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NCJW Miami, The National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section, Names First Executive Director in a Decade

The Greater Miami Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, locally known as NCJW Miami, hired Amy Bloom, who is its first Executive Director in a decade. NCJW Miami has been making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families in Miami and South Florida since its inception in 1921. Now, it is reorganizing to more readily meet the needs of the community and its members, with a diverse and enigmatic new board and an Executive Director at the helm.

NCJW Miami Board Co-President, Jenni Person responds to its new direction, “Coupled with the redevelopment of a new, dynamic Board, the appointment of an Executive Director marks an exciting moment of infrastructure expansion for NCJW Miami. Our section can now take on our justice-centered work and mission with the impact of a solid organization while modeling the priority of professionalizing and elevating women’s roles that have historically been volunteer and undervalued as such.”

Amy Bloom brings a wealth of non-profit experience. Previously, Amy established herself as a leader in the LGBTQ community in her native Chicago as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign’s Chicago Gala and Executive Director for Equality Illinois. She also successfully managed her own company, supporting the fundraising and marketing efforts of over a dozen organizations. Moving to Miami six years ago, Amy most recently served as NCJW Miami’s Director of Outreach & Engagement. In this role, she led the organization’s governance transition from a presidium to a twenty-six member Board of Directors. Amy brings to NCJW Miami her expertise in strategic planning, grassroots organizing, and building coalitions that drive a wider movement.

Caren Kamlet, Board Co-President adds, “It has been my pleasure to volunteer for this amazing organization. As part of the fabric of Miami’s social justice history, NCJW has been helping those in need for almost 100 years. It’s the relationship between the community and the organization that has kept us strong. Our community service and advocacy efforts have uplifted lives across race, gender, culture and spirituality.”

Amy Bloom has her eyes set on the future, "I am honored to be NCJW Miami's Executive Director, and to have the opportunity to work with and build powerful women leaders who want to bring the organization into its second centennial."

ABOUT NCJW Miami: NCJW Miami currently advocates its progressive ideals with local, state and federal legislators. NCJW Miami will accompany NCJW members from around the state to Tallahassee in early February to promote reproductive rights and justice, gun safety, women’s equality and civil rights legislation. In April of 2019, members joined over 400 national NCJW members in Washington D.C. to promote similar legislation. NCJW Miami provides a leadership program for professional women, NCJW Teens, forming the future of women’s leadership and educational opportunities on advocacy, community building and spiritual enrichment. The section’s community service efforts include providing comfort for cancer patients, rides to polls, supporting local public education and immigrants’ needs. For more information visit www.ncjwmiami.org.

Press Contact: Laura Guren Rodriguez (305) 335-0606 lottycatthebeach@gmail.com

NCJW Miami Presents: Impact of One

Join Event Chairs: Tori Greene, Chelsea Sheridan and Brooke Walis for an afternoon of Engaging Enlightenment

A dynamic, communal response to the topic of sustainability, joined together by motivated individuals who are seeking to create a stronger movement within their personal and environmental health.

DATE: Sunday, November 3 TIME: 4-6:30pm Location: Cannabinoid Health Institute, 74 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127*

*There is a free parking lot next to the venue. In addition, there is a free parking lot on 24th Street across from the Wynwood Arcade.

Thank you to our event sponsors! 84 West Events, Cannabinoid Health Institute, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Hungry Harvest

Everyone is Welcome!

Ticket Price: $36 For details and to RSVP visit: NCJWMiami.org

For questions and more information, contact us at info@ncjwmiami.org or 305.697.9028

Through the Jewish concept of "Tikkun Olam" or "Repair of the World" as inspiration for this event, we aim to create a space that recharges the individual, which in turn ignites creativity, possibility, and motivation around environmental sustainability within the community we share together.

Tactile Intentionality: Sound bath frequencies, guided meditation, and light yoga will shift attention inwards. Led by Nour Kawa. Please bring a yoga mat our blanket.

