Bet Shira Synagogue
In February 1985, a nucleus of families heeded the call of Rabbi David H. Auerbach “to go where the children are” and created the framework to establish “The Conservative Congregation of South Dade.” The outpouring of support was overwhelming, within three weeks more than 200 members pledged their support and $1,000,000. The membership increased to 300 families in the weeks that followed. Strong determination coupled with participation of so many people created an energized momentum.
The Congregation selected the name “Bet Shira” meaning “House of Song” to reflect the upbeat and dynamic character of its membership. The facilities needed to be first class to attract and serve the members the Congregation sought. The new Synagogue includes a sanctuary, social hall, classrooms, a youth lounge and administrative areas. The sanctuary, designed with the ability to triple in size, included gold leaf ten commandments carved into a full height marble wall. Bet Shira truly is a Synagogue of excellence. The programming is outstanding, the Early Childhood Department and the Religious School offer a nurturing environment and a superior Judaic education, and its youth groups continue to win awards for programming and participation.