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Gift of Israel

At Chanukah, a time of miracles, give the Gift of Israel, a Federation savings plan that allows you to invest in a child’s future Israel experience and receive matching funds from Federation and local participating synagogues.

When you register for this unique program, your family’s annual contributions of $100 will be matched by Federation and select local synagogues to accrue a significant portion of the cost for any number of peer-based Jewish educational programs in Israel. If you’re not a member of a participating synagogue, you can still receive an annual $100 matching contribution from Federation. Families that enroll beginning in kindergarten can save as much as $3,000, plus interest! Accumulated funds may be accessed for Israel programs from eighth grade until age 26. Friends and relatives may also contribute to your child’s Gift of Israel account in honor of B’nai Mitzvah, graduation and other celebrations. Gift of Israel parents Jennie and Jeffrey Bernstein say, “By the time [our children] were ready to go on their high school program, the money made a huge dent in what would otherwise have been an expensive summer.” Click here to learn more or enroll in the Gift of Israel Savings Plan.

BeWell Youth Mental Health Initiative

At the end of November, Federation officially launched our BeWell Youth Mental Health Initiative, following nearly a year of close collaboration with our subsidiary agency the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) and our primary human services partner Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS).

Nearly 60 people representing 23 local organizations attended the kickoff, where the group worked together to address the youth mental health crisis. Under the leadership of Elise Scheck Bonwitt, as well as the critical involvement of Dr. Edith Shiro and Carly Orshan, the group unveiled the results of a Federation-commissioned youth mental health survey and came up with a number of recommendations our community can implement to address this national epidemic. We also unveiled a new Youth Mental Health helpline — available by phone or text message — that will be advertised in private areas (such as bathroom stalls) at all 10 Federation-funded Jewish day schools, along with synagogues, JCCs and other places frequented by teens and young adults. Together, we look forward to providing our community’s youth, their parents and professionals who work with them, the tools and resources to support their mental well-being.

Federation to Host Another Free Kosher Food Distribution Drive-Thru December 16

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation will conduct a Food Distribution Drive-Thru event in response to ongoing food insecurity in the surrounding community.

WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2022 9 A.M. – 11 A.M.

WHERE: Greater Miami Jewish Federation Stanley C. Myers Building (Parking Lot) 4200 Biscayne Boulevard

Federation has conducted monthly Food Distribution Drive-Thru events since March 2020. Each of these events has provided food supplies for 1,300 to 1,500 South Florida residents. While the drive-thru is open to all in need, it is a unique opportunity for members of the Jewish community who follow strict kosher dietary laws. Federation thanks the many donors who have helped the community bring food to the hungry during this difficult time when so many are experiencing food insecurity.

The Food Distribution Drive-Thru is being coordinated by Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Center in partnership with Jewish Community Services of South Florida and Repair the World.

Cars can only enter through the Federation building’s west gate on Federal Highway from the northbound lane, then make a right into the parking lot. Once inside, vehicles will be directed into lines where food packages will be distributed. Recipients must remain in their cars. Volunteers will place packages of food in the trunk of each recipient’s car after it enters the parking lot.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are recommended to park along Federal Highway on the west side of the Federation Building, as the parking lot will be full. Representatives from Federation and Jewish Community Services will be available for interviews. For more information, contact David Stiefel at or 305.448.1456.

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JBS Highlights Dec 4 - 10: ZOA Gala, Intrepid Women, Cinematheque-Tantura, Voices for Truth and Humanity

Watch JBS on Comcast X-1 Box Ch 1684, Atlantic Broadband 168, Hotwire Ch 269, DirecTV Ch 388, Blue Stream Ch 110, streamed on Roku under "educational", Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and For a complete and timely schedule and other television providers, go to

Eric Goldman’s Jewish Cinematheque: Tantura

Director Alon Schwarz joins Eric Goldman to discuss “Tantura,” his documentary that wrestles with Israel’s founding story as it investigates controversial events at the Palestinian village of Tantura in 1948, where survivors claimed to witness a massacre of civilians by Israeli troops. Monday - 7:30pm
Tuesday - 2:00am & 11:00am Thursday - 2:30am Friday - 5:00am Saturday - 7:00pm

In the Spotlight: Women in Law

Dahlia Lithwick (Senior Legal Correspondent, Slate), joins Abigail Pogrebin to discuss Lady Justice, her book that takes a deep dive into how women lawyers across the country came forward to fight the racism, sexism and xenophobia of the Trump Administration, doubling down on legal redress for everything from the Muslim ban to forced abortions, to the Charlottesville march. Monday - 8:00pm Tuesday - 1:30am & 11:30am Thursday - 2:30pm Friday - 2:00am Saturday - 8:30pm

Rabbi Hirsch: A Tale of Two Elections

In the context of the recent elections in the U.S. and Israel, Rabbi Hirsch discusses the national need to constantly cultivate democracy and guard against the dangers of extremism, and to hold politicians morally accountable for the support and promotion of rhetoric and policies that impact millions of people. Tuesday- 7:00pm & 1:30am Wednesday - 1:30am Thursday - 10:35am Friday - 11:00am Saturday - 4:00pm

