Temporary Administrative Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Friday: Office Closed

The office will be closed

Monday, May 29, 2023.

The Kodesh Konnection will be sent on Tuesday next week.


May 25-27 6-7 Sivan 5783

Jewish unity can be fleeting at times, but those rare moments of Jewish unity have led to who we have become today.

On the holiday of Shavuot, we mark the moment when God revealed the Torah to our ancestors, and to us, as the Midrash teaches, all Jews, past, present and future, we were at Sinai. At Sinai we stood, K'ish Echad B'lev Echad, as if we were one person with one heart. As I thought of the idea of all of us standing together at Sinai, I was reminded of a special concert that occurred on Israel's 70th birthday.

In 2018, a musical group called Koolulam celebrated Israel's Independence Day, by inviting 12,000 people who hadn't met before to sing together in a special event with the artist Shlomi Shabat, accompanied by the Jerusalem Street Orchestra, in collaboration with the office of the President, the Ministry of Social Equality, and the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality. Together, they sang the following song: Al Kol Eileh written by the famous Israeli poet and songwriter Naomi Shemer following the Yom Kippur War:

Over the honey and the stinger

Over the bitter and the sweet

Over our daughter, our baby

My God, watch over what is good


Over all these, Over all these

God please watch over them for me,

Over the honey and the stinger

Over the bitter and the sweet


Watch over this house for me, my God,

the garden, and the wall

protect them from pain, from sudden fear

and from war.

Over the honey and the stinger...over the bitter and the sweet.  

These words actually have an origin in our Midrash. The Midrash (Midrash Tanchuma Balak 6) imagines a scenario where someone, when confronted by a bee, says, I don't want your honey, nor your sting. Shemer rejects this notion in her song; she embraces the notion that one cannot have the sweet without the bitter, the honey without the sting. This is what it means to love the modern state of Israel.  

After the protests that are still ongoing and the debate over judicial reform in Israel, it is hard to imagine that such unity once occurred. Jewish unity was once again needed to create the modern state of Israel in the late 1800s, and it is needed now.

This year, we have two opportunities to celebrate Jewish Unity. The first will occur tonight on our Federation campus as the entire community joins together for an evening of learning right before Shavuot, with the theme of Torah and K'ish Echad B'lev Echad. This program not only serves as an opportunity to learn Torah but also provides an excellent opportunity for members of different communities to learn together with people they would never get a chance to meet (details on the flyer below).

And of course, we will gather as a congregation for our night of learning on Shavuot. I take great pride that our congregation is the only non-Orthodox synagogue in South Florida that holds an all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Our theme this year is Zionism: An Infinite Idea - the Past, Present, and Future of Israel. We have a full lineup of talented teachers, and delicious dairy desserts that will be served all night long. Please stand with us once again at Sinai for what promises to be an unforgettable evening!

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a Hag Sameach!

Rabbi David Baum


Want to learn more about Shavuot?

Check out Exploring Judaism's article - Shavuot: Z’man Matan Torateinu

Because Shavuot runs into Shabbat, we perform a ritual called Eiruv Tavshilin - Click here for an article about the practice and instructions

on how to perform the mitzvah.


May 25: Tikkun Leil Shavuot - All Night Study Session Schedule

May 26: Sunrise Service 5:30 AM; Shavuot Day 1 9:30 AM

May 27: New/Prospective Member Shabbat; Shavuot Day 2/Yizkor 9:30 AM

Zoom Link for all Shabbat/Holiday Services


Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129    Passcode: 910086

Beginning Friday, May 26,

Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Services will be

on hiatus for the Summer.

If you have a yartzeit or a loss in your family

and would like to say Kaddish with a minyan,

please contact the office.


Thursday, May 25:

Family Programming: 7 PM

All Night Study Session Schedule: 8 PM

Friday, May 26:

Sunrise Service: 5:30 AM

Shavuot Day 1: 9:30 AM

Saturday, May 27:

New Member Shabbat/

Shavuot Day 2 w/ Yizkor: 9:30 AM



Saturday, May 27, 2023

9:30 AM ET



Thank you to the Weiss Family: Shavuot Impact Board 2022 Thank you to Nan Berkowitz: Shavuot Dessert Sponsor

Yahrzeit and Refuah Shlema List***
Siddur Lev Shalem - Maariv for Shabbat & Festivals
Siddur Lev Shalem - Shabbat & Festivals Morning
*Thank you to Bagel Twins for donating bagels for our Kiddush!
*Please note that ONLY the bagels, bialys, and pocket rolls from Bagel Twins at 5130 Linton Blvd are considered kosher (dairy) and are under the supervision of Rabbi Lester Herring. 

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