Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center welcomes New Year 5771 and celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Bari Auerbach….

ATJC Chairman of the Board Bill Landa and wife Gala Co-Chair Carole Landa with President Bill Clinton

As Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center prepares to welcome New Year 5771, the community is also looking forward to special events celebrating the synagogue’s milestone 20th anniversary featuring a gala dinner honoring ATJC’s Chairman of the Board William W. Landa and President Larry Herrup as well as past presidents and chairs of the Synagogue and Tauber Academy.

This year’s High Holy Days edition of ATJC’s “News & Views”is filled with enriching events that will be shared by the vibrant ATJC family including spiritual leader Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, his wife Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Cantor David Muchnick, Executive Vice President Dr. Amir Baron, board members and congregants appreciating the greatest combination of spirituality, social and community spirit.


“As Rosh Hashanah approaches, there is a feeling of electricity in the air. Everyone is eagerly anticipating the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) and the wake-up call it inspires, namely that it is time to lead better, more purposeful and more meaningful lives. I am looking forward to ushering in this season of new beginnings together.”


“Our special emphasis for the New Year is celebrating our 20th anniversary at this great address. I know our gala on Jan. 15, 2011 will be our best celebration ever thanks to chairs Margo Absher, Carol Soffer and Carole Landa; and co-chairs Victor and Celia Cynamon, Becky Herrup, Comm. Billy Joel and Sandra Joel, Richard and Rose Rubin, and Dr. Paul and Jodi Tartell.”


“In conjunction with our anniversary festivities, ATJC will be publishing a Commemorative Book and professional film that will reflect our major accomplishments in the last 20 years including inspiring programs and illustrious guest speakers such as President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel President Shimon Peres, Professor Alan Dershowitz, U.S. Senators and many other renowned dignitaries. Congratulatory messages from world leaders in Israel and the United States have been arriving at the synagogue, complimenting its leadership for their vision to build a synagogue and school, which will assure Jewish continuity.


Under the leadership of Director Cindy Behar, the Tauber Academy is celebrating its new status as the only Jewish Day School in South Florida with Early Childhood accreditation from both the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Another great addition to the curriculum is a new Early Childhood Media Center designed to help students “discover the world and themselves.”


Sept. 3, Friday Night Live services coinciding with an open house event including Shabbat dinner and synagogue tours.

Sept. 4, ATJC ushers in the High Holy Days with a Slichot movie showing, Ushpezien,and dessert reception at 9 p.m. followed by ATJC Professional Choir service at 11 p.m.

Sept. 8, Erev Rosh Hashana services begin at 7 p.m., resuming

Sept. 9, 8 a.m.-noon with family services at 10 a.m.

Sept. 10, 8 a.m. Tashlich; Friday Night Live services, 5 p.m. at the Waterways Marina.

Sept. 17, 6:45 p.m. Kol Nidre services. Sept. 18, Yom Kippur services 9 a.m- 2:30 p.m. with family services 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. and Nehila 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Sept. 19, 9 a.m.: Extreme Sukkah Makeover for children and families.

Sept. 24, Friday Night Live services, followed by Supper in the Sukkah at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 28, the ATJC Brotherhood and Ya Ya Sisterhood host “Sushi and Sake in the Sukkah.”

Sept. 30, Shmini Atzeret and Yizkor services, 8:30 and 10 a.m., respectively; Simchat Torah celebration, 6:30 p.m.

For information, phone: 305-937-1880, or visit atjc.org.

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