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Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs celebrates its 50th anniversary with events • Coral Springs Talk

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By Sharon Aron Baron

In 1972, when Coral Springs had only one entrance and exit road, 12 Jewish families started a congregation.

Gathered at the Westinghouse Home Center on University Drive, just north of Sample Road, their first Shabbat service was on August 11, 1972, with Rabbi Emanuel Schenk. They called the Congregation the Hebrew Congregation of Coral Springs.

Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs celebrates its 50th anniversary with events

Westinghouse Home Center in Coral Springs in 1972, {Coral Springs}

Coral Ridge Properties helped the congregation purchase the property at the corner of Royal Palm and Riverside Drive, where the current building still stands.

Now known as Temple Beth Orr, Hebrew for Temple of Life, worshipers celebrate 50 years in the city of Coral Springs.

Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs celebrates its 50th anniversary with events

Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs in 1978. {Temple Beth Orr}

Rabbi Laura Rappaport said the journey and evolution of Coral Springs and Temple Beth Orr are intertwined.

“I am delighted to serve as a rabbi during this exciting time for the local Jewish community in Coral Springs. It’s time to reflect on how our ever-close-knit, warm, and welcoming congregation has changed over time and will continue to do so in the future.

Steve. Marcus, president of Temple Beth Orr, invites the community to celebrate the journey by hosting several events this year.

“What Temple Beth Orr has meant both to the Jewish community of Northwest Broward and to the towns of Coral Springs, Margate, Tamarac, Coconut Creek and Parkland cannot even begin to be measured.”

Events commemorating the Golden Anniversary will take place throughout the year, including:

Open day

On Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be an open house that will include Kuhn Early Years Center, Rosenberg Religious School, Youth Programs, and Sisterhood, Brotherhood.

Temple Beth Orr invites the public to tour the facilities and ask questions. There will be food, fun and activities for all ages, including a bouncy house and BBQ.

50th Anniversary Shabbat Service

Held on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – with a special congregational Oneg – or dessert – after the service.

Arts and Academics Week

From December 7 to 11, 2022, The arts and scholars week includes a talk by Rabbi Mark Gross titled “The Music of Israel in Wartime: A Window to the Soul of a Nation.” Hear how, even amid more than 70 years of ongoing conflict, songwriters from the resurgent Jewish state reflected aspiration and affirmation.

There will also be a special study with Rabbi Laura Rappaport and an art and history tour of Temple Beth Orr.

Comedy Club night

On Saturday, January 21, 2023, don’t miss Comedy Club Night. Tickets will be sold for this event.

Throughout the year

Temple Beth Orr holds canasta, mahjong, bingo, choir and family services.

“We are thrilled to bring these events to the congregation this year,” said Cathy Glassman, event chair. “These events cover our members’ involvement with the Temple – religious, educational and social – there is something for everyone here,” she added.

Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs celebrates its 50th anniversary with events

Coral Springs Temple Beth Orr Gala Committee.

For more information on Temple Beth Orr, contact the main office at 954-753-3232 x201.

Temple Beth Orr is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic community of singles, couples, interfaith and gay and lesbian families located at 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL 3307. For more information: Contact office@templebethorr.org, templelebethorr.org, or call 954-753-3232 ext. 201.

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron

Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was established in 2012 to provide information, views and entertainment to residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.