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Sharon Rosen, Founder is Nominated

After my beloved Mother passed away and I sat shiva for the first time, I felt a need to help others and created - a free resource to help Jewish mourners, their families and friends.

The website is intended to enhance the support provided by congregations, at a time of loss. It features informative articles, a private Shiva Registry page to share funeral & shiva details as well as a calendar to coordinate food for the bereavement period, links for memorial donations, helpful resources and an emailed Yahrzeit Reminder.

Synagogues and Jewish Charities are welcomed to complimentary listings linked for donations, Shiva Information Cards and use of our Shiva Registry system to support members and facilitate memorial donations.

ShivaConnect has been featured in many local and national Jewish publications, with an article in the current issue of Hadassah Magazine.(

I am honored to be nominated for the Jewish Community Heroes campaign sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America. Please VOTE here:

Thank you for your support!

102,000 Petitioners Oppose Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence

In anticipation of a request by the Palestinian Authority to become a member state of the United Nations, a petition against a unilaterally declared Palestine was delivered on Wednesday, September 21 to the U.N. containing the signatures of 102,000 individuals from across the U.S., including many from Miami. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation co-sponsored the petition along with almost 80 North American Federations, JCRCs, agencies and organizations. This collective support represents a pledge for a peace process without preconditions that recognizes both a Jewish and a Palestinian state.

Through advocacy with consuls stationed in Miami, as well as social media and other outreach tools, the JCRC has worked for months to encourage opposition to the unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood by the U.N., pushing instead for Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table for bilateral, direct discussions toward a goal of two states for two peoples.

“While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly expected to give the U.N. and the American leadership several weeks to respond to his forthcoming application to the U.N. Security Council, we in Miami and other communities across the world are doing all we can to ensure that our voices of opposition are being heard,” said Jonathan Awner, JCRC Chair. “This petition speaks loudly to our strong belief that a secure and lasting peace will only be achieved when the Israelis and Palestinians work directly with one another to address conflicts and resolve outstanding issues.”

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Kids K'hilah at Temple Beth Am Pinecrest

Kids K’hilah

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011 Time: 8:15 am - 10:30 am Location: See locations below

Kids K’hilah (Kindergarten–4th Grade)

While parents are praying in the sanctuary, kids (Grades K–4) may enjoy an exciting new High Holy Day experience, including an innovative visual and spiritual tefilah (prayer), led by Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and Susan Linder. In the Auditorium, Hessel Family Youth Center

Students also will engage in text study on the theme of “What Matters Most: Relationships With Others,” facilitated by Josh Laurence and teen volunteers, as well as engage in a tzedakah project. All this and a snack too! In the Adult Reading Room, RAMBAM Center Schedule for Kindergarten–2nd Grade

8:15–9:05 — Tefilah (Auditorium, Hessel Family Youth Center)

9:10–9:55 — Avodah (Beit Midrash: "Who Matters Most" and snack – Adult Reading Room, RAMBAM)

10:00–10:15 — Gemilut Hasadim: Service project — Making cards for Pioneers, Holiday, get well, etc.

10:15–10:30 — Shofar service (Children will join their parents in the Sanctuary)

Schedule for 3rd–4th Grade

8:15–9:05 — Avodah (Beit Midrash: "Who Matters Most" and snack – Adult Reading Room, RAMBAM)

9:10–9:55 — Tefilah (Auditorium, Hessel Family Youth Center)

10:00–10:15 — Gemilut Hasadim: Service project — Making cards for Pioneers, Holiday, get well, etc.

10:15–10:30 — Shofar service (Children will join their parents in the Sanctuary)

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For information, contact Francine Francis 305.667.6667 ext 122,

Creating Tomorrow's Leaders

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Southern NCSY’s Regional board and chapter presidents gathered in Bal Harbour for a weekend dedicated to leadership training and empowerment at this year’s Leadership Training Seminar (LTS). Held early this month, the focus of the weekend was to equip the teens with the tools necessary to become leaders of the region for this coming year and become the next generation of leaders for the greater Jewish community.

NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union.

Students came from Aventura, Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Kendall, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Palm Beach, and Plantation.

An important aspect of the weekend’s leadership training emphasized public speaking. During the Dr. Shmuel and Evelyn Katz Afternoon of Chizuk (strength and encouragement), an event open to the community, NCSYers shared personal NCSY experiences that had a strong and positive impact on their Jewish identity.

Todd Cohn, Executive Director of Southern NCSY, emphasized, “The students at LTS are the future synagogue presidents and Federation Chairs – they are the ones who will go on to inspire their friends, share their passions for Jewish living with their peers and serve as positive influences in their respective communities. It was extremely exciting and rewarding to listen to them share how they have been impacted by NCSY’s various programs and to watch them come together as a team in order to organize positive and meaningful Jewish events.”

Rabbi Ben Gonsher, Southern NCSY’s Director of Institutional Advancement, shared, “It was truly beautiful to witness a group of teens who forged lifelong relationships coming from various places and backgrounds. Some teens shared their experiences on NCSY Summer Programs as a public school teen while others discussed their inner drive for attending Shabbatons and various Torah learning programs.”

