Temple Beth Orr’s Response to The Stoneman Douglas Tragedy & Relevant Resources

During this difficult time, many of us are searching for ways we can help the families and students affected by the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. We would like to share with you what TBO is doing as well as some resources and ways you can help!

The TBO Social Action Committee will be forming a “subcommittee” to ensure that our community is supporting those in need for the long term and that TBO is addressing ways that our community can be involved.     Watch for an email with the next meeting day and time.

Rabbi Bloch is available upon request to assist all congregants through this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to her.


 On March 10th –     Please join the Rabbi and your fellow congregants at the “I Stand with MSD – Walk for Solidarity” This walk will start at North Community Park and end at the school.  At the event, community groups, teachers and students will walk hand-in-hand one-half mile to MSD.   After the event, Rabbi will lead us in song and prayer. Watch your email for more information.

On March 24th – TBO will be participating in the local MARCH FOR OUR LIVES – More information will be forth coming.

Attend the Chava Mirel Concert – at TBO on Saturday, March 4th – All of the proceeds from the concert are earmarked towards the efforts of our youth to address the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting

Laminated Banners – The school has requested that banners with well wishes be displayed on campus for the staff, students and community. The TBO ECC has sent a banner
A second banner from TBO will be created during Mitzvah Day on March 4th

Donate Blood – We will have a bloodmobile at Mitzvah Day at TBO on March 4th.

School SuppliesThe teachers misplaced by the tragedy need supplies for their temporary classrooms. Bring supplies to Mitzvah Day on March 4th or drop them off in the TBO office. This link will take you to the wish list on Amazon


Support Services – In the days following the tragedy, many of our congregants have generously donated their counseling’s services to those in need. If you would like to offer support services for the MSD community, it can be submitted at browardschools.com/wesupport.

Letter Writing Campaign –       On Mitzvah Day and on an ongoing basis, in our Hall of Honors will have templates that can be completed along with the proper mailing supplies. This will assist those congregants that wish to send letters to those that represent us.   Well thought out letters are one of the most effective ways Americans have of influencing the lawmakers they elect.
The tools and supplies have been generously unwritten by a congregant.

Counseling – In addition to Rabbi, TBO has had counselors available (to those in need) since the day of this tragedy.     Rabbi has led sessions for our youth and their parents and we will continue to have counselors available.

Meal Chain –   Our ECC is participating in a meal chain for the Wikander family (whose child recently got home from the hospital).

Blanket for Ben – Members of our sisterhood are knitting squares that will be put together into a blanket for Ben Wikander.     Congregants can join the knitting at Mitzvah day. If multiple blankets are made, they will be donated to others that have been affected by the tragedy.

Link on our Website – A link will be added to the TBO website with information regarding our current and ongoing response to this tragedy. The link should be “live” by next week.

Donate – Ben Wikander: https://www.gofundme.com/ben039s-healing-fund   (TBO MEMBER)

Community Events…

March 13 Edith Soffler, mother of our own Lori Feldman, will be reciting her poem in honor of the victims and families of the MSD shooting at The Poems for Parkland event which will be held on March 13 from 5:30-7:30 at the library on the campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek.

March 2 – Love for Parkland Fundraiser – For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/421737471580498/

March 13th – Poems for Parkland: Poetry of Peace – For more information

On March 24th there will be multiple MARCH for OUR LIVES EVENTS in the tri county area.     More information will be forth coming on how TBO Members, their family and friends can MARCH together.     The link below will take you to the Organization’s Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/pg/marchforourlives/about/?ref=page_internal
https://www.marchforourlives.com   This is the Link for the National Event

If you would like to make a monetary donation or purchase merchandise…

Send MDS students to Washington – A GoFundMe account has been set up for Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to fly to the nation’s capital to speak with the Senate about having a hearing on gun control. https://www.gofundme.com/send-50-parkland-students-to-dc

In response to the outpouring of requests from across our community and across the nation for ways to help the victims and their families, the Broward Education Foundation (BEF), the 501(c)3 which supports Broward County Public Schools, established a GoFundMe account at gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund

The BEF has launched a mobile giving text-to-donate campaign. A text sent to “20222” with the message “PARKLAND” in all caps will forward a $10 donation to support the families and victims of this tragedy.

Buy a T-shirt – The Parkland PTA/PTO has organized a fundraiser selling T-shirts.       Proceeds will go to the victim families, first responders and MSD memorial fund. https://lovemsd.com/MSD_Strong/shop/home.

To buy a Bracelet/bumper sticker – https://3heartstrings1.godaddysites.com/?olsPage=products


  • Kyle Laman- https://www.gofundme.com/raising-money-for-laman-family
  • Maddy Wilford- https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-missy-and-maddy
  • Anthony Borges- https://www.gofundme.com/anthonyborges
  • Justin Colton- https://www.gofundme.com/gsm7er-help-to-send-justin-to-italy
  • Scott Beigel (Teacher)- http://scottjbeigelmemorialfund.com/
    Or https://www.gofundme.com/55uf21k
  • Alyssa Aldaheff: https://www.gofundme.com/alyssas-memorial-fund
  • Martin duque- https://www.gofundme.com/32z7etk
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17- https://www.gofundme.com/nicholas-dworett
  • Luke Hoyer, 15- Please donate in Luke Hoyer’s name to Voices for Children of Broward County at www.voicesbroward.org (*link misspelled in obituary)
  • Aaron Feis coach- https://www.gofundme.com/in-honor-of-our-fallen-hero
  • Jaime Guttenberg, 14- https://www.gofundme.com/55msm4g
  • Christopher Hixon, 49: https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-hixons
  • Cara Loughran, 14- https://www.gofundme.com/caraloughran
  •  Gina Montalto, 14- https://www.gofundme.com/ginamontalto
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17- https://www.gofundme.com/joaquinoliver
  • Alaina Petty, 14: https://www.gofundme.com/nf3ck-alaina-petty
  • Meadow Pollack, 18- https://www.gofundme.com/meadowpollack
  • Alexander Schachter, 14- https://www.gofundme.com/55jm4g8
  • Carmen Schentrup, 16- https://www.gofundme.com/carmenmschentrup
  • Peter Wang, – family is requesting donations just be made to the school’s general fundraising site.*new from family*https://fundrazr.com/PeterWang…


