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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.

In Celebration of Chinese New Year, The Four Winds and The Great Wall, Interactive Discussion by Naomi Terk

In Celebration of Chinese New Year, The Four Winds and The Great Wall, An Interactive Discussion by Naomi Terk will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Naomi Terk of Boca Raton is a third generation Jew from China. Her grandparents were among the thousands of Jews who escaped the pogroms in Russia in 1898 and made their way to Harbin, China. Naomi was born in Tianjin in 1932. Through her father’s career as an industrial engineer, Naomi spent much of her childhood in the U.S., where she finally settled in 1948. Using her extensive language and cultural skills, she became a top manager in a shipping company that built vessels in Japan and China, which allowed her to travel back and forth to the Far East. Naomi will share her experiences as a Chinese Jew and lead an interactive discussion about the similarities and differences in Chinese and Jewish traditions - including the love of mah jongg and the genre of the game in both cultures.

Free with Museum admission. RSVP to (786) 972-3175 or info@jewishmuseum.com

Black Jews in Africa and the Americas Book Review with Professor Tudor Parfitt

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., join us for "Black Jews in Africa and the Americas" book review with Professor Tudor Parfitt. "Black Jews in Africa and the Americas" tells the fascinating story of how the Ashanti, Tutsi, Igbo, Zulu, Beta Israel, Maasai, and many other African people as well as a large number of American groups came to think of themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel. Pursuing medieval and modern European race narratives over a millennium, in which not only were Jews cast as black but black Africans were cast as Jews, Tudor Parfitt reveals a complex history of the interaction between religious and racial labels and their political uses.

Cost: Museum Members & FIU Faculty/Students free; Non-Members $6.

RSVP to (786) 972-3175 or info@jewishmuseum.com

Hebrew Academy Athletes Make All-Dade Teams

The Miami Herald released its All-Dade teams for the Fall 2012 athletic season yesterday, and Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proudly the only Jewish Day School represented. Six Hebrew Academy student-athletes received All-Dade Honorable Mention for their achievements in the Fall. The following Warrior student-athletes were recognized by area coaches and the Herald staff for their successful seasons:

Samuel Deutsch (Cross Country) Hailey Dobin (Volleyball) Mariah Lamm (Cross Country) Elan Paul (Golf) Isaac Schechter (Golf) Stefanie Suster (Volleyball)

Special recognition goes to Hailey Dobin and Isaac Schechter, who were both named All-Dade in their respective sports for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to all of the nominated athletes on their fine seasons, and for representing Hebrew Academy with pride and respect on and off the playing fields.

Please visit: http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/05/01/1155242/all-county-high-school-sports.html to see the complete All-Dade teams for all of the Fall 2012 sports.

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish college and yeshiva preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to achieve their greatest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about the Hebrew Academy Athletic Program, please contact Athletic Director Craig Mankoff at (305)532-6421 ext. 112 or at cmankoff@rasg.org.

Groovy David Children's Concert

Oh the places people go after graduating from Palmetto Senior High School. For David Brownstein, Class of 1994, it was off to Southern California where he has become a top children’s performer and kid’s DJ. He has written, directed and performed in his own children’s shows and was named L.A’s Top Kids’ DJ in 2011. He has produced two CD’s for children entitled Everybody, and his newest EP Kiddie Lounge.

On Sunday, Feb. 10th, at 3pm, there will be a Groovy David Concert and puppet show extravaganza, as part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Alper JCC’s Lisa Ann Watson Children’s Discovery Museum. Joined by musicians playing the piano, drums and saxophone and a puppeteer, Brownstein will be singing his original songs and getting kids of all ages up on their feet and dancing in the aisles. He calls the show musical edutainment, a combination of education and entertainment. Following the performance kids can interact and take pictures with all of the puppets.

For Brownstein returning to the Alper JCC and performing a concert, is extremely meaningful, as he was a summer camp counselor there while still in his teens. “I don’t want to give them a simple music show,” said David. “I want to provide them with a live experience that they will remember and cherish for years to come. I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to provide a fun family experience in the same place where years ago, my family brought me and I saw live entertainment.”

If your a kid 7 and under or just a kid a heart, put on your dancing shoes because with Groovy David it’s “Party Time...All the Time.”

From noon to 4pm, the vibrant and interactive traveling exhibit Chagall For Children opens a 3-month run in the Lisa Ann Watson Children’s Discovery Museum. In a series of exploration stations, boys and girls use their senses to discover art principles such as color, composition, light and texture. Through music, computer and art activities, kids will learn about the dream-like world of the acclaimed artist Marc Chagall.

Chagall For Children is noon – 4pm and the Groovy David Concert is at 3pm, in the Robert Russell Theater at the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Avenue, Miami, 33176. Tickets: Exhibit only $5pp; Concert only $10pp. Combo is $12 for concert and exhibit. For tickets and more information call 305.271.9000 x268 or visit www.alperjcc.org.

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