Coral Gables is a city near Miami. It’s home to the 1920s Venetian Pool, carved from a rock quarry, with its grottoes, towers and bridge, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with tree-lined lakes, a tropical rainforest and a butterfly display and the extensive collections at Lowe Art Museum. Coral Gables is also the home of the MENsch of Temple Judea.
The story of Temple Judea began in 1946 when a few Jewish families living in and around south Florida’s Coral Gables area began meeting in homes, storefronts and at the University of Miami Hillel Center to worship and have social gatherings. In September of 1948, the group officially formed the Coral Gables Jewish Center and joined the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now know as the Union for Reform Judaism). In 1956, the Coral Gables Jewish Center changed its name to Temple Judea.
Temple Judea is committed to honoring the ancient traditions of Judaism while acknowledging the relevance of those traditions, the Torah and Jewish spirituality in an ever-changing secular world. Temple Judea is the only Reform congregation in Coral Gables and its greatest strength is the diversity of its membership. Boasting more than 630 households, Temple Judea takes pride in welcoming all who choose to worship, learn and socialize within its walls, welcoming singles, families, intermarried families and Jews by choice.
Temple Judea does not have a “Men’s Club” or” Brotherhood” – their “men’s” group is called the “MENsch”. In Yiddish, a “mensch” is a person of integrity, morality, dignity, with a sense of what is right and responsible. The MENsch of Temple Judea know the impact that kindness, humility, integrity and personal responsibility can have on the world; small acts of kindness can make a better society, one person at a time.
The MENsch engage in many activities including Tashlich, High Holy Days ushering, Mitzvah Day, movie night, Purim Barbecue day, Gulfstream Day at the Race Track, Whiskey tastings, distributing Yom HaShoah Yellow candles for Holocaust Remembrance Day and JAFCO Volunteering. Be a MENsch and join the MENsch of Temple Judea to learn some Torah, make new friends, reunite with old friends and get into community service.
Learn more about the Temple Judea “MENsch” of Coral Gables at https://www.judeagables.org/mensch and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Judeagables. For more information about the Temple Judea “MENsch”, please email MENsch Co-President Gabriel Felsen at [email protected] or Stephen Felsen at [email protected].
The “MENsch” of Temple Judea in Coral Gables is one of the many active, dynamic and vibrant Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods that populate the Sunshine State.
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