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High Holy Days Family Services at Temple Sinai

Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur Family Services

Rosh HaShanah: Thursday, September 25th, from 11:30 AM to 1 PM

Yom Kippur: Saturday, October 4th, from 11:30 AM to 1 PM

If you have young children in your family, this is the perfect service to attend during the High Holy Days.

Young congregants will love Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar as she leads a fun and interactive service that will keep elementary school age children and their families engaged.

Come join us for a service that is creative and fun with lots of music, stories, and movement!

This program is open to the community, so go ahead and invite friends and family to join us for this special service!

Temple Sinai's Adult Choir: Inviting New Members!

Adult Choir

Temple Sinai's Adult Choir announces its new season!

If you love to sing, this is your opportunity to participate in an activity that will give you not only naches (pleasure) but also many special moments shared with other music lovers.

Cantor Norman is seeking new voices to swell the ranks of the choir, so if you are interested, please contact him at

The Adult Choir looks forward to welcoming you!

Shloshim Community Memorial Gathering for Rabbi Joseph Raksin

Community clergy, family and friends invite you to join them for a Shloshim Memorial Service for Rabbi Joseph Raksin

Tuesday, September 9 6 p.m. Corner of NE 175th Street and 8th Court (NE Miami-Dade County)

"To Bring Light Where Light Was Put Out"

For more information, visit

Coral Gables Museum's Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow exhibit

Coral Gables, FL – September 4, 2014 – Coral Gables Museum, dedicated to furthering the study of history and the civic arts, in collaboration with Florida International University’s Exile Studies Program, the Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment and the Department of English, is pleased to present a traveling exhibit entitled Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges, created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. The exhibit opens Sunday, October 5, 2014 and runs through January 11, 2015. The exhibit’s formal opening will take place October 5, 2014 at 1:00pm.

“This exhibit explores the deep relationships that formed between two disenfranchised groups that each experienced racism firsthand -- Jews fleeing Nazi Europe and African-Americans in the South living during Jim Crow,” said Christine Rupp, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Museum. “The exhibit and its surrounding activities and programs will give the South Florida community an opportunity to learn about these remarkable teachers and students and how they reacted to the discrimination they faced.”

Inspired by Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb’s landmark book, From Swastika to Jim Crow: Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges and the subsequent PBS documentary by Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, the exhibit has enjoyed a successful run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City and a national tour that brought the exhibition to such venues as the Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago; the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL; the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, GA and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Pennsylvania.

“The advent of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s’ resulted in the dismissal of a large number of Jewish scholars from their posts in German universities. Ostracized and dispossessed, they sought refuge and professorships beyond the borders of their estranged homeland. Some succeeded in their search; many perished in the Holocaust," said Asher Z. Milbauer, director of the FIU Exile Studies Program in the Department of English. "The exhibit tells a compelling story of Jewish exiled professors who found refuge and employment in historically black colleges. It celebrates the triumphs of intellectual reciprocity between these professors and their African-American students. The exhibit will serve as a genuine teaching moment by lauding the benefits of mutual understanding and by extolling the moral and ethical values of hospitality and acceptance of the other.”

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow will be presented in the Museum’s spacious Fewell Gallery. The Museum will host group tours of the exhibit and train docents from FIU and local Jewish and African-American community members to guide visitors and explain the exhibit’s highlights and artifacts. The exhibit tells the story of Jewish academics from Germany and Austria, who were dismissed from their teaching positions in the 1930s. After fleeing to America, some refugee scholars found positions at historically black colleges and universities in the Jim Crow South. The exhibit further explores what it meant to the students to have these new staff as part of their community, how the students were affected by their presence, and what life was like for white, European Jews teaching at black colleges and universities. It also examines the empathy between two minority groups with a history of persecution, some of who came together in search of freedom and opportunity, and shared the early years of struggle in the Civil Rights movement.

Associated educational programs during the exhibit include panel discussions at the Museum with Jewish and African-American scholars such as:

• “Lessons and Legacies from ‘Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow” featuring Professor Guy Stern of Wayne State University, Professor Alan Berger of Florida Atlantic University, Playwright Jacqueline Lawton and a local historian. They will examine the evolution in American thinking about race based on the experiences highlighted in the exhibit. The event takes place on Sunday, October 19 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

• “The Jewish Experience in South Florida” featuring Professor Paul George of Miami Dade College takes place on Thursday, November 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Coral Gables.

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugees at Black Colleges was created and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City. The exhibit is made possible through major funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional support provided by the Helen Bader Foundation; The Lupin Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; The Shepard Broad Foundation; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Alperin Family Foundation; and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.

About The Coral Gables Museum The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events. For more information about educational programs or volunteering, visit

About Florida International University Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust The Museum’s exhibitions educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century—before, during, and after the Holocaust. The Museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall and receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit


WIZO MIAMI ART 2014 Auction join us in "THE HEART of GIVING", Tuesday, November 18th for Cocktails @ 7:00 pm and Auction @ 8:00 pm. Reserve your Paddle while space is limited.

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For further details call the WIZO FL Office 305.861.8860

Memorial Service for Steven Sotloff

From Temple Beth Am:

Zichrono l'vracha

"The Memory of the Righteous Enriches Us All"

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Steven Sotloff, beloved son of Shirley & Arthur Sotloff, who passed away on September 2, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 5th at Temple Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family at this very sad time.

