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Multicultural Shabbat at Aroma

Friday, October 20, 7-9 PM

Event flyer

Join Repair the World Miami and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for a joyful evening as we celebrate a multicultural Shabbat, embracing who we are and where we come from. The engaging program will include Shabbat rituals, a delicious dinner, drinks, dessert and more at the Aroma Espresso Bar in Downtown Miami.

Cost: $20


If cost is a barrier to you joining us at this event, please reach out to Delayna at

Aroma Espresso Bar, 71 NE 16th Street, Miami

Amernet String Quartet and Guest Clarinetist Amitai Vardi

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 PM

Photos of musicians

Florida International University's (FIU) Artist in Residence Ensemble, the acclaimed Amernet String Quartet, and guest clarinetist Amitai Vardi present a compelling evening of music at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

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Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Poker Night to Benefit the Children of JAFCO

September 28, 6:30 PM

Poker Night poster

Join Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) for a night of fun and games - all to benefit the children of JAFCO. 50/50 Raffle Drawing. Win BIG! $250 per person includes poker chips, open bar and buffet. For more information, contact JAFCO Development Assistant Hunter Reitkopf at or 954-368-1868.

6:30 PM Registration, Drinks & Buffet Dinner

7:30 PM Games Begin Beginners Table Available

Event Location: Illuminate Venue, 5100 N Nob Hill Road, Sunrise

Click here to RSVP

Become a Refuat Ha-Nefesh Volunteer

Learn the Art of Jewish Spiritual Care

Photo: Volunteer with Senior

Applications are being accepted for Mishkan Miami’s Refuat Ha-Nefesh, a unique volunteer experience providing training for Jews, ages 21 and older, in the art of Jewish spiritual care.

Participants in the course, which will be taught largely online, will receive instruction by rabbis and chaplains as well as doctors, bereavement specialists and social workers. Students will also complete a volunteer mitzvah (good deed) project geared toward helping older adults and others who are lonely, ill or require help or companionship. In addition to studying spiritual care texts, volunteers will learn to develop legacy, art, music and creative ritual projects and receive assistance in developing and maintaining congregational caring communities.

A program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Mishkan Miami offers spiritual support throughout the Jewish community, providing consolation and guidance to those in need.

Refuat Ha-Nefesh training will take place December 17, 2023 -April 9, 2024. The course will be a combination of virtual Tuesday evening sessions and three in-person Sunday morning sessions.

The application deadline is November 17. Following your application, Mishkan Miami chaplains will schedule an informational interview, which precedes registration. For further information, contact Nicole Alonso at or 786.866.8655.


Wine Tasting in the Sukkah at MBJCC

Wednesday, October 4, 7:30-9 PM

Decorated sukkah

Wine tasting and food pairing in the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center (MBJCC) Sukkah with MBJCC Membership Director - and sommelier! - Nicole LInares. Participants will be guided through a series of wine and dairy food pairings. All of the wines and food will be kosher.


For information, call 305.534.3206.

Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

Young Lion of Judah Program

Two Unique B'nai Mitzvah Projects!

Young lions of Judah at the Memorial

The Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) and the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, are accepting applications for the Young Lion of Judah Program for students becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah before August 2024. Students will have the opportunity to partner with a Holocaust Survivor while working toward completing 10 hours of community service. Space is limited to 25 participants.

All programs will be held at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. To apply, contact JVC Director Lori Tabachnikoff at


Be Part of the Jewish Community's Response to Help Victims of the Earthquake in Morocco

Earthquake victim

Support Federation’s Morocco Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has established an emergency relief fund to help those affected by the devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Morocco, which has killed thousands of people and caused massive damage throughout the area.

As always, Federation will absorb all administrative costs so that 100 percent of funds collected will go directly to those impacted by the catastrophe..


You may also send a check payable to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation with the notation “Morocco Earthquake Emergency Fund” to: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137.

For more information about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s special relief funds, call 305.576.4000.

Register for the 42nd Annual MARJCC Maccabi Games

Soccer game

The 42nd Annual MARJCC Hebraica Alex Halberstein Maccabi Games is an athletic event held yearly for Jewish families. It is an Olympic-style sporting competition featuring over 700 competitive games in 13 different sports, including basketball, swimming, track and field, golf, tennis, soccer, volleyball, flag football, chess, dominos, and more.

The opening ceremony will be on Sunday, November 12 at 6 PM at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center (MARJCC) located at 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL


Honeymoon Israel 2024

Application deadline extended to September 28!

Couples at the Kotel

Imagine traveling through Israel with your partner and experiencing ancient Jewish traditions and history together. Honeymoon Israel (HMI) allows you to do exactly that!

On this nine-day trip, May 30-June 9, 2024, you will explore Israel in luxury with 19 other couples, learning about the country’s culture, beauty and society. In partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, HMI helps young couples with at least one Jewish partner infuse Jewish life into their homes in a personal and meaningful way.

Reflecting on her trip with HMI, Camila Rolnick, noted, "HMI gave us a sense of belonging and community. It helped us find the spiritual aspect of our home and relationship that we didn't even know we were missing."


Reverse Tashlich: Indian Creek Waterway Cleanup With MBJCC

Sunday, September 10, 9-11 AM

Father and daughter kayaking on waterway

A family-friendly morning program on the Miami Beach JCC Sol Stern Dock using the kayaks and canoes of the Mariner Program to help keep the Indian Creek Waterway clean in a pre-High Holiday – Reverse Tashlich. A donation of $18 per person is suggested (children under 12 are free). MBJCC Lifeguards will be present. Refreshments will be served!

A portion of the proceeds support the MBJCC Mariners program and Clean Miami Beach, a non-profit dedicated to clean beaches water and ending single-use plastics. They will be on hand to assist with nets, grabbers, buckets and other equipment.

What is a Reverse Tashlich? Sponsored by the Jewish organization Tikkun HaYam - Repair the Sea, the Reverse Tashlich program, conducted worldwide, reimagines the High Holiday Tashlich ceremony of symbolically casting away sins into water. The symbolism is reversed: participants come together to clean up waterways that impact our lives, fostering a spiritual connection to and stewardship for the environment.

Location: Miami Beach JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach