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Yoga and Smoothies with Moishe House Miami

Come join Moishe House Miami in Bayside park on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm for yoga and new friends! Afterwards, stick around as we go for some smoothies to help keep the invigorating yoga session going for the rest of the evening! Please rsvp to miamoishehouse@gmail.com so we can make sure there is enough space!

Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom Celebrates

Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom will be presenting "The Grand Celebration" on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4pm, to honor four of its leaders: Rabbi Manuel Armon, Cantor Irving "Babe" Resnick, and Mr & Mrs. Milton Miller. A sumptious dinner is planned, with entertainment, silent auction and raffle. In advance, tickets are $36 per adult; and, at the door, $40; the cost per child is $10. Please RSVP: Rhoda (305-661-1421). The Conservative synagogue is located at 6438 SW 8th Street, West Miami 33144.

To highlight an honoree: Rabbi Manuel Armon was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the center of the largest and most influential Jewish communities of Latin America. After completing his religious studies at the Buenos Aires Hebrew Teachers Seminary, he was granted a scholarship to pursue Rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; becoming the first Latin American to be ordained as Rabbi, besides earning a Master's Degree in Hebrew Literature. In addition, he graduated from Columbia University in New York, and from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he served as the Secretary of the Institute of Jewish Studies. In Israel, he taught Bible and Talmud at various schools. Back in the States, he served as Rabbi at various pulpits. Also he traveled extensively throughout Latin America to become familiar with local Jewish life, whether it be in city centers or in isolated communities. For the last 15 years, he has served as Rabbi of Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the International Association of Conservative Rabbis, as well as the of Greater Miami Rabbinical Association. At its most recent convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Rabbinical Assembly honored him for his 50 years of service as Rabbi. He is the father of three sons and one daughter, grandfather of six grandchildren - all of them in Israel. He is the author of the Bibliography of Jewish Studies, published by Hebrew University

NA'AMAT USA TO HOLD 41ST NATIONAL CONVENTION JULY 21-24, 2013, IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

NA'AMAT USA, a member of the movement of Zionist women, will hold its 41st National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 21-24, 2013. "Rock with NA'AMAT" is the theme of the triennual national convention to be held at the Hilton Cleveland East in Beachwood, Ohio.

Convention attendees will be briefed about the latest developments in Israel from NA'AMAT's new President, Galia Wolloch and Shirli Shavit, Director of NA'AMAT Israel's International Department. Participants will also hear from national and international keynote speakers, participate in smaller break-out sessions, and elect national NA'AMAT officers and board members.

Chellie Goldwter Wilensky of Chicago, Ilinois is national chairperson of the convention, while Gail Simpson of Agoura, California and Marcia Weiss of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are national program co-chairpersons. Greater Cleveland resident Robin Lieberman is the local convention chair.

"Our convention will further the valuable work of NA'AMAT USA. I am looking forward to hearing from Galia Wolloch, NA'AMAT's new president, who will give a first-hand account about the strength of NA'AMAT and its agenda to improve women's rights and quality," said Chellie Goldwater Wilensky of Chicago, Illinois.

"We are delighted to host the convention in Greater Cleveland, one of the country's strongest Jewish communities," stated Dr. Linda Schoenberg, co-president of Cleveland Council, NA'AMAT USA. "Rock with NA'AMAT" will bring passionate participants from the area and throughout the country together to support our worthy cause of improving the lives of women, children and families in Israel."

NA'AMAT USA has been enhancing and improving the lives of women, children ad families in Israel for more than 87 years. Its name, NA'AMAT, is the Hebrew acronyn for "Movement of Working Women and Volunteers." Originally named Pioneer Women, NA'AMAT USA was founded as a sister movement to NA'AMAT Israel. The local offices are located in Miami at 3950 Biscayne Blvd. and 4400 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 50, in Boca Raton, Fl. Raquel Rub, Sunny Isles, is S. Florida Council President; Bess Fruman and Ruth Racusen are co-presidents in Broward, and Rhoda Birnbaum, Delray Beach, is President of Palm Beach Council. Marjorie Moidel, Coconut Creek, is S.E. Area National Coordinator.

NA'AMAT is comprised of 350,000 members worldwide, with branches in the United States, Israel and nine other countries. Together with NA'AMAT Israel, NA'AMAT USA provides affordable daycare to nearly 18,000 preschool children. NA'AMAT reaches at-risk youth through their 20 vocational high schools and 23 multipurpose centers, provides scholarships for women seeking college and higher education degrees, and operates five women's right centers, and a domestic violence center. NA'AMAT stands out as the leading advocate for women by providing core social services, including legal counseling, education, child care and health care.

The national office is located at 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2302, New York, NY, 10018. For more information on NA'AMAT USA, or for convention lodging packages, visit www.naamat.org, call (212)563-5222 or (561) 368-8898, or email susan@naamat.org.

Publicity Chair

WHAT: A special Shabbat Service is planned featuring Will Robertson, Chorus Director of Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta. Will studied classical double bass, composition and choral conducting at Rice University in Houston and the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary, as well as music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. As an instrumentalist, he has worked with Grammy=winning musicians and has been featured on TV and radio worldwide. He has produced numerous albums.

                      Will enjoys working with the singers and musicians at Congregation 
                      Bet Haverim, fusing all sorts of different sounds, merging varied
                      traditions with popular songs, world music, and ancient chant, producing
                      unique sounds not usually expected to be heard in a synagogue.

                     Ahavat Olam’s Choral Society and Prima Bima Band will also be 
                     featured performing music by Mr. Robertson as well as traditional favorites.

