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Jacobson Sinai Academy Provides Parents With The Tools And The Knowledge To Protect Their Children

Stacey Honowitz, a twenty-two year veteran of the State Attorney's Office, seventeen years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, will be the special guest of the Temple Sinai Parents Association on October 5.

The presentation will begin at 10:00 AM in the Library of the Bergman Upper School at Jacobson Sinai Academy with a discussion over brunch afterward. Ms. Honowitz will be speaking to parents of Jacobson Sinai Academy students about all aspects of sex crimes. Topics will include sexual abuse, investigation, background checks, prosecuting and navigating the criminal justice system and how to communicate with children about these sensitive issues.

Stacey Honowitz is a frequent legal commentator who has provided legal analysis for Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CBS News 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNBC, as well as Fox News and Court Television.

This event is open to the public. For more information call 305-932-9010 or visit us online: http://www.tsnd.org/kd/Items/actions.cfm?action=Show&itemid=3464&destination=ShowItem

Jacobson Sinai Academy is located at 18801 NE 22 Avenue, NMB, FL 33180.

Men's Club Opening Event - Brothers in the Box

Beth David is proud to relaunch the Men's Club! Enjoy kosher burgers and hot dogs grilled by Rabbi Epelbaum, shmooze with old friends, meet new ones, and share your ideas on the types of programming you'd like to see at Beth David. Bring your favorite beverage to share with the group.

Noon on Sunday, October 16 at Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW Third Ave., Miami. For more information, call 305.854.3911.

Family Sukkot Celebration

Join Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest for a family Sukkot celebration. Enjoy a fantastic MONKEY SHOW with The Monkey’s Uncle, a luscious barbecue, festive music, holiday crafts, lulav and etrog, l’chaims, and nosh in the Sukkah.

Sunday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112th St., Miami.

To RSVP, click here.

Cost is $10 per person; maximum $36 per family; $180 to sponsor.

Volunteer Opportunity - Synagogue Sunday

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami will once again host Synagogue Sunday on Sunday, November 13 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a larger community to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The day is part of programming for Global Jewish Learning day. We will learn by doing, by participating in tikkun olam, and we will also have opportunities to hear inspiring words from our clergy.

Each synagogue/group is responsible to sign up its volunteers and get them registered with Habitat, and to provide lunch for its participants. Participants must be at least 16 years of age, and those under 18 require a parent permission form.

For more information, email Volunteer@JewishmMami.org.

SukkahArt Dinner at the Maor Gallery

Join the Maor Gallery and Birthright Israel NEXT, for a festive Sukkot experience!

YOU MUST BUY YOUR TICKET HERE, ONLY $26!

Thursday, October 13 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Relax, fill your bellies with a traditional meal and nourish your soul, hear tales of old and learn about the holiday of Sukkot. All under the atmosphere of Maor Gallery’s SukkahART; a Sukkot masterpiece built by local artists!

SukkahArt symbolizes the fusion of modernism and tradition, where cutting edge contemporary art meets tradition to create a unique experience. Created by local artists, the SukkahArt will be exhibited at the Maor Gallery parking lot for the duration of the Holiday.

This event is open to all young professionals, ages 21-31!

YOU MUST BUY YOUR TICKET HERE, ONLY $26!

Maor Miami, 3030 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL

How to Teach About Israel

We invite Jewish teachers, rabbis, communiy and summer camp educators to join us for a one day workshop, "History, Politics and Society of Modern Israel" presented by Dr. Ken Stein (Emory) and his team. Continuing Ed credits available. There is no fee to participate. Email mschwartz@miami.edu before Nov. 7 to register. Sunday, Nov. 13 from 12:30 - 6:30 PM at the UM's Miller Center, 5202 University Dr., Coral Gables.

Adult Hebrew for Beginners

Now is the time to gain a new skill or refresh your knowledge. Join us this fall to learn Hebrew reading and writing in a warm and encouraging environment. To register, email info@bethdavidmiami.org.

Thursdays, October 6-Dec 29, 6:30-8 pm, $100 (includes materials), Beth David Congregation - Board Room, 2625 SW Third Avenue, Miami, FL 33129

Study with Rabbi Epelbaum

Meaningful Empowering Leadership No Hebrew Needed Open-minded Transformative

After completing our four courses, receive a Certificate of Judaic Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In Miami Beach!

Tuesday evening from 7-9:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom starting October 4 and 25.

Classes also in North Miami Beach/Aventura on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesday nights from 7-9:15 p.m.

