set-up, registration)
Gail Steiner (set-up, event floater)
Christian Kaye (deliver clothing to Broward Outreach)
Shari Tromer (deliver clothing to Broward Outreach)
Ross Nadelman (deliver sandwiches and Hope Totes to Broward Outreach)
Winnie the cake lady (need her last name) – bread for sandwich project
Rabbi Loving
Suzanne Andisman
Naomi Gordon

Mitzvah Day Sponsors:
Gail Kuhn (fleece blankets supplies)
Lauri Sokoloff (car wash supplies)
ECC Families and PTO (HIPPY project)
Adrienne Steiner (Letter to Soldiers supplies)
Fran Kraft (Thank You cards supplies)
Regina Elkin (Letters to Soldiers and Thank You cards supplies)
Jeannine Cotler (Letter to soldiers supplies)
Rosenberg Religious School grades 3-7 (sandwich making)
Meryl Schwartz (Torah/Prayer Book repair supplies)
Hillary Nadelman (various Mitzvah Day supplies)
Melissa Kenny (various Mitzvah Day supplies)
Joyce Rubin (sandwich making supplies)
Liz McEwen (Park Summit supplies)
Publix (hairnets and gloves for food projects)
DSW (boxes for kitten box projects)

Michelle RossMitzvah Day is a Huge Success!
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