Havurah of South Florida


Nov. 8-10, 2002

Az Yashir Moshe!

A Joyous Musical Weekend with

Moshe Budmor

Shabbaton Program


Friday Evening:  Shared Shabbat, 7:30 pm, at the home of Helen Scarr, Pinecrest. 

RSVP 305-259-7410.   Kabbalat Shabbat  service led by Moshe, followed by  vegetarian/dairy potluck Shabbat dinner.     
After dinner:  Moshe’s songs and stories.

Shabbat Morning:  10 am, HSF Minyan, University of Miami Hillel,

RSVP 305-666-7349.   Moshe will lead the service, followed by a study session on the topic:

  “Honor Thy Diction and Prosody: Relationship between Words and Music”

Afterwards, Moshe will meet with members of the Havurah interested in forming a community chorus.

Saturday Evening: Havdalah,  7:30 pm, at the home of  At the new home of Eileen Leisten, Hollywood. RSVP 954-964-9636. Bring snacks to share.

“The Anatomy of a Composition.” Moshe, who is also a talented composer, will share one of his string quartets based on a Shabbat theme with us, and explain how he wrote it.   

Sunday Morning: Family Bayt Midrash, 10 am, at the home of  Michelle and Alan Greenstein, Pinecrest. RSVP 305-252-0021.

“Make a Joyful Noise”: a multi-generational musical experience.  Bring musical instruments if you have them.


Dr.  Moshe Budmor is a musician, composer, conductor, and a retired professor of Music.    He received degrees in choral and orchestral conducting from Juilliard, and a doctorate in composition from Columbia University, where he did post-doctoral work in ethnomusicology.  Moshe has been professor of music at universities in the US, Israel and Germany, and has directed orchestras and choruses in Haifa, New York and Princeton.  He is Director of Lashir, the Jewish community chorus of Princeton, NJ. Moshe is an expert in teaching non-musicians to compose innovative music which interprets sacred texts, and has presented his workshops on music-making in the classroom in the United States, Israel and Europe.  One of his specialties is exploring the rhythmic and emotional properties of music used in davenning, and the relationship of the music to the words of prayer and other sacred texts.

Moshe has taught for many years at the annual National Havurah Summer Institute, where he is a beloved teacher of music courses that bring together participants with extensive musical background and those with very little.  He has set the poetry of Alicia Ostriker (Jeptha’s Daughter) and Marsha Falk (Song of Songs) to music. Moshe’s Shabbat morning service will harmonize the voices of everyone present in dynamic song, and his lively hands-on musical program on Sunday morning will delight participants of all ages.

All events are open and free to current members of Havurah of South Florida.  Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to assure adequate seating. Non-members are welcome, but space is limited. A donation ($18 per event suggested) would be appreciated.




Upcoming HSF Shabbaton Weekends 2002-2003.  Mark your calendar now!


Reza Green and Moshe Silver – Dec. 20-22

Multi-talented teachers and musicians, Reza and Moshe facilitated their City Island (NY) shul’s Shabbat morning program, for which Moshe taught Chumash and Pirkei Avot for many years before their recent move to Princeton, NJ.  They bring high-intensity kavanna to the davenning, and are also master teachers of Jewish text and tradition.  Moshe will offer a workshop on “Meditation with the Avot,” a Torah-based approach to Zen meditation.  On Sunday,  Moshe will present a  program of storytelling and  drumming for the Family Bayt Midrash, while Reza, who will layn for the minyan on Shabbat morning,  conducts a workshop for experienced Havurah Torah-layners.

Sarah Braun and Shai Gluskin – Jan. 17-19

Sarah and Shai are both active members of the Germantown Jewish  Centre in Philadelphia, where they

lead davenning, layn, and offer divrei torah.  Sarah  is a psychiatrist and a Jungian analyst, whose  interests include the interrelationships among art, myth, dreams, religion and spirituality.  Shai, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is the  Director of Education of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and  an adjunct member of the RRC  faculty.  His interests include parenting as a  spiritual discipline as well as Israeli popular culture and poetry.   On Sunday morning Shai will lead adults and kids in TorahQuest, an interactive Torah study experience.

Diane J. Klein –  Jan. 31-Feb. 2.  “Jewish Law School Weekend.”

Diane J. Klein teaches at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX.  She received her JD from  UCLA’s School of Law in 1997, and is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at UC Berkeley. She also teaches Jewish Adult Education courses on comparative Jewish, Israeli, and American law and on Jewish mysticism. This Shabbaton, timed to coincide with  Parshat Mishpatim, will  provide an introduction to traditional Jewish (as distinct from Israeli) approaches to contemporary legal issues (not matters of Jewish religious law or observance).  Its focus will be on rabbinic legal reasoning and substantive principles of law drawn from halakhah.    Sunday’s family program will explore classical legal dilemmas, combining the “Socratic method” used in  law school classrooms with a “problem method” appropriate for mixed-age groups.

More Shabbaton weekends scheduled for the Spring!    Details will be available soon.

Marsha B. Cohen, Program Chair


These  Shabbatonim are made possible by the members of Havurah of South Florida.

We invite and welcome your participation and support!


To:  Havurah of South Florida    7800 Red Road, Suite 215E     South Miami, FL 33143

Phone 305-666-7349



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