Be part of the Jewish community’s response to help victims of the flooding in South Louisiana. Following severe storms, rising waters have killed more than 10 people, destroyed countless homes and forced tens of thousands to flee for their lives. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is joining with Jewish Federations across the continent to raise funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge as they meet urgent needs both in the Jewish and general communities. One hundred percent of all contributions to this fund will be directed through The Jewish Federations of North America to support Baton Rouge Flood Relief. Click here to donate now.

Leonardo Bentata celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel with an act of loving kindness that will have a positive impact on the lives of residents of Yerucham, Miami’s partnership city in the Negev. On July 11, the family visited Yerucham to see the impact of their donation of Gymboree equipment for the city’s newly renovated Community Store. The shopping cooperative offers better prices on food and household goods for residents, lowering the cost of living. The Gymboree equipment provides children with safe play activities while parents learn how to spend wisely and become educated consumers. Read more.

Celebrate a successful start to the school year with a fun-filled afternoon! Join PJ Our Way at the Scott Rakow Youth Center on Sunday, September 11 for ice skating and a book-related project. The event, part of The PJ Our Way Miami Kids Book Club, begins at noon with an activity based on the book Death by Toilet Paper. Then it’s time to hit the rink! Kids ages 9 to 11 are welcome. The cost is $15 per child. Click here to RSVP. PJ Library is a gift from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation made possible by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Blank Family Foundation.

As the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel continues, The Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC) will present an important fall seminar, Combating BDS: Changing the Conversation and Investing in Israel, on Wednesday, September 21. Join investment advisors and business leaders Brian Friedman, Brian Rosenzweig and Steven Schoenfeld in an informative dialogue at Temple Israel. The program begins with lunch at noon, followed by a panel discussion on how you can support Israel and fight BDS. Click here for details and to RSVP. For more information, contact Emily Stone at or 786.866.8414.

Miami’s Jewish community is here to help 24 hours a day. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency financial assistance, food, bereavement support, counseling, domestic abuse assistance or facing other challenges, call 305.576.6550. Operated by Federation’s partner agency, Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS), this confidential helpline can guide you to the services and information you need.