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Rabbi Intrator addresses the crowd at Williams Island.

Rabbi Sam Intrator recently led a summer program in Williams Island, located in Aventura. The event focused on how to find spiritual joy in Judaism. The rabbi cited biblical and Talmudic teachings, ancient Temple rituals, and the words of prayers to establish the role that love and positive thinking have in Torah values.

Rabbi Intrator interspersed his teachings and stories with spirited singing and dancing. He explained, “The purpose of this program is not merely to talk about joy but to allow the participants to experience it.” The music was provided by the talented Douglas Hirsh, leader of the Douglas Hirsh Group, a popular South Florida band. Cantorial soloist David Haller lent his beautiful voice to help further enhance the evening.


The program was the brainchild of longtime Williams Island resident and activist Fern Fishkin. Mrs. Fishkin, who sponsored the evening, presented a beautiful display of delicious desserts to the participants.

The program is part of a larger campaign Rabbi Intrator has led in the last few months in different locations in South Florida. His goal is to bring the beauty and spirit of Judaism to people who don’t often come to the synagogue. The rabbi led a spirited Jerusalem Day event in a large oceanside complex in Sunny Isles as well as a Friday night service and Shabbat dinner in a South Beach luxury building.

Rabbi Intrator, the spiritual leader of the Kavanah Life Carlebach Minyan at the Ocean Pavilion, will be leading a High Holiday retreat that will include spirited Carlebach High Holiday services as well as gourmet catered meals and beautiful housing accommodations at affordable rates.

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Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.