Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Justice, justice, you shall pursue! (Deuteronomy 16:20)
At Beth Or we are on the front lines when morality and justice are at issue. Our sacred gatherings lead us to act: to focus on achieving systemic change and promoting fairness, justice and democracy in Miami-Dade County and beyond. We advocate for the rights of disenfranchised citizens in Florida, provide meals and provisions to homebound senior citizens, organize panels and events illuminating the problems of human trafficking, climate change, and the plight of Syrian refugee families. We do this in the Jewish community and beyond through interfaith dialogue and in partnership with PACT (People Acting for Community Together). Support our efforts to bring righteousness and justice into our world!
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank
We support and participate in numerous community service activities, donating funds and needed items to organizations such as Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, the Miami Power House Church, Jewish Adoption and Family Care (JAFCO), Feed My Sheep, and Lotus House (to name just a few). We also devote time to Chapman Partnership, pack and deliver holiday food to elderly Jewish residents, raise money for the Greater Miami Humane Society and knit for “Warm Up American” project. We act because we believe it is not enough to only pray. We’d appreciate your donation for our initiatives!
Shabbat & Holidays
“More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath,
the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” -Ahad Ha’am
Beth Or members celebrate Shabbat and holidays with prayer, music, and homemade challah. On Tot Shabbat, Rabbi Robyn leads families in candle lighting, prayer & story time followed by a fun songfest. We appreciate different genres of music, and incorporate spiritual and meditative practices into our sacred gatherings. Our choir inspires us and deepens our kavanah (the intent we bring to worship). We thoughtfully reimagine our Shabbat and holiday celebrations so they are meaningful, innovative and interactive. Come celebrate with us and take a stroll in our lovely, meditation garden.
Jewish Learning & Enrichment
“To defend a country, you need an army. But to defend humanity, you need education.” –Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
At Torah study, using our Jewish lenses, we study sacred Jewish texts, also using the perspective of contemporary scholars with current 21st century issues. We wrestle with these challenges and gain new perspectives. Beth Or supports Israel through education and advocacy with monthly Israel Round Table discussions, open to the community at large. Each month, our women’s Red Tent reading group rekindles spirits by sharing new perspectives on books, issues and life. Beth Or conducted an interfaith workshop on climate programs and a Scholar in Residence program. Our cultural, musical, culinary events, holiday bazaars, and community dinners, promote life-long learning and fellowship. Come learn with us!
I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children. -Talmud, Taanit 23a
Beth Or reinvents the Bar/Bat mitzvah by providing students with tools and experiences leading to a lifetime of learning. Our reimagined approach has a strong, yearlong focus on tikkun middot, the study of Jewish character traits, enhanced with Shabbat, holiday and social action activities. Temple membership is not required for young people to participate in this new program.