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Community Discussion Group for Parents and Teachers

The Gordon Schools Early Childhood Center 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 a Mind in the Making discussion group with other parents and teachers.

We have a limited supply of books, which will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. Books are also available on and at Barnes and Noble.

This program is free of charge and is open to the community. If you are interested in participating in this discussion group, please contact Sandra Huzenman, Early Childhood Director, at or 305.854.3282 x 223.

Hebrew Academy Gymnasium Plan Receives Rave Reviews From City of Miami Beach Design Review Board

The Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy is pleased to announce that its proposed gymnasium plans recently passed the City of Miami Beach Design Review Board (DRB) hearing bringing the building of a gymnasium on its Miami Beach campus one step closer to fruition. Providing a floor and site plan that is both mindful of, and sensitive to, the original architecture of the campus, renowned local architect Kobi Karp wowed the DRB with his ability to create a massive structure that manages to blend into the prestigious nature of the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Karp's magnificent design, which honors the legendary Morris Lapidus through the utilization and continuation of the line, color and texture of the existing school buildings, spoke for itself. That said, over 150 students, Board and faculty members and school administrators, and donors were on hand to share their perspectives about the addition of a gymnasium to this historic institution. As if that were not enough, neighborhood residents, unaffiliated with the Hebrew Academy, also spoke out in support of the project citing the need to provide safe venues and activities for the growing younger demographic on the Beach and potential parking and flow of traffic improvements as additional benefits for the community at-large in addition to the enhancement of the campus.

The DRB noted that the existing building design of the main campus is Post War Modern architecture of the main campus building, constructed in 1961 and designed by the prominent late architect Morris Lapidus. Incidentally, Kobi Karp collaborated with Mr. Lapidus in prior years on various projects. The rough texture and horizontal pattern of the proposed poured concrete, surrounding the base of the building; creates a tactile and visual interest, which is well suited to the proposed gymnasium use. When combined with lucid glass at the primary southeast corner and the scored painted stucco, the building is framed with a projecting band, and thus a very hi-tech and sophisticated statement results. The facility will contain collapsible bleachers and energy efficient natural lighting boasting a translucent “kalwall” system which the DRB wholeheartedly embraced.

Student participants at the DRB hearing were able to watch the Miami Beach City Government in action during this experiential field trip. While waiting for Mr. Karp and the Hebrew Academy to present the gymnasium design, students were able to watch other groups present their designs to the DRB. Witnessing firsthand how careful the DRB is in granting, or denying, architectural improvements on Miami Beach, students saw the democratic process at work and learned quickly that all voices are given a chance to be heard and if one prepares well, and is diligent in their efforts, success will follow.

As the Hebrew Academy moves on to the next phase in the construction process, the school is thankful that a dream is finally becoming a reality through the generosity of donors. Hebrew Academy Development and Alumni Relations Director, and Hebrew Academy alumnae, Robyn Malek, shares, "I am so inspired by the donors that have stepped forward to fulfill a longtime dream of the Hebrew Academy. It is a privilege to be surrounded by people that believe in the vision and sustainability of the school."

Currently, the Hebrew Academy Athletic Department must rent off-site facilities to host home games for its successful volleyball and basketball programs. A school gymnasium will not only cut that cost but will also generate revenue through ticket sales and rental of the facility to outside organizations. The planning phase and building of a gym is both an exciting and huge undertaking. Nonetheless, buzz around the Hebrew Academy campus is infectious, especially amongst the students. Hebrew Academy junior and student athlete, Bari Gordon, enthuses, "I think having a gym right on our campus will build school spirit, increase sports participation, improve game attendance, and make home games feel more like home with our own Warrior mascot on the floor.”

If you are interested in gymnasium sponsorship opportunities please contact

The Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy serves students from six weeks of age through Grade 12 and 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.

Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design is a vertically-integrated and award winning design firm specializing in architecture, planning and interior design. The company’s portfolio includes luxury hi-rise mixed-use developments, world-class hospitality and entertainment centers, high-end commercial and retail spaces. Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design is internationally recognized for projects in the United States, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Romania, Russia, the Caribbean, Asia, and Mexico.

