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Outstanding Scheck Hillel Students Receive Merit Scholarships, Named Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassadors

Gilinski Ambassadors 2018

North Miami Beach, Fla. – Five outstanding Scheck Hillel Community School students received merit-based scholarships as the 10th generation of the school’s Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassadors.

Gabriela Bentolila (Grade 12), Gabrielle Kurzer (Grade 11), Michael Rafalskyy (Grade 10), Joshua Schmutter (Grade 11) and Albert Wolak (Grade 12) were honored at the 2018-19 Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program recognition ceremony and student assembly on November 15. They celebrated with their families and peers, as well as alumni who were named Ambassadors in previous years. The morning was a beautiful representation of 10 generations within this prestigious program.

“Congratulations to all of our Ambassadors and to their families” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School. “Today these students join generations of Ambassadors making an impact around the world: attending graduate school in far corners of the United States, volunteering with rural communities in Africa, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, nurturing our local South Florida community, and pursuing their dreams as young entrepreneurs, engineers and educators. They carry the lifelong title of Gilinski Hillel Ambassador, representing the prestigious Program and Scheck Hillel as Jewish leaders and global citizens.”

The rigorous annual application requires students to write short essays, produce a video and formulate a resume; finalists advance to a panel interview.

The Program, created by Jaime and Raquel Gilinski, recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to education and Scheck Hillel, encouraging the lifelong learning and leadership that continuity requires. Ambassadors showcase the Scheck Hillel mission through accomplishment and talent - in the classroom, on the field, on stage or through community service.

Over the years, Gilinski Hillel Ambassadors have graduated to Ivy League and top tier schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, University of Miami, University of Florida, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan, among others. The 2019-2020 application will open in spring 2019. For information, please contact Scheck Hillel’s Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to

About Scheck Hillel
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to .

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Israel and Progressive Jews

Former Israeli Consul General in NY, Ido Aharoni, discusses Israel's relationship to progressive American Jews and to Pres. Trump with David Margolick (Vanity Fair). A program of The NY Jewish Week & American Friends of Tel Aviv University at HUC-JIR in NYC. Monday - 8pm & 1:30pm; Wednesday - 2pm; Saturday - 8pm & 1am

Welcoming The Stranger

Cantor Laura Breznick, Rev. Beate Storck and Dr. Heba Elkhateeb discuss how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam view the "stranger" in the past and in today. A program of The Interfaith Women's Initiative from the Darul Islah Mosque in Teaneck, NJ. Tuesday - 7:30pm & 1am; Wednesday - 1:30pm; Saturday - 7pm & 2am

L'Chayim Round Table: Year End Retrospective - Part 1

Considering the most significant Jewish event of 2018, Thane Rosenbaum, Eric Yoffie, Betty Ehrenberg and Charles Small discuss the mass murder at the Tree Of Life Synagogue and explore the nature of antisemitism in America today. Wednesday - 9pm & Midnight; Thursday - 3pm; Next Sunday - Noon & 6pm

Paula Eiselt - Documentary Film 93-Queen Today (Sunday) - Noon & 6pm; Monday - 3pm

Rudy Rochman - Student Leader (SSI - Students Supporting Israel) Monday - 9pm & Midnight; Tuesday - 3pm

Tuvia Tennenbom - Refugees Tuesday - 9pm & Midnight; Wednesday - 3pm

Howard Teich - Preserving Jewish Culture Thursday - 9pm & Midnight; Friday- 3pm

Yehiel Eckstein - Christian Support of Israel Saturday - 6pm

92nd Street Y: The Jews & Jesus

Mel Gibson's feature film "The Passion" is the subject of a discussion with Rabbi Eugene Korn, Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham, and Catholic Theological Union Professor John Pawlikowski.From the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Tonight (Sun) - 8pm & 1am; Monday - 10pm & 4am; Wednesday - 10:30am; Friday - 8pm & 1am; Saturday - 3pm & 5am

Talmud: Afterlife In Judaism

As the Jewish community concludes the Book of Genesis with parashat Vay'chee that tells of the deaths of Jacob and Joseph, Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Senior Lecturer for the Gateways Organization and the author of "Gateways To Judaism," discusses the Talmudic view of the afterlife. On the original JBS series "Dimensions of the Daf." Today (Sunday) - 9am; Tuesday - 9am & 4:30pm; Thursday - 7pm & 4am

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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:

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:

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!