WHERE: Ahavat Olam, 10775 S.W. 112th Street, Miami, Florida. On the grounds of Killian Pines Methodist Church Telephone Monday through Thursday (305) 412-4240 or e-mail members@ahavatolam.org

WHEN: Friday, February 15th at 7:45 PM. The excitement continues on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 when Mr. Robertson joins the Ahavat Olam Chorale Society for their weekly rehearsal. Both events are open to the community without charge.

Holocaust Education Month 2013

Holocaust Education Month is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in cooperation with: Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center; Bet Shira Congregation; Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education; City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; The Judaic Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University; Miami Beach JCC Documentary Film Series; Miami-Dade College; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills; and The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, University of Miami.

All events are free and open to the public

  • First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors | Wednesday, February 6, 9:30 a.m. | Miami Beach Senior High School | Presented by: David Rees

  • Life at the Edge: David Koker’s Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944 | Thursday, February 7, 10 a.m. | Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus, Building 6, Room 6120 | 11011 SW 104th Street, Kendall | Presented by: Dr. Robert Jan Van Pelt

  • Film Series, Screening: Yours, Ivan | With post-film discussion | Wednesday, February 13, 2 p.m. | Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation | 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach / Parking available at 19th and Meridian | Presented by: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

  • How Did Nazi Propaganda Impact the Youth of Germany? | Tuesday, February 19, 11 a.m.| Miami Dade College Homestead Campus, Room F222, Building F, 500 College Terrace, Homestead | Presented by: Dr. Thomas Bryant

  • The Power of Fate: An Intimate portrait of a Shtetl painter | Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.| Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center | 20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura | Due to the large interest in this topic, RSVP to Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center at 305-937-1880 or to LKafka@atjc.org. | Presented by: Mahli Lieblich

  • Film Series, Screening: Swing Kids | With post-film discussion | Thursday, February 21, 2:30 p.m. | Mater Academy Charter High School | 7901 NW 103rd Street, Hialeah Gardens| Presented by: Mr. Tom Gilaser

  • Film Screening: Refuge: Stories of a Special Generation | With post-film discussion| Monday, February 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Presented by: Mr. Ethan Bensinger

Don't miss New World Symphony and The Holocaust Memorial present: Songs of the Holocaust, Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. | Bet Shira Congregation I 7500 SW 120th Street • Kendall

Jacobson Sinai Academy's Annual Purim Carnival

Jacobson Sinai Academy will host its annual Purim Carnival on Friday, February 22 from 2:30 to 4:30pm. The carnival is sponsored by JSA Parents Association. Ice cream will be available for purchase with the visit of Dolci Peccati Gelato Food Truck. The event will showcase music and dance by CoolAm, face painting, bounce house and carnival games. Jacobson Sinai Academy is located at 18801 N.E 22nd Avenue in North Miami Beach. This is a great way to spend an afternoon of fun, food and games with family and friends! For more information contact JSA Parents Association at parents.association@jsamiami.org

Kosher Chinese Cooking Demonstration and Tasting

Join the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for a Kosher Chinese Cooking Demonstration and Tasting on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Chef Jessica Eliav of Marigold Catering will demonstrate techniques and share recipes and tastings of delicious Kosher Chinese dishes. Chef Eliav is an expert on ethnic cuisines and has worked in kitchens around the globe.

Cost: Museum Members $20; Non-Members $36. RSVP to info@jewishmuseum.com or 786-972-3175.

A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim of Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU knows you will want to be included in this exciting evening on Tuesday February 26 at 6:30 p.m. celebrating the partnership between the Museum and FIU, while sharing in a wonderful Jewish tradition.

Celebrating the triumph of good over evil, and the survival of the Jewish people in the face of destruction, A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim of Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is an evening of fine food, fun and entertainment. The story of Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordecai’s saving the Jews of Shushan, Persia is still celebrated around the world. This tradition began in Florida in the 1880s when Purim Balls were the social event of the season in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola and Key West. The Jewish Museum of Florida carries on this annual tradition through a festive gala that brings Florida Jewish history to life. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the Gold Benefactor, Silver Patron and Bronze Underwriter levels. Tickets are limited. The Museum is located at 301 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. For sponsorship information and reservations, please call 786-972-3180 or email director@jewishmuseum.com. Visit www.jewishmuseum.com for more information.

The Lemba of Zimbabwe, FIU Lecture with Dr. Tudor Parfitt and Lemba Leader Modreck Z. Maeresera

The Lemba of Zimbabwe, FIU Lecture with Dr. Tudor Parfitt and Lemba Leader Modreck Z. Maeresera will take place at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come learn about the Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe, which currently number about 150,000 in a country of 14 million people. They live among the predominant local Shona tribe in southern Zimbabwe, and speak the Shona language; however, they are actually Jews who have kept their Jewish practices secret from their neighbors. Although they had lost their Torah, to this day the Lemba have been able to maintain their devout religious observances passed down through generations of oral tradition, practices which mirror Jewish customs and laws.

Cost: Museum Members & FIU Faculty/Students free; Non-Members $6. RSVP to (786) 972-3175 or info@jewishmuseum.com.

RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria, Documentary Film & Discussion

"RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria," Documentary Film & Discussion will take place at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Jeff L. Lieberman’s film is a journey into the heart, lives and culture of the Igbo people of Nigeria. For many individuals in the film, the path towards finding Judaism was difficult, having grown up surrounded by Christian colonialism, misunderstanding, wrong turns into Messianic worship, family exile, violent prejudice from both Muslim and Christian neighbors, and frustration of a lack of funds to further educate themselves about the religion through Internet access. The film captures the universal themes of the quest for community, identity and ancestry. Filmmaker Jeff L. Lieberman will host a talk and discussion following the screening of the film.

Cost: Museum Members & FIU Faculty/Students free; Non-Members $6. RSVP to (786) 972-3175 or info@jewishmuseum.com.

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