  • Broward County Public Schools in partnership with local and community agencies, has extended its hours to address immediate needs and provide support for those impacted by this tragedy through the Family Assistance Center (FAC). The FAC, is located at the Parkland Recreational and Enrichment Center, 10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL, 33076. The FAC will be open– Friday, March 2: noon – 7 p.m.
  • For those needing to speak with a counselor over the phone, the BCPS hotline with family counselors is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at 754-321-HELP or 754-321-4357. You can also email 24/7 to wesupport@browardschools.com, or text FL to 741741 to connect with a counselor.
  • The District has also created an online Crisis Support Resource:
  • www.browardschools.com/crisissupport, which includes information on receiving assistance – as well as tips for parents and families for helping their children cope with this tragedy. 211 Broward, the comprehensive helpline for crisis and health, and human services is also available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1.

Ongoing Campaigns and Fundraisers

Kyle Laman- recovering – https://www.gofundme.com/raising-money-for-laman-family
Maddy wilford- recovering – https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-missy-and-maddy
Ben wikander: recovering – https://www.gofundme.com/ben039s-healing-fund
Anthony Borges- recovering – https://www.gofundme.com/anthonyborges
Justin Colton- recovering – https://www.gofundme.com/gsm7er-help-to-send-justin-to-italy
General Stoneman Douglas Victim Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund
Shirt purchase- http://lovemsd.com/MSD_Strong/shop/product-detail/1000301?
Bracelet/bumper sticker – https://3heartstrings1.godaddysites.com/?olsPage=products
Scott Beigel (Teacher)- http://scottjbeigelmemorialfund.com/
Or https://www.gofundme.com/55uf21k
Alyssa Aldaheff: https://www.gofundme.com/alyssas-memorial-fund
Martin duque- https://www.gofundme.com/32z7etk
Nicholas Dworet, age 17- https://www.gofundme.com/nicholas-dworett
Luke Hoyer, age 15- Please donate in Luke Hoyer’s name to Voices for Children of Broward County at www.voicesbroward.org (*link misspelled in obituary)
Aaron Feis coach- https://www.gofundme.com/in-honor-of-our-fallen-hero
Jaime Guttenberg, age 14- https://www.gofundme.com/55msm4g
Christopher Hixon, age 49: https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-hixons
Cara Loughran, age 14- https://www.gofundme.com/caraloughran
Gina Montalto, age 14- https://www.gofundme.com/ginamontalto
Joaquin Oliver, age 17- https://www.gofundme.com/joaquinoliver
Alaina Petty, age 14: https://www.gofundme.com/nf3ck-alaina-petty
Meadow Pollack, age 18- https://www.gofundme.com/meadowpollack
Alexander Schachter, age 14- https://www.gofundme.com/55jm4g8
Carmen Schentrup, age 16- https://www.gofundme.com/carmenmschentrup
Peter Wang, – family is requesting donations just be made to the school’s general fundraising site.
(No longer accepting) https://www.gofundme.com/peter-wang-memorial-fund
Jewish Community assistance link: http://www.uniteparkland.com
Kids March in Washington: https://www.marchforourlives.com/

Michelle RossTemple Beth Orr’s Response to The Stoneman Douglas Tragedy & Relevant Resources
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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
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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
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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
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Rabbi Bloch to Join Temple Beth Orr

It is with great joy that we announce that our temple family affirmed the Board of Trustees recommendation by unanimously voting to hire Rabbi Marci Bloch as our Senior Rabbi, effective July 1, 2017.  We sincerely thank all of the members of the Rabbinic Search Committee, our Board of Trustees and all of our congregants who participated in the process.  May we go from strength to strength.

Bloch has served as the Associate Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton for the past 12 years.  At B’nai Israel, she has been involved in all aspects of congregational life, including pastoral care, Jewish healing, creative ritual, religious school, B’nai Mitzvah, teen programs as well as the Early Childhood Center.  She also served as the Assistant Rabbi at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation in Indiana for two years.

Ordained through Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Bloch also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about family education, adult learning, and working with youth.  Bloch stated, “I am so thrilled to be joining the Temple Beth Orr family and I look forward to being part of this warm, welcoming community.”   Rabbi Bloch is excited to share her love for Judaism with the Temple Beth Orr community as well as those who seek a spiritual home in the Coral Springs area.

All are invited to join the congregation in welcoming Rabbi Bloch, along with her husband Jason and two children, Maya and Yael at her first Shabbat service.  Please join us at Shabbat Services on July 14, 2017 for Rabbi Bloch’s first service at Temple Beth Orr.

Michelle RossRabbi Bloch to Join Temple Beth Orr
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Pizza Hamantaschen

Traditional hamantaschen recipes abound but have you ever tried a hamantaschen that is a meal in itself?

Refrigerated biscuits
Shredded cheese
Pizza sauce
Give children a biscuit placed on a piece of wax paper or a paper plate. Help each child flatten out the biscuit, still keeping the circle shape. Place a spoonful of pizza sauce in the center and then sprinkle on the cheese. Pinch the ends into a triangle shape like a hamantaschen and bake on a greased cookie sheet following the directions on the biscuit container.

Cool and enjoy!

Shared from ReformJudaism.com

Michelle RossPizza Hamantaschen
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