Voices for Truth and Humanity (Awards Dinner)

JBS President Mark S. Golub receives an award and champion of the Uyghur people, Prime Minister Salih Hudayar, is honored in this special presentation of highlights from this year’s Voices for Truth and Humanity gala in support of Holocaust education and the fight against all hatred, bigotry and BDS. Tuesday- 8:00pm Wednesday - 11:00am Friday - 2:00pm

Author Discussion Series: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Feminist icon and author Letty Cottin Pogrebin discusses the Jewish cultural heritage of secrecy for survival which she writes about in her book Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy, with The Hampton Synagogue’s Rabbi Avraham Bronstein. Wednesday - 7:30pm Thursday - 2:00am & 2:00pm Friday - 2:30am Saturday - 5:30am & 7:30pm

Rabbi On The Sidelines: Steve Springer

Veteran Los Angeles Times sports journalist, LA Lakers historian, author of 14 books and committed member of the Jewish community, Steve Springer joins Rabbi Sherman to discuss the world of faith and sports. Follow on Twitter @RabbiESherman, Instagram @rabbi_erez_sherman, and Facebook @SinaiTempleLA. Sunday - 7:30pm Monday - 2:00am Tuesday - 10:00am Thursday - 5:00am

In the News: Avi Melamed

Avi Melamed, founder of Inside the Middle East Institute and former Israeli Intelligence Official, analyzes recent Palestinian terror against Israel in Jerusalem and beyond, and shares his insights about the Palestinian Authority's future and what lies ahead. Today (Sunday) - 5:30pm

In The News: Israel's Forming a Government (ITN)

Netanyahu emerged victorious in Israel's 5th elections round. As the Likud Party is forming the next coalition government, Shahar Azani, JBS Senior VP, shares his insights from his recent trip to Israel and analyzes the elections results. With Mark Golub Monday - 6:30pm & 11:30pm Tuesday - 3:30am, 8:30am & 12:30pm Saturday - 11:30pm

ZOA Gala Dinner 2022

The 2022 Annual Dinner of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) in New York City featured award recipients Donald Trump, Jason Greenblatt, Israeli Gen. Amir Aviv, Joseph Lubeck and Ali Meli, with presenters Miri Adelson and Alan Dershowitz. Introductory conversation from Mark S. Golub and Mort Klein.
Thursday - 7:00pm & 1:00am Friday - 3:30am & 1:00pm

Thinking Out Loud: JBS journalist Micah Halpern

This week, Micah discusses the World Cup in Qatar. Tens of thousands of Israelis have traveled there to watch in person and at home almost every Israeli will watch or listen to at least part of a game. But -- Israelis have not been received in Qatar with open arms. Wednesday - 6:30pm & 11:30pm Thursday - 3:30am, 8:30am & 12:30pm Saturday - 5:30pm

The Dershow: Ukraine's Chutzpah

While standing in support of Ukraine, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz looks at Ukraine's “chutzpah,” addressing things he says should not be excused, including honoring notorious Nazis. Tuesday - 6:30pm & 11:30pm Wednesday - 3:30am, 8:30am & 12:30pm

Top Story: Michael Walsh

JNS Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Tobin is joined by critic, historian and novelist Michael Walsh to discuss wokism, the influence of the World Economic Forum and Davos, politics and art, and other ideas from his book, Against The Great Reset. Thursday - 8:00pm Friday - 1:00am & 10:00am

On L’Chayim

David M. Friedman

Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, shares his views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the viability of a two-state solution, the impacts of the Abraham Accords, the embassy move to Jerusalem, and more. Today (Sunday) - 12:00 Noon Today (Sunday) - 6:00 pm Monday - 3:00pm

Phyllis Chesler

Bestselling author, scholar and one of the Jewish community’s iconic feminists, Phyllis Chesler discusses her autobiography A Politically Incorrect Feminist, her rape experience, the betrayal of the American feminist movement and more. Monday - 9:00pm & Midnight
Tuesday - 3:00pm

Israelis Fight BDS

While on a visit to the U.S. to tour college campuses and fight BDS, American-born Israelis Josh Malchman and Kayla Dulin, who each served in the IDF as "Lone Soldiers" (with no family in Israel) discuss their personal journeys and feelings for Israel Tuesday - 9:00pm & Midnight Wednesday - 3:00pm
Saturday - 6:00pm

David Wolpe

David Wolpe, Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and author of David:The Divided Heart, discusses his battle with cancer, the purpose of prayer, why faith matters and other aspects of Jewish life today. Wednesday - 9:00pm & Midnight Thursday - 3:00pm Saturday - 6:00pm

Orin Wolf

Broadway producer Orin Wolf discusses his Jewish background, his love of Israel, his philosophy of theater, and the story behind his creating the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2018, “The Band’s Visit.” Thursday - 9:00pm & Midnight Friday - 3:00pm

Threefold Blessing

Learn about Shabbat and how the rabbis’ interpretation of the Creation Story's threefold blessing given to human beings in Genesis Chapter 1 suggests a role most people don't normally imagine. Today (Sunday) - 10:00am Monday - 5:00am Wednesday - 9:00am & 5:00pm Friday - 1:00pm

Download Lessons and Worksheets free on the JBS website

Hebrew: Lesson 18

Recognize Hebrew letters that tend to look alike in a complete review of all the Hebrew letters and vowel sounds. Monday - 9:00am & 5:00pm Thursday - 10:00am & 5:00pm Friday - 4:00am

Talmud Study: In Heaven's Hands?

