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Our Partnerships in Israel

Our Miami Jewish community works directly with three Israeli communities: Yerucham and Or Akiva. Each of these cities has its own strengths and challenges, and each represents a different aspect of Federation’s involvement in Israel and our commitment to the people of our spiritual homeland.

Yerucham

For the past 10 years, the Miami Jewish community and the city of Yerucham have had a special partnership under The Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2Gether platform. Located in the Negev desert, and boasting the second largest lake in Israel, Yerucham is a 13-square-mile city founded in 1951 as a transit camp for new immigrants. Today, it is home to a diverse population of approximately 10,000 residents representing a microcosm of Israel’s many cultural and ethnic communities.

The mission of the Miami-Yerucham Partnership is to leverage social, human and financial capital to inspire community engagement and development. By investing in relationships, education, culture and community-building initiatives, the partnership fosters a deeper commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, while enriching the quality of life in our community.

Read more about the Miami-Yerucham Partnership.

Ethiopian-Israeli Initiative

There are currently 120,000 Ethiopians now living in Israel. Many are facing unique challenges due to the difficulties of moving from a relatively primitive society to a highly advaced world. Acculturation difficulties have resulted in a higher incidence of unemployment, poverty, substance abuse and family violence among Ethiopian-Israelis.

Since 2005, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been engaged in a partnership with the 1,600 Ethiopian-Israeli residents of Pardes Channa-Karkur, a community of 30,000 people located between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Federation has been supporting many wonderful programs that have helped the Ethiopian-Israeli people of Pardes Channa-Karkur and is now focusing on integration into general Israeli society. Some of the efforts supported include:

  • A Scholastic Assistance Program (SPACE) at the Elisheva Girls High School in Pardes Channa-Karkur. SPACE provides afterschool tutoring, workshops and mentoring in small group settings. Nearly half of the students enrolled in SPACE pass their high school completion exams, compared with just 38 percent students who are not enrolled.
  • A Community Garden that gives the elderly residents a social framework that is familiar and welcoming. The elder Ethiopian-Israelis come from an agrarian society so they are knowledgeable gardeners. They take home familiar vegetables and herbs and it gives them purpose and an opportunity to help their family and therefore gain self-respect.
  • An art installation in the center of Pardes Channa-Karkur representing various groups in the community
  • An Educational Placement Center for Educators from the Ethiopian Israeli Community. This is a new project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to assist with teacher placement for Ethiopian-Israeli educators.

Or Akiva

For more than three decades, Miami’s Jewish community has partnered with residents of Or Akiva, located near Caesarea and the Mediterranean Sea. Today, Jewish Federation helps to provide loans to local entrepreneurs hoping to launch new small businesses. Federation also supports the Or Akiva Volunteer Center, which offers social, community and educational services for all ages.

As a cornerstone of The Jewish Agency’s Partnership together 2000, the Miami-Or Akiva relationship focused on education, immigrant absorption, youth activities, economic development and more. Miami’s Jewish community continues to have a close connection with Or Akiva, as is evident by the 2006 opening of the Futernick Family Child Development Center.

For more information about Miami’s partnership cities, contact us at IsraelOverseas@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8495.

Ukraine Webinar

Ukraine Webinar

While three eyewitnesses to the ongoing refugee crisis in Ukraine and the region will provide their reports during a Greater Miami Jewish Federation webinar on Tuesday, August 16, Federation’s Israel and Overseas Chair, Tracey Spiegelman, will also share where your donations to the Ukraine Emergency Fund are making a difference.

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Food Drive-Thru

Food Drive-Thru

In our continuing efforts to help those experiencing food insecurity, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will host another Free Kosher Food Distribution Drive-Thru on Friday, August 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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JCC Maccabi Games

JCC Maccabi Games

Mazel tov to the teens who represented Miami’s three Jewish community centers and competed in the 2022 JCC Maccabi Games in San Diego. Teams from the Miami Beach JCC, Michael-Ann Russell JCC and Alper JCC made our community proud in basketball, volleyball, flag football, tennis, dance and more.

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Diller Teens

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Applications are still being accepted for Diller Teen Fellowships 2022-2023, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Jewish 10th and 11th graders to become advocates for the greater good in their own communities.

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