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Kesher's 15th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Kesher’s 15th Annual Scholarship Luncheon Featuring CHEF MICHELLE BERNSTEIN A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, and former professional ballerina and honors graduate of Johnson & Wales University, this passionate culinaire has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. “My food is luxurious but approachable,” says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008).

Kesher began in 1995 when local day school administrators, teachers, psychologists and parents recognized the need for a Jewish special education program. They united to form Kesher, an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) school for Jewish children with learning disabilities and other developmental delays housed in local day schools.

Our Annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 1st 11:00am until 1:00pm
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center

If you are interest in attending this year’s scholarship luncheon, or for more information on Kesher, please call our office at (30)792-7060. Or you can email us at:

Mind in the Making Discussion Group for all Parents and Teachers

Beth David Presents: Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) of the Gordon Schools of Beth David is proud to be one of 10 Jewish schools in the country to receive a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to launch parent-teacher dialogues around Ellen Galinsky's book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Become part of our learning community by joining parents and teachers in our Mind in the Making discussion group. Open to teachers and parents with children of all ages.

Participants must read each chapter prior to the discussion group meeting. A limited number of books are available for participants. Facilitated by Sandra Huzenman, ECC Director. Pre-registration required. Please RSVP to*.

Discussion Group Dates:

Tue, Oct 18, 8:45-9:45 am - Chapter 1: Focus & Self Control

Tue, Nov 15, 8:45-9:45 am - Chapter 2: Perspective Taking

Tue, Dec 13, 8:45-9:45 am - Chapter 3: Communicating

Dates and times for Jan-May will soon follow

Beth David Congregation, Traurig Hall, 2625 SW Third Avenue, Miami, FL 33129, Free of Charge, Open to the Community

Don't Miss the Echoes of the Holocaust Documentary

Tune into WPBT-CHANNEL 2 at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th and at 10 p.m. on Monday, September 26th for Echoes of the Holocaust, a moving documentary about the Holocaust, its survivors and The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Echoes of the Holocaust was directed and edited by Jerry Levine of Miami. Its executive producers are local Jewish community activists David Scharlin and Charles Treister, whose father designed The Holocaust Memorial.

Volunteer(s) for CAJE

Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) is looking for one or more volunteers to assist with various office assignments. Tasks may include: cataloging books, data entry, typing labels, stuffing envelopes, making photocopies, assistance with phone calls, etc. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity and hours are flexible.

For more information, contact Sandy at 305.576.4030, ext. 113. To learn more about CAJE, visit

Shalom Tots: Dance and Decorate

Join The Open Tent for singing, eating, dancing and decorating at our annual Sukkot celebration.

4 p.m. Saturday, October 15th at Temple Beth Sholom, 4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach.

For more information, contact 786.507.6104 or visit RSVPs are encouraged. Email

Israel Cultural Club

Meet and greet the Honorable Chaim Shacham, Israel's new Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico. Program includes a briefing by Consul General Shacham plus a complimentary screening of the Israeli film, Green Chariot.

7 p.m. Thursday, September 22 at Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Kiblisky Lounge, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.

Open to the public at no charge.

Meet the Government of Israel's new representative to our community and receive a briefing on the current situation in Israel.

Light refreshments will be served. Starbucks coffee and food beverage will be available for purchase at the adjacent Elsie's Cafe.

For more information, contact Dror Shaliach at 305.932.4200, ext. 128,

It Was A Very Happy Birthday Celebration for PJ Library

The PJ Library threw a festive “birthday party”—replete with PJ Library story times, art projects, music, yoga/movement, child-parent activities and refreshments—to celebrate the Birthday of the World (the Jewish New Year) and PJ’s third year in Miami. The Sept. 18th event was held at Playing the Game of Life in Miami Beach.

Not only did participants enjoy complimentary birthday cupcakes and PJ Library goodies to take home with them, but they also gave back by donating items to benefit the Jewish Community Services Kosher Food Bank.

Partnering with The PJ Library, a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, were communal partners Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Lehrman Community Day School, Miami Beach JCC, RASG Hebrew Academy, Temple Beth Sholom Foundation School, Temple Israel/Tate Early Childhood Center, Temple Menorah Jewish Montessori School, and The Open Tent.

PJ Library Co-Chairs are Amanda Adler and Judy Kapiloff, and the new PJ Library Coordinator is Laura Goldberg.

The PJ Library mails free Jewish children’s books and music to families on a monthly basis. Funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, it is made possible for Miami’s community thanks to the generosity of the Blank Family Foundation. Young subscribers range in age from 6 months to 8 years old. In addition to creating Jewish moments in the home, Miami’s PJ Library also strives to engage young families actively and in person through programs in collaboration with synagogues, JCCs, local agencies and organizational partners in the community.

For more information about PJ Library, visit, or call 786.866.8572.

The Tribe's FREE High Holy Days Services and Break-Fast!

The Tribe is once again hosting it's annual Free High Holy Day Experience, open to all those in their 20s and 30s. We are hosting an Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 28th) and Kol Nidrei Service (October 7th) at the Jewish Museum, 301 Washington Avenue in South Beach. Valet parking is free! We will have live music, and after the Rosh Hashanah service we will hot a social with wine and appetizers. All you have to do is register at!

This year we are adding an exciting event to our High Holy Day Experience - a free Break-Fast!! It will be at Lou's Beer Garden, 7337 Harding Ave. in Miami Beach, on Saturday October 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm. We'll have pizza and beer, not to mention bagels and crew, cheese. Just register at tiny Did we mention it's FREE???

All of this couldn't have been offered to you without the generosity of The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, The Open Tent, Birthright Israel NEXT South Florida, and Temple Beth Sholom.

Want to learn more about The Tribe? Find us or email us

Hebrew Academy Head of School Named Co-President of PAC

The Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy is pleased to announce that its Head of School, Dr. Roni Raab, has been named Co-President of the Principals’ and Administrators’ Council (PAC). PAC is a committee under the auspices of The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, an agency of The Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Serving as Co-President with Rabbi Ezra Levy, Executive Director and Head of School at Kesher, Dr. Raab states, “I am honored to represent such a diverse and prestigious group of educators. Together with my colleagues I hope to continue the forward momentum toward excellence for which we at PAC all strive.”

Dr. Raab has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and has been involved in Jewish education for 23 years, 16 of which have been in administration. The father of four children with his lovely wife Gini, Dr. Raab resides in Boca Raton, commuting daily to the Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach, his alma mater.

Free Afternoon High Holiday Services for Young Children and their Families'

Please come and join us at Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom, 9400 SW 87TH Ave, Miami, for our FREE afternoon service for Young Children and their families’ on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoon at 3:00PM. We will have music, stories, gifts and a terrific communal atmosphere. Tickets are not necessary. Any questions, call the Temple at 305-595-1500.

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