Lite Bites: In collaboration with Hungry Harvest, snacking takes on a whole new meaning: food sustainability.

Sustainability Panel + Community Huddle Five of Miami's leading sustainability pioneers offer realistic ways to bring sustainable practices into our everyday lives, both as the individual and as a community.

Moderator: Chelsea Sheridan, MScN CNS Panelists: Alison Bauer, Hungry Harvest / Myk Likhov, Modern Om / Sabina Osman, UNLITTER / Dr. Michelle Weiner, DO, MPH, Cannabinoid Health Institute

NCJW Miami Opening Event 2019

Join NCJW Miami at our Annual "Opening Event"

Featuring Sheila Katz, CEO of NCJW Inc.

With a Q&A led by Senator Nan Rich, Broward County Commissioner and Former NCJW National President

DATE: Wednesday, October 16 TIME: 6 - 8 p.m. LOCATION: Temple Israel of Greater Miami at 137 NE 19th Street, Miami, FL*

*Free Parking across the street.

Free for members and a guest. $18 for non-members. Everyone is welcome!

For additional details and to RSVP visit: www.NCJWMiami.org

Questions and more information: contact Amy Bloom at amybloom@ncjwmiami.org or 305.697.9028

EVENT CHAIRS: Liza Benkovitch, Jessica Hoch and Nataly Yusim

We are #StrongerTogether!

Join us!

NCJW Miami Mother's Day Luncheon & Boutique

Join Co-Chairs Joni Meiselman, Sharlane Packar and Jill Swartz

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Temple Israel of Greater Miami will be transformed into the 1893 Chicago World Exposition when Hannah G. Solomon founded the National Council of Jewish Women.

Renowned writer and storyteller Andrea Askowitz will bring "Hannah G" to life to celebrate 125 years since NCJW's beginning, and we will present Fran Levey with the Hannah G. Solomon Award.

Event Committee in formation. To join the committee, Sponsorships, boutique vendors, and for more information, please contact Amy Bloom at amybloom@ncjwmiami.org or (305) 697-9028.

NCJW Miami: Advocacy Film Series

Once a month, NCJW Miami is hosting a film screening on issues related to our mission of improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Join us for popcorn and beverages, inspiration and discussion.

January 17th, 7:30 PM

At the Michael Ann-Russell JCC

In partnership with the Miami Jewish Film Festival

We have purchased a block of tickets for: Working Woman By Michal Avital

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ncjwmiami.org/film-series

Thank you!

NCJW Miami Rosh Chodesh - A Monthly Spiritual Gathering for Women

Join NCJW Miami each month to celebrate, study and explore Jewish Women's issues and social justice action, led by one of our community's female clergy.

Our January program will be led by Cantor Lisa Segal of Temple Beth Sholom, at the home of Melinda Berman in Miami Beach.*

*Please bring your own lunch, and we will provide beverages.

There is no charge to attend, and you do not need to be of the Jewish Faith - all are welcome.

Space is limited, and your RSVP is required to attend. If your plans change, and you are not able to join us, please let us know right away.

RSVP and more information at: https://www.ncjwmiami.org/rosh-chodesh

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Location: Address provided upon RSVP*

*Parking is limited and will be confirmed for the first nine people to RSVP. We recommend carpools, or ride share such as Lyft, Uber or Taxi.

Future Rosh Chodesh programs are listed below (when you RSVP, you may check all of the programs that you wish to attend. We will provide addresses for future programs during the month of that program.)

Friday, February 8 Led by Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz at Temple Beth Sholom (Miami Beach)

Tuesday, March 6 Led by Rabbi Robyn Fisher (location TBD)

Wednesday, April 10 Led by Rabbi Julie Jacobs (location TBD)

Monday, May 6 Led by Rabbi Judith Siegal at Temple Judea

Thursday, June 13 Led by Rabbi Lauren Berkun at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center

Thank you!

