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Jacob Solomon Announces His Retirement

Jacob Solomon smiling

Federation President & CEO to Retire After More Than Four Decades

Jacob Solomon, who joined the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in 1981, has announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, 2024. He has served as President & CEO since 1992, guiding the raising and distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars to support humanitarian services and Jewish educational programs in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries worldwide. “This is a poignant moment for our Jewish community,” said Federation Board Chair Ariel Bentata. “Throughout his tenure, Jacob has helped shape Miami’s remarkable Jewish landscape." Richard D. Fain, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Caribbean Group, has been appointed to lead the search for Solomon’s successor.


Be a Story Squad Volunteer

PJ Library needs volunteer readers at Chanukah

Volunteer reading to children

PJ Library Story Squad is seeking volunteer readers to help bring Chanukah to Miami-Dade elementary school students. Share the joy of the Festival of Lights with children in their classrooms through story time and Chanukah traditions such as lighting the menorah, playing dreidel with Chanukah gelt (chocolate “money”) and eating sufganiyot (jelly donuts). The Miami chapter of PJ Library, a Federation program funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Blank Family Foundation, provides free Jewish books to thousands of children throughout Miami-Dade County to promote a love of reading while exploring Jewish values and traditions.

PJ Library Story Squad participants will be provided with all necessary materials as well as virtual training on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. Registration deadline is Monday, November 13.


For more information, contact Margie Sernik at [email protected].

FIU-OLLI Lecture: Sephardic Judaism in Latin America

Tuesday, October 10, 1-2:30 PM

Men with kippot reading the Torah

Florida International University (FIU) and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) present the lecture Anafim y Sucurcales: The Branches of Sephardic Judaism in Latin America. Join Sylvia Gurinsky for a look at how Sephardic Jews have established traditions of community, language, food and heritage in Latin America, but have also faced challenges in preserving them, challenges that have brought many to South Florida.

Cost: $15, OLLI Members $12

CLICK HERE for more information and to register

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 [email protected].

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

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 [email protected] or 786.866.8655.


Camp Klurman: Every Summer Has a Story

Camp Klurman

June 12-August 17, 2023

Miami Beach JCC’s Camp Klurman, for ages three years through grade 8, is a fun-filled summer to remember. We are committed to providing an excellent, safe, well-rounded blend of traditional day camp activities, daily instructional swim/boating, sports, performing arts, robotics, in-house entertainment, various specialty camps, and a Kosher lunch. Fun-loving, dynamic staff will facilitate your child’s summer of a lifetime, filled with excitement and adventure!

Miami Beach JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

Click here for more information and to register.