Holocaust Education Week 2019

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach Presents * Holocaust Education Week* January 27-February 1, 2019

The legacy of the Holocaust will be considered from cultural, scholarly and personal perspectives through a series of enlightening film presentations, lectures and community discussions during Holocaust Education Week, January 27-February 1, 2019, at various locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. All events are free of charge and open to the public. Due to limited seating, persons wishing to attend Holocaust Education Week events are encouraged to make advance reservations online or call 305.538.1663.

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 PM

Righteous Gentiles: Why Did They Do It? With Psychologist and Scholar, Dr. Eva Fogelman

Holocaust Memorial 1933 Meridian Ave. Miami Beach

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If they had been caught it would have cost them their lives and their families, yet all over Nazi Occupied Europe thousands of non-Jews risked everything to save, hide and rescue Jews. Why did they help? What motivated them? Join Dr. Eva Fogelman, a psychologist and specialist on second and third generation Holocaust Survivors in an exploration of the altruism of the rescuers. Dr. Fogelman maintains a private practice in New York City and is a researcher on Holocaust Survivors and their descendants. She is the author of the book, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.

Monday, January 28, 7:00 PM

Film Screening: Amnesia – The Pogrom Erased From Memory With post-film discussion

Temple Sinai North Dade 18801 NE 22nd Ave, Miami

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On July 4, 1946, in Kielce, Poland, soldiers, police officers and towns people killed 42 Jews and injured 40 of their Jewish neighbors, survivors of the Holocaust. This pogrom was all but lost from history. Journalist Piotr Piwowaczyk, who grew up in Kielce never heard of this event until well into adulthood, years after he had left Poland. He returns to his childhood home, searching for answers, confronting his own family’s complicity in the violence. In an era with rising anti-Semitism, this film is extremely relevant today in revealing and confronting the legacy of this form of hatred in Europe and around the world.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Jerzy Sladkowski.

Americans, Refugees and the Holocaust With Holocaust Scholar, Dr. Rebecca Erbelding

Tuesday, January 29, 11:15 AM Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus Building F, Room F222 500 College Terrace Homestead

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Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 PM Temple Beth Sholom 4144 Chase Ave. Miami Beach

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How did Americans and the US government respond to news of the Holocaust? During World War II, what could have been done to save Jews? Why did President Roosevelt eventually authorize the War Refugee Board, and how did the WRB work to save lives?" Historian Dr. Rebecca Erbelding will offer insight to these questions and a little known chapter of Holocaust history.

Dr. Erbelding is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, April 2018). She has worked as a historian, curator, and archivist for fifteen years and holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University.

Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 PM

Film Screening – U.S. Premiere! The Forgotten With post-film discussion

Temple Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus 20350 NE 26th Ave, North Miami Beach

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The fate of the Jews of Yugoslavia is a little known chapter of World War II. This documentary follows Stella, a young Israeli born in Yugoslavia, who discovers her great-grandfather was a Muslim Righteous Among the Nations who hid a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation. She travels with Survivors from each region, interviewing them on location to reveal the dramatic history of what happened to the Jews from this Balkan country. Directed by Nitza Gonen and produced by the Israeli Organization of Immigrants from Ex- Yugoslavia.

Thursday, January 31, 2:00 PM

The Nazi Titanic—A Tragedy Lost in History With Historian and Author, Robert Watson

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center 20400 NE 30th Ave. Aventura

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The German luxury ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was used by the Nazis as a troop transport and in WWII’s final days, was packed with concentration camp prisoners. Just days before Germany surrendered, the Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the British Royal Air Force, and nearly all of the prisoners were killed in the last major tragedy of the Holocaust and one of history's worst maritime disasters. Historian Robert Watson discovered this forgotten story, sealed in British archives for over 60 years. Dr. Watson, author of more than 40 books is the Distinguished Professor of American History and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University and serves as Senior Fellow with Sen. Bob Graham’s Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.

