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Hurricane Season Is Upon Us! Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us! Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

Hurricane season is here, the tropics are brewing and it’s time to prepare. For the ninth consecutive year, the Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is organizing the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team (JVERT), a database of volunteers who will be called upon to assist in the event of a hurricane or other emergencies in the community.

Volunteers Share Skills and Create Lasting Memories in Yerucham

Volunteers Share Skills and Create Lasting Memories in Yerucham

On May 30, 2013, five volunteers from Miami embarked on a two-week adventure through the rough terrain of Israel’s Negev to live and work in the city of Yerucham, as part of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Volunteer BaMidbar (Volunteer in the Desert) program, offered in partnership with Skilled Volunteers for Israel.

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us! Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us! Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

Hurricane season is here, the tropics are brewing and it’s time to prepare. For the ninth consecutive year, the Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is organizing the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team (JVERT), a database of volunteers who will be called upon to assist in the event of a hurricane or other emergencies in the community.

Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

Join the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team

The Jewish Volunteer Center of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is ready in case of the threat of hurricane with the Jewish Volunteer Emergency Response Team (JVERT) data bank. An orientation session will be held on July 28.

Searchable Holocaust Database Now Online

Searchable Holocaust Database Now Online

Holocaust survivors and their families can now search an amazing online database of photos and documents, thanks to an exciting new project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an overseas partner of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The Shared Legacy Project allows users to search within the JDC’s digitized archives from the World War II era.

Cruise Line Helps Beautify

Cruise Line Helps Beautify

The Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation received a wonderful gift recently, when volunteers associated with Royal Caribbean Cruises lent a helping hand by painting and landscaping the Miami Beach landmark.

Sunset Over Miami Reception for Real Estate Professionals on September 15

Sunset Over Miami Reception for Real Estate Professionals on September 15

Hundreds of local real estate professionals will network and socialize, as the Real Estate Division and Real Estate Network of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation present the 14th Annual Sunset Over Miami on Thursday, September 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and hosted by Apollo Bank, 1150 South Miami Avenue.

Camp Szarvas Explores and Promotes Judaism in Hungary

Camp Szarvas Explores and Promotes Judaism in Hungary

Summer camps serve as a place for young children to form friendships, create memories and enjoy various summer-fun activities. One camp in Szarvas, Hungary — created by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s overseas partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation — aims to do all of the above in addition to changing and enriching the lives of its campers.

'Young Lion' Program Pairs B’nai Mitzvah Students with Holocaust Survivors

'Young Lion' Program Pairs B’nai Mitzvah Students with Holocaust Survivors

For the second year in a row, the Jewish Volunteer Center and the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation are partnering for the Young Lion of Judah program, pairing B'nai Mitzvah students with Holocaust survivors. The program is designed for students who are seeking to put more mitzvah in their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Kulanu Project Earns JAFI’s Partnership of Excellence Award

Kulanu Project Earns JAFI’s Partnership of Excellence Award

The partnership between the Jewish community of Miami and the city of Yerucham, Israel was recognized recently by the Jewish Agency for Israel’s (JAFI) Partnership of Excellence Award for its Kulanu Tri-Center Project, an innovative Jewish leadership and educational program for teens.

JCRC Reports on Flotilla and Fly-In

JCRC Reports on Flotilla and Fly-In

A year after a flotilla of anti-Israel ships attempted to break the naval blockade of Gaza, resulting in a confrontation with the Israeli Navy, a second flotilla has been blocked by Greek officials from sailing to Gaza from Greek ports. Now pro-Palestinian activists are planning a mass “fly-in” at Ben-Gurion Airport July 8-16.

IsraAid Provides Assistance in Japan

IsraAid Provides Assistance in Japan

In the months following the devastating March 2011 tsunami in Japan, Greater Miami Jewish Federation overseas partner IsraAid, a humanitarian relief coalition, has been providing relief for more than 10 shelters in the Japanese cities of Watari, Yamamoto and Sendai.

JCRC Provides Tools on Second Gaza Flotilla

JCRC Provides Tools on Second Gaza Flotilla

On May 31, 2010, a flotilla of anti-Israel ships attempted to break the naval blockade of Gaza. In anticipation of a second flotilla expected to arrive in early July and the desire to promote informed advocacy, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation offers information the community can use for discussion.

Send an Online Greeting or Tribute via JewishMiami.org!

Send an Online Greeting or Tribute via JewishMiami.org!

Online greetings and Tzedakah tribute cards are a great way to let loved ones know you are thinking of them. Not only are they quick and easy to send, but on JewishMiami.org, the e-cards are free! From Bar or Bat Mitzvahs to Jewish holidays to condolences, JewishMiami.org has an e-card for all of life’s events.

Two Federation Employees Honored by Their Peers

Two Federation Employees Honored by Their Peers

During a special year-end staff luncheon hosted by Board Chair Barbara Black Goldfarb, General Campaign Chair Brian L. Bilzin and Immediate Past Chair William Lehman, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation recognized two outstanding Federation staff members for their hard work, professionalism and commitment to Federation, their colleagues and the community.

Be Part of the Pre-Mission to Poland

Be Part of the Pre-Mission to Poland

Before the journey to Israel for Miami Mega Mission 2012, join the Greater Miami Jewish Federation from April 17 to 22 for a four-day pre-mission that explores the rich Jewish heritage that thrived in Poland before World War II.

Summer is almost here!

Summer is almost here!

The summer months are fast approaching and families are gearing up for their annual summer vacations. Before you leave for vacation, make sure you cross a few things off your checklist.

Federation Supports Overseas Initiatives

Federation Supports Overseas Initiatives

B’nai B’rith met with Pope Benedict last month at the Vatican to extend appreciation for his role in fostering Catholic-Jewish relations. The Jewish organization presented the Pope with a dove-and-olive branch gift symbolizing peace.

Federation Collecting Funds for Victims of the Midwestern Tornadoes

Federation Collecting Funds for Victims of the Midwestern Tornadoes

While communities across the Midwest struggle to recover from devastating tornadoes that have killed hundreds and left thousands homeless, the Jewish community is working together to provide much-needed humanitarian relief and assistance.

Miami Herald Covers the JVC

Miami Herald Covers the JVC

The Jewish Volunteer Center was recently mentioned in a Miami Herald article, which highlights the works of JVC’s Lion of Young Judah, along with other local programs, and how it has played a role in the volunteer community. Check out the coverage.

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