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Kristallnacht Commemoration with Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger

Jacobson Sinai Academy

Kristallnacht 76th Anniversary - Commemoration & Candle Lighting Ceremony

Monday, November 10th, 7:30 PM

Jacobson Sinai Academy: 18801 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach - FL 33180

Sinai will be commemorating the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a very moving presentation by Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger.

He is the author of A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible. In the book he describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly-decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi officer. Dr. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Medical Officer.

The evening will include a candle lighting ceremony where Holocaust survivors as well as their children and grandchildren from within our community will participate. Jacobson Sinai Academy's 8th grade students will display their Holocaust art projects following Dr. Wollschlaeger's presentation.

While there is no admission charge, we ask you to please RSVP here

For more information, you can write to us at or visit

Separated by an ocean, united in the fight against bigotry

Traveling exhibit, panel of leaders planned for Coral Gables Museum

In a biblical-level irony, Jewish teachers in Germany and Austria were fired in the 1930s, then found jobs at historically black colleges and universities in America. This meeting of white European Jewish professors with African American students in the segregation era forms the focus of an exhibition, "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow."

The event, which includes an exhibition and panel discussion, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

Panelists will be drawn from Jewish and African American community leaders, including:

  • Rabbi Solomon Schiff, former executive director, Greater Miami Rabbinical Association.

  • Bea Hines, religion columnist, The Miami Herald.

  • Rev. Gregory Pope, instructor in religious studies at Florida International University; senior pastor, First Bethel Baptist Church of Dania; chairman of the board of the SeaBoard Baptist Association.

  • Dr. Oren Stier, associate professor and director of Holocaust studies at FIU.

Moderating will be Nathan Katz, director of Jewish studies at Florida International University.

Admission to the event is included with regular museum fees: $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors with ID, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old, free for museum members and children younger than 6.

Parking for the event is available across the street from the Coral Gables Museum. For information on the event and the related exhibit, visit, e-mail or call 305-603-8067.

"Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow" is on loan from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York from Oct. 5 through Jan. 8. Cosponsoring its South Florida appearance, along with the Coral Gables Museum, are FIU's Department of English, Exile Studies Program, and Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.

The Evelyn B. Rosen Memorial Program at Bet Shira Congregation

Bet Shira Congregation

7500 SW 120 Street

Miami, FL 33156-4600


We celebrate the gift of Torah as a community of learners. Scholars in Residence programs are community learning opportunities with outstanding leaders in contemporary Jewish life. This year through the generosity of Joey and Cheryl Rosen, the Evelyn Rosen Memorial Scholarship in Residence program has been formally established. This endowment gift assures that Bet Shira will honor Jewish study continually with scholars in residence. May the memory of Evelyn Rosen be for a blessing and may we all become more enlightened in her memory.

November 21-23, 2014: Rabbi Danielle Upbin

Rabbi Danielle Upbin is a prayer leader, teacher, inspirational preacher and singer-songwriter. She currently resides in Clearwater, FL, where she and her husband serve as the spiritual leaders of Congregation Beth Shalom.

January 22, 2015: Rabbi Irwin Kula

Rabbi Irwin Kula is the leading voice of religious voice of pluralizing, president of CLAL, and has significantly shifted the debate on Jewish identity and spiritually to include new ways of finding meaning and purpose.

February 20-21, 2015: Dr. Jeff Shoulson

Dr. Shoulson serves as the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut. Professor Shoulson areas of expertise include Jewish Literature, Early Modern Literature, and Jewish-Christian Relations.

Federation Offers Scholarship Assistance for Israel Programs

Findings show that participating in an Israel Program can be transformative for many young adults and is linked with rises in all areas of Jewish engagement including Israel-related activities in our community. An Israel Program is an effective way to move young adults of varied Jewish backgrounds to Jewish leadership and community involvement.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation works to makes it easier for young adults residing in Miami-Dade County (ages of 15 – 26), to have exciting, life-changing experiences in Israel through our Israel Programs Scholarships.

These need-based, one-time only scholarships offer tuition assistance for students who want to participate in an Israel Program, and are made possible by designated endowment funds through The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 140 students received financial assistance towards their Israel Program tuition.

Awards are based on applicant’s financial need and length of an approved Israel program. The program must contain Jewish educational content and be between 3 weeks to 1 year in duration. A completed application, along with the family's financial information (IRS Form 1040), and a letter of acceptance or invoice from the program must be submitted. Israel Program scholarships are open year-round and are subject to the availability of funds.

Criteria and Eligibility:
• For students between the age of 15 – 26
• Miami-Dade County residents
• Demonstrate financial need (IRS Form 1040)

Additional resources:
For more information please visit the Israel Experiences page on our website or contact us at or 786.866.8498 .

The Gift of Israel Savings Program enables families to begin saving early for their child’s Israel experience – and enjoy the benefit of matching-dollar grants from community sources.

Interest-free loans can be obtained from the Hebrew Free Loan Association. Read more at

Masa offers need-based scholarships as well for those attending its long-term Israel programs. Please visit for more information.

Secrets of the Hebrew Letters

Secrets of the Hebrew Letters Monday, Oct 27, 7:30pm Highland Lakes Jewish Center, 2601 NE 211 Terrace, North Miami Beach, FL 33180 Learn Talmudic & Kabbalistic Reasons Behind the Shapes, Names & Numeric Values of the Alef Beit! For men & women. Beginners & pros. Each class stands on its own, so that even if you miss some, you can still enjoy the rest. Disclaimer: This class is addictive and lots of fun! Side Effect: Learning a ton of cool facts and interesting stories! You may also brush up on your Hebrew and get the desire to become a Kabbalist! For more information or to signup visit or call (305) 770-1919

Kesher Scholarship Luncheon





11 AM



Community Unity Havdalah Concert

Saturday, October 25 @ 9 p.m. at The Shul, 9540 Collins Avenue, Surfside.

SAVE THE DATE! Miami Premiere of "Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation"

Join JMOF-FIU and ZOA for the premiere of award winning Director Gloria Greenfield's new film, "Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation". The film features Professor Alan Dershowitz, Professor Ruth Wisse, WSJ's Bret Stephens, among others.

To view trailer

Meet and Greet Reception with award winning director, Gloria Greenfield before the screening.

WHEN: Monday, December 22nd, 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU... 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139



Join us for our 2nd Annual Kosher Food & Wine Miami on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at the SPORTS OF KINGS THEATER AT GULFSTREAM PARK, HALLANDALE, FL. This unique Celebration is expected to attract Hundreds of Food and Wine Connoisseurs as it did last year. The event will offer a Wolrd-Class selection of more than 30 Wineries where you will have the opportunity of sampling hundreds of Wines paired with delicious Gourmet Food prepared by top Kosher Restaurants and Caterers in South Florida. You will also have the opportunity to become more intimately acquainted with some of the most Famous Israeli Wineries at an Exclusive VIP Reception One (1) hour prior to General Public Admission. 6:00PM-7:00PM VIP Reception-$200. pp - 7:00PM-10:30PM Kosher Food and Wine Miami-$150. (PROMO CODE KMiami) for a $20. Discount. $125. pp - Young professionals (21-30 Years Old)

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Volunteers needed for 2014 Maccabi Games

Volunteers Needed!
2014 Maccabi Games at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach

For a Jewish athletic event featuring over 700 competitive games in 13 different sports and attracting over 5,000 spectators daily

November 23, 2014
November 27, 2014
November 30, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities:
1) Toy Drive
2) Gift Wrapping
3) Social Media photo booth


Please contact Stephanie Goodman at 305-705-0800 or for more details.

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