Friday, February 1, 9:30 AM

Black Box Theatre: Encounter with Holocaust Survivors Miami Beach Senior High School 2231 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach (10th, 11th and 12th grade students only)

Students spend the morning with two Holocaust Survivor’s Allan Hall and Fred Mulbauer, volunteers at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach who will share their first –hand experiences. Through meaningful conversation with the survivors, students will get insight into the World War II years and how these survivors forged new lives in a new country.

Moderator David Reese is a language arts teacher in his 19th year with Miami-Dade Public Schools.

All events are free and open to the public.

Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit or call 305-538-1663.

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

Sidney Pertnoy Chair, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach (HMMB)

Sharon S. Horowitz Executive Director, HMMB

Daniel Reed Education Coordinator, HMMB

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff Chairperson, Holocaust Education Committee, HMMB

In cooperation with: City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council * Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus * Miami Dade County Public Schools Department of Social Sciences * University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies * Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center * Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus * Temple Beth Sholom * Temple Sinai North Dade * With special thanks to the Florida Department of Education * Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305 538-1663 info@holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.

Lion of Judah Dinner and Celebration

Join us for the Lion of Judah Dinner & Celebration!
Monday, January 14, 2019

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Alper JCC Jewish Book Festival Presents: A Night of Leonard Bernstein’s Music Featuring Jamie Bernstein

The 38th Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival Presents: A Night of Leonard Bernstein’s Music Featuring Jamie Bernstein

Famous Father Girl A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein With Members of Civic Chorale of Greater Miami Conducted by GRAMMY Winner Paul Hoyle

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:30pm at the Alper JCC 11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater Admission $20 • Author presentation, musical performance and refreshments

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. In a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir, she shares the story of a multifaceted man who was the chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, a composer, television star, humanitarian and a friend of the powerful and influential. The deeply moving and often hilarious memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

For tickets and information call 305.271.9000, ext. 268 or email

This program is co-sponsored by The Zelda and John Schwebel Family Foundation in Memory of John M. Schwebel.

Mezuzah Checking chabad

Tuesday, Dec 11 Chabad Chayil, 2601 NE 211 Terrace, Miami, FL 33180 A certified scribe will be visiting the community checking Mezuzas & Tefillin. He will only be with us for a few hours, so his time is limited. To make sure you reserve a spot to have yours checked, please call ahead. He charges $9 per Mezuzah and $55 for Tefillin ($80 Gasos). Discounts & payment plans available to anyone that needs. Go to or call (305) 770-1919. The scribe will be at the Shul from 10:00am.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Shabbat!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Please join us for our special Shabbat service and program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with guest Dr. Jeffrey Swain, Dean of Campus Ministry (Chaplain) at the Susie C. Holley Religious Center at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Dr. Swain has 25 years of ministerial experience, having served as Minister of Christian Education and Associate Minister at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Miami for more than a decade. He is an avid teacher of the Word, having been groomed under the leadership of Rev. D. L. Powell. He has preached throughout the southeastern United States and New York and believes deeply in the efficacy of the Word to do “its perfect work.”

Dr. Swain is the author of six books: Black and Still Here, A World of Color, Education in America: A Dilemma in the 21st Century, The Soul Unsettled, The Poetry Café for Women and Ancestors of the African Diaspora: A Tribute in Prosetry. His opinion column on issues of race, culture and politics can be seen regularly in the South Florida Times. He has a passion for the history of people of the African diaspora and writes and studies constantly in this area.

Shabbat gospel singers along with our own Temple Sinai choral ensemble will rock the house! A reception will follow the service.

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Jai-Alai Night w/ Temple Sinai's Empty Nesters

Please join the Empty Nesters for a fun night out!

At 5:30pm we will meet for dinner at Grampa’s Bakery and Restaurant. They have prepared a special menu for us. Each person will pay their own check.

Jai-Alai will begin at 7:00pm at Dania Beach Casino. After, hang at the casino or enjoy a snack at Jaxson’s Ice-cream!

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RSVP is needed to confirm attendees at the restaurant.

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