NCJW Miami: Rosh Chodesh, A Spiritual Gathering for Women in December

Join NCJW Miami each month to celebrate, study and explore Jewish Women's issues and social justice action, led by one of our community's female clergy.

Our December program will be led by Rabbi Amy Morrison of Temple Beth Sholom. It will take place at the home of Vanessa Ressler in Miami Beach.

Address provided upon RSVP at: https://www.ncjwmiami.org/rosh-chodesh

There is no charge to attend, and you do not need to be of the Jewish Faith - all are welcome. Space is limited - RSVP required to attend.

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Location: Address provided upon RSVP

Please bring your own lunch. We will provide beverages.

Future Rosh Chodesh programs:

Wednesday, January 9 Led by Cantor Lisa Segal at the home of Melinda Berman (Miami Beach)

Monday, February 4 Led by Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz at Temple Beth Sholom

Tuesday, March 6 Led by Rabbi Robyn Fisher (location TBD)

Wednesday, April 10 Led by Rabbi Julie Jacobs (location TBD)

Monday, May 6 Led by Rabbi Judith Siegal at Temple Judea

Thursday, June 13 Led by Rabbi Lauren Berkun at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center

Questions? Contact Amy Bloom at 305.697.9028 or amybloom@ncjwmiami.org

NCJW Miami-Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

NCJW Miami Advocacy Film Series: Once a month, we will host a film screening on issues related to NCJW’s mission of improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Come join us for popcorn and drinks, inspiration and discussion. This month's film: Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

Aqua Foundation for Women is the partner organization for this film.

DATE: November 27th TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: CIC Miami, 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Suite 600

RSVP requested at: www.ncjwmiami.org/film-series

NCJW Members - FREE, Non-Members - $10 requested donation

To mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we are screening NOTHING WITHOUT US. This film tells the inspiring story of the vital role that women have played - and continue to play - in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

NCJW Miami We've Got You Covered

Be a part of NCJW Miami's community service project "We've Got You Covered" creating and providing personal cozy fleece blankets for cancer patients undergoing infusion treatments.

In partnership with Mt. Sinai Cancer Treatment Center, NCJW Miami is creating blankets for their patients each month.

Join us for a morning of camaraderie while helping to make someone's life a little more comfortable.

Spend two hours with us so we can wrap people in care and comfort.

Friday, October 26 10 a.m. - 12 Noon 10350 W Bay Harbor Dr, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154 Free parking across the street. We will be meeting in the building's community room on the second floor.

RSVP HERE

Questions? Contact Amy Bloom at amybloom@ncjwmiami.org or (305) 697-9028.

NCJW Miami Rosh Chodesh - A Spiritual Gathering for Women

Join NCJW Miami each month to celebrate, study and explore Jewish Women's issues and social justice action, led by one of our community's female clergy. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the beverages, either at a synagogue or hosted by one of our members.

No charge to attend. You do not need to be of the Jewish Faith. All are welcome.

Join us for our second monthly Rosh Chodesh program!

Led by Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar, Executive Director of Center of Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami, at the home of Sharlane Packar in Bay Harbor Islands. (Address provided upon RSVP.)

Future Rosh Chodesh programs: Tuesday, December 11 led by Rabbi Amy Morrison at the home of Vanessa Ressler (Miami Beach) Wednesday, January 9 led by Cantor Lisa Segal at the home of Melinda Berman (Miami Beach) Monday, February 4 led by Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz at Temple Beth Sholom Tuesday, March 6 led by Rabbi Robyn Fisher (location TBD) Thursday, April 9 led by Rabbi Julie Jacobs (location TBD) Monday, May 6 led by Rabbi Judith Siegal at Temple Judea Thursday, June 13 led by Rabbi Lauren Berkun at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center

Addresses provided upon RSVP.

RSVP to: https://ncjwgms.wufoo.com/forms/rosh-chodesh-a-spiritual-gathering-for-women/

Questions? Contact Amy Bloom at amybloom@ncjwmiami.org or (305) 697-9028.