The Afternoon of Chizuk was also designed to thank the community for making NCSY programming possible and to educate those who do not know what it means to be part of the NCSY family. Unlike other Shabbatons that typically take place in hotels, LTS was specifically organized within a thriving Jewish community to be mutually beneficial for all in attendance. “It enabled community members to experience the power of an NCSY Shabbaton. This way, everyone could enjoy thepassionate divrei Torah of the teens as well as the energetic Shabbat songs sung by everyone in the room, standing proudly on chairs during seudat shlishit. Shabbat closed with “ebbing”, the crown jewel of the NCSY experience, heralded by many as their favorite part of the program. Ebbing, short for “As Shabbat ebbs away” is when the teens come together as Shabbat comes to a close to hear powerful stories and sing together. It’s the closest thing you can get to the camp experience right down the street from your house.,” said Todd Cohn.

“It was honestly the best weekend of my life. Being with everyone and being able to connect was truly amazing. The Bal Harbour community is so welcoming and warm,” says Sarita Weltman, an NCSYer whose mother drove six hours from Jacksonville so she could be part of the LTS.

To participate in future Southern NCSY events, please contact Todd Cohn at

A New Jewish Community Choral Group!

A new Jewish community choral group based at Next@19th ( is forming!

We are currently seeking singers from throughout the community for this exciting new endeavor under the baton of Coreen Duffy.

Find out more, set up an audition or help support the choir at

Author at Temple Bet Breira

Eric Lamet, author of A CHILD AL CONFINO, will read from his book on Nov. 20 at 9 am at breakfast meeting. An historical work on the treatment of foreign Jews by Mussolini's government during WWII. A true story but no a Holocaust book.

Pinkberry & Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center Team Up for Simchat Torah

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center will collaborate with Pinkberry for a Simchat Torah celebration.

Pinkberry, the number one tart frozen yogurt brand, opened its Aventura location in August. Pinkberry is premium frozen yogurt made with real nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk. It is made with only the highest quality ingredients and is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, resulting in a refreshing, clean and craveable taste.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, Pinkberry will sponsor ATJC’s annual Simchat Torah Celebration. Simchat Torah is the holiday that marks the conclusion of the annual reading of the Torah and its beginning again--amid dancing, song, and celebration. Beginning at 6:30pm, the evening will include a service followed by Israeli Folk dancing lead by ATJC’s Cantor Yakov Hadash, Cantor for Ritual and Youth. Pinkberry will be swirling up yogurt and toppings as congregants of all ages dance with real Torahs as well as mini, stuffed Torahs. Adults and children alike are invited to participate in the revelry and gather as a community for this special and sweet celebration.

ATJC: 305-937-1880,,

Pinkberry: Caryn Faulkner at Melissa Libby & Associates, 404.816.3068, In Aventura - 21211 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami Mega Mission Israel Upcoming Community Open Houses

Miami Mega Mission Israel is from April 22 - May 1, 2012.

Are you going?

Learn more at one of the upcoming community open houses:

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Alper JCC, Art Gallery in the Cultural Arts Center, 11155 SW 112 Avenue, Miami

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Get all the details about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Israel with 800 of your friends and neighbors. Meet other participants, learn more about our exciting plans, and ask questions about the Mega Mission and optional Pre-Mission to Poland (from April 17-21, 2012).

More than 600 people have already signed up! We want you to BE THERE, too!

RSVP to Please specify which meeting you will attend. For more information, visit

Register now with a deposit of just $500 per person ($250 for ages 22-39). Prices for Miami Mega Mission start at just $3,600 and include a non-stop, round-trip, coach-class charter flight from Miami to Tel Aviv (limited availability); for land only, prices are from $2,500. For participants ages 22-39, the Mega Mission price with charter air is $2,650, and $1,800 for land only. Included in all packages are luxury accommodations in Jerusalem, most meals, individual bus tours and excursions, and all Mega Events*. All prices are per-person, based on double occupancy. Federation's Mega Mission staff can help you with information about flights to Israel. *Itinerary subject to change.

All participants will be asked to make a meaningful contribution to the Annual Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign.

Author reads from his book

Eric Lamet, the author of A CHILD AL CONFINO, will read from his book at Temple Beth Or on Nov. 6 at 7 pm. If you want to know more about his book, click on the link below and read what appeared in the Community Post some weeks ago.

Address: 11715 SW 87th Avenue - 305-235-1419

FREE High Holiday Experience for Young Professionals

Wednesday, September 28 at 8 PM. FREE High Holiday experience exclusively for Miami's young professionals. Celebrate a lively, liberal Jewish New Year at The Jewish Museum (301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach). Doors open at 7:30. Wine and h'orderves follow. To RSVP please visit: In the same location Yom Kipor services will take place on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 PM. Break Fast will take place at Lou's Beer Garden, 7377 Harding Ave, Miami Beach from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Events co-sponsored by the Miami Jewish Federation and Birthright NEXT.

The Tribe’s mission is to cultivate an open, supportive and stimulating environment for young Jewish professionals in South Florida between the ages of 21 and 39 — through business, social networking, community service, and intellectual and spiritual events.

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