Classes also in Pinecrest/South Miami on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:45 a.m. and Thursday nights from 7-9:15 p.m.

For more information, visit www.caje-miami.org/melton or email melton@caje-miami.org or call Carla at 305.576.4030, ext. 128.

24-Hour IDF Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Israeli Army?

RSVP HERE ----> http://tinyurl.com/NEXTIDF101-24Hour

The Israel Defense Forces is considered one of the worlds’ toughest fighting forces. Now, get the chance to see if you have what it takes to hang with elite soldiers of the IDF.

IDF Experience is a 24-hour course during which participants will be pushed to their limits, under extreme conditions. Participants will be challenged by both physical and mental stress for 24 hours. This event will take place at Oleta River Park, in North Miami Beach. The course will begin on Friday, October 28th with a Shabbat BBQ at 7:00 PM, after which, the challenge will begin until the following evening.

Be ready to run, swim, navigate, crawl, climb, carry, fight and face the same challenges that the men and women of the IDF face to defend the state of Israel.

This course is open to all young professionals (ages 18-35). Space is limited, so register soon! Cost is $45.

By the end of this course you will have learned skills such as:

Open field land navigation: • map reading • plotting a course • pacing a set distance for time • multi-point night land navigation • team navigation Emergency trauma first aid procedures: • trauma procedures and protocols • applied pressure to points • improvising a tourniquet • one-on-one carrying Basic Krav Maga: • aggression drills • stress drills • gun/knife/stick defense

This is a partnership event between Birthright Israel NEXT South Florida, The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin, Tsevet Lohamim & Garret Machine Security Consultants.

RSVP HERE ----> http://tinyurl.com/NEXTIDF101-24Hour

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Holocaust Survivor International Wire Transfer Fees

By CFO Jeff Atwater

This recession has been difficult for many of our fellow Floridians. For the elderly who may live on a fixed income it is important for them to be able to keep every penny. According to the Jewish Federations of North America, one-quarter of Holocaust Survivors in the United States are living below the poverty line. The majority of these Holocaust Survivors live alone and are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. The circumstances under which these Survivors live, along with the nature of the challenges they face at their age, require the attention of our fellow Floridians. Jewish agencies and community organizations do a great deal and work tirelessly to help these survivors with their needs. My office has been involved in helping survivors with their Holocaust insurance claims, and has helped a large portion of the 12,000 survivors of the Holocaust living in the state of Florida. As the Chief Financial Officer of this state, I am committed to alleviating the financial burden facing Florida’s Holocaust Survivors.

In March of this year, accompanied by the Consul General of Israel, and leaders of the Jewish community, I announced my Holocaust Survivor Fee Transfer Waiver Program. Holocaust Survivors and their families were being assessed an international wire transfer fee, ranging from $10 to $40 per transaction. This transfer fee amounts to a 10 percent tax on each payment the survivor receives, and it is a significant financial burden considering that vast majority are elderly and rely on these payments to make ends meet.

It is for this reason that I reached out to the leadership of the financial institutions in Florida to ask them to voluntarily waive the wire transfer fee on reparation payments from the German government. As of August we have 23 banks and credit unions in our state who are voluntarily waiving this fee. These financial institutions account for a significant market share in Florida and my office is working hard to get more banks to participate.

This action did not need legislation, committees, or resolutions. This initiative was an exercise in good government working for our fellow Floridians who deserve our respect, dignity and attention.

It is my hope that other states will initiate similar programs. This is why in August I sent a letter to each of the fifty state treasurers, asking them to consider implementing a similar program in their respective states. I look forward to working with my counterparts in other states, and providing guidance and support.

I encourage you to explore MyFloridaCFO.com/FeeWaiver, which includes a list of participating financial institutions in Florida, additional information and contact numbers regarding Holocaust insurance claims, a generic fee waiver form for financial institutions, as well as the Insurance Claims Legislation and the Holocaust Victims Insurance Act.

While nothing we do can ever fully repay those who suffered through the Holocaust, anything we can do to keep money in their pockets is helpful.

I would like to extend my sincere wishes for a happy and sweet New Year to Floridians of the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashanah is a time for joy, renewal, celebrations and counting our blessings. I would also like to wish each of you L'Shanah Tovah and Happy New Year!

Florida's CFO Jeff Atwater serves on the Cabinet for the State of Florida. For his bio and more information on the Florida Department of Financial Services please visit www.myfloridacfo.com

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