Rabbi Marci Bloch Installation Weekend, at TEMPLE BETH ORR January 19th , 2018

Coral Springs, FL – Temple Beth Orr is pleased to announce the installation of its new Rabbi, Marci R. Bloch with an exciting weekend of celebrations planned. The simcha (joyous event) begins with a special Shabbat service at 7:30pm on Friday, January 19th, 2018. The activities continue with a Torah study on Saturday at 10:00am, with Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Richard Agler, followed by a light lunch. Reservations are required for lunch. Then at 6:30pm, the whole family can enjoy a “Smores and More” Havdalah service and sing-a-long. This weekend will also be the kick off for a special mitzvah activity on Sunday morning, which will benefit In Jacob’s Shoes. Prior to coming to Temple Beth Orr, Rabbi Bloch served for the past twelve years as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton. She has a great passion for family education, life-long learning and working with youth and young adults. She looks forward to sharing her passion and love for Judaism with the community for many years to come.

Rabbi Marci R. Bloch’s installation weekend will take place at Temple Beth Orr 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL beginning on January 19th at 7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP for an event, please contact the office at (954) 753-3232 or visit www.templebethorr.org/events.

Michelle RossRabbi Marci Bloch Installation Weekend, at TEMPLE BETH ORR January 19th , 2018
read more

The Shabbatones Live A Cappella Concert at TEMPLE BETH ORR January 6th, 2018

Coral Springs, FL – Back by popular demand, Temple Beth Orr is hosting nationally recognized a cappella sensation, The Shabbatones, on Saturday, January 6th, 2018. Everyone is invited to attend this spectacular event! Founded in 2001, The Shabbatones are the University of Pennsylvania’s premier student-run Jewish a cappella group, delivering energetic and entertaining performances worldwide. The concert will include popular American, Israeli and Jewish music, with all arrangements composed, directed and performed by students, including South Florida’s very own Ari Clements. The Shabbatones have performed for a variety of audiences throughout the world, including the White House and Disneyland. You can learn more about this wonderful group and its members by visiting their website at www.pennshabbatones.com or watch their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/pennshabbatones.

The Shabbatones Live Concert will take place at Temple Beth Orr, 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL on January 6th at 7:45pm. There will be a dessert reception after the performance. Tickets are only $18 or $60 for a group of four. For more information or to reserve tickets or sponsorships please visit www.templebethorr.org/events. To contact Temple Beth Orr, please email joinTBO@templebethorr.org or call (954) 753-3232.

Michelle RossThe Shabbatones Live A Cappella Concert at TEMPLE BETH ORR January 6th, 2018
read more

Leaders from TEMPLE BETH ORR in Coral Springs, Florida Will Learn, Pray, and Network with Thousands of their Peers as They Look to the Future

Delegates to return to Temple Beth Orr with new strategies for congregational life.

November 28, 2017, Coral Springs, FL – Leaders from Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs, Florida will join 5,000 Jewish leaders for the 2017 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial, being held in Boston, Massachusetts, from December 6-10.


The URJ Biennial is the largest Jewish religious gathering in North America. Clergy, professionals, lay leaders, educators, youth leaders, and high school and college students will come together to learn, pray, share ideas, network, celebrate, make Reform Movement policy, and create engagement opportunities for the 2 million people – representing nearly 900 Reform Jewish congregations in the U.S. and Canada – who comprise the Reform Jewish community.

Temple Beth Orr is one of 138 Reform Jewish congregations from across North America who will send a group delegation to the conference. Participants from 480+ congregations in 57 states/provinces will attend intensive leadership training and learning sessions about congregational life, designed to enrich personal skills and knowledge, and deliver tangible take-aways to bring back to their congregations.

Attendees may choose from more than 200 learning sessions from 400 expert presenters. Programming is organized within five intensive tracks that reflect the top priorities of the URJ’s bold 2020 Vision action plan: Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality, Tikkun Olam (social justice), Youth Engagement, and Transforming Texts (presented in partnership with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion). View the detailed schedule.

“For clergy, synagogue professionals, and lay leaders, the URJ Biennial offers new and creative solutions about every aspect of congregational life,” said Chair of the URJ Biennial 2017 Luise Mann Burger. “Biennial is simply the best way for local leaders to learn from, share ideas, and network with peers and leading experts.”

Rabbi Marci Bloch of Temple Beth Orr stated, “I have been to several Biennials and I always take home something to better my congregation. I also love the impact Biennial has on those lay leaders who attend with me. It really does nurture people’s souls.”

“I am very excited to attend this, my first Biennial.  I hope to learn more about exciting and flexible membership and education models, that will help us to continue to remove the barriers to affiliation at Temple Beth Orr. Our congregation has a legacy of being forward thinking and I know this opportunity to come together with 5000 other Reform Jews, in a learning and spiritual environment, will continue us on the path of innovation and transformation in the coming years.” said President Lori Weinstock.

Among the highlights of the 2017 Biennial:

  • 200 learning sessions of intensive, focused training for lay and professional leaders
  • Inspiring worship, Torah study, and Jewish learning opportunities
  • Exciting plenary sessions with world-renowned speakers, including URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, leading authors, expert practitioners, Israeli and North American opinion leaders
  • Best Jewish music line-up anywhere including 3 dozen leading musicians and groups, and the Biennial choir featuring conference participants
  • A 5,000-person Shabbat celebration
  • An exhibit hall with more than 150 vendors and Jewish organizations
  • New daily themes: Diversity, Innovation, Action, Faith, Community
  • Resolutions adopted by URJ Biennial delegates address social, economic, and humanitarian issues. Topics of the proposed resolutions being deliberated and voted on at the 2017 Biennial include pursuing racial justice, addressing the impacts of climate change, redistricting, school discipline and academic climate, student on student sexual violence in schools, and responding to the global refugee crisis.

Biennial attendees will hear from illustrious speakers and expert practitioners, including:

  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, social justice leader of Moral Mondays, Repairers of the Breach
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative: her study exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children
  • David Grossman, Israeli author and activist, just named the winner of Man-Booker International Prize for Literature
  • Krista Tippett, host of On Being public radio show and podcast
  • Jodi Nussbaum, VP, Sesame Workshop
  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President
  • Daryl Messinger, Chair of URJ North American Board of Trustees

> Visit www.urj.org/biennial for event info.

> Use hashtag #URJBiennial. Follow the URJ on Facebook & Twitter.

About the Union for Reform Judaism

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) builds community at every level—from the way we collaborate with congregations, organizations, and individuals to how we make connections across North America to advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life. Providing vision and voice to transform the way people connect to Judaism, we help congregations stay adept and agile, motivate more young Jews to embrace Jewish living, agitate for a more progressive society, and foster meaningful connections to Israel.

Founded in 1873, URJ has grown into the most powerful force in North American Jewish life, with almost 900 member congregations and work that inspires millions of people. Our legacy, reach, leadership, and vision mean that we can unite thousands of years of tradition with a modern, evolving Judaism to strengthen Jewish communities today and for future generations.

Visit us at www.URJ.org to learn about our social justice initiatives, camps and programs for young Jews, services for congregations and communities, and how you can work with us to create a more just, whole, and compassionate world. Enjoy related content at ReformJudaism.org and connect with URJ on Twitter and Facebook.



Michelle RossLeaders from TEMPLE BETH ORR in Coral Springs, Florida Will Learn, Pray, and Network with Thousands of their Peers as They Look to the Future
read more