Children, Teens and Families

Our work connecting your family to Jewish life continues during these extraordinary times. In the coming weeks and months, families will be spending more time together than ever before. Let the Greater Miami Jewish Federation help you adjust to the changing dynamics of a household without school days, extra-curricular activities and outside socialization.

BBYO@Home

Teenagers are navigating a very different world than a few weeks ago. To keep their spirits up, stay connected and have fun, BBYO has developed innovative ways for Jewish teens to enjoy everything it has to offer — anytime, online. The platform brings together Jewish teens and young adults around the world to share ideas, learn together and be part of a community. This new online space features discussions on current events, cooking demonstrations, a virtual dance party, online Shabbatdinners, story time and more. You can see the full lineup of offerings here.

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Explaining the Coronavirus Crisis to Children With Disabilities

This is an especially challenging time for kids with special needs. Here is a way to explain the situation and disruption in routine using a visual story created by Ryan Mathew Morin, Constituency Board Member of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).

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International Hotline Offering Emotional Assistance

Beit Issie Shapiro is offering a coronavirus hotline to support those with disabilities

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Staying Home With PJ Library

As families stay home together, PJ Library has activities for all ages to learn, laugh and share experiences. Whether it is cooking with kids, listening to podcasts, reading stories or doing arts and crafts, there is something for everyone. Click here to explore all the fun options.

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Teens and Coronavirus

Teens can learn strategies for how to take care of themselves — mentally and physically. They can explore Jewish values in the context of coronavirus and gain coping skills as they manage fear and uncertainty. Click here to read more.

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A Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat for Children With Disabilities

Beit Issie Shapiro, a Federation partner and Israel’s leading provider of innovative therapies for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities, has a special accessible Kabbalat Shabbat in English for kids with disabilities

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Virtual Special Education Kindergarten

Keep children with disabilities active during these difficult days

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Chalk the Walk

Help spread happiness while social distancing by chalking pictures and messages of inspiration on your daily walks.

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Jewish Abilities Alliance Launches in Miami

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation recently launched Miami.JewishAbilities.org. This user-friendly gateway links individuals with disabilities and their families to services, support groups and includes a special section on COVID-19. Click here to visit the site.

Join JTA’s Weekly Quiz Show

Gather the family around the computer and join in Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s (JTA) weekly quiz show focused on Jewish news and pop culture. Read more.

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Kabbalat Shabbat for the Whole Family

Join Portland-based musician Alicia Jo Rabins (https://aliciajo.com/) for a weekly Kabbalat Shabbat Fridays at 5:30PM ET. Click here to get the Zoom link and a weekly reminder.

Fun at Home With Miami Beach JCC

The Galbut Family Miami Beach Jewish Community Center offers a wide variety of suggestions for homebound families seeking creative activities during the social-distancing period. Click here for instructions on building a baking soda volcano, making slime, organizing a Frozen scavenger hunt and much more.

Fellowship Makes This Summer Meaningful for Jewish Young Adults

With internships and study programs canceled, Jewish young adults, ages 20-25, can stay engaged and gain experience through the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship. This three-week online experience runs July 6 - July 24 for 15 hours per week and focuses on professional development, advocacy and the global Jewish community. Participants complete online sessions and connect with a small group cohort and coach. The fellowship also includes a $500 stipend and a certificate of completion. For more information, click here.

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Engage Your Brain This Summer

This summer, Tikvah Online Academy is offering seminars for middle school and high school students. Topics include Jewish philosophy and Western civilization, Israeli history and strategy, America's founding principles, the rise of anti-Semitism and more. A flexible schedule allows you to incorporate other fun activities into your summer plan: four-session classes meet weekly, with options on weekdays and weekends, mornings and evenings. For more information, click here.

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Make it a CHAI FI Summer

School’s out for the summer! So now what? Turn to CHAI FI, a virtual Jewish space for kids of all ages to experience diverse and engaging programming. The project is offered by a consortium of Miami’s congregational and offers content or youth from K-12th grade. This collaborative program begins on Monday, July 6 and runs for four weeks in July. View the full schedule and more information here.

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Join Cool Camp at Temple Beth Am

This summer will probably be different from the rest. We all know the reasons. But, don’t worry! Beth Am is here to make your children’s summer as fun as it can be from the safety of your home! Beginning June 15, Beth Am will be offering virtual fun sessions for children entering Kindergarten to 5th grade with Cool Camps: Home Edition. Pick the courses you want and let the fun begin. Click here for more information.

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#Summer5780 Reinvented

In these unprecedented times, Jewish organizations everywhere have been stretching in new ways to reimagine and reinvent #Summer5780. Discover more than 100 virtual opportunities for kids and college students, families and twenty somethings, offered by all types of Jewish organizations, all curated by JewishTogether, a virtual community of informative resources powered by The Jewish Federations of North America. Find connection, community, learning and laughter. Add structure to your summer and make #Summer5780 matter.

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Give Back This Summer

With many summer plans cancelled due to the pandemic, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) has organized a volunteer leadership program for rising 9-12 graders. Virtual and in-person volunteer experiences are infused with leadership development exercises, making it a fun and fulfilling summer. Participants can choose from weekly volunteer opportunities that range from beach clean ups to zooming with a senior and more. Plus, they’ll connect with a community of like-minded peers. For more information, click here.

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