New Beth David Religious School Program

New Time, New Staff, New Program!

Beth David proudly introduces a unique and new program that puts the "fun factor" into Jewish learning for children in grades K-12. The program fuses Jewish education with games, music, arts & crafts, field trips, and programming for the whole family. Students are divided into age groups as well as skill levels to accomodate individual learning needs.

For more information, contact Linda Hakerem, Religious School Coordinator, at or 305.854.3282 x242 or visit

Register Now! School begins this Sunday!

Temple Beth Am's New GLBT group Dayenu

Monday, September 19th, 2011- 7:00 pm Adult Reading Room

Please join our first official meeting of "Dayenu", Temple Beth Am's newly formed GLBT group. We have lots to talk about, events to plan, and of course- people to meet! We hope to see you there.

We would like to encourage everyone to bring a dessert, goody, or treat for all to enjoy! See you September 19th!

Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, and Rita Diaz, Membership Director

Please RSVP to Rachel Lempert at 305-667-6667 ext. 105 or by email at

Pop Up Shabbat on Brickell

Where will you be “popping up” this Friday night?

Join us for a relaxed evening of wine, challah, song and shmooze…

Pop Up Shabbat on Brickell

Friday, September 9th

The Plaza, 951 Brickell Avenue, 10th Floor

Time: 8pm-10pm

RSVP to so I can add your name to list for the doorman.

Bring a bottle of wine, beer or soda and a story to share.

Sponsored by Miami Jews 22-39

A Taste of Rosh Hashanah

A Taste of Rosh Hashanah
El sabor de Rosh Hashanah

Join us Thursday, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 20417 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura.
Te esperamos el jueves 15 de septiembre de 5 tu 7 p.m.

Enjoy kosher sampling throughout the store and live music.
Disfruta de una degustacion de comida kosher por toda la tienda y musica en vivo.

Hillel Develops Mind in the Making Book Club of Parents, Teachers

Selected as one of 10 Jewish schools, The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School | The Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School proudly received a Kellogg Foundation grant through the Covenant 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 Hillel's learning community of parents and teachers in the school's Mind in the Making Book Club. A limited supply of books is being offered for free, distributed on a first come-first served basis. Books also are available at online and local bookstores. Hillel's first session about Chapter 1 will be Tuesday, September 20, 8 pm, at Hillel's North Miami Beach campus. This community event is free of charge and welcomes Jewish parents of children of all ages.

For information, please contact Valerie Lustgarten, Hillel's Director of Early Childhood-Grade 2 (305.931.2831 x125 / Hillel looks forward to sharing this new community program together.

From early childhood through Grade 12, Hillel inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with strong Jewish identity through an innovative curriculum enriched by co-curricular experiences. All this is set within a nurturing, diverse, traditional Jewish community. For information, please visit

Expansion Grand Opening in Highland Lakes

This Sunday, Sept 11th, as we commemorate the devastating attacks on our country, we will also be taking a solid step towards its rebuilding. Please join us at 5:00pm for an hour short grand opening & ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly purchased next-door property. We would be very appreciative if you make every effort to come! To learn more or to RSVP go to

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sunday, September 11, 5:00-6:00pm

Through light, we will expel darkness!

2601 NE 211th Terrace, North Miami Beach, FL 33180

Mezuzah Blessing! Tree of Life Unveiling! Greetings! Hebrew School Choir! Cantor Mendel K! Refreshments!

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After the Brisket: A Shorter, Younger, Free-er High Holiday Evening

This Rosh Hashanah evening, what will you do AFTER your brisket dinner?

Join Rabbi Judith Kempler, Miami Jews and friends for a casual, spiritual and musical holiday evening.

Wednesday, September 28th

8:30-9:30 pm

Temple Beth Am, The Richard and Janet Yulman Campus, 5950 N. Kendall Drive Pinecrest, FL 33156


RSVP requested at

Questions: Contact Rabbi Judith Kempler 305.667.6667 x.108

Free High Holy Day Experience for 20s-30s

Join the Tribe for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre!

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. Nosh provided.

Kol Nidrei, Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., services to start promptly at 8 p.m. at Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., South Beach. Free valet!

Registration is required at Picture ID required for entry.

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