At Work in Miami
Culturally, geographically and demographically, Miami’s Jewish population is one of the most diverse in the U.S. For more than 75 years, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has worked to build community and enrich the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Miami area. From assisting the most vulnerable to supporting Jewish education to strengthening our connection with Israel – and more – Federation-funded programs are at work every day, helping Jewish people of all ages and backgrounds.
How far-reaching is this impact? Today, 1 in 8 people in Miami’s Jewish community receives some form of financial assistance from Federation and our local Partner Agencies.
The impact of a Federation gift last year:
- Our Jewish community’s 24-hour Access and Information hotline received 14,000 requests for assistance, including referrals, counseling, community resources and emergency aid. $100,000 in emergency assistance grants were provided to individuals and families in need.
- More than half of the 3,460 students enrolled in Jewish day schools received scholarship assistance. For those students whose families still needed more help, Federation provided $225,000 in additional hardship scholarship assistance to enable 361 students to remain in day school.
- 32 interest-free loans, amounting to $115,925 for housing assistance, emergency needs, education, auto expenses, medical bills, Bar Mitzvah costs and credit card debt, were provided by the Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida.
- 630 Holocaust survivors in Miami-Dade County received personalized and comprehensive case management services through Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) to assist with coordinating care, obtaining benefits and ensuring they were able to safely live independently.
- There were 3,000 visits to the JCS Kosher Food Bank, serving 698 adults and children.
- Through JCS home-delivered and congregate meal programs, 185,000 kosher meals were provided to homebound seniors, as well as those fed at one of four congregate meal sites throughout Miami-Dade County.
- JWorks Miami, the community employment program, registered 600 jobseekers and helped over 212 people gain employment last year.
- Through the Jewish Community Centers, 146 children and young adults with special needs participated in a variety of inclusion programs, such as summer camp, afterschool care, pre-vocational training and daily-life skill development.
- 890 youth and young adults from Miami participated in Israel Experience Programs, including: 581 who went on Taglit-Birthright Israel; 95 who received need-based Israel program scholarships; 120 young adults who experienced Israel on over 200 Masa programs; 20 who participated in Diller Teen Fellows and 32 who attended Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
Learn about our Partner Agencies.