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VOL. 13 NO. 8                                                                              AUGUST 2023

      Husband-Wife Rabbis Named

      to Lead Temple Israel into Second Century

         Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, a century-
      old this year, added another milestone to its history
      with the start of Ryan and Carlie Daniels as co-
      senior rabbis. Though not unique, the pastoral
      partnership of husband and wife sharing the same
      role is genuinely a first for Palm Beach County and
      a first for Florida. It’s also a first for the couple to
      be working together at the same synagogue.
         Prior to joining Temple Israel, the rabbis
      each held positions at different synagogues in
      the Chicago area. For Rabbi Carlie, the move
      here is a return to her Florida roots. She grew
      up in Rockledge, near Cocoa Beach. Coming                                                            Rabbi Carlie Daniels (center) with Temple Israel members
      from an interfaith family, and as one of only                                                        Traci Braun, Zelda Mason, Charlie Eaton, Valerie Eaton,
      two or three other Jewish youngsters in school                                                       and Fred Apel
      there, she valued the importance of acceptance
      in community. It inspired her to pursue a role  Co-Senior Rabbis Ryan and Carlie Daniels led their first service at Temple   Husband-Wife Rabbis Named on page 2
      in Judaic leadership. Graduating from the  Israel West Palm Beach last month.
      University of Florida with a degree in music,
      she considered becoming a cantor. But her ambitions to be   undergraduate work at University of Buffalo, SUNY. He   Judea Mensches
      a rabbi won out, and she began her studies at Hebrew Union   was raised in a robust Jewish household and community in
      College – Jewish Institute of Religion. That’s where she met   Queens, NY, which nurtured his lifelong desire for a rabbinic
      Ryan, who also was in his first year, having completed his   career. They were married in 2014 and ordained in 2015.  Help Heal the
      South Florida Artist Creates                                                                          World

      Holocaust Memorial for MorseLife                                                                         Several times a month, Temple Judea volunteers

                                                                                                            proudly wear their Team Tikkun Olam t-shirts while
         A  m onum e nt a l                                                                                 giving  back  to  the  local  community. Team Tikkun
      memorial that takes the                                                                               Olam recently gathered at the Palm Beach Food Bank
      form of a tree — cast from                                                                            to prepare food for distribution to our neighbors facing
      32,000 pounds of bronze                                                                               food insecurity. Volunteers bagged vegetables and rice
      — by Palm Beach-based                                                                                 and prepared backpacks filled with nutritious options for
      artist Bruce Gendelman                                                                                struggling families.
      will soon stand as a moving                                                                              In  addition  to  the  Food  Bank,  the  group  also
      tribute to Holocaust                                                                                  volunteers regularly at Quantum House, Feeding Hope
      awareness and education                                                                               Village, and St. George’s Table. As the rabbis teach,
      on the MorseLife Health                                                                               we can’t heal the world all on our own — but we
      System campus.                                                                                        can and should each make a contribution. We are so
         Scheduled to be                                                                                    grateful to all the mensches at Temple Judea who give
      completed this fall, the                                                                              so generously of their time and energy to help support
      memorial  will  serve                                                                                 our neighbors in need.
      as  part  of  MorseLife’s
      commitment to teaching
      the lessons of the
      Holocaust through the
      Holocaust Learning                                                Artist Bruce Gendelman helps Haylee
      Experience (HLE)  MorseLife  President  and  CEO  Keith A.  Myers  Hewes, 5, place a butterfly on the memorial
      presented by MorseLife  watches the installation of The Gendelman Children’s  that commemorates the 1.5 million children
      Next Generations.      Holocaust Memorial.                        who perished in the Holocaust.

                                                                                   “The horrific facts of
                                                                                 the Holocaust are almost
                                                                                 beyond comprehension
                                                                                 and impossible to discuss
                                                                                 without getting emotional,”
                                                                                 said Keith  A. Myers,
                                                                                 MorseLife’s  President  and

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