Rabbi Mordechai Becher discusses a letter from Rabbi Ovadiah to Maimonides about the Talmudic statement “everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven.” Today (Sunday) - 9:00am Tuesday - 9:00am & 5:00pm Wednesday- 7:00pm

Talmud Study: Abortion in Judaism

Rabbi Becher describes the Talmudic view of abortion and the way in which the definition of a fetus impacts Jewish Law. Today (Sunday) - 9:30am Tuesday - 9:30am & 5:30pm Thursday - 7:00pm



REFORM: CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE Closed Captioned 6:00pm, 11:30pm & 2:00am

ORTHODOX: HAMPTON SYNAGOGUE With Hebrew, transliteration and English subtitles 7:30pm & 10:30pm


REFORM: CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE Closed Captioned 9:30am & 1:00pm

ORTHODOX: HAMPTON SYNAGOGUE With Hebrew, transliteration and English subtitles 11:00am & 2:30pm

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Miami’s Black and Jewish Communities Build New Bridge with Art Collaboration | Guest Opinion

Op-Ed as appeared in the Miami Herald on Thursday, December 1, 2022. To read the full article, please click here.

Bridging Miami's Black and Jewish Communities

Art Gallery Opening

Miami Works, a group exhibition of Miami-based artists Opening Wednesday November 30th through January 28, 2023 at Temple Emanu-El’s new Blu Sky Gallery in the Blank Chapel 1701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Blu Sky Gallery will be open as follow: 1. Open hours for Art Week: 1. 2. Thursday, Dec 1st 2-7 PM 3. Friday, Dec 2nd 1-6 PM 4. Saturday, Dec 3rd 2-7 PM 5. Sunday, Dec 4th 10 AM - 2 PM 1. Open hours Dec 9th - Jan 28th (Closed Dec 23-23 and Dec 30-Jan 1) 1. Fridays 2-6 PM 2. Saturdays 1-5 PM 3. Sundays 1-5 PM 4. Or By Appointment

Miami Works features seven internationally renowned artists: Charo Oquet, Emilio Martinez, Horst Kohlem, Kim Keever, Rafael Vargas Bernard,
Sandra Ramos, and Sheila Elias who live and work in Miami. The works of art selected vary in media and content reflecting Miami’s exciting cultural mix.

The art was curated by Diane W. Camber and generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Temple Emanu-El.

Parent Child Learning & Pizza

Father & Son, Mother & Daughter Learning together the prepared materials on the Parsha or any topic you like! This weeks Hakhel CommUNITY event will take place at Chabad! Pizza & Hot Cocoa Melava Malka will be served. Raffle & Prizes!

Saturday, Dec 3, 7:30pm

Venue: Chabad Chayil 2601 NE 211 Ter, Miami, FL 33180

Cost: No charge

RSVP at or just come!

Great Chanukah Fair

Great Chanukah Fair

Free Event Includes Roaming Entertainment, Free Snow Cones, Fresh Donunts, Pony Rides, Laser Tag, Bounce Houses, Family Train, Kongo Shoes, Aviation Show & Airplane Gelt Drop, Face Painting, Circus Shows, Live Performances, Music, Food Court, Holiday Boutique, & Grand Menorah Lighting! RSVP at


Sunday, Dec 18th 3:00-5:30pm

Venue: Chabad Chayil 2601 NE 211 Ter, Miami, FL 33180

Cost: No charge


The Chosen Comedy Festival

Our mission is to create a unique live experience uniting Jews from diverse backgrounds and to celebrate the impact Jewish comics currently play in our comedy landscape.

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Chosen Comedy Festival

Nominate a Teen Leader for the Israel Diller Tikkun Olam Award

Do you know a Jewish teen who has demonstrated leadership and a dedication to tikkun olam (repairing the world)?

Nominate them now for a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award! Each year, the Helen Diller Family Foundation awards 15 Jewish teens (AGES 13-19) throughout the US with $36,000 in recognition of their exceptional leadership and engagement in visionary service projects that embody the value of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Since 2017, two winners have come from our Miami community: Oliver Stern and Daniel Solomon (pictured above). Nominees must have the ability to impact and engage a growing number of individuals either as partners, participants or beneficiaries; show dedication to their projects over time; and articulate in their own words the history, meaning, goals, impact and significance of the project. For more information and to complete the nomination form, due Thursday, December 22, click here.

2023 Applications Now Open

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