Leo Martin March of the Living Moves in New Directions

2015 Leo Martin March of the Living. Registration is now open.

As a new generation of teens prepares for Jewish life on campus and for adult Jewish life, the Leo Martin March of the Living continues to refine its approach to better meet the needs of today’s youth. In the year ahead, our educational programs will include extensive use of on-line videos and interactive tools to help prepare our community’s Marchers.

In addition, the Leo Martin March of the Living (Miami) continues to add dynamic new educational and youth staff and curriculum, bringing the most up-to-date ideas about Holocaust and Israel education into the program

Read this article about the Leo Martin March of the Living that appeared in Aventura News.

Be sure to watch the new video that has been created to recruit for the March.

If you are interested in apply for this year's March, register online at Financial assistance is available.

For more information contact Aley Sheer, LMMOL Manager at 305-576-4030, ext. 144.

Words Inspire Change at Book Festival

The 34th annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival brings over a dozen acclaimed authors to our community to share the power of words that initiate conversations, inspire change or entertain us with their stories. The festival begins Monday, October 20th when award-winning journalist and legal analyst Lisa Bloom presents her compelling book, Suspicion Nation. Bloom exposes mistakes made in the Trayvon Martin trial, and raises questions concerning gun laws, race and violence in our country.

Gail Sheehy, whose NY Times bestseller Passages was named one of the ten most influential books of our time by the Library of Congress, is the featured speaker at Women’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at the Coral Gables Country Club. In her memoir, Daring: My Passages, Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.”

The rich mix of authors continues with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird sharing his portrait of Robert Ames, one of the most important operatives in CIA history. Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, enlightens audiences to the agency’s mission of reducing the number of preventable deaths of children under the age of five from 19,000 to zero. And, Dr. Soner Cagaptay Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute tells of Turkey’s dynamic economy, energetic foreign policy, and the country’s role as a key player in the newly emerging world order.

Allen Salkin takes one inside conference rooms, studios homes and restaurants in his book, From Scratch, and illuminates the people involved in the Food Network. It is an irresistible blend of business, television, pop culture, food and the American audience.

Three Israeli authors present their latest works and they are: journalist Ari Shavit whose riveting narrative My Promised Land, has instigated heated discussions since it was published; Daniel Gordis, award-winning author of Saving Israel, shares his fascinating biography about Menachen Begin, the complex and controversial sixth Israeli prime minister of Israel; and Gidi Grinstein explores what he believes is the secret of Jewish survival, resilience and leadership during the past millennia.

Two filmmakers appear at this year’s festival. Joshua Safran, author of Free Spirit reveals how he overcame adversity and reconnected to his Jewish heritage. A screening of his critically acclaimed 2011 documentary, Crime After Crime follows his presentation. Steven Pressman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose book Fifty Children brings to light the astonishing true story of how an American couple rescued fifty children from Nazi Germany during WWII.

Book Club Night brings works of fiction from the talented authors Alyson Richman and Pam Jenoff. In addition to sharing their latest novels, the two women have joined with eight other bestselling female historical fiction writers to create the anthology Grand Central.

The Jewish Book Festival runs through Dec. 10 with presentations at the Alper JCC’s Robert Russell Theater, at synagogues throughout the community and the Miller Center on the UM Campus. For a complete schedule of events call 305-271-9000 ext. 268 or visit


Make sure to come out and join WIZO FL for it's 2nd KOSHER FOOD & WINE MIAMI on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at THE SPORTS OF KINGS at GULFSTREAM PARK, 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL , VIP ADMISSION 6pm-7pm / GENERAL ADMISSION 7pm-10:30pm. Get your tickets today, you won't want to miss out on this.......great food, amazing wines and entertainment all evening long. Make sure to enter promo code KMiami for a $20. discount at check-out - (good thru October, 2014)

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Support Israel's Davis Cup Tennis Team!

From September 12 to 14, The Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise Florida will be hosting the Davis Cup tie set between Israel and Argentina. Previously scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv on Israel’s home court, The International Tennis Federation ruled that due to security concerns in the region, Israel would have to select a neutral venue for the tie set. The Sunrise Tennis Club is the former site of the ATP's BMW Tennis Championship from 2004 - 2010.

The competition is a rare and exciting opportunity for the Jewish community to express solidarity for Israel and cheer on the team to victory. Join the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation in creating a home court advantage for the Israeli team and root our players to victory!

Members of the Israeli contingent include, Dudi Sela, currently the top ranked singles player in Israel, who grew up in Kiryat Shmona and trained in Ramat Hasharon. He has had a string of recent victories, making it to the final of the ATP tournament last month in Atlanta; Yoni Erlich and Andy Ram, from ITC-Haifa & ITC-Jerusalem and 2008 Australian Open doubles champions, who train at the ITC-Ramat Hasharon; Amir Weintraub, 8-time ITF winner, who spent his youth at the ITC-Jaffa.

Schedule of Matches is as follows:

Friday, September 12
11:30 am - 1st singles match 20 minutes break
2nd singles match

Saturday, September 13
2 pm - Doubles match

Sunday, September 14
11:30 am - 1st singles match Interval 20 minutes 2nd singles match

Tickets for this important competition are currently available, but seating is limited. To demonstrate your solidarity with the Israeli team and nation, interested tennis fans, ITC donors and supporters of Israel can order tickets by contacting Cathy Mullin at the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation office at (954) 480-6333 ext. 222 or . You can also show your support by forwarding this article